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The School Day


Morning school begins at 9.00am.  All children are expected to be in the school playground by 8.50am.


Lunch is from 12.15 to 1.00pm.


Classes are dismissed as follows:


P1, P2, and P3 at 2.00pm


P4, P5, P6 and P7 at 3.00pm 


Children being brought to and from school by car should be left and collected at Beechill Park North or Cairnshill Park.  We request for the safety of the pupils, that parents do not park in Cairnshill Drive. Even on a wet day it is not too far for the children to walk and it is better this than an accident occurring in the congestion which can take place at the school gates.


In the interest of safety, children will not be allowed to leave the school during the day.  Where a child has to leave, for example to visit a doctor or dentist, you are asked to send a note to your child’s class teacher briefly outlining the arrangements being made for the collection of your child.  It would be useful if you would let us know if your child is likely to be returning to school later in the day.


If your child is unable to attend school on a particular day, we ask that you inform us as soon as possible.  If the absence is expected, for example - a family wedding, please send a note in advance to your child's teacher.  If absence is due to illness or other unexpected event, please phone the school office first thing.  Following any absence a brief note to your child’s teacher is expected.
School Ethos

School Motto: Shaping Tomorrow, Today


Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow only a vision,

But today well lived,

Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,

And every tomorrow a vision of hope.




The school has a very positive ethos.  It is a pleasant place to work and learn and the pupils feel secure, happy and valued.  Standards of discipline and pupils’ behaviour are exemplary.  Staff morale is high and relationships between pupils, staff and parents are excellent.  In everything we do we have the highest expectations.


Cairnshill is a learning community.  We aim for the highest academic standards but also seek to ensure that all talents (artistic, musical, sporting, dramatic etc.) are developed to the full.  Through the fostering of high self-esteem we try to ensure every opportunity is given to all members of the school to discover and develop whatever talents they have to the highest level of which they are capable.  We welcome and encourage the involvement of parents, governors, friends, former pupils and members of the local community in the development of the school.  We believe it is important to develop in our pupils, qualities such as leadership, self-discipline and self-reliance coupled with the ability to work effectively in teams and to empathise with the needs of others.


In summary, we aim to:

            ·  Ensure every member of the school community will be treated with equal

                value and respect

            ·  Provide a challenging learning environment that promotes children’s

                learning, enjoyment and confidence

            ·  Involve parents and the wider community for the benefit of pupils’ learning

            ·  Promote a health and safety culture for the benefit of all

            ·  Promote high standards of behaviour towards property and each other

            ·  Recognise and celebrate religious and cultural differences and similarities

            ·  Ensure that school improvement and effectiveness are collective


            ·  Ensure that pupils have the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare

                them for the next stage of their education and life i.e. that they can think and

                work independently and collaboratively and be self-motivated with

                enquiring minds