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Kirkhill Primary School
St Mary`s Road, Kirkhill, IV5 7NX, UK Inverness
+44 (0)1463 831543


Welcome to Kirkhill Primary School!

Kirkhill Primary School is situated 7.8 miles from Inverness on the A862 road towards Beauly.  The schools catchment area covers Kirkhill, Inchmore, Lentran, Drumchardine, Cabrich, Knockbain, Bunchrew, Clunes and Newtonhill.

Our school is a busy, happy environment where we actively encourage home/school/community links.  It was opened in 1996 and we are fortunate to have excellent facilities, equipment and accommodation.  Our building consists of seven well equipped classrooms, a purpose built nursery for 3 and 4 year olds, a large hall which is equipped for PE lessons and school productions and a general purpose room which is suitable for community meetings.

The school is set in pleasant surroundings in the heart of the community.


  1. To enable our pupils to develop their full potential in all areas of their life and learning through providing challenging, relevant, progressive, coherent teaching that is broad and balanced and based on the 3-5 and 5-14 curriculum guidelines in order to raise their standards of achievement and attainment in order that they can become successful learners.

  2. To create a rich and varied learning environment that promotes thinking skills, encourages enterprising approaches to learning and to help pupils develop respect for themselves, others and their environment so that they can develop the skills and values for the future that will enable them to become effective contributors and responsible citizens.

  3. To create a school ethos that encourages self discipline, fosters equal opportunities and inclusion so that our pupils are able to develop into confident individuals who feel valued and respected by the whole school community.

  4. To encourage and support our pupils to be aware of their role in the wider society, responsible for themselves and their health and well being and to encourage them to develop a positive attitude to recreation, leisure and sport.

  5. To work in partnership with parents and carers to encourage active involvement in their child’s education and social development and the life of the school.

  6. To create a centre for life long learning which supports the needs of all staff, parents and pupils.



To welcome all children, parents and carers as partners in our Nursery.

To create a safe and stimulating learning environment.

To provide a well-structured play-centred curriculum.

To provide for the all-round development of the child.

To pursue a whole-school policy of integration providing a seamless transition into P1.

To participate in ‘on-going’ staff development to ensure we are able to meet the needs of the children.


A friendly, welcoming environment, with well-trained staff.

Mrs Robertson, Early Years Assistant, is a qualified First Aider and both Mrs Smith and Ms Forsyth have completed basic first aid training.

A clean modern, well-equipped Nursery, with our own cloakroom and toilets including facilities for disabled children.

A safe and secure outside play-area and Nursery garden, for energetic play with access for disabled children.

A consistent but flexible routine based on the High-Scope way of working with children. We believe that children learn best from activities which they plan and carry out themselves. We encourage them to reflect upon their experiences and review their personal planning.


Children are involved in meaningful play-centred learning with people, objects, ideas and events necessary to their intellectual, physical, social and emotional development.

Adults interact with children in a mutual relationship of trust and respect which empowers children to take control of, and responsibility for, their own learning.

The learning setting is arranged to provide an orderly and stimulating environment in which children can independently find, use and return the materials they require.

Our daily routine is based on the ‘High-Scope’ ideals – where children plan their own activities.

All children have been proven to benefit from the High-Scope experience.

They become:

Independent, responsible and confident

Learn to plan their own activities, carry them out and review them.

Become problem solvers, decision makers and active participants in their own learning.

Gain knowledge and skills in all the curriculum areas.

Research indicates that children who had High-Scope experience, developed life skills and a positive attitude to education and society, which enabled them to improve the quality of their lives as adolescents and adults.

Staff regularly make observations concerning children’s learning experiences which form the basis for planning and evaluation of curriculum experience.

The Nursery Curriculum falls into five categories:

Emotional, personal and social development

Communication and language

Knowledge and understanding of the world

Expressive and aesthetic development

Physical development and movement

Please refer to ‘Children Learning 3 to 5: A Parent’s Guide’. This leaflet explains the five curricular areas in more detail (Copies available on Parent’s Book Shelf). Copies of the ‘Curriculum Policy’ are also located on the Parents Book Shelf.


Nursery enrolments usually take place in February or March. Adverts will be placed in the Local Press prior to that date.

The ‘Welcome to Kirkhill Nursery Pack’ includes the enrolment form and all other relevant paperwork.

Parents are required to produce their child’s Birth Certificate when they register.


The subjects taught at school are presently developed and reviewed according to the 5-14 Programme however ‘A Curriculum for Excellence’ is currently being developed throughout Scotland this is aimed at reforming the present 5-14 curriculum into a coherent 3-18 curriculum. This initiative when implemented will form the basis of the education that your children receive.

We formulate school policies based on the above and copies of our Policies are available from the School Office if parents wish to read them.

The curriculum is divided into 6 areas: Language


Environmental Studies

Expressive Arts

Religious, Social & Moral

Health and PSD

Any significant changes to what is taught or how it is taught will be passed on to parents either in the regular school newsletters or at special curricular meetings to deal with the changes, where we would welcome your support and interest. We aim to work in partnership with our parents and your involvement with your child’s education is welcomed by us and necessary to aid your child success in Primary school.

The Curriculum taught takes account of the National Priorities in Education for Scotland and also includes the initiatives such as Health Promotion, raising achievements, Citizenship and inclusion and Assessment is for Learning, etc.

We also aim to ensure that all pupils have equal access to all areas of curriculum irrespective of gender, ethnicity, ability or background.


We are lucky to have a variety of extra-curricular activities at Kirkhill Primary which include the tuition of Scottish instruments (chanter, brass and recorder), TOPs sport, badminton, football, french lessons, Relax Kids and country dancing. These are run by school staff, parents, volunteers or outside bodies.

After School Club

We hope to have an After School Club operational as from October 2007, running from 3.15 pm to 5.45 pm Monday to Friday. Sessions will cost £8.00. Please contact Carolyn Cameron on 079799 43273 for more details or to book a place.


School uniform is purely optional but a recent survey by the parents has indicated they wish to have an informal uniform of school sweatshirts and dark trousers or skirts.

The School Uniform can be purchased from The National Schoolwear Shop, Academy Street, Inverness throughout the year. Our school receives commission which we use to buy sportswear for our school teams, etc.

Application for Assistance with Footwear and School Clothing

If you are in receipt of Income Support, Working Families Tax Credit, Income Based Jobseekers Allowance or Widowed Mothers Allowance you can apply for the above. Forms are available from the school office in strictest confidence.

Indoor Shoes

All the children should have named indoor shoes that they can change into while in the school buildings after being outside. This is important to maintain the floor coverings from mud etc.

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