Castlehill Primary and Nursery
Castlehill PS is a non-denominational, co-educational school located in Gowkthrapple on the outskirts of Wishaw, close to the village of Overtown. Within the school we have a Language Communication Support Centre that currently offers provision for 42 pupils in the main section. It also has facility for 6/6 places in a Language Communication Support Centre Nursery Class. This is closed at present but this position is continually reviewed in relation to meeting the Additional Support Needs of pre-school children. We also have a 20/20 mainstream Nursery Class.
At present we have nineteen teaching staff, two office staff, one classroom assistant, fourteen Additional Support Needs Assistants, one janitor, four kitchen staff and four cleaning staff.
The school accommodation consists of eleven classrooms, two libraries, two playrooms, two rooms allocated for the nursery class, one main hall, a dining hall and a kitchen. Various services and agencies visit the school on a regular basis during school time to aid school and community liaison, ie police, road safety, health visitors, school chaplain and any other person or group who assists with the well-being of the children in our care.
Speech and Language Therapists have a base within the school and currently Community Learning and Development are based in three rooms on the top floor.
A football pitch is adjacent to the school and Wishaw Sports Centre is within walking distance.
The children in our mainstream primary sector come from the surrounding housing estates within the catchment area of Heathfield and Gowkthrapple. The estate was built around the late 1960s.**** The area is now being 'regenerated' and as a consequence some of the original housing has been levelled to make way for new homes, some council owned, some privately owned and some owned by 'landlords'. Local amenities consist of a community centre and a 'Hub', Centrepoint, which is managed by Garrion People's Housing. A shop and other key amenities can be found within this building. The local church that serves the area is located in the village of Overtown.
The school offers a range of extra curricular activities to our pupils. Breakfast is available between 8.00am and 8.45am. Children remain indoors until 9.00am to participate in activities. There are also clubs run during lunchtime to ensure all pupils within the school can access them. Relaxation Classes, Badminton, Arts & Craft Classes to name but few take place at a time which suit both pupils and staff alike.
Castlehill Primary School Aims
In Castlehill we aim to work together as a community, to achieve the following goals:
- Provide a varied and balanced curriculum
- Raise standards by setting targets in learning and teaching and attainment
- Create a purposeful, friendly and challenging environment that includes all pupils
- Empower our children by enabling them to recognise their own and others achievements and celebrate success
The aims we have mentioned remain unobtainable without the closest co-operation between parents and teachers.
At Castlehill Primary there is an "open door" invitation for parents to visit the school to discuss any problems or point of information.
Every effort is made to foster strong links between the home and the school. It is this strong partnership that results in a successful school career. Regular newsletters are sent home to parents/carers and contain useful information about the life of the school and provides advance notice of important events such as holidays, in-service days, Class Assemblies etc. Two Parent Consultation Events are held during the session.
We welcome parents/carers in to see the school 'in action', to talk about their children, to share experiences with us, and to join in our many events, eg Health Promoting School Week, Walk to School Week, Sports Day etc.
We encourage parents to become Parent Helpers to support learning and teaching within all sectors of the school.
The school takes an interest in the community working with the church, through our School Chaplain, and local community, through our Business Partners Garrion People's Housing, to become actively involved in local events, projects etc. We now have our first Eco flag.
The Parent Council are active in the life of the school. They meet on the third Monday of every month in the school at 6.30pm. They are also very supportive of all fundraising projects within the school which help fund children to go on outings, have theatre companies visit the school etc. They also help fundraise for the Going for Gold awards.
A Parent Support Group, for families who have children with Autism, has been formed and offers advice/support and an opportunity for 'networking' with other parents who have experience of life and 'challenges' of bringing up a child with Autism. This Group meets regularly and parents are lettered to give them dates and times.
Pupils normally transfer from primary to secondary between the ages of 11.5 and 12.5 so that they will have the opportunity to complete at least four years of secondary education. Pupils from Castlehill primary normally transfer to Clyde Valley High School.
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