Insch Primary School
Insch School is situated at the heart of the village of Insch in Aberdeenshire, some 28 miles west of Aberdeen , five miles off the A96, the main route between Aberdeen and Inverness. The village also has a railway station on the main Aberdeen to Inverness line and a regular bus service. This combined with the competitive price of housing, makes it an attractive place to live for commuters.
The village and the surrounding area of natural beauty offer a range of facilities and amenities such as a hospital and Health Centre, a fire station, a museum, a Leisure Centre, two churches, a library, public buildings, a community centre, an 18 hole golf course, two hotels, a nursing home, and a variety of local shops and industries. There is also a public Pleasure Park, sports field and an all weather sports pitch.
It is an area of great natural beauty in the lee of Bennachie in which forestry and farming are very important. Leisure activities include golf, soccer, forest walks, hill climbing, ranger services and nature trails. There is a good variety of activities for the children in the community; many sporting activities associated with the Leisure Centre , a thriving soccer club , Beavers , Cubs , Scouts , Rainbows , Brownies , Guides and a Sunday school . The community centre provides youth clubs and is the venue for the breakfast club and after-school club. The Archaeolink Pre-History Park is situated one mile away. Use of the village's amenities, plays an important role in the school's curriculum.
The school is rich in history. The present building was officially opened in September 1889; the school was previously situated in other premises. Once a junior secondary school, the school has been Primary only since 1981 and Primary /nursery since 1995. The school building is all on one level, built in traditional stone with relocatable extensions. The school is non - denominational serving a catchment area, which extends to Colpy in the North and to Duncanstone in the West. The small primary schools of Oyne and Premnay are situated to the East and South of Insch respectively.
The school is dual zoned for Inverurie Academy and The Gordon Schools at Huntly and is part of the Huntly Community Schools Network. (CSN) The greater majority of pupils transfer to Huntly for their secondary education .The school is administered from the Area Education Office at Inverurie.
The school is held in affection and regard by the local people, many of whom carried out their whole education in the school. Its traditions are important to us whilst we aim to move it forward into the twenty first century. Visitors to the school comment on its happy, welcoming and well -ordered atmosphere. Prospective parents often comment on the school's reputation as a 'good school.' High standards of work and behaviour are asked for, with each child being encouraged to do his /her best. There is a high emphasis on personal achievement and celebration of the achievements of others in the school community. Insch School maintains a sense of its own identity whilst striving to achieve local and national standards.
The Head Teacher's vision for the school
My vision for Insch School is for a school which is a safe, happy and exciting place to learn and grow, where everyone is encouraged to become the best that they can be and where everyone is valued for who they are.
Janice L Paterson
Head Teacher 1993-2006
INSCH SCHOOL AIMS
- Insch School aims to maintain and improve the quality and standards of caring, learning and achievement for everyone. In so doing, we will:
- provide a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum which every child can access. Promote achievement and attainment.
- encourage each child to develop his /her own potential and develop skills and interests for lifelong learning and personal fulfilment.
- deliver a quality curriculum and encourage teachers to develop their skills in a caring and supportive environment.
- support each child, academically, socially and emotionally. Promote self respect, respect for others and a sense of responsibility within the school, the community and society.
- instil in pupils, staff and parents a sense of identity and pride in the school by providing a welcoming ethos where each person in the school community can work together in partnership.
- provide the resources which enable Insch school to be a quality school. In a changing world.
- have effective leadership
- provide a safe and healthy environment for all children and adults in the school.
- We believe in equal opportunities for all and that everyone's opinion is to be valued.
- We foster respect for all, regardless of sex, age, culture or creed.
- Our school aims are aligned with The National Priorities, The Child at the Centre, and the Local Improvement Objectives.