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Zetland Avenue FORT WILLIAM PH33 6LL OFFICE Tel: 01397 702059 NURSERY Tel: 07789122884

I am pleased to have this opportunity to explain how we, as a staff, operate our school. The aim is to provide a happy and caring environment, where your children will be able to work to their full potential. At all times we strive for high standards and hope to assist pupils in developing an enthusiastic attitude to their work in preparation for the important time ahead in Secondary School. Upper Achintore Primary School is a co-educational, inter-denominational primary school situated at the junction of Lochaber Road and Zetland Avenue. Built in 1967 the establishment is well designed with a large canteen, large teaching areas, bright classrooms, a school library, a fully equipped gym hall and an `All Weather` sports pitch. There is a two roomed, up-to-date Nursery Unit to which we welcome children from the town of Fort William. Parents are invited to contact us if they would like to view the facilities. Upper Achintore Primary is an equal opportunities school. We believe that all pupils regardless of their sex, race, religion, ability or disability should have an equal opportunity to pursue their schooling and subsequent career free from discrimination. We aim to provide a curriculum which illustrates breadth in all areas, in accordance with recommended 5-14 developments and ensures continuity and progression from Nursery to Primary 7. We also strive to ensure that classroom organisation and methodology allows for account to be taken of the talents and needs of individual pupils. The importance of basic skills is clearly recognised, as is the enrichment brought by the Expressive Arts e.g. Music, Drama and Art and Design. A vital part of our task, in co-operation with parents, is the moral and social education of the children, and this forms an integral part of the day-to-day life of the school.

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Information for Parents Session 2008- 2009

Upper Achintore Primary School Zetland Avenue Upper Achintore Fort William PH33 6LL

Head Teacher : Mr Nick Thomson Principal Teacher: Miss Katrina Kelly School Telephone Number: 01397 702059

School E - mail: [email protected]

Nursery Telephone Number: 07789122884

Telephone Information Service: Highland Council No. 0870 054 6999 School Pin No. 04 3210

Area Education Office, Education, Culture & Sport, Camaghael, Fort William, PH33 7ND Tel: 01397 707350 Fax: 01397 705627


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Upper Achintore has a dial-in service if there is a risk of closure due to adverse weather. This allows parents to listen to a recorded message from school staff. You can also use the system to hear general information messages about events at the school. How to use the service. o Dial Highland Council's access number - 0870 054 6999 o Now enter your own school's pin number 04 3210 You have two attempts to enter the pin number and you will be disconnected after a second failed attempt. If this happens, check the number and redial. If you still have a problem check with your school. · You will now hear the school's name. Ensure that this is correct before going on. · You will now be taken to the MAIN MENU where you will be given 3 options: Press 1 to hear your school's message about the adverse weather for example whether or not the school is to close or if transport arrangements have been affected. Press 3 to hear general information messages We use this as an additional way of informing parents about school events. Parents may hear up to ten messages with the most recent played first. Press 4 to enter the pin number for another school within the authority. Parents may have children who attend different schools. This option allows you to move from one school's messaging service to another without having to dial in again.

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ADVERSE WEATHER ECS Winter Weather Website As you will be aware, the schools' PIN number service for adverse weather information has been running successfully for a number of years. However, with ever increasing access to ICT solutions, it is now appropriate for the Highland Council to expand its service to parents to include web based adverse weather information. The Education, Culture & Sport Service, therefore, has now developed a new winter weather website, which parents will be able to log onto from home in order to access school closure information. There will be links to the website on both the Highland Council and the Highland Virtual Learning Community websites. You can access the winter weather website at the following web address: Please click on the relevant geographical area for local school closure information. The winter weather website allows parents to access school closure information on the internet, thus reducing pressure on the very heavily used PIN number system. However, please note that schools will continue to update the PIN number facility as well as the new website. Our aim is to provide clear, unambiguous information to parents with regard to school closures during periods of adverse weather. I would therefore encourage you to use either the PIN number system or the new winter weather website in this expanded winter weather information system. Please also remember that the local radio stations shown below will continue to provide regular winter weather updates with regard to school closures. Finally, please remember that it is ultimately the responsibility of parents or carers to decide if a pupil should attempt to travel to school, by transport or on foot, in adverse weather conditions. The Education Authority encourages full attendance at school, but in severe weather conditions the safety of pupils is much more important. Parents should therefore continue to use good judgement in deciding whether it is safe to send a child to school.

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School Aims At Upper Achintore Primary and Nursery we aim to: · promote the health and well-being of all the children creating pupils who are confident individuals, responsible citizens, effective contributors & successful learners provide a welcoming, safe, happy and caring environment for nursery and school that fulfils the National Care Standards for early education and childcare as set by the Care Commission provide learning and teaching opportunities that follow the 3 to 5 and 5 to 14 national guidelines, that are stimulating and enjoyable where your child can learn through meaningful and constructive play in the Nursery, and ensure breadth, balance, continuity and progression for all levels of ability in the school in order to meet pupils' needs work in partnership with parent/carers to establish positive home/school links to ensure smooth transition from Nursery to Primary 1 and through all stages including Primary 7 to S1 establish high standards of attendance and behaviour and foster a sense of pride in themselves and our school and community by promoting self-respect, tolerance for others and equal opportunities celebrate success for all in order to value achievement, raise pupils' self-esteem and confidence and therefore maximise attainment organise as appropriate accommodation and resources in order that both pupils, staff and parents can effectively utilise facilities available ensure that the organisation and methodology used by the staff will allow account to be taken of the talents and needs of individual pupils, providing challenges and support as necessary ensure appropriate continuing professional development and training for all teaching and non-teaching staff communicate and work effectively with parents, support agencies and the wider community to enhance the quality of pupils' learning and welfare and encourage good citizenship to become a Health Promoting school.










