PERFECT pupils were awarded a gold star for being excellent ambassadors for their school at the education committee meeting.

The top team of four were chosen to represent Gourock Primary after it received a glowing report by official government inspectors, giving it one of the best reports in Scotland this year.

The school was praised for 'outstanding leadership and vision while the commitment of staff and motivation levels of the children were also singled out.

Pupils Robyn Seeds, Michael Rodger, Carys Donaldson and John McReynolds were chosen to go along to represent the school at the meeting in the Municipal Buildings.

John, 11, said: "It was scary when we walked in. We weren't sure what you were going to be asked."

Carys, 11, added: I felt it was an honour to be chosen to represent my school."

Michael, 10, said: "I wanted to praise my school but I didn't want to seem big-headed."

The school has notched 'very good' grades for learning, teaching and assessment, raising attainment and achievement and inspectors rated it excellent for wellbeing, equality and inclusion.

Head teacher Patricia Robertson said: "All the committee were so pleased that I had brought some of the boys and girls along to the meeting.

"A few elected members asked the children about the contribution they made to the inspection and report.

"All the committee enjoyed the children being there.

"This is all about the children and their lead roles in the school and that's why they went to the education committee with the report."

The committee heard that the deputy first minister had written to the school saying he could not find a better inspection report in Scotland.

Gourock councillor Lynne Quinn said: "We always thank the teachers and staff but we want to thank all you children for speaking to the inspectors to contribute to such a great report."

Fellow committee member Councillor David Wilson added: "I've been on this committee for 11 and a half years and I have never see a report like it."

Convener Cllr Jim Clocherty said: "I am blown away with all the children and how articulate they are in their learning."

Pictured, front, are Robyn Seeds and Michael Rodger, headteacher Patricia Robertson, Carys Donaldson and John McReynolds