|194 Listooder Road, Saintfield, BT24 7JA, UK Ballynahinch|
Tel. 028 9751 0407
Academy Primary School is a controlled, co-educational day school. The school is situated on Listooder Road on a pleasant site. It was opened in 1976 to replace the old Saintfield Academy and four rural schools in a re-organisation programme of primary education in the area. The school serves the town of Saintfield and the surrounding country area, the children from outlying districts being transported to school by school bus. The present enrolment of compulsory school age children is 379 (at 1.9.2006) plus 49 in the Nursery. Staff includes the principal, fourteen class teachers ( including two job share posts )and two teachers on the Learning Support Team.
The well kept accommodation comprises twelve classrooms in the main school and two mobiles. There are also four work-areas, a computer suite/Library, an assembly / physical education / dining hall, meals kitchen, staff room, office accommodation and medical room with playgrounds, hard porous pitch and grass areas for games.
Our new extension was completed in September 2000 and contains three modern fully equipped classrooms for two Primary One classes and one Primary Two class. The extension also provides a large work-area, storage facilities and a disabled toilet. The school has also built a new Special Needs Suite to enable us to provide the best level of support for all our pupils. We are undertaking a rolling programme of equipping classes with interactive whiteboards and seven rooms are so equipped as of 1.09.05.
Our new Nursery Unit opened in September 2002 with an initial enrolment of 26 part-time places.Since September 2003 the Nursery Unit offers 52 part-time places, 26 for a morning session and 26 for an afternoon session.
| Vision Statement / General Information|
Academy Primary School will provide a safe and happy environment in which all children will be valued as individuals, where their academic, emotional, physical and spiritual needs are met, where their full potential is realised whilst nurturing tolerance, respect for others and a readiness to support and care for each other within the community and the world at large.
This school will maintain these traditional values whilst embracing innovations in learning and teaching, which will keep practice at the forefront of primary education.
Academy seeks to develop its status as a flagship of excellence in education whilst being a place and time in their life journey that pupils recall with affection and pride.
Our Mission Statement:
ACHIEVE - Acceptance, Challenge, Happiness, Improvement, Encouragement, Values & Endeavour
The school is under the control of the South Eastern Education and Library Board, Grahamsbridge Road, Dundonald, Belfast, BT16 2HS. The Area Board publishes details about education in its area and a copy of this information can be obtained from the above address.
Arrangements for Parents to Visit the School
Interested parents are welcome to visit the school and can make arrangements by contacting the school secretary, Tel. 028 9751 0407.
Academy Primary School is situated on Listooder Road on a pleasant site. It was opened in 1976 to replace the old Saintfield Academy and four rural schools in a reorganisation programme of primary education in the area. The school serves the town of Saintfield and the surrounding country area, the children from outlying districts being transported to school by school bus.
The present enrolment of compulsory school age children continues to grow and currently stands at 372 (at 1.9.2005) with a principal, fourteen class teachers and a learning support team, comprising of two members of staff. The nursery opened in September 2002 and from September 2003 the nursery has had a double intake allowing up to 52 children to attend.
"The school recognises the value of each child as an individual, and the importance of nurturing every aspect of his/her personality - intellectual, creative, emotional, physical and spiritual. All individuals are of equal worth; therefore tolerance, respect for others and a readiness to support and care for each other within the community and the world at large are essential.
The school's vision and its values are necessarily closely inter-linked, and we need to ensure that pupils are provided with the opportunity to develop a reasoned set of attitudes, beliefs and values. Whilst recognising that certain moral issues are personal and family based, moral and social issues do present themselves for discussion within the curriculum. Information is given so that pupils can make considered decisions, when ready to do so, from a base of sound understanding.
Tolerance of others' values is extremely important, but there may be occasions when pupils need to be shown, through discussion and by example, what is and is not acceptable both in and outside school. Although some issues will be viewed differently by individuals, others must generate universal agreement; amongst these, bullying, lying, stealing, religious and racial intolerance cannot be condoned. Equally, the beliefs, ideas, property and rights of others should be respected..
Basic standards of good behaviour require that all should be considerate, polite, respectful and helpful towards each other, and that they should recognise the need to be responsible and reliable and to keep to promises made."
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