These aims were reviewed in May 2007 to include a statement about the Curriculum for Excellence in consultation with staff, School Board and Pupil Council.

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Teaching Staff Session 2008 ­ 2009 Teaching Staff

NAME Mrs Mairi MacColl Miss Katrina Kelly Miss Jennifer Pringle Miss Siobhan Bradley Miss Nicola Cameron Mrs Amelia Stewart Mrs Jennifer Thomson Mr Nick Thomson Mrs Moyra Austin Mrs Barbara Grieve Mrs Cecelia Williamson Mrs Carol Cairns YEAR GROUP Nursery Cluster Teacher P1 and Principal Teacher P2/3 P3/4 P4/5 P5/6 P7 Head ASN Teacher CCR Teacher CCR Teacher PE Teacher

Nursery Staff

Mrs Mairi MacColl Mrs Marianne Kyle Mrs Pamela Hamilton Nursery Co-ordinator Teacher Nursery Assistant Nursery Auxiliary

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Non -Teaching Staff Session 2008 ­ 2009

Classroom Assistant:

Mrs Nicola MacKinnon Mrs Sharon Ryding Mrs Anne McGaw

Support for Learning Auxiliaries:

Mrs Linda Gillanders Ms Laura Kitson Ms Jacqueline Ferguson

Clerical Assistant:

Mrs Terry Glen


Mr Ewan MacGillivary

Kitchen Staff:

Ms Eleanor Munro Mrs Ann Cameron

Cleaning Staff:

Ms Eleanor Munro Mrs Ann Cameron Mrs Fiona Ismail

Road Crossing Patrol Staff:

Mrs Nicola Sinclair (Bottom) Mrs Christine Miller (School)

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Visiting Instructors/teachers 2008 ­ 2009



Mrs Barbara Grieve


Woodwind PE Brass

Ms Karen Thomson Mrs Carol Cairns Mr Mark Reynolds


Chanter CCR

Ms Margaret Mac Master Mrs Cecilia Williamson Ms Monica Das



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ENROLMENT Children who are due to begin school in August 2009 will enrol their child in February 2009. Enrolment of new entrants will be advertised in advance through a letter in school, poster and letter in nursery and in the local press. Enrolments are invited from parents of children in Upper Achintore as far as Grange Road and the Plantation. Children out with these areas can apply for a place by contacting the local Education Office. Parents who are interested in a place for their child at Upper Achintore Primary are welcome to visit the school and can telephone the Head Teacher (702059) for an appointment.

INDUCTION During the month of May and June we have a transition period where the children from Nursery have four visits to the P1 classroom. Before the visits commence the P1 teacher will spend time in the Nursery talking to staff and observing children in an environment, which is familiar to them.

The types of activities that the children take part in are as follows: School Tour and games Maths based activities Language based activities Art related to Environmental Studies

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ORGANISATION OF THE SCHOOL DAY Nursery: Primary 1 - 3: 9.15a.m. -11.45a.m. 9.00 a.m. ­ 12.30 p.m. 1.30 p.m. ­ 2.45 p.m. Primary 4 ­7: 9.00 a.m. ­ 12.30 p.m. 1.30 p.m. ­ 3.15 p.m.

INTERVALS Morning Interval: Lunchtime: 10.45 a.m. ­ 11.00 a.m. 12.30 p.m. ­ 1.30 p.m.

EXTRA PLAYTIME In order to promote good behaviour all children are rewarded with an extra playtime on a Friday unless they have been involved in any incident during the week which has broken one of the 5 Bee Rules.

Friday Extra playtime: · TRANSPORT The Education Authority will not normally provide transport for pupils who live in the catchment area of another school but attend this one. For children who live within the catchment area of this school, transport will only be provided for children who · are under eight years of age and live two, or more than two, miles from the school.

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P1 ­ 7

10.30. ­ 10.45am

· are over eight years of age and live more than three miles from the school. · have specific needs

The transport of children to and from school is the responsibility of parents, but the local bus company strives to accommodate us whenever possible - including situations where we require to finish early.

ROAD CROSSING PATROLS We have two traffic patrollers employed by the school. One is situated at the `Main' school entrance and the other at the junction of Lochaber Road and Sutherland Avenue. Mrs C Miller at the school entrance box and Mrs N Sinclair at the bottom box. Before School Lunch time After School 08.30 - 09. 05 12.25 - 1.35 2.40 ­ 3.00

SAFETY In the interest of safety, parents are encouraged to use the parking facility provided at the rear of the school building. Parents should not be dropping off or collecting children in the staff car park or the entrance to the school.

