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Richmount Primary School
105 Moy Road, Portadown, BT62 1QP, UK Craigavon
Tel. 02838 357929, Fax: 028 38392935



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It is the policy of the Board of Governors that the pupils of Richmount Primary School shall receive a broad and balanced curriculum which aims to:­ 

a) Promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical developments of all the pupils. 

b) Prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. 

The Pastoral Care dimension of the school deals with the physical and emotional needs of each individual child. The caring role of the teachers in the school is evident in all aspects of the child's school life. A very pleasant family atmosphere exists in the school. The excellent relationships that exist in school help provide an environment in which the pupils feel happy and safe. Within such an environment effective learning takes place and each child is able to realise it’s full potential. The school places great importance on involving the parents in the education of their children and keeping them informed as fully as possible about the progress being made by their children. The teacher/parent interview programme provides an opportunity where a child's strengths and weaknesses can be discussed and when problems arising either at home or in school can be addressed. Parents, pupils and staff all contribute significantly to the spirit of co-operation evident throughout the school. It is the co-operation and teamwork which gives Richmount its distinctive character and special atmosphere.


Children Learn What They Live

If a child lives with criticism it learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility it learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule it learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame it learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance it learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement it learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise it learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness it learns justice.
If a child lives with security it learns to have faith.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship it learns to find love in the world.

The History of our School

RICHMOUNT Primary School is this year celebrating the 150th anniversary of the building and opening of the Old Richmount School. Records show that the Old School was first opened in 1849. The schoolhouse and residence was built on a four acre site approximately two smiles from Portadown on what was then the main Portadown - Moy Road. Following the construction of a new part of the road the old schoolhouse is located on the Richmount Road. Records show that there has been a school established in this area since 1820. In September 1831 the Commissioners of National Education were established to administer a fund of Ł30,000 per annum placed at the disposal of the Lord Lieutenant for the education of the poor in Ireland. They were empowered to make grants to local schools on condition that part of the required sum was raised locally. They supervised the work of the schools, supplied textbooks and trained teachers.

Following application and funds supplied by Lord Lurgan the grant was obtained and the new school was opened in 1849. Earliest available records show that Robert Anderson was principal in 1862. Mr. Charles Scott was appointed principal in 1873 and was succeeded in 1889 by his son Mr Harry Scott.

From 1888-1889 Mr. Charles McShane had acted as principal until Mr Harry Scott had completed his training. In 1898 Mr. McShane succeeded to the principalship. He died in 1905 and was buried on the Sunday that Rev. F J Halahan took up duty as rector of Drumcree Parish Church. Mrs. M E McShane then took up the position and was followed by Mrs. E M Preston in 1931. In 1945 Mr. W J Harrison was appointed. Mrs. A W Sullivan succeeded Mr. Harrison in 1974 and was principal until her retirement in 1989. The present principal Mr. A S Gray was then appointed. In 1963 a new school was built. It is situated on an elevated site near Scotch Street on the main Moy Road. The new school provided excellent facilities. Pupils moving from the old Victorian school noticed a tremendous change.

The school has developed and grown over the years. At present it caters for 110 pupils and this figure is expected to increase quite considerably due to the planned housing development in the Richmount area. There are five classes and the teaching staff consists of five full-time teachers and two part-time teachers. The school provides the children with a broad and balanced range of experiences in all areas of study. Through careful planning it is ensured that the needs of all the children are met and that each child is given the opportunity to realise its full potential.

Carrying on with the rural tradition a warm friendly atmosphere exists in the school. Records dating back to the 1820s state the close connection between Richmount Primary School and the Parish of Drumcree. Many of the pupils, past and present, are parishioners of Drumcree Church.

The church rector, the Rev. J A Pickering, holds an important position in the life of the school. He visits the children on a weekly basis and his enthusiastic lessons are always well received. The Board of Governors meet regularly to ensure that the school is running smoothly and to discuss and consider educational innovations. As chairman of the Board of Governors Mr. Pickering plays a prominent and supportive role.

Education has changed greatly over the years. What is now required is a balance between teaching the basics of Education ie. the 3R's and preparing the children to live and work in the modern world with its increasing technology. Each classroom is provided with its own computer and appropriate computer programmes are used to enhance the children's learning. Warm, bright classrooms with modern facilities have replaced cold damp rooms. Today's children have access to a wide range of interesting and imaginative reading and writing materials - a far cry from the days of chalk and slate! The old Victorian playground would have echoed to the sound of the children playing such games as hopscotch, skipping and 'tig'. While today's children still enjoy these games they now benefit from a rich and varied physical education programme.

Primary 4-7 pupils have weekly visits to the local swimming pool. A programme of extra curricular activities is provided which helps to introduce the pupils to team and competitive games. The girls participate in hockey and netball while the boys play football and mini-rugby. Primary 6 and Primary 7 pupils are looking forward to residential visit to Killowen Education Centre where they will be taking part in a wide range outdoor activities.

While changes in education continue, the continuity is maintained within this close-knit rural community school. Many of today's children are members of families who have been resident in the Richmount area for generations. Old records show names of parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents with many dating back to the old Victorian School.

Richmount is now an extremely busy and active school which is very much at the heart of the community. Staff and pupils would like to invite everyone to join with them to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Old School. An anniversary sale will be held in the present school on Friday Nov. 26th at 7pm. and a display of old photographs and memorabilia will be on view. A thanksgiving carol service in which the pupils will be participating will be held in Drumcree on 20th December.

General points concerning the school day:


The school will be open from 8.30 a.m. in order to receive children off the school bus.


Children who do not travel by bus are to be collected outside P1 and P2 classroom doors. If someone else is to collect a pupil please ensure the class teacher is aware of this.


This collection arrangement applies from Primary 1 through to Primary 3.


When collecting children please be punctual as your child may become anxious.


If a child who normally travels by bus will not be doing so on a particular day please inform the teacher.


If for any reason you do not want your child to go outside at Break or Dinner times would you please send a note explaining why.

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