1. Front cover
3. Welcome by Head Teacher
4. School’s shared values
5. School information
6. Current school staff
7. School holidays
8. Enrolling your child in school
9. A Curriculum for Excellence
10. Enterprising Education
11. Numeracy and mathematics
12. Literacy and English
13. Health and well being School meals
15. Physical education activity and dance Expressive arts
16. Social studies Science
17. Technologies Outdoor learning
18. Spiritual, social, moral and cultural values Reporting to Parents/Carers
19. Assessment Home Learning
20. Parents and Home Learning Home & School Partnership
21. Parental Support
22. Merrylee Primary and the Community
23. Additional Support Needs
25. Positive behaviour policy
26. Attendance at School
27. Extracurricular activities Playground Supervision
28. Clothing and Uniform
29. Medical and Health Care Information Information in Emergencies
31. Merrylee Parent Forum and Parent Council
32. List of Parent Council Members
33. List of Merrylee Parents’ Association Members
34. Merrylee Parents’ Association Football club
35. Pupil Voice Pupil Council
36. Child Protection Data protection Act 1998 Dealing with Racial Harassment
38. Scotxed attendance data
39. Comments and Complaints
Welcome To Merrylee Primary School
Dear Parent/ Carer
On behalf of all staff, pupils and parents, may I extend a warm welcome to
Merrylee Primary and to thank you for giving me the opportunity to share our
learning journey with you. We believe that in Merrylee we have created a caring
and concerned community for our children, parents and staff. One in which we all
thrive, work hard together and have fun! This is a learning environment we have
respect for each other and in which we encourage each other to be the best we
can be in all we do.
We offer an educational experience which aims to address each child as an individual with
special gifts and needs. We aim to educate the whole child and to nurture children who are
confident in their own abilities, successful learners, take a pride and responsibility for their
own community and beyond and children who are able to make an effective contribution to
society. We set high standards for each individual in both academic & aesthetic attainment
and achievement whilst concentrating on developing children who have a love of learning
which will stay with them for life.
To achieve these aims and to deliver the most effective education for our pupils, we believe
that it is essential to build a strong home - school partnership where we all work together to
achieve this common goal. Such a partnership is a strength of our school. In our last local
authority quality assurance visit we were rated ‘excellent’ for our partnership working. There are
many ways in which you can contribute to the life of the school or participate in the many
activities and events which take place throughout the session. I look forward to sharing these
We feel privileged to be working within our fabulous new building which is of exceptional
design and has all the features necessary for a 21st century education. Our classrooms are
large, bright and airy; we have a fabulous media suite furnished with the latest technology;
our gym hall is fabulous; we have a main hall with a stage and wonderful outside play areas.
Merrylee is the only school in the United Kingdom with a natural play site within its grounds;
we have a wind turbine which provides 12% of the school’s electricity and a full size football
pitch with 3rd generation turf which is the envy of many.
Merrylee is now your school. Please do not hesitate to share any concerns or suggestions at any
time. Please feel free to contact us by telephone, letter or e-mail. You will find that all of us are
most willing to share time to ensure the best service for all.
I look forward to the future when, together, we can help our pupils develop into young
adults with a high level of attainment and self belief ready to transfer into secondary
school with happy memories of Merrylee Primary School.
Mrs Liz Mahindru
Together we are here to LEARN
About our HEALTH and the WELL BEING and HAPPINESS of
everyone around us
Ourselves and everyone in our community and in the world we share
with our neighbours
We have FUN
We learn and tumble on the pitch and jungle. We laugh and play as the
turbine spins all day.
We AIM HIGH
And rise to the challenge to reach for the top and to be the best we can
Our shared values have been devised by representatives of our whole community.
Address Merrylee Primary School
50 Friarton Road
Glasgow G43 2PR
Telephone number 0141 637 6798
FAX number 0141 633 3497
e-mail contact firstname.lastname@example.org
School website www.merrylee-pri.glasgow.sch.uk
Parent Council website www.merryleeprimarypc.org
Glasgow City Council ‘Going to School’ website
Stages covered Primary 1 to primary 7.