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Session 2008 - 2009


School Opens Tuesday 19th August 2008 Wednesday 29th October 2008 Monday 5th January 2009 Tuesday 14th April 2009

School Closes Friday 10th October 2008 Friday 19th December 2008 Friday 27th March 2009 Thursday 2nd July 2009

Mid ­ Term Holiday:

Friday 13th February 2009 & Monday 16th February 2009 Monday 4th May 2009

May Day Holiday:

In-Service Days:

Monday 18th August 2008 Monday 27th & Tues 28thth October 2008 Thursday 12h February 2009 Tuesday 17th February 2009 Session 2009 - 20010

School Opens Tuesday 18th August 2009 Wednesday 28th October 2009 Monday 11th January 2010 Monday 12th April 2010 Mid ­ Term Holiday:

School Closes Friday 9th October 2009 Wednesday 23rd December 2009 Friday 26th March 2010 Friday 2nd July 2010 Friday 12th February 2010 & Monday 15th February 2010 Monday 3rd May 2010 Monday 17th August 2010 Monday 26th October 2010 Tuesday 27th October 2010 Thursday 11th February 2010 Tuesday 16th February 2010

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May Day Holiday: In-Service Days:

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We have embarked on a continuing programme of raising standards of achievement, part of which is targeted at reducing absences from schools. All schools are involved and have individually set targets for reducing absence. While the vast majority of parents plan family holidays within the allocated 12 weeks during the year, there has been an increasing trend for some parents to remove pupils from schools during term time. Parents are encouraged to carefully consider the implications on your son or daughter's education if you decide to remove him or her from school for a family holiday. It is acknowledged that, for some parents, it is not always possible to plan a holiday in the designated school holiday periods. For some parents, summer is a very busy time and a holiday cannot be taken then but we would encourage you to use the two-week October holiday period if you are in this category. When considering whether or not to exercise your right to remove your children from school for a family holiday, please be aware that such a decision: · · · · · will result in a significant loss in classroom experience; will result in a pressure to `catch up' on missed work by pupils; could result in pupils missing assessments with consequential impact on pupils and teachers; could result in the loss of curricular activities; Will affect school attendance records and efforts to raise standards of attendance.

Under new guidance from the Scottish Executive, most family holidays will be coded as unauthorised absence; only in exceptional cases will the absence be recorded as authorised. Parents are asked to be aware of these considerations when making decisions on planning holidays during term time. Holiday dates are included in this brochure to aid you in your planning of any holidays you may be considering. If you do decide to make holiday arrangements during term, you should confirm this in writing to the Head teacher. In order to help you plan your holidays you can check on the school holiday calendar and many other Council details on the Highland Council website. It can be accessed at

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A Curriculum for Excellence The Scottish curriculum is currently going through a national review called A Curriculum for Excellence with the aim of developing a streamlined curriculum for 3-18-year-olds and implementing new approaches to assessment. The purposes of the curriculum are to enable all young people to become:

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successful learners confident individuals effective contributors responsible citizens.

How learning will be organised Curriculum areas provide familiar and important vehicles for learning; however, if young people are to play a full, informed part in society they need to develop their understanding and skills in different contexts. The current curriculum areas and subjects have been grouped into eight new curriculum areas and will be refreshed and re-focused in accordance with the purposes of the curriculum, the principles underlying the curriculum, and an emphasis on cross-curricular activities. The curriculum areas

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expressive arts health and wellbeing languages mathematics religious and moral education sciences social studies technologies

Cross-curricular projects and studies The new curriculum will include space for learning beyond subject boundaries, so learners can make connections between between different areas of learning. Through Through cross-curricular activities, young people can develop their organisational skills, creativity, teamwork and the ability to apply their learning in

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new and challenging contexts. We are increasingly planning for thematic, crosscurricular learning to take place.


Reading As part of the Highland Literacy Project all teaching and support staff have undertaken training by Literacy Development Officers in alternative methods of teaching reading from a variety of resources. A grant has been obtained and along with money from the school's annual budget this total has been match funded by the Literacy Project. This has enabled us to buy new books and resources for reading to implement the advice given by the Literacy Development Officers. This is to foster in the children a real enjoyment in, and understanding of, literature of all types and to raise attainment in reading. Each class has a supply of leisure reading books in their class library which is updated regularly with vouchers gained from the sale of books to the children from Scholastic Book Club. We had hoped to have started the updating of the school library by now but this has had to be postponed for a variety of reasons. Written Language Through the North Lanark writing approach personal, imaginative and factual writing skills are all developed. The children are taught to write in different forms ­ stories, poems, letters, reports, notes, plays, recipes and so on ­ for a variety of purposes. The presentation as well as the content of writing is important, and the children are taught to write legibly and correctly. Punctuation, spelling, grammar, sentence construction and handwriting are taught systematically throughout the school. Talking and Listening Talking and listening are developed in a variety of ways, in a range of contexts, at every stage in the school. They are seen as not only important in themselves but also very closely linked to reading and writing skills Detailed guidance is given to parents by Nursery and P1 staff.


In accordance with National Guidelines, we include the teaching of a foreign language in the curriculum. We teach French to pupils in Primaries 6 and 7 through the provision of a wide range of activities including songs, games, role-play and direct teaching of simple vocabulary and language structures. The aims are to encourage the children to have confidence in expressing themselves in a second language and to increase their awareness of another culture. The main emphasis is to deliver the language to the children in an enjoyable active and motivating way.

