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Tong Primary School
, HS2 0HJ, UK Tong
+44 (0)1851 702572

  Tong Primary School

Background Information

Tong School serves the villages of Milkinghill, Aird Tong and Tong.

The pupils, on leaving Primary attend either Back Secondary School or The Nicolson Institute.  This session 9 of the Primary Seven pupils will transfer to Back Secondary School and 3 will transfer to The Nicolson Institute.  At the beginning of the session the school roll of 53 pupils was divided into three composite classes:  Primary One, Two and Three, Primary Four and Five, Primary Six and Seven.

During 2005/06 staffing was 3.0 full time equivalent teachers.  The staff consisting of the Head Teacher who was class committed for three days and two other members of staff.  In addition the school had 0.61 compliment of staff providing, music, art, support for learning and PE.

A chanter tutor provided tuition to a small group of pupils in Primary six and seven.  The school secretary was committed to giving support to teachers within the classroom for 12.5 hours a week She spent 17.5 hours on secretarial duties.  An Auxiliary worked in the P6 and 7 classes for 15 hours.  The crossing patrol attendant has also the additional duties of playground and dining room supervisor.

The School Board met regularly, discussed a wide range of issues as well as helping to raise funds for the school.

Statement of school aims

At Tong Primary School we aim to:-

Provide a relevant, broad and balanced, differentiated bilingual curriculum.

Achieve optimum standards of attainment.

Provide a happy, caring and purposeful environment in which learning can take place.

Foster an atmosphere of diligence, tolerance and co-operation within the classroom and the wider school community.

Maintain community involvement in the life of the school.

Provide a stimulating learning and teaching environment within the school building and the school grounds.

Make the best possible use of the resources and accommodation provided.

Ensure that the school is led and managed effectively.

Enable all young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.


Very good relationships exist between all staff and between pupils and staff.  Pupils are well behaved and polite.  A warm and welcoming ethos pervades the school.  The ethos has been commented on by many visitors to the school.

The attendance figures are above the national average.  The effective pupil council promotes consultation with pupils and involves all pupils in decision making.

Equality and fairness infiltrate all aspects of school life.  The monthly newsletter provides effective communication between home and school.  The school contributes to a monthly community newspaper; making the life of the school known to a far wider audience.

A full induction programme for pre-school (rising fives) is in place.  This involves organised visits by the play leader and the new pupils to the infant class on a weekly basis in the summer term and two mornings in class during the month of June.  The infant teacher visits the playgroup on a weekly basis in the summer term and works with the pupils.

The pupil transfer procedure by Back Secondary School involves the P7 children having an induction day in the receiving secondary school in May or June each year.  A teacher from Back Secondary School visits our school to talk to the Headteacher who informs them of the pupils progress and wider achievements.  The P7 pupils attending The Nicolson Institute have three days induction in June each year.  A teacher from The Nicolson Institute also visits our school to talk to the Headteacher.

Good discipline exists within the school.  The children are encouraged to respect one another and to respect school property.  Good relationships exist between the associated primary (Tolsta), Back School and The Nicolson Institute.

Homework clubs which encourage curricular work, sports and cultural activities take place throughout the year.

There are well developed links with the School Board.  They meet regularly and are supportive of the school.


The School curriculum covers all areas recommended in the national guidelines and is broad and balanced. Timetabling has been allocated in line with the 5-14 guidelines with the flexibility allocation being assigned to language and mathematics.  Pupils are motivated and achieve good results. High standards are set by the staff.  Pupils in Primaries six and seven are taught French.

Good opportunities for PSD are afforded to the pupils though the School’s Assembly programme, the pupil council, the informal buddying system and the weekly circle time.

Next Steps

The staff will continue to monitor the curriculum provided and maintain its breadth and balance.

The staff will keep abreast of the latest curriculum developments as outlined in “A Curriculum for Excellence”, A Journey to Excellence and the ‘Improving Scottish Education document’.

A formal Buddying System is to be implemented during session 2006/07.

Key Area 2 - Standards of attainment


A variety of assessment strategies are used to gather evidence of pupil attainment.

Assessment records are kept for each child in each curriculum area.

Evidence of attainment is recorded on the pupil’s progress report and is retained in the pupil file together with the current national assessment papers.

Level of attainment achieved by pupils, at each stage, at June 2006 are as follows:-

All targets set for 2006 in Maths and Reading have been achieved.

Key Area 3 - Quality of Learning and Teaching


The learning environment within the School is well organised, stimulating and challenging. The varying learning styles of pupils are taken into account when planning and delivering the curriculum.  A range of teaching approaches are used; individual, class and group. Teachers and pupils work well together with Formative Assessment techniques being used in all classes..   Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning.  They are frequently reminded to think about “why they are learning and who they are learning for”.

Homework is given daily.  It is appropriately planned and linked to class work.

All staff set high expectations of pupil behaviour and pupils respond well.  Pupils work at an appropriate pace.  They are well motivated, produce work of a very good standard and they are making good steady progress in their learning.

Praise is used effectively throughout the school.

National Testing is used appropriately throughout the school.  The format for reporting to parents is in line with 5-14 guidelines and includes a space for parental feedback.

Next Step

To maintain the standard of learning and teaching within the school.

To maintain high expectations within learning and teaching and behaviour.

To support all staff in CPD activities which will improve their teaching and impact positively on the pupil’s learning.

Key Area 4 - Support for Pupils

Support for Pupils

Staff are aware of the emotional, physical, social and pastoral needs of pupils and willingly give time to meet with parents.  The needs of individual pupils are identified at an early stage and appropriate support is sought.

The support for learning teacher works with pupils for two afternoons a week (3 hours 40 minutes).  Priority is given to pupils with specific difficulties in order to maximise the time allocation.

Pupils who are in receipt of additional support for learning are making good progress towards achieving the required levels.

The school is actively involved in Promoting Positive Behaviour and provides many opportunities for pupils to be praised and their achievements recognised.  At the weekly assembly pupils are presented with Head Teacher Awards.  Pupils achievements are displayed in the foyer of the school. 

Personal and Social Skills have been developed across the curriculum.  Skills of citizenship have been encouraged through assembly work, class work and participation in Enterprise activities.

Pupils are given the opportunity to express their views through a suggestion box and the pupil council.

Next Steps

To continue to support childrens’ learning.

To continue to provide experiences which enable citizenship to be developed.

To continue to provide opportunities to allow the children to have a voice within the school.

To maintain an enterprising approach and allow the pupils to participate in a wide variety of enterprise activities.

To continue to give the pupil council the responsibility of managing and executing the enterprise budget.


Pupils compete in the local Mod taking part in choral, solo and recitation events.  They entertain the senior citizens both in the Tong community and at a residential home for the elderly in Stornoway. 

They are given opportunity to compete in football and pivot ball tournaments, and many of them avail themselves of the football training given at the Back Development Centre.  Many of the pupils also participate in the community Youth Club, Brownies, Highland Dancing and Music Clubs. 

The school runs a Homework Club at different times of the year.  This session the club will give the children experience in Drama, Music, curriculum work and Basketball.


Tong School uniform is blue and grey-blue V-necks with yellow logo, navy/black skirts/trousers.  The school sells jogging suits, T-shirts, V-necks and ties.  Prices of each item are available from the school.

All parents in receipt of Family Credit or Income Support are eligible for a clothing grant from the Education Authority to ensure that their children are able to make full use of educational provision.  Parents on low incomes may also make an application for a clothing grant. Application forms for clothing grants are available from the:

Education and Leisure Services Department
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Sandwick Road
Telephone 01851 - 703773 ext. 498

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