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Port Elphinstone Primary School
School Road, Port Elphinstone, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
Tel. 01467 621277



Our school roll has fluctuated over the last few years, and we now have four classes. In 1997 and 1998, two new classrooms were added onto our school, which are very bright and attractive.

  • As well as our classrooms,
  • we have a resource room which also houses the library and multi-media Internet computers.
  • We have various smaller rooms throughout the school, and a multi-purpose hall where school lunches are served.
  • This room is also used for P.E., Drama and Music.

The children and staff are encouraged to take a pride in their surroundings through, for example, attractive wall displays and safe and sensible behaviour implemented through a strong Discipline Policy.

Outside we are fortunate to have a play area bordered by mature trees, an adventure playground, a sizeable football pitch and a tarred area for play.


Port Elphinstone Nursery was opened in August 2000.   We are a part-time nursery offering twenty morning places to pre-school children.  Mrs Park is the nursery teacher with Mrs Thompson as the nursery nurse. Nursery begins at 9.00 a.m. And finishes at 11.30 a.m.

Port Elphinstone Nursery follows the pre-school guidelines “Curriculum Framework for Children 3-5 “ and “The Child at the Centre.”

Our Curriculum is divided into 5 areas:

Emotional, personal and social development

Communication and language

Knowledge and understanding of the world

Expressive and aesthetic development

Physical development and movemen



Port Elphinstone School’s main aim is to maintain and improve the quality and standards of caring, learning and achievement for everyone.

The National Priorities For Education

  1. To raise standards of educational attainment for all in schools, especially in the core skills of literacy and numeracy, and to achieve better levels in national measures of achievement including examination results.

We aim to: provide and deliver a balanced curriculum which gives breadth, balance and


  1. To support and develop the skills of teachers, the self-discipline of pupils and to enhance school environments so that they are conducive to teaching and learning.

We aim to: provide resources which enable Port Elphinstone to be a quality school;

have effective leadership;

provide a safe and healthy environment as is possible for all adults and

children within the school.

  1. To promote equality and help every pupil benefit from education, with particular regard paid to pupils with disabilities and special educational needs, and to Gaelic and other lesser used languages.

We aim to: allow each child to develop his/her full potential;

provide opportunities for quality learning which meets pupils’ needs at an

appropriate pace.

  1. To work with parents to teach pupils respect for self and one another and their interdependence with other members of their neighbourhood and society and to teach them the duties and responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society.

We aim to: instil in pupils and staff a sense of identity and pride by providing a

welcoming ethos, where clear discipline guidelines are understood and

maintained in partnership with parents and the wider community

  1. To equip pupils with the foundation skills, attitudes and expectations necessary to prosper in a changing society and to encourage creativity and ambition.

We aim to: provide for the emotional, physical and social needs of individual pupils by

encouraging positive attitudes in a caring supportive environment.

The school aims were agreed on in consultation with both staff and parents taking into account the performance indicators from “How Good Is Our School?” (SOEID 1996).

They were revised in 2005 to include reference to The National Priorities for Education.


In 1832, the Earl of Kintore built the first school on the present site, which was at the time just a clearing in the woods.   It had one room and above the door hung a large bell which was rung by pulling on a rope.   It was burnt to the ground in 1870 and all records were lost.   It was rebuilt and re-occupied in six months.   There were then two rooms, the present Room 3 and part of Room 2 – one large room and one very small room.   One hundred pupils were crowded into this and to force the school board to extend the building, the government grant was cut.   In 1896 the present Room 4 was added and the small room was extended to form our Room 2.

In 1950 the school was wired for electricity but there was still no central heating – in winter the temperatures rarely rose above 450F!   Toilets were outside and often froze.   The girls’ playground was separated from the boys’ by a 10-12 foot fence!   Since electric bells were now used, I donated the old bell to an Aberdeen church.

In 1954 central heating was installed.   In 1956, Room 5 was added, the toilets brought inside and the field behind the schoolhouse was purchased and converted into a sports field.   School meals were started.

1968 saw the next extension when the present GP room was added.   It was then a five teacher school with an additional five visiting teachers, a part-time secretary and over 150 pupils.    After school activities included soccer, netball, table tennis, snooker and billiards, and with a moveable partition between rooms, we for years supplied Inverurie with its best badminton players.

For such a small school Port Elphinstone has a remarkable record.   Among its distinguished scholars were Dr Pittendreigh MacGillivray – Kings sculptor and poet, Principal R.S. Gait of Glasgow University, Prof J. Ritchie of Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities, Prof Alex Gordon of St Andrews University, Anthony Mitchell, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney, Sir James Taggart, Lord Provost of Aberdeen and more recently Penelope Dransart who gained a Dphil at Oxford University where she is a curator of the world famous Pitt Rivers Museum.

Now some interesting excerpts from the log books:


Large menagerie passed through today.   The 11 o’clock interval was

extended to allow the children to see it.


Samuel Mutch contracted Diptheria from clothes sent from a distance.   They belonged to an uncle who had died from the disease.


Aeroplane visited today.   Children allowed out to see it.


Lack of boots given as reason for many absences.

In conclusion I should like to say that on my recent visit to the school, I was delighted to find the pupils neat and tidy, smiling and polite – just as “Port” pupils always have been.

Peter Nicol MA - Headmaster 1950 to 1975


We hope that all children will come to school with a neat and tidy appearance. We encourage the wearing of the following practical and inexpensive school uniform.

· school sweatshirt/hooded sweatshirt – navy with yellow school logo

· school polo shirt – navy with yellow school logo or yellow with navy school logo

          · school fleece – navy with yellow school logo

All of these can be bought at DFS Intersport in Market Place, Inverurie.

Navy skirt or trousers to match the above.

The school holds a small stock of second hand sweatshirts which you may wish to access.

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