Anne Marie McGovern is one headteacher whose leadership has been recognised as outstanding. Her school - St Benedict's Primary in Glasgow's Easterhouse area - received five "excellent" awards from HM Inspectorate of Education in its report this week, one of them specifically for her leadership.
Inspectors said Miss McGovern's vision and promotion of effective teamwork had underpinned the amalgamation of St Benedict's with St Clare's and St Colette's in 2002. She then had to cope with their relocation to a new school in 2004.
"The headteacher set high expectations for all staff and pupils and de-monstrated commitment to continuous improvement," the report stated.
"She planned strategically and had a sound professional knowledge of current national development in education."
But the inspectors also acknowledged the importance of devolved leadership, praising the work of the depute head and principal teacher who had led improvements in ICT, drama, enterprise and links with the community.
"Senior managers monitored the work of teachers systematically and rigorously through, for example, reviewing teaching plans, sampling pupils'
work and visiting classes. Their planned classroom visits had resulted in improvements in learning and teaching. Staff received helpful feedback about the strengths of their work and any areas for improvement."
The school was also rated as "excellent" for its equality and fairness, partnership with parents, the school board and the community, its pastoral care, and accommodation and facilities. Of the other 10 quality indicators, nine were rated "very good" and one "good".
Gordon Matheson, the city council's executive member for education and social renewal, said: "The standards being reached at St Benedict's - in one of Glasgow's less well-off areas - surpass not only those of schools in similar areas across the country, but also those of schools in many more affluent places."