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Holm Primary School
Stratherrick Road, IV2 4YL, UK Inverness
+44 (0)1463 232697

Holm Primary School

Holm Primary School entrance


Holm School delineated area (catchment area) starts at Island Bank Road and includes the area outwards from Drummond Circus, Drummond Crescent, Holm Mills, Holm Mains, Holm Park and Ness-side.  On the east side it includes Ardholm Place, Ardbreck Place, Ardness Place, the new Holm Dell development, Essich and the farms west of Culduthel Road and The Inverness Royal Academy.

The School Buildings

Holm Primary School is situated off Stratherrick Road overlooking Holm Mains and Holm Park.  The main access is from Stratherrick Road - opposite Lochardil Woods.  In addition, pedestrian access can be had using the steps up from Holm Mains at Boarstone Avenue.

The school opened in August 1974 and was extended in February 1979.  It provides comfortable accommodation for up to 350 pupils.  All the accommodation is one the ground floor.

There are four main buildings: The Administration Block, which contains the Head Teacher's and Secretary's offices, the Staff Room, Music Room, Hall, Dining Area and Kitchen.

Teaching Block A, where the Nursery Class, P1, P2 and P2/3 are situated.

Teaching Block B, where P3/4, P4/P5 and the Pink Panther playgroup are situated.

Teaching Block C, where P5/6, P6, P7, School library and Teachers' Resource Room and Medical Room are situated.

Each of the Teaching Blocks has a central "open area" adjacent to classrooms.  The "open areas" are provided as classroom extensions.  Each Teaching Block has its drinking water fountain and toilet facilities.

Each class has at least one PC with internet access and email facilities.  In addition we have a bank of PC's in the open area of C-Block and laptop computers for use throughout the school.  The 21st Century is very much the age of the computer and so it is vitally important that our children are prepared for this.

The school has spacious outside playing and recreational areas.  The grass area provides space for athletics, football, hockey, rugby, orienteering etc.  The tarmacadam area in the centre of the school grounds can be used for playground games and activities such as cycling instruction.  In 2002 the PTA secured lottery funding for the construction of a basketball court at the edge of the playing field.

Placing Requests

If you live outside the catchment area and would like your child to attend Holm School, you must request a place, in writing from the Area Education Manager, Mr Hector Robertson who is based at the Area Education Office, 13 Ardross Street, Inverness. IV3 5NT. Parents/Carers who are granted a place are responsible for any transport costs.

View from the hill!

Please note that there is no automatic progression from Nursery to the Primary stages if you live outwith the catchment area, similarly there is no automatic progression from Primary School to the Inverness Royal Academy.    Placing requests are required to be submitted at each stage.

'Open door' policy to parents

You know your child best and at Holm School we look forward to working together closely as partners in your child's education.  Parents are always welcome to call at the school to clarify any information or to discuss any issues which may arise.  The Head Teacher is most willing to consider any requests or suggestions for liaison with parents.  Parents or members of the community who have a special skill or interest which might support curricular activities, or be the basis for possible extra-curricular activities are most cordially invited to contact the Head Teacher with a view to further discussion.

Parent Helpers in School

Parents are involved in the school life in various ways.  Helper parents assist on swimming days by accompanying the teacher and class to Inverness Swimming  Pool.  Parents often provide help with supervision of children at events such as basketball matches, football matches and environmental studies trips.  In addition there is a football club for youngsters organised and run by parents who train in the school field in the evenings or on Saturdays and who play as a team against other schools and clubs.   Parents also train P6 for the cycling proficiency tests.

Parent helpers can play a part in and out of the classroom.  If you are interested in giving up some of your time to help within the school watch out for appeals for helpers in our newsletters, or contact the school.


In June 2004 and 2005 children took part in the Junior Highland Games organised by Highland Hospice and raised money for the Hospice.

For the Tsunami Appeal we had a wacky hair day and non-uniform day and raised £370.  For Children In Need we had a come-as-you-please day and raised £255.  47 shoeboxes were packed for Blythswood full of interesting gifts for others less well-off than ourselves.

The P.T.A. organised Carol Singing at the Eastgate Centre and together with the collection at the Christmas Concert we raised £189 for the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Care for Children.    The choir also sang for the Inner Wheel at their Christmas Lunch in the Lochardil Hotel and were given a cheque for £100 which was also sent to The Malcolm Sargent Cancer Care for Children.

Finally we have weekly collections for UNICEF and over the last year we sent £185.81                                                


At Holm School:-

We aim to promote achievement, celebrate success and set appropriately high expectations of pupils' attainment, attendance and behaviour. 