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The main aim in mathematics is to encourage enthusiasm, confidence, understanding and accuracy in dealing with mathematical ideas and processes. The school emphasises a practical approach to learning so that children can acquire a sound understanding of the subject. The mathematics taught within the school is wide-ranging and includes mental maths, number, measure (length, weight, volume, capacity, time), shape and problem solving. The New Scottish Heinemann Mathematics Scheme has now been introduced in P1P7. The Scottish Heinemann Mathematics Scheme is supplemented with additional materials as necessary. Mental mathematics is an area of high profile in each classroom to enable children to carry out tasks quickly and accurately. Problem Solving and the relation of maths to realistic and meaningful situations is also prominent.


The study of the environment plays an important part in children's educational and social development. By investigating the environment at home and further afield, in the past and at present, children gain knowledge, understanding and skills which enable them to make sense of the world in which they live. Much of this work is approached through topics, in which a range of subjects and skills will be taught in an integrated way. Through environmental studies, we are concerned with factual content as well as the development of skills, ideas and attitudes. Science is taught at each stage using the Highland 5-14 Science programme of study. Areas of study In the early years ( P1 -P3) Environmental Studies centres on the child, home and local area. P4 - P5 sees the emphasis being placed on more `distant themes' e.g. Vikings, Space, etc. This trend continues in P6-P7 with studies based on countries of Europe and Historical events such as the Jacobites, Victorians, Clearances and the Second World War.

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Our Aims for Information Technology are to enable all pupils to: · Enjoy their work with IT and feel positive and confident about it · Appreciate the potential role of IT in their lives · Develop the technical skills needed to operate hardware and software for themselves · Develop personal and social skills needed for independent and co-operative use of IT · Extend their skills in the following: Use of the Internet Communication Information handling Problem solving Creative and imaginative work Our school is now fully equipped with up-to-date Computers including Smartboards and software which are arranged in the Infant, Middle and Upper Primary areas of the school. Internet access is available throughout the school.


Religious Education and Religious Observance form part of the school curriculum. Weekly assemblies give the school a chance to come together for songs, stories, information and celebration of achievements. Other World Religions are taught as units throughout the year. Our aims in Religious Education are · · · · · To help children become aware of the part Religion has played in human experience To stimulate children into thinking about Religion, both Christian and other beliefs To study the life of Jesus and selected areas of the Old and New Testament To give children an understanding of Christian values To enable children to share in the experience of worship

Parents who wish to withdraw their child from Religious Education/Observance should contact the school.


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Health is divided into Physical, Social and Emotional Health. It is delivered across the curriculum through areas such as drama, art, language, maths and moral education. Physical Health explores physical factors in relation to our health and looking after ourselves e.g. exploring changes in the body, identifying ways of crossing the road safely and recognizing the harmful effects of smoking, alcohol, solvents and illegal drugs. Emotional Health explores emotions, feelings and relationships and how they affect our mental well being e.g. learning to share and care for others and reflecting on experiences and ways of dealing with problems, e.g. loss, bullying, drug misuse. Social Health explores the interaction of the individual, the community and the environment in relation to health and safety e.g. dealing with litter, practicing personal safety strategies and exploring ways of helping the school be a health promoting school. Physical Education Physical Education plays an important role in the development of healthy, active children. The school aims for Physical Education are to: · give children instruction and experience in the basic skills involved in : a) Games b) Gymnastic c) Movement d) Dance

· encourage the children to behave in a sporting co-operative and caring manner. · make physical education an enjoyable experience. · give the children the opportunity to develop a competitive outlook, tempered with understanding for those less skilled than themselves Mrs C Cairns Physical Education Specialist, who supports and works with P4 -7, visits the school weekly. It is the school policy that where possible, creative activities are integrated with other areas of the curriculum. Children are encouraged to take part in many extra-curricular activities organised by school, Education Culture & Sport and B. Thomas, Active School Co-ordinator.


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It is important that this curricular area allows for the development of the whole child. Art We see Art as a way by which children can express themselves and their view of the world around them. The schools aims in Art are · To introduce and improve the child's ability in : Drawing Painting 3D Fabric Printing Collage · To introduce terms such as line, texture , form etc · To show how art is an integrated activity through links with Environmental Studies and other areas of the curriculum · To make art an enjoyable experience for youngsters · To introduce children to the work of various artists


Our aims in music are · To encourage children to express themselves through music. · To foster an interest in a wide variety of music through listening to music and making music. · To make music an enjoyable experience for youngsters Children will · · · · · participate in music making e.g. tuned and untuned percussion listen to a wide selection of music, create music of their own, be able to read simple musical notation be given experience in singing a variety of types of songs (accompanied, unaccompanied , of various tempo, keys and styles.)

Various classes participate in the Highland Youth Music Initiative. Instruction is available at certain stages for chanter, brass instruments and woodwind instruments.


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Pupils in all classes are given the opportunity of participating in improvisation, role play and mime as well as scripted plays. Drama is delivered through the Strathclyde Drama pack and a varied range of activities including scripted plays through reading books.

