About Our School

Clerkhill School Curriculum Rationale

Dear Parents and Friends,

Welcome to Clerkhill School.  Clerkhill Primary School is situated in the town of Peterhead, north of Aberdeen on the East Coast.  Peterhead is the largest white fishing port in Europe and many of the town’s population are employed in fishing related industries.  Clerkhill Primary is situated in the west of the town and services a large area of both private and local authority housing.  The school was built with classrooms as opposed to open plan.  The building is single storey and has three wings, which house the Nursery and Infants, the Middle and the Upper Stages. We have 2 halls one of which is really large. We also have 4 playgrounds and an impressive large grassed play area.  Clerkhill School provides education for children aged 3-12 i.e. from ante-preschool nursery – P7.  On leaving Clerkhill Primary School most pupils transfer to Peterhead Academy following an extensive transition programme. We pride ourselves that Clerkhill children regularly feature in Academy prize giving for Overall Excellence, Endeavour and Good Attendance.  There are 20 full time equivalent teaching staff – A Head Teacher;  2   Depute Head Teachers; 15 Class teachers; one full time and one part time Support for Learning Teacher as well as one Nurture Teacher. Support staff includes 2 full time and two part time Nursery Nurses and 9 Pupil Support Assistants. We are also fortunate to have a full time administrator, a part time clerical assistant and an almost full time Janitor.  We are actively involved with our partners from Aberdeen University. Some teachers will have a student this year and we also have work experience pupils from Peterhead Academy and students form Banff Buchan and Aberdeen Colleges.  Community links are a valued part of school life. The school is used for a range of community activities, including after school sports and activity clubs. The school also has a very supportive Parent Council, Parent Staff Association and associated sub groups. These groups support school improvement activities and raise additional funds to provide many extras for the pupils in the school.  Through the Pupil Council and Committee Groups, pupils are also involved in the work of the school and its improvement. Community links are a valued part of school life and the children make good use of the environment as part of their curriculum.  We are also proud this year that we have been able to offer an extensive range of extra – curricular opportunities for our children due to the efforts of teaching and non – teaching staff, linking well with Community partners including our Active Schools co-ordinator. We also remain committed to working with our Community partners in Health and Social Work through the Children’s Services Network to do the best we possibly can for the families in our care. Children with additional support needs are well catered for through Individual Education/Behaviour plans or Co-ordinated Support Plans ably met through teaching staff and non-teaching staff, working extensively with multi agency partners.  Devolved budgets are managed in accordance with authority guidelines in order to support planned improvements in the school. HMIe last inspected the school in January 2008, with a follow up action plan being devised by the School and the Authority  The school is accredited at commended level as a Health Promoting School, has a Silver Enterprise Award. We have recently been awarded the Science Club of the year.