We try to achieve this aim through the good use of praise.  Class teachers award certificates, stickers, star writer awards etc. to encourage pupils to achieve and to congratulate them for their successes.  Whole school assemblies, achiever awards and house points complement these activities.  Pupils of all abilities are set challenging attainment targets appropriate to their abilities.  Good attendance is encouraged at school level and supported by the Highland Council Education Service and the new end of session attendance certificate.  We constantly strive to have a well-behaved school.  The circle time initiative (and its related activities) is the vehicle which we are currently developing to enhance this important part of school life.

We aim to provide a school of which pupils, teachers, parents and the community as a whole can be proud.  The children are encouraged to be good citizens who are self disciplined, respectful of others and their property.  They should be aware of the importance of good relationships with others.

We try to achieve this aim by working closely with the pupils, parents and members of the community through the Pupil Council, PTA and the School Board.  Our work in personal and social education lessons and discussions gives class teachers the opportunity to teach citizenship, discipline and respect.  We hope that his work with our pupils in partnership with our parents and members of the community will help us achieve this aim.

We aim to provide a school in which parents', teachers' and pupils' views and concerns can be openly discussed in a friendly and positive way.

We try to achieve this aim by striving to provide a school that is open and operates in a friendly way that encourages all our stakeholders to have the confidence to voice concerns and give views in a positive friendly way.  Pupils, staff and parents are regularly given opportunities to voice opinions formally at meetings and through questionnaires.  Informal meetings with the Head Teacher are another way open discussion is encouraged.

We aim to provide a pleasant, supportive, secure and inclusive environment in which learning will develop through a variety of teaching methods.  For example:- class, group and (when necessary) individual teaching, catering for a range of different abilities.

We try to achieve this aim by working very hard to provide an education service for the wide and varied needs of our pupils.  For the benefit of some pupils we work in close partnership with medical services, psychological services, the speech and language therapy department etc. to ensure that, if necessary, the teaching provided is suitable for the needs of the child.

We aim to ensure that all staff members have opportunities for continuing professional development.

We try to achieve this aim through our staff review and development procedures for all staff in the school.  We have worked with Investors in People to improve this important aspect of school life and gained Investors in People status in September 2003.

We aim to provide a broad curriculum (based on the 5-14 Curriculum Guidelines and Education 3-5)  and endeavour to ensure that our children will develop:-

  • an ability to communicate;

  • a grasp of mathematics;

  • geographical and historical awareness

  • an understanding of elementary scientific principles;

  • an understanding of healthy and safe living;

  • a willingness to practise some of the arts;

  • an ability to take pleasure in the experience of physical activity;

  • an ability to use ICT (Information & Communications Technology); and    

  • an understanding of religion as a significant area of human experience.

We are trying to achieve this aim as we adapt, update or change the curriculum we offer so that it matches the 5-14 Guidelines for P1 to P7 pupils and Education 3-5 for our nursery children.  Our Partnership with Parents Team, made up of class teachers, is currently looking at ways of involving parents in, and informing parents about the curriculum.


All children are treated as individual people with views and opinions which are listened to respectfully by staff and pupils alike.  We wish our pupils to be responsible, to think, to make decisions and to act upon them.  We wish every child to have independence, to have the ability to work on his/her own and to share ideas with others.  We wish our pupils to have inquiring minds and encourage this through practical activities in all areas of the curriculum.  We encourage a lively curiosity.  Children learn through doing, through questioning - they make discoveries and are keen to learn.

The Curriculum

Holm School aims to provide a balanced curriculum and an education appropriate for all its pupils.  The 5-14 programme defines the curriculum under broad headings.


English Language

  • reading

  • writing

  • listening

  • talking


  • number, money & measurement

  • information handling

  • shape, position & movement

  • problem solving & enquiry

Environmental Studies

  • social subjects, sometimes called society (history, geography and modern studies)

  • science

  • technology (designing and making)

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

  • practical skills in using computer hardware, software and communications technologies

  • knowledge and understanding about ICT

  • the development of informed attitudes about the uses of computers in society

Expressive Arts

  • music

  • art & design

  • drama

  • physical education

Religious & Moral Education

  • Christianity

  • other world religions

  • personal search

Personal & Social Education

  • self awareness & self esteem

  • inter-personal relationships and independence and inter-dependence

Health Education

  • physical, emotional & social

The Structure and Balance of the Curriculum

Each curriculum area requires a clear allocation of time in order to ensure that all pupils encounter a variety of learning experiences of high quality and that high standards are achieved.  These consist of:

·          a minimum recommended time for each area

·          time for schools to use flexibly in order to enhance learning in any of the main curriculum areas.

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