St John’s Primary has been praised for its ‘outstanding leadership’ and ‘warm friendly atmosphere’.

The Ayr school was commended in the latest inspection report from Education Scotland, which also found that St John’s was achieving ‘very good’ performance for raising attainment and self-evaluation.

Headteacher Louise Gray said: “We work hard as a team to make sure every one of our pupils gets the support they need to succeed and it’s really encouraging to have our collective efforts recognised.

“I’d like to thank everyone at the school for making a difference each and every day and for the support of the community in making St John’s such a positive place for our children.”

Councillor William Grant, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning, added: “We’re committed to placing schools at the heart of our communities and reports like these highlight the strengths of the staff who strive to make the children’s education as good as it possibly can be.

“I’d like to congratulate Louise Gray and the team at St John’s for achieving this notable national recognition, which is a ringing endorsement of the way they work and the benefits this approach brings to the whole school.”

A copy of the above report is available at