* to create an ethos of achievement by providing stimulating experiences with encouragement and praise, where children will be able to explore their full potential.
* to teach the pupils to know and understand the diversity of society, to create equal opportunities by making all pupils feel they are an integral and valued part of the school and that they have an important contribution to make.
* to provide a balanced curriculum as prescribed by the Scottish Office 5-14 National Guidelines, using a variety of appropriate teaching and learning approaches and to encourage pupils to take responsibility for their learning.
* to maintain the high standards of pupil attainment, attendance and behaviour.
* to value continuing staff development as a positive contribution to the school.
* to maintain and develop links with Mallaig High School and its feeder primary schools in order to make transfer to high school a positive experience.
* to foster good relationships with parents, the School Board and community members so that the school can be a place that we can all be proud of.
Canna Primary School accommodates pupils from the Isles of Canna and Sanday. The school is located within croft land on Sanday, on the shores of Canna Bay.
Sanday is connected to the larger island of Canna by a wooden bridge. The original footbridge was built in 1905 to allow children on Canna to get to school whatever the state of the tide and was upgraded by Highland Council in 1998 to allow the first nursery child safer access. The new bridge was completed in March 2006 and allows vehicular access.
The school, built in 1874, is within a traditional granite house, which until October 2001 was both the teacher’s home and the school.
The building now comprises a main classroom and a Nursery room on the ground floor, which can also be used as an Art/Science room.
Upstairs an office and a resources room can be located, and also the school toilet.
A recent addition of a concrete slabbed area in front of the building allows the pupils to skip and play ball games.
The school building is surrounded by a grassed garden which includes a sandpit, a football net, and concrete base for rounders. A swingframe and slide has recently been installed.
Daffodils have been planted around the garden and the small flowerbeds are planted up and maintained. To the rear is a small concrete area and a small fenced area for the pupils to grow plants.