We share the campus with Lime Tree Nursery which caters
For children from 0-5 years of age. We enjoy strong
relations and excellent working practices.
Status Non denominational Co-educational
Current role 357 pupils Capacity of the school 390 pupils
P1a P1b P1c P2a P2b P3/2 P3 P4 P4/3 P5 P6/5 P7/6 P7
23 25 25 30 28 25 30 32 23 32 25 25 32
Learning Community Hillpark
We have strong links with all pre 5, primary and the high school
within our learning community. We share expertise for the
benefit of all pupils within our area.
Breakfast club Operates each morning in the school hall from 8am until 8.40am
The cost of this is 50p per day or free if your child is entitled to
free school meals
After school care The Merrylee After School Care Club runs each day in the school
hall from 3-6pm. It is a service offered only to Merrylee pupils, is
non profit making and is managed by a committee of parents.
School lets The school is widely let both in the evening and at weekends to
various community groups
School opening hours 9-3pm daily. Interval 11-11.15am Lunch 12.15-1pm
(P1 pupils from 9am-12.15pm until 1st full week of September)
Our current school staff
Head Teacher Mrs Liz Mahindru
Depute Head Teacher Mrs Caroline Deans
Remit General management/ P4-7/meeting pupil needs/ literacy
Depute Head Teacher Mrs Colette Haddock
Remit General management /P1-3, Health & wellbeing, Technologies
Principal Teachers Mrs Irene Sutherland P7
Remit Mathematics/ new staff support
Teachers Mrs Julie Allinson P1a
Mrs Helen Pattie P1b
Mrs Anne Fishwick P1c
Miss Amanda Brown P2a
Miss Christine McGeachin P2b
Mrs Lynne Crichton P3/2
Mrs Janet Stephen & P3
Mrs Myra Young
Miss Jill Prentice P4
Mrs Hilary Thomson P4/3
Mrs Caroline Campbell P5
Mrs Marsha Embleton P6/5
Mrs Carron Allan P7/6
Mrs Stephanie McKillop French/ McCrone
Miss Deborah Clark Support for learning
Mrs Sharon Lupton Support for EAL
Mrs Sylvia jack PE
Mrs Aileen Scudds Music
Office Manager Mrs Fiona Provan
Clerical Officer Mrs Carine Murray
Pupil Support Assistant Mrs Lynne Cunningham Mrs Anne Daniels
Mrs Helen Downie Mrs Maureen Kidd
Mrs Shona Macrae Mrs Palmela McGrory
Mrs June Thompson
Facility Officer Mr Tommy Miller
Temporary Janitor Mr Alex
Catering Manager Mrs Anne Marie Robertson
Dining hall attendant Mrs Aileen Carbery
Crossing patrollers Mr Stuart McNicoll (Friarton Road)
Mr Alex Mc Gonnigal
School Chaplains Rev David Hood Merrylea Parish Church
Rev Iain Morrison & Rev Wilma Pearson Cathcart Trinity Church
Holidays/ In-service days
In-service Monday 13 August 2012
In-service Tuesday 14 August 2012
School resumes Wednesday 15 August 2012
September weekend Friday 21 September 2012
Monday 24 September 2012 (inclusive)
First mid term Monday 15 October 2012
Friday 19 October 2012 (inclusive)
In-service Monday 22 October 2012
Christmas / New Year Monday 24 December 2012
Friday 4 January 2013 (inclusive)
School resumes Monday 7 January 2013
Second mid term Monday 11 February 2013
Tuesday 12 February 2013
In-service day Wednesday 13 February 2013 (inclusive)
Easter/spring holiday Friday 29 March 2013
Friday 12 April 2013 (inclusive)
School resumes Monday 15 April 2013
May day Monday 6 May 2013
May weekend Friday 24 May 2013
Monday 27 May 2013
In-service Tuesday 28 May 2013 (inclusive)
School closes Wednesday 26 June 2013 at 1pm
Enrolling your child in school
Parents who wish to enrol their child for next session's Primary 1, should bring their child to
school any afternoon, (between 1.30 and 2.45pm) during the week beginning Monday January
16th. Please bring your child's birth certificate with you. Please note that your child should
be 4 years of age before the 1st of March 2012.
