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Rushen Primary School
Church Road, IM9 5LW, UK Port St Mary
+44 (0)1624 833551

Rushen Primary School


  1. To offer children a caring and nurturing environment in which they can feel valued and happy and are proud to belong to.

  2. All children will be included in the school and offered equal opportunities.

  3. To build excitement, fun and stimulation into the curriculum, engendering a positive image of school for children.

  4. To encourage achievement through high expectations, motivation and creativity.

  5. To focus on children’s health, fitness and well being.

Rushen Primary School is the local school for the children of Port Erin and the area to the North as far as the edge of Colby.   Established in 1926 it has catered for the educational needs of several generations of people in this locality.  The school buildings have been extensively modernised during the last decade and the children are now housed in a superb building.   Funded generously by the Manx Department of Education the school enjoys a high level of resourcing and favourable class sizes.

The staff of the school are dedicated to ensuring that each child is given the opportunity to achieve their potential and hard work and high standards of behaviour are encouraged.

The parents have been very supportive of the school over the years and give generously both with financial contributions and their time in support of their children’s education.  This partnership is a key to success in educating the young people of the South of the Island for the future.


All children need to attend school from the beginning of the school term in which they are 5 but we welcome them from the commencement of the school year (1 September - 31 August) in which they are 5 years old.

To attend Rushen Primary School you need to be living in our catchment area:-

All Port Erin addresses

Port St. Mary addresses on the school-side of railway lines


Main Road Colby as far as Level Garage

Croit-e-Caley, Colby

Children who are registered to attend Rushen Primary School are offered a carefully planned and structured induction package that ensures they enter the school system confidently and with adequate support in place for their needs.

Early registration is recommended as this enables the school to plan for the needs of the children starting at school more successfully.


There are many clubs for children to join in school which take place either at lunchtime or after school.  Currently they include:

  1. Chess Club,

  2. Cross Country,

  3. Football Club,

  4. Tennis,

  5. Handball,

  6. Netball,

  7. Badminton,

  8. Kwik Cricket,

  9. Tag Rugby,

  10. Recorder,

  11. Penny Whistle,

  12. School Newspaper,

  13. Poetry,

  14. Art Club


Rushen Primary School's curriculum is designed within the framework set out in the Department of Education's policy; ‘Freedom to Flourish - A Curriculum for Learning and Achievement'.  Six outcomes are aimed for in delivering the curriculum, development of the six 'R's';  Readiness, Relationships which are Positive, Resourcefulness, Resilience, Remembering Skills and Reflectiveness.  Much use is made of the English National Curriculum as a basis for developing and teaching skills, but the school uses the freedoms offered to it within the Manx curriculum to stimulate interest in many ways with special weeks and many activities that fall outside the standard classroom experience.  We are gradually developing a skills based curriculum.  High standards are set for children and independence and responsibility are qualities that are expected and encouraged.  French is taught to children in Key Stage Two and the option to study Manx is also available if parents wish to opt for their children to do so

Children’s achievements are formally monitored each year.  Parents and children will be notified of their attainment in terms of the National Curriculum levels at the end of each school year.

Education is a partnership between children, their school and home.  There are times when children are asked to undertake work at home and support on such occasions is a vital part of the whole process of education.  Some homework activities such as listening to your child read happen every day other homework activities will only occur as the need arises.

The Foundation Stage at Rushen Primary School

When your child starts school they continue their education in the Foundation Stage. This is the period of education from age 3 to 5. The last year of the Foundation Stage is called the Reception Year.  We welcome the input provided by parents about their child to help them settle into school happily.

At Rushen Primary School we want your child to have the best possible start to their school life by building on their existing skills and interests.  We believe that children learn best through carefully planned and structured play activities that are suitable for their stage of development.

The curriculum is based upon making progress towards or achieving the Early learning Goals.  The goals set out what most children are expected to know, understand and be able to do by the end of the Foundation Stage. Some children will go beyond them in some areas and will be provided with further challenges.

The goals cover the six main areas of young children’s development and learning:

Personal, sociable and emotional development

Our main aims are to develop confidence and independence while learning to concentrate and to enjoy sharing as part to a group.

Communication and language

Communicating with one another and developing skills in talking, listening, writing  and reading.  We want children to develop a love of books and stories and to give them a variety of writing opportunities so that they are motivated and confident to have a go at writing.

Mathematical development

Using ideas about number, quantity, measurement, shape and space.  We plan practical  activities which encourage children to solve problems.

Knowledge and understanding of the world

Investigating and beginning to understand the things, places and people around them.

Physical development

Improving control and co-ordination of their bodies while learning to move and to handle equipment

Creative development

Finding ways to communicate by using colour, shape, sound, texture, movement and stories

Our aim is to provide an environment which will provide children with rich and stimulating experiences. Every day they will be provided with opportunities to;




make decisions for themselves

We feel it is important for each child to develop a strong self image and have high self esteem.  Successes are celebrated and every child is a valued member of the group

You can find out more information about the early learning goals from the QCA web site at


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