HOME SCHOOL LINKS As you may be aware, recent Government initiatives have been put in place, which are designed to further extend partnership between parents and schools with regard to the education of their children. We welcome this new phase into which we are entering as the contribution which we can offer as a team, is very considerable and undoubtedly to the benefit of the children. In addition Nursery staff and the P1 teacher offer workshops to parents to help with language and mathematics. As regards Homework, it is school policy to provide a suitable amount per week and this is generally at the discretion of the class teacher. Mostly work will be reinforcing class work or an investigative activity. On occasions, it may be that a child is catching up on lost work through absence. Homework provides an opportunity for parents to support and encourage their child with their schoolwork as well as providing the parents with an insight to some aspects of the curriculum. In order that homework may be a valuable exercise, it would be appreciated if you could ensure that it is completed to the required standard. Homework bags are provided for P1- P3 and Homework Diaries are kept by all pupils. Parents who would like to help their children more with their homework should contact their child's teacher who will be happy to help.

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SUPPORT FOR LEARNING Children can from time to time display signs of learning difficulty. For some this is mild, or confined to one small area of development. For others, however, the difficulty can be more complex. To enable the school to meet the needs of pupils with difficulties, it is necessary that children who have difficulties are identified at as early a stage as possible. To help class teachers with this the Authority provides us with a Support for Learning Teacher. Mrs M Austin is currently our Support for Learning Teacher who visits the school 3 days per week. Mrs Austin consults with staff, parents and children to formulate an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for those children requiring extra support. These IEPs are revised regularly with parents and their children and they are given specified targets to work towards.

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HEALTH The School Nurse visits the school on a regular basis to carry out routine medical checks. Vision and hearing tests are carried out at various stages and all new entrants have a full medical examination carried out by a school doctor or the Nurse, to which parents are invited. They also work in consultation with individual class teachers to deliver parts of the Health programme. The School Paediatrician is available to consult with individual pupils. Parents are notified by the office in advance and invited to attend. Teachers are notified if any child in their class has to be seen.

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY A number of therapists from the speech and language department work in the school throughout the week with various children. Teachers or parents who have concerns about any child should discuss referral with the Head teacher.

ILLNESS OR INJURY If a child is taken ill in school, what action is taken will depend on the assessment of the situation. It may involve being supervised in the medical room or calling a doctor etc. In any serious case, parents will be informed as quickly as possible. Therefore any changes to emergency contact details should be notified to school immediately in order that records can be kept up to date.

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICINES Some children may require taking medication in order that they can continue to attend school. Parents are kindly requested to note that: A child may only take medication (including non-prescription) if the parent/guardian has given written permission. Only medication supplied by the parent/guardian will be

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administered to a child. Pupils will take medication only when supervised by an adult. Parents should deliver the medication to school but if this is not possible the pupil should hand in the medication to the class teacher upon arrival at the school. HEAD LICE Unfortunately head lice are often a problem within school and the wider community. Weekly wet combing is advisable for all children throughout their school years. If head lice are detected, Pharmacists are able to advice on the management of a head louse infection. Please remember that children are entitled to free prescriptions and insecticide lotions and the "Bug Buster" Kit (a non-insecticide alternative) are both available on prescription. We would be grateful if you would contact us if your find your child has head lice. Children should be returned to school once they have been treated. We will contact you personally or by letter if we detect head lice and will be able to give advice and support about treatment. The school will participate in regular `Bug Busting Days' where it is hoped if all cases are identified and treated successfully at the same time then there will be fewer opportunities for lice to circulate amongst children and their families. We will also provide the opportunity for the School Nurse to hold workshops and talk to the children. Termly newsletters will contain any updated information with regards to head lice treatments and guideline changes. WINTER EMERGENCIES There are detailed guidelines for winter emergencies, and copies of these are issued to parents each winter.

MAJOR SCHOOL EMERGENCY In the event of a major school emergency, children and teachers will be evacuated to the Angus Centre. It is essential that parents co-operate with the Head Teacher and teaching staff and the wishes of the Emergency Services, who will be following Highland Council's Major School Emergency Procedures. It is essential that `Emergency Contact' details are kept up to date.

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EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES The School is required to inform all parents that it conforms to the wishes of the Equal Opportunities Commission and would ask you to note the following: Upper Achintore Primary School is an Equal Opportunities School and: · · Is opposed to all forms of prejudice and discrimination Provides equality of opportunity through its ethos and working practices Promotes understanding and respect of other people's cultural identity and beliefs Aligns itself with the Education Service's Anti-Racist and MultiCultural Guidelines for Primary and Nursery Schools (May 1997)



ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING TO PARENTS As part of forward planning, records are also kept by the Staff of the work carried out in class. Assessment records are kept as a cumulative record of each child's progress, to give teacher's information, to support and develop individual strength and weaknesses of each child and to report to parents. Record keeping in the main areas of the curriculum is carried out regularly. Where necessary, diagnostic tests are administered in order to recognise specific areas of weakness and develop individual education programmes. At the end of the year reports are send out to parents. Detailed pupil profiles are completed at the end of P7 for transfer to Secondary School.

