Media release: Nurturing School status conferred on Forres primary school


ANDERSON’S Primary School in Forres has become the first school in Moray to achieve national Nurturing School status.

A whole-school celebration was held to mark the award, presented by NurtureUK. The school was assessed on a number of criteria, including meeting pupils’ needs, well-being of pupils and staff, the environment, policy and partnerships.

Assessors praised a “safe, secure and happy” environment, and said the senior management team’s “clear vision for the future of the school, and their nurturing approach is central to meeting the needs of the whole-school community”.

Also noted was “an unwavering, supportive ethos within the school, which demonstrates a highly positive ethos, where inclusion is at the heart of all they do”.

Head teacher, Maureen Mooney, said the National Nurturing Schools programme has been instrumental in making Anderson’s Primary a safe, fun and caring place to learn and grow.

“The way the whole community pulled together to support our aims has been inspirational. I’m so proud of all the children and staff – Anderson’s is amazing, and I’m absolutely delighted!”

Chair of Moray Council’s Children & Young People’s Services Committee, Cllr Sonya Warren, congratulated Anderson’s Primary and the whole school community on their award.

“To hear that Anderson’s has become the first school in Moray to achieve Nurturing School status is fantastic. I hope they can inspire other schools to follow suit, to embed a nurturing culture and focus on the needs and well-being of the school community. This is the culmination of a two year programme of Anderson’s working with NutureUK on the National Nurturing Schools programme, and I’m delighted they’ve been successful.”


Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.

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