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Lauder Primary School
, TD2 6QJ, UK Lauder
+44 (0)1578 722346

Lauder Primary School

Lauder Primary School is located in Crofts Road where educational facilities have been available since 1863. Written records are held from that date but a plaque inserted in the gable end of the school hall suggests that a school stood here in 1836. Inevitably, changes to the original school building happened over the years.

Some modernisation took place in 1966 when the block of four classrooms was constructed. A fifth classroom was added in 1977 when part of the playground was built over. In 1987 another classroom was built upstairs, giving us six classrooms for the seven stages of primary education. With a roll of around 150 in the primary school there must always be some composite classes in the school.

A nursery was added in 1998 and at present the pre-school attend in the morning and the ante pre-school attend in the afternoon.

The Headteacher is assisted by seven class teachers two of whom are designated 'Principal Teachers'. At present there are visiting teachers of art, music, physical education and learning support. These specialists bring their own expertise into the life of the school.

The ancillary staff consists of a school secretary, nursery nurse, classroom assistant, special auxiliary, a cook, an assistant cook, a janitor and a cleaner.

There is a wide range of services available under the authority of the Borders Health Board to ensure the healthy development of pupils during their years of schooling. Included in this range of services are medical inspections, dental inspections, tests for speech, eye tests and hearing tests. These are carried out at certain times throughout the primary stages.

It would be appreciated that any health problems, which may affect a child's performance at school, could be discussed with the Headteacher.

Children who live more than two miles from the school are entitled to free school transport. Please contact the school and we will be pleased to help you arrange this.


Morning session :

8.45am - 12.00 noon

Morning break* :

P1-4 : 10.20am - 10.35am
P5-7 : 10.40am - 10.55am

Lunch :

12.00pm - 12.45pm

Afternoon session :

12.45pm - 2.45pm

*In order to accommodate the current music timetable and our visiting music specialist, the whole school have their morning break together between 10.30am - 10.45am.
On days where the weather prevents playing outside, the children normally stay in their classrooms, monitored by senior pupils. On these occasions, morning break also runs from 10.30am - 10.45am.

The new intake at the start of each session will come into school, mornings only until the week before the October half-term holiday. From October the pupils will be at school full-time.


School meals are cooked on the premises. Balanced, nutritional meals are provided, including a vegetarian option.

The cost at present is £1.60 daily.

Children may bring a packed lunch if they wish to.

Some pupils may be eligible for free school meals. Application forms for these can be obtained from the Headteacher.
When completed, these forms are sent to:

The Director of Education & Lifelong Learning
Scottish Borders Council
Newtown St Boswells


The school uniform consists of the following:

  • a royal blue sweatshirt (Primary 7)

  • a navy sweatshirt (Primary 1 - 6)

  • a yellow polo-shirt (All children)

  • a white t-shirt (All children)

  • a navy fleece (All children)

All of the above garments have the school logo embroidered on them.

Some boys wear grey or black trousers and some girls wear grey or navy skirts. On outings and particular school functions children are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

P.E. Kit:  The children are required to wear a t-shirt and shorts for P.E. and they also should have indoor gym shoes. On occasion the children are taken to the playing fields for P.E. Prior notice will be given to the children on these occasions when outdoor P.E. kit should be worn.

Art / Craft:  An old shirt or apron is useful during Art / Craft lessons.



In October 1988 the Secretary of State for Scotland announced a major Development Programme for pupils aged 5-14 in Scottish schools. The programme covers all areas of the curriculum and assessment at these stages.

The aims of the Programme are:

  • to give clear guidelines on what children should be learning

  • to improve assessment of children's progress

  • to give parents better information about the curriculum and about their children's performance

Teachers have been advised on the various subjects of the curriculum and on the time to be spent on each. In each subject a series of "attainment targets" have been identified for children to work through. These attainment targets are grouped on five levels from 'A' through to 'E'.