We invite all new entrants and their families to join us for a pre-school programme of events
to welcome and prepare them for life in school. During these visits we will do our up-most to
ensure that your child feels welcome and comfortable in our school.
We liaise closely with the many pre-5 establishments to ensure a smooth and effective
transition for all pupils. We aim to continue the excellent work undertaken by our early years
partners in the best interest of individual pupils.
Parents with pupils already of school age who wish a place for their child should contact the
Head Teacher or any other member of the SMT by telephone or by calling at the school.
Working together with our parents/carers in partnership is crucial to our success!
CURRICULUM for EXCELLENCE (CfE)
Bringing learning to life and life to learning
Curriculum for Excellence has now been introduced across Scotland for all 3–18 year olds –
wherever they learn. It aims to raise standards, prepare our children for a future they do
not yet know and equip them for jobs of tomorrow in a fast changing world.
Curriculum for Excellence enables professionals to teach subjects creatively, to work
together across the school and with other schools, to share best practice and explore
learning together. Glow, Scotland’s unique, world-leading, online network supports learners
and teachers in this and plans are already in place for parents/carers across the country to
have access to Glow.
Teachers and practitioners will share information to plan a child’s “learning journey” from 3-
18, helping their progression from nursery to primary, primary to secondary and beyond,
ensuring the change is smooth. They’ll ensure children continue to work at a pace they can
cope with and with challenge they can thrive on.
Curriculum for Excellence balances the importance of knowledge and skills.
Every child is entitled to a broad and deep general education, whatever their level and
ability. Every single teacher and practitioner will be responsible for literacy and numeracy –
the language and numbers skills that unlock other subjects and are vital to everyday life.
It develops skills and learning, life and work to help young people go on to further study,
secure work and navigate life. It brings real life into the classroom, making learning
relevant and helps young people apply lessons to their life beyond the classroom. It links
knowledge in one subject area to another helping children understand the world and make
connections. It develops skills so that children can think for themselves, make sound
judgements, challenge, enquire and find solutions.
Staff in Merrylee feel empowered by A Curriculum for
Excellence and strive to find ways to bring learning to life
and make it meaningful for all pupils.
P2/1 pupils on a shopping trip in financial education.
There will be new ways of assessing progress and ensuring children achieve their potential.
There will be new qualifications for literacy and numeracy and from 2012/13, new National 4
and 5 qualifications from 2013/14. Our well regarded Access, Highers and Advanced Highers
will be updated to take account of and support the new approaches to learning and teaching.
There’s personal support to help young people fulfil their potential and make the most of
their opportunities with additional support wherever that’s needed. There will be a new
emphasis by all staff on looking after our children’s health and wellbeing – to ensure that
the school is a place where children feel safe and secure.
Ultimately, Curriculum for Excellence aims to improve our children’s life chances, to nurture
successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors, and responsible citizens,
building on Scotland’s reputation for great education.
Programmes of education
The curriculum, or what we plan for our pupils to learn, is carefully structured to ensure
progression and continuity across a broad and balanced range of subject areas.
It is important therefore that curriculum delivery enables our pupils to see the links
between various curricular areas, and how learning in school links to real life and assists
them to become active citizens in a modern Scotland. We will aim to develop our children as
lifelong learners, by teaching them a range of ‘learning skills’ and encouraging the
continuation of learning beyond the classroom.
Knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities across all curricular areas will be developed
progressively, across a range of learning experiences and outcomes, and delivered in
contexts and/or discretely, as most relevant and appropriate to children’s needs.
The curriculum offers breadth and balance in the teaching and learning of 8 principle areas
Literacy and English
Numeracy and maths
Health and wellbeing
Religious and Moral Education
Technologies Pupils building a den in forest school
ENTERPRISE in EDUCATION: A Context and Approach in Curricular Delivery
A key focus in curricular planning and delivery will be Enterprise in Education, which aims to
develop in children the attitudes, skills and abilities necessary for active citizenship in a
modern Scotland, a key part of which will be the world of work.