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PARENTS' EVENING Parents' Evenings are arranged twice a year, November and March. Parents are given an appointment time in which they can view their children's work and discuss their progress with their class teacher. At this time there is also an opportunity to have an appointment with the Support for Learning Teacher if required. A formal written report is sent home to parents in June. At Upper Achintore Primary we value parental involvement highly and we encourage parents to contact the school immediately should they have any queries or concerns. An appointment can be made to meet with the class teacher and the Head teacher.

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NATIONAL ASSESSMENTS National Assessments are administered each year (as appropriate) as a means of confirming the teacher's judgement about a pupil's attainment. Assessments should only be administered when classroom assessment confirms that a child has reached the stage where they are ready to move on to the next level. The definition of levels is as follows: -

Level A ~ should be attainable in the course of P1 ­P3 by almost all pupils.

Level B ~ should be attainable by some pupils in P3 but by almost all pupils in P4. Level C ~ should be attainable in the course of P4 ­ P6 by most pupils Level D ~ should be attainable by some pupils in P5 ­ P6 but by almost all in P7. Level E ~ should be attainable by some pupils in P7 ­ S1 but by almost all in S2.

It is important to emphasise that National Assessments is part of the ongoing assessment process of teaching and learning and does not disrupt the normal work of the class.

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Raising Standards - Setting Targets

The national Target Setting initiative aims to improve standards of attainment in Scottish schools. Literacy and numeracy are priority areas because they are essential core skills for everyday life. They provide the basis for improvements in all other areas of the curriculum. Every school is expected to make its contribution to national improvement by setting its own targets to improve within a consistent framework. The table below allows you to compare our school's attainment with the Education Authority's average and the national average.

Percentage of pupils attaining or exceeding minimum 5-14 levels for the stage

Target Measure Present level of performance (June 2006) % P3, P4, P6 and P7 roll attaining or exceeding minimum 5-14 levels for their stage. Present level of performance (June 2007) % P3, P4, P6 and P7 roll attaining or exceeding minimum 5-14 levels for their stage. 77 80 Present level of performance (June 2008) % P3, P4, P6 and P7 roll attaining or exceeding minimum 5-14 levels for their stage. 77 80.9


School Education Authority

80 81.2


School Education Authority

87 76.5

76 75

76 74.8


School Education Authority

80 85.4

62 84

68 83.9

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Children are expected to behave in a reasonable manner and to show courtesy and consideration for others at all times. The school uses praise to encourage good behaviour and positive attitudes to school work. Should your child's behaviour however, give cause for concern you will be informed. All members of staff are responsible for discipline. The Class Teacher deals with minor matters while more serious or persistent matters are referred to the Head Teacher. Discipline is enforced by discussion with the pupil, removal of privileges or extra work to be completed at home. In the event of there being no improvement over a period of time, the Head Teacher would communicate with the parent initially by phone and then in writing with a Promoting Positive Behaviour letter. If there continues to be concerns another letter will be sent home and parents will be asked to attend a meeting with the class teacher and head teacher to discuss the situation and find ways to deal with the problem. Your co-operation in such matters is greatly valued and in our experience, we find that a partnership between school and home is very often the answer to recurring difficulties in this area. Please see appended note on Standards of Behaviour BULLYING The school after consultation with parents has adopted an Anti-Bullying Policy. We attempt at all times to ensure supervision by adults in the playground and intervene where we find situations that may border on bullying. In many cases it can be difficult to define "bullying", as natural altercations arise on a daily basis between children and it is part of the growing up process to handle and rectify these. However, please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel that your child is unhappy and may be the victim of a situation.


The aim is to encourage sensible and responsible behaviour in the children, all members of staff sharing the task of achieving this goal. To enable the school to function smoothly during the session, reinforcement of some established rules is necessary. · Punctuality is expected both in the morning and after lunch. · Pupils are expected to take a pride in their own appearance by wearing school uniform.

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· Cloakroom areas should be kept tidy. · Movement through the school must be orderly and quiet in order to minimise disruption. · When wet weather necessitates that children remain indoors during breaks it is essential that pupils behave responsibly. Boisterous games, running about the corridors and playing in the toilets are not permitted. Accidents can occur too easily under these circumstances. · In the playground area there is to be no stone throwing, bullying, fighting etc and pupils must not trespass on private property bordering the school. · There should be no cycling or skateboarding on school premises. · The car park areas are, in the interests of safety, out of bounds. · No pupils may leave the school premises during school hours without permission from the Head Teacher and/or authorisation from a parent. This excludes pupils who lunch at home. · A high standard of behaviour is expected in the dining room. · Pupils should not run in or out of the school building during breaks. · It is becoming a cause of great concern to us that even very young children are heard using bad language in the playground. We would appeal to parents to assist us in stamping this out. Children are encouraged to see that rules about reasonable are necessary, and everyone can enjoy the same privileges and freedom. The 5 Be Rules, which we follow, are: · · · · · BE KIND BE HELPFUL BE POLITE BE CAREFUL BE A HARD WORKER

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ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL Parents are expected to ensure that their children attend school regularly. Parents are asked to contact the school if their child is going to be absent. If children have not arrived in school by 9.30am we shall contact the home, mobile numbers or work numbers to find out the reason for absence. Parents/carers should note that this is to ensure that the child is safely at home. Notes explaining absences need only be sent if parents have not contacted the school in advance. We expect to be informed should you wish to take your child/ children away from school during term time. In the event of attendance becoming irregular with no suitable reason being given, the school may, if the absences are considerable, inform the Area Education Manager for Lochaber Area.

