Welcome to Canongate Primary School
We are pleased to welcome you to Canongate Primary School website.
Canongate Primary school was built in 1972. It is situated in extensive grounds off the Canongate beside the Botanical Gardens. It is a co-educational, non denominational school and one of three council primary schools in St Andrews.
The school building has 12 classrooms one of which is an Additional Support Class for the North East area of Fife, a multi-purpose hall, a music room and office accommodation. A nursery class is set within the infant department in two classrooms and it hosts it's own outside play area.
A controlled entry system operates on the main front and back entrance to the school and all other entrances/exits are locked from the outside. There are permanent ramps for disabled access to the front and rear of the building.
An outdoor netball court lies within the tarmac area. There are picnic benches which surround the building for outdoor eating all year round. There is an extensive grass play area which is used weather depending.. Our outdoor play area has an extensive trim trail to promote team work and activity. The school is fortunate to be located near the Lade Braes, The Botanic Gardens and West Sands and classes can make effective use of the local environment to support our curriculum.
Our aim is to provide a stimulating and challenging environment where each child can achieve his/her full potential taking into account the importance of partnership with parents and the wider community.
Staff use an IDL (Inter-Disciplinary Learning) approach fuelled by children's interest to achieve the intended Learning Outcomes. Each pupil should receive 2 hours of Physical activity each week through a variety of opportunities including cross country running, tennis, rugby, judo and other taster sessions organised by Active Schools throughout the year as well as regular PE sessions.
An Art Specialist delivers key skills and creative opportunities to the children as part of a teacher's NCCT. The remainder of the NCCT is covered through a weekly 'What's On' assembly on a Monday morning and Active Assembly' on a Wednesday afternoon.
At present there is one Support for Learning teacher, a Pupil Support assistant Level 1 and 8 Pupil Support Assistants Level 2. We also have 2 full time Early Years Officers in our Nursery.
Our Parent Council is very active and organises a number of social activities throughout the session. Money raised is used to buy a variety of curricular materials and playground equipment. The Parent Council meet regularly and also support the school in its official capacity.
Pupils are encouraged to make key decisiions in the life of our school through various groups. Pupil Council has members from every class within the school and meets regularly to discuss concerns and issues raised by pupils. Our Eco Committee meet regularly to consider ways of improving our school grounds and building and making us more aware of our responsibilities as part of our community. Pupil Voice groups are picked at random and asked about their learning. We use the feedback from the children to help improve our school in all areas.
Extra curricular activities include: Football, Netball, Running, Tennis, Rugby, Glee Club, Scripture Union, Debating, Homework and Gardening Club.
We are pleased to meet with parents who wish to discuss any aspects of our school.
Senior Management Team
(Linda Birtwistle, Mags Waterson-Scott and Lynne Armstrong)