From P1 – 7, all pupils will experience Enterprise in Education annually both in the form of
specific, enterprise projects/activities, and enterprising approaches to the leadership of
learning across the curriculum. In this way, we hope that children will have motivating
contexts to transfer and consolidate a wide range of knowledge and skills taught in other
curricular areas, as well as the opportunity to acquire and develop a range of additional skills
and attitudes necessary for life and the world of work. This programme will also expose
children to a wide range of ways in which responsible citizens contribute to a successful
society, thereby broadening their understanding of society and a range of world of work
We will seek to do this in partnership with parents, the local community, and business
Numeracy and mathematics
Our aim is to provide a progressive programme of study in all aspects of mathematics for all
pupils regardless of age, gender, aptitude or physical circumstances. Using a variety of
approaches we hope to develop in each pupil an enquiring mind, along with the necessary
attitude, skills and knowledge. To achieve this view of mathematics all pupils will experience
a range of activities, which are practical, investigative, enjoyable and challenging. Transfer
and connections across the curriculum will be made.
Learning and teaching in maths will take place across the four aspects of:
Number, Money & Measurement (including Financial Awareness)
Shape, Position & Movement
SPECIFIC AIMS TO BE DEVELOPED:
a positive, confident attitude to maths
an awareness of the usefulness and relevance of maths in life
an understanding of maths through problem solving and investigation
the use of problem solving as a method of enquiry across the curriculum
the ability to discuss, explain and report maths activities
competence in the use of mental and problem solving strategies
During money week…….
“P7 were given virtual £2000 to spend on furnishing their first
student flat. VERY interesting Girls bought cushions and plants,
boys bought plasma screen TV and PS3’s and budget toasters.
One of the best lessons I’ve ever done!!!!”
Irene Sutherland, P7 teacher
From day one our children are involved in practical situations solving real and imaginary
problems. The children enjoy this work and it gives meaning to mathematical and numeracy
processes. Maths is taught using interactive methods. Each lesson begins will mental maths
to encourage agility in number. We are proud of our progress in the development of
mathematics through the use of ICT. This encourages our children even further by making
links with mathematics in the wider context of our technologically developing world.
We have focussed planning to ensure that numeracy is taught across the curriculum and has
relevance and meaning.
Literacy and English
Language is taught in carefully planned contexts to provide a meaningful, relevant and
engaging course of study for all of our pupils.
Language however, is the key to all curricular areas. In Merrylee Primary we embrace the
importance of literacy across the curriculum and in the spirit of A Curriculum for
Excellence teachers exploits all opportunities to make cross curricular links when planning
Teaching in Language comes under four main headings:
1 TALKING skills are formally developed to enable pupils to be effective
communicators, for all life situations. Children will be
encouraged to express their own ideas, opinions and feelings
confidently and articulately.
2 LISTENING is the key to all learning. The various skills required to be an effective
listener will be developed throughout the seven-year course. Listening units and tapes will
be among the learning experiences provided to develop these skills.
3 READING is a fundamentally important skill. Emphasis will be placed at the early
stages on reading out loud i.e. decoding the printed word into the spoken word. Thereafter
more sophisticated reading skills will be developed e.g. higher order comprehension skills,
research and reference skills, inference, speculation, in-depth understanding of complex
passages etc. The importance of recreational reading will be stressed and encouraged at all
4 WRITING - Not only will writing skills for all life purposes be developed but also the
important technical skills of spelling, handwriting and grammar. A multi-sensory approach to
the teaching of spelling is used. In addition, further developments in the teaching
methodologies for children's writing are ongoing this session
Handwriting - The style taught is based on a form, known as
the "Simple Modern Hand". Starting as a simple script, and
linking at P3 to form a concise style.
These four broad areas of literacy are however inexplicably
linked and are not taught independently. The acquisition of
literacy involves a set of complex skills that will not develop without structured teaching
and practice. Our language curriculum planning includes contexts which incorporate all four
aspects of literacy.