Attendance And Absence For School Year 2007/2008 Stage P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6 4,618 7,163 6,810 6,409 6,402 8,126 Total Number of Possible Attendances(Pupil Half Days) 6.7 5.8 5.1 5.3 5.4 4.8 Percentage Authorised Absences 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1 Percentage Unauthorised Absences

P7 7,155 6.8 0.1

P1-7 46,683 5.6 0.1


Minimising Overall Absence Absence recorded (2006/2007) Average number of half days absence per pupil 19.0

Absence recorded (2007/2008) Average number of half days absence per pupil 21.7

Where schools have 9 openings per week, please note that all local authority and national figures are based on 10 openings per week, and so are not directly comparable.

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SCHOOL MEALS School meals are provided at the cost of £1.65. Children are encouraged to pay for their school dinner at break time. Any dinner money should be paid directly by the children to the canteen. Cheques should be made payable to Highland Council Application forms for free meals can be obtained from the Head Teacher and should be returned to the Regional Client Officer, Limetree Avenue, Inverness IV3 5AU. There are two supervised sittings for lunch: P1 ­ P4 ~ 12.30 p.m. P5 ­ P7 ~ 12.45 p.m.

PACKED LUNCHES All packed lunches are eaten in the dining room. Children are discouraged from bringing glass bottles or containers and flasks containing hot liquid for Health and Safety reasons.

MILK Dining room staff sell milk for 20p during morning interval.

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UPPER ACHINTORE SCHOOL DRESS CODE While school uniform is not compulsory, it is our policy is to encourage the wearing of it and we would greatly welcome the support of parents on this matter. The following items are recommended: Dark Skirt / Pinafore /Trousers (no blue jeans please) Blue pullover or school sweatshirt or fleece Grey, Blue or White polo shirts Fleeces, Sweatshirts and Polo shirts and are available directly from the school at the following prices (prices subject to change): Fleeces Sweatshirts Poloshirts Age 3 - 12 Size 24 ­ 32 Size 34 upwards Age 3 - 12 £12.50 £9.00 £10.00 £8.00

Footwear There is a need for sensible footwear in school which allows for the children to participate in playground games. At present there are increasing numbers, of girls especially, who are unable to play because of the height of their heels, for example.

Football Strips As part of the dress code we are also requesting children do not wear clothes affiliated to any football clubs. Please note that the school dress code should be observed when representing the school It is important that all items of clothing such as jackets, shoes etc are clearly labelled with the pupil's name and class.

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EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES The children participate in many of the sporting events organised within the Lochaber Area e.g. Netball, Football, Badminton, Modern Dance Country Dancing, Swimming and, for P7 Pupils, Skiing. Some of these are organised by the school while others are the remit of volunteers from the Community and come under the direction of the education sector. The school has a variety of extra curricular activities that are run by both parents and teachers and local high school pupils.


Friday P4 ­ P7 Monday P5 ­P7 Wednesday Friday P1 ­ P7 Friday P1 - P3

2.30 ­ 3.15 p.m. 3.15 - 4.15 p.m. 5.15pm ­ 6pm 2.30 - 3.15 p.m. 3.15 ­ 4.00 p.m.

The above activities are as at December 2008. Parents/guardians will be informed by letter of any changes to these arrangements.

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PARENT COUNCIL Parent Council members are as follows: Chairperson Secretary Treasurer Teacher Rep Parent member ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Mrs J MacIntosh Mrs A Wineberg Mrs C Bisland Miss K Kelly Mrs W Aitchison Mrs J Ferguson Mrs N MacKinnon Ms D Addison Mr D Cameron Mr N Thomson

Councillor Adviser to board

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Meetings take place regularly and minutes are displayed in the main corridor in the reception area and the Visitor Noticeboard outside the Infant Pupil's entrance.

PARENT, TEACHER AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION There is an active PTFA at the School that works as a sub-committee of the Parent Council. The PTFA is primarily a fund raising body that work in co-operation with the school to raise funds to provide resources for the school and extra curricular clubs. Chairperson Secretary Treasurer ~ ~ ~ Ms J Ferguson Mrs J MacIntosh Ms Catriona MacLeod

Meetings take place approximately every six weeks and minutes are displayed in the main corridor at the entrance.

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PUPIL COUNCIL The Pupil Council have regular meetings in school. Teacher Rep Chairperson Secretary ~ ~ ~ Miss K Kelly or Mr N Thomson Lee Kennedy Rebecca Coltart

Minutes are displayed in the main corridor in the reception area. There are two Pupil Councillors from each class in school who sit on the Pupil Council. The Pupil Council is now an established forum for children's ideas to address issues relating to the school and to consult them on all matters affecting them. Each pupil member reports back to their own class and puts forward suggestions from the class at pupil council meetings. Voting by ballot is normally done in the spring each year to appoint new members for the following year.