Level A - should be attainable in the course of P1 - 3 by almost all pupils

Level B - should be attainable by some pupils in P3 or even earlier, but certainly by most in P4

Level C - should be attainable in the course of P4 - 6 by most pupils

Level D - should be attainable by some pupils in P5 - 6 or even earlier, but certainly by most in P7

Level E - should be attainable by some pupils in P7 / S1, but certainly by most by the end of S2

It is important to remember that some children progress more quickly than others.

Environmental Studies
Expressive Arts
R. & M.E.


At Lauder Primary School we provide opportunities for all pupils to become successful, confident and responsible individuals in society.

  • To provide a broad, progressive and balanced curriculum for every child in partnership with parents, carers and the wider community

  • To ensure that, through effective assessment procedures, all pupils are encouraged to reach and maintain their highest level of attainment and achievement

  • To provide quality learning experiences for all pupils through a range of teaching styles which will enable them to become actively involved in their learning

  • To provide a caring and supportive learning environment where the emotional, physical, social and educational needs of every child are considered in order that they achieve maximum individual potential

  • To provide a welcoming, happy, healthy and safe learning environment through a positive approach in partnership with pupils, parents, carers, staff and the wider community

  • To provide a range of appropriate resources to meet the needs of staff and pupils in all areas of the curriculum

  • To promote a team approach to ensure the effective management of the school through good leadership, where the views of all pupils, parents, carers and staff are valued


Homework is given to pupils to consolidate work done in class or to prepare work for the following day.

This is an opportunity for parents to observe methods of work, the range of work being covered and some of the text books being used in school.

Parents can help by providing a suitable place of work, discussing the homework with their child and signing the written homework if this is requested by the teacher.


Reading in the early stages

As parents, you have an important role to play when your child brings home a reading book from school. It is helpful to set aside some time when you are able to devote your attention to helping your child to read. Boost his/her confidence with constant praise for even the smallest achievement. Don't be concerned if at first your child cannot read every word. Reading should be as stress free as possible for both the parent and the child!

More guidance will be given at the 'Meet the Teacher' evenings at school.

Further up the school and once reading is well under way children will be given set texts to read up and prepare.

Other tasks may be given at other times. These might be in the form of Maths, Spelling or researching a particular topic.



Assessment is the means of obtaining information which allows teachers, pupils and parents to make professional judgements about pupils' progress. The starting point for this is the curriculum and the process of learning and teaching. Although assessment has many facets, its essence is determining what a pupil is actually achieving in relation to expectations of attainment and drawing conclusions from that comparison.

Effective communication between home and school is now widely regarded as a pre-requisite for good education. Reports on pupil progress are an important form of communication between home and school. At Lauder we firmly believe in the importance of good home/school communication. To foster this we meet with parents the following ways throughout the school session:

  • Parent Information Sessions - These events are held in November and May each school year. Report cards will be sent out prior to these sessions.

After School

Lauder 'After School Care Club' opened in August 1998. A group of working parents whose children attended Lauder Primary School at the time planned and developed the club.

The club is managed by a committee of parents.
The Headteacher and all the staff, support and assist the club. One of the club's benefits is that children do not have to leave the school premises to attend.

The club runs every school day in the school hall from 2.45pm-6.00pm and places should be booked in advance. Parents wishing to do so should contact the A.S.C. Co-ordinator on 07967 859 226.

It is staffed by a co-ordinator and play leader allowing up to 16 pupils to attend. The service is flexible and the childcare provided can be full-time, part-time or occasional depending on families' needs. The club is open to any child from Primary 1 - Primary 7.

As well as a variety of indoor activities and games, the club is able to make use of the school play ground (weather permitting!), and can also access the public park for more adventurous play.

Over the years, the club has organised various fund-raising events to allow the continued up-dating and extension of equipment and resources. The events have included a jumble sale, family ceilidh (shared with the P.T.A.), a sponsored walk, Christmas hamper raffle and a potted plant stall at a P.T.A. event. The main focus of the fund raising events has always been to allow the children attending the club to be involved in the planning and organising of each event.

Further details about the 'After School Club' are available from:


BOOKINGS - 07967 859 226

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