Head Teacher: Mrs Louisa Gamble
School Roll: 139
Chair of Parent Council: Ms Myra Smith
Does the school have a nursery? No
Does the school have a learning centre? Yes
You can view the latest HMIe inspection report for Calside Primary School which is designed to show how well children are being educated and to help the school to improve.
There are two distinct areas of the school, one for infants and one for P4 -P7 linked by the hall and dining room.
The infant area (P1-3) is semi-open plan and consists of six teaching bays linked in twos with intervening wet areas. One of the bays has become our "Happy Faces" room, another is now our General Purpose Room and this is linked to our P2 classroom. There is a work base for staff and Support for Learning at this end of the school together with a large infant open area which is used for a variety of activities.
The senior end of the school has 6 bays similar to the first phase but, in addition, has two "traditional" type rooms. One is the P7 classroom while the other has become our music room. One of the bays is now our newly refurbished library which is a bright and welcoming. There is a large open area which accommodates our computer suite. This area is also used by groups of pupils for a range of activities. Another bay is our Learning Centre which we call the Rainbow Room and this is linked to the activity room. There is a separate area called "The Sozo" room which provides a quiet, calm space if a child needs "time out."
The 'administration' area of the school consists of the entrance hall, school office, Head Teacher's office, staff room, First-Aid station and janitor's store. In addition we also have a community room which serves as a base for the Home Link Workers.
"Happy Faces" After School Club use the hall, quiet room and infant open areas to provide out of school care between 7.00 and 9.00am and again between 3.00 and 6.00pm. Please contact Lesley Woodhouse on 01387 248944 or 077556671 for more information.
We have an expansive play area for the children which includes both a hard playing surface and large areas of grass. These grounds are enclosed within a secure fence and are out of bounds after 6.00pm unless a recognised let has been taken out. In the Autumn of 2012 we installed new playground equipment with "Awards for All" and Parent Council funding. The Calside Express, Jungle Den and the Ball Wall are three particularly popular areas with the children.
The school promotes achievement and participation, offering a wide range of lunchtime and after-school clubs. Pupils in P6 and P7 undertake Young Leader training, and then use these skills to organise clubs for younger pupils.