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CHILD PROTECTION Occasionally incidents can occur within the school setting, which cause concern and could indicate that a pupil is suffering some form of abuse. In terms of Highland Child Protection Committee Inter-agency Protection Guidelines, Education Service staff must report such incidents to Social Work Services, which can lead to a joint Social Work/Police investigation. All agencies involved in Child Protection are obliged to make the welfare of children their paramount consideration and this will be the priority for Education Service Staff. More information about Child Protection Procedures within Highland can be obtained from the Child Protection Development Officer, Mrs Susan

MacLaren, Highland Child Protection Committee, Kinmylies Building, Leachkin Road, Inverness IV3 8NN - Tel: 01463 703483 - Fax: 01463 713237


From time to time, a liaison group meets to consider how best to support the needs of specific pupils. This group includes staff (usually from management, guidance and Support for Learning), educational Psychology as well as staff from Child Health and Social Work Services. It is important that all staff are able to share information in order to coordinate planning and delivery of services - the aim being to provide optimum support to children and families. Should there be any personal or family information that you would not want to be shared in such circumstances, please let one of the following know at the earliest opportunity: · · · Head Teacher School Nurse Social Worker

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Transferring Educational Data About Pupils Education authorities and the Scottish Executive Education Department (SEED) have collected data about pupils on paper forms for many years. We are now working together to transfer data electronically through the ScotXed programme. What pupil data will be collected and transferred? Data on each pupil is collected by local authorities and SEED. The data collected and transferred covers areas such as date of birth, postcode, registration for free-school meals, whether a pupil is looked after by his or her local authority, additional support needs including disability, attendance, absence and exclusions from school. Pupil names and addresses are collected by their school and education authority but they are not passed to SEED. Your postcode is the only part of your address that is transferred. Data is held securely and no information on individual pupils can or would be published by SEED Providing national identity and ethnic background data is entirely voluntary. You can choose the `not disclosed' option if you do not want to provide this data. However, we hope that the explanations contained in this message and on our website will help you understand the importance of providing the data.

Why do we need your data? In order to make the best decisions about how to improve our education service, SEED and education authorities need accurate, up-to-date data about our pupils. We are keen to help all our pupils do well in all aspects of school life and achieve better exam results. Accurate and up-to-date data allows SEED, education authorities and schools to: · · · · plan and deliver better policies for the benefit of all pupils plan and deliver better policies for the benefit of specific groups of pupils better understand some of the factors that influence pupil attainment and achievement target resources better

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Your data protection rights The collection, transfer, processing and sharing of ScotXed data is done in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998). We also comply with the National Statistics Code of Practice requirements and other legislation related to safeguarding the confidentiality of data. The Data Protection Act gives you the right to know how we will use your data. This message can give only a brief description of how we use data. Fuller details of the uses of pupil data can be found on the ScotXed website (

SEED works with a range of partners including HM Inspectorate of Education and the Scottish Qualifications Authority. On occasion, we will make individual data available to partners and also academic institutions to carry out research and statistical analysis. In addition, we will provide our partners with information they need in order to fulfil their official responsibilities. Any sharing of data will be done under the strict control and prior agreement of the Data Sharing Panel in SEED, which will ensure that no individual level data will be made public as a result of the data sharing and that these data will not be used to take any actions in respect of an individual.

Concerns If you have any concerns about the ScotXed data collections you can email the Senior Statistician, Peter Whitehouse, at [email protected] or write to The ScotXed Support Office, SEED, Area 1B, Victoria Quay, Leith, EH6 6QQ. Alternative versions of this page are available, on request from the ScotXed Support Office, in other languages, audio tape, braille and large print

Want more information? Further details about ScotXed data exchanges are available on the ScotXed website,

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TRANSFER TO SECONDARY SCHOOL On completion of their primary school career, children normally transfer to: Lochaber High School Camaghael Fort William PH33 7ND Telephone: 01397 702512

During the fourth term, Primary Seven pupils are invited to visit Lochaber High School. They are introduced to staff members and shown around various departments. Primary Seven pupils have the opportunity throughout their final year in school to mix with pupils from other schools at events like the basketball festival, Safe Highlander etc. Members of the Guidance staff and some S5 pupils also visit our school to talk to the children and to answer any questions that they may have. This helps to ensure that transfer is achieved smoothly. The Secondary Support for Learning Teachers sees children with learning difficulties in advance. When a pupil transfers from Primary School to Secondary School, a folder containing copies of the pupil's School Reports is delivered to the Head Teacher of the Secondary School.

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Budget Running Costs for Financial Year 2007 - 2008

The following figures indicate the Budgeted Running Costs (2007 -2008) for Upper Achintore Primary School:-

Budgeted Running Costs For Financial Year 2008-2009 School Roll at September 2007 Total School Running Costs at April 2008 (£) Cost per Pupil (£)

126 446,919 3,547


From time to time we must raise funds to supplement the capitation allowance. Each year we engage in a least one or two fund-raising events, such as a Christmas hamper or a sponsored activity. The fund is held in a bank account. The School fund is used to provide a wide range of 'extras' for the children. These include class and school trips, Christmas parties and visits by theatre groups. The Fund also contributes towards extra library stock and computer equipment. We are greatly encouraged by the outstanding support given by parents and families.

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