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Lochyside R C Primary School
Lochyside, PH33 7NX, UK Fort William
+44 (0)1397 703377

Welcome to our School 

Our school is in the town of Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland. The school is in an area of exceptional natural beauty with many opportunities for outdoor pursuits. Lochyside Primary School is a Roman Catholic school drawing pupils from a wide area around Fort William.


School Mission Statement

At Lochyside RC Primary School we are engaged in the pursuit of excellence.

We present the children with opportunities to develop the four capacities of A Curriculum for Excellence so that they will become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

This will equip them with skills and attitudes for lifelong learning and will prepare them for life beyond school.

Our overall aim is to create a secure, happy and friendly environment where the children are encouraged to develop academically, socially, emotionally and creatively to the best of their ability.

Our commitment as a Catholic school plays a central part as we endeavour to reflect the ideals of our faith in our everyday practice, particularly in the ethos and positive attitude of the school as a whole.

We focus on the development of a community based on genuine care and understanding where each child is respected, valued and encouraged to realise his full potential.

We aim:


1          To maximise standards of attainment by –

·      providing a curriculum which illustrates breadth and balance in all   areas

·      ensuring a coherent and progressive approach to teaching and learning

·      enhancing the ethos of achievement through recognising and celebrating the success of all

·      regular monitoring of progress and achievement



2          To provide a quality learning environment which stimulates and motivates pupils by –

·      encouraging positive attitudes in the pupils towards themselves and others

·      ensuring equal opportunities for all pupils through a policy of inclusion

·      promoting the health and well-being of all members of the school community

3          To make effective provision for pupils with Additional Support Needs by-

·      meeting pupils’ individual needs

·      assisting pupils to make optimum use of their abilities and educational opportunities                           


4          To develop in pupils a knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith by –

·      ensuring the school environment promotes and reflects the values and

teachings of the Catholic Church   

·      reflecting the liturgical calendar of the Church through planned spiritual services

5                    To encourage partnership with parents and the community to enhance the quality of pupils’ learning and welfare by –

·      recognising the rights of parents to be informed, consulted and involved in the  education of their children             

·      maintaining co-operative relationships with the Parent Council

·      promoting opportunities for pupils to develop enterprising skills through links with members of the local community    

6                   To enhance professionalism of staff by –

·      ensuring that all staff have opportunities for continuing professional development

·      undertaking CPD courses which respond to individual needs and school priorities

·      liaising with colleagues and staff in other schools to share good practice.


‘A Curriculum for Excellence’ sets out the Scottish Executive’s vision for transforming Scottish education by 2007.

We are committed through our teaching for all children in Lochyside RC Primary to be:


·     enthusiasm for learning and a determination to reach high standards of achievement

and be able to:

·     use literacy, numeracy, communication and technology skills effectively

·     learn independently and as part of a group



·     self respect and a sense of physical, mental and emotional well-being

·     secure values and beliefs

·     ambition

and be able to:

·     relate to others

·     pursue a healthy lifestyle and achieve success in different areas



·     respect for others

and be able to:

·     participate responsibly as a citizen within society

·     develop knowledge and understanding of the world and Scotland’s place in it

·     understand different beliefs and cultures



·     an enterprising attitude and determination

and be able to:

·     communicate in different ways

·     work in partnerships and lead other people

·     create and develop ideas and an ability to solve problems




Lochyside school uniform consists of black trousers and a selection of tops, as pictured here.
The pupil council had input into the range of tops that are available for the children to wear. 

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