Literacy skills empower individuals to unlock their potential as independent lifelong
learners. Literacy skill has significant impact on self esteem, motivation and aspirations for
the future. Being literate equips young people to be proactive in their learning and to
explain their thoughts.
In Merrylee we employ a range of high quality resources and strategies including Literacy
World, Big Writing and New Horizons to fulfil the tenets of our comprehensive literacy
programme of study.
French is taught to all pupils from Primary 1 to Primary 7
Health and well being
Merrylee Primary is a Health Promoting School
Health and education go hand in hand and children who are fit and healthy are more likely to
achieve their full potential at school. The Scottish Government requires that all schools are
Health Promoting, meaning that we adopt a whole school approach to promoting the physical,
social, mental and emotional well being of all pupils, staff and the wider school community.
The introduction of the Schools Health Promotion and Nutrition Act and Curriculum for
Excellence both place health and well being at the heart of education.
Please help support our commitment to health and well being by encouraging your
son/daughter to bring healthy snacks and drinks to school and by making use of our
Fuel Zone, which provides a great range of healthy lunches for £1.15.
The food in Merrylee is cooked on the premises and is of a high standard. The catering
staff are an integral to our school team. They each know the children well and their many
likes and dislikes. They support the school staff by encouraging healthy choices, good
manners and by trying to ensure that lunch times are positive social occasions for all pupils.
Special medical diets will be catered for. Children opt into school lunches on a daily basis.
Parents / carers are provided with menus which follow a fortnightly rotation.
Children of parents / carers receiving Income Support. Income-based Job Seekers
Allowance, Working Tax Credit (where income is less than £6,240), Child Tax Credit only
(where income is less than £16,190*) and income-related Employment and Support Allowance
are entitled to a free midday meal. Information and application forms for free school meals
may be obtained from schools and from Grants Section at Education Services Headquarters.
Please do not hesitate to apply for this benefit. Those children who do not pay for meals are
simply served their meal along with all others. No difference is highlighted or made.
*NB. Parents/ Carers who are in receipt of Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit are
not entitled to a free midday meal.
Health and well being (continued)
The main purpose of health and well being is to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills,
capabilities and attributes necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now
and in the future.
Study of a range of subjects will aim to help children develop the knowledge and
understanding, skills, abilities and attitudes necessary for their physical, emotional and
social well being. It is hoped that this learning will assist them make informed decisions
throughout life in order to improve all aspects of their well being. Children will experience
and learn about:
Physical education and activity
Personal and social development, including relationships
Curriculum for Excellence has a strong focus on “health and well being” which will further
strengthen our commitment to the health and well being of our pupils.
Here is just a flavour of some of the health initiatives ongoing in our school:
Annual Health Week and other health focus weeks
Active After-Schools Clubs including Football, Fitness and Netball
Healthy School Meals
Comprehensive Health and Wellbeing lessons embedded in our curriculum
External specialists in Dance, Yoga, Netball, Volleyball and Basketball working
directly with classes
Water available at all times for all pupils
Toothbrushing for P1 and P2
Teaching positivity and confidences
Development of multiple intelligences
We work in partnership with various health professionals and partner agencies to promote
health and well being, including the South Health Improvement Team, Active Schools and
Physical Education Activity and Dance
Pupils follow a course devised by Education Services, which involves a programme of
gymnastics, games skills and dance. In accordance with health and safety, pupils are not
allowed to wear jewellery during PE. Parents wishing to have their children’s ears pierced
are best to aim for the end of term in order to allow for ‘sleepers’ to remain undisturbed
for six weeks.
This area of the curriculum makes a huge contribution to children’s physical fitness and
health. Every class enjoys a minimum of 2 hours physical activity per week.
Some parents and staff enjoying a session with a motivational
speaker which left us feeling motivated and valued.
Children will learn to express themselves in different ways and be creative through Art,
Music and Drama. In addition, they will develop an appreciation of aesthetic and cultural
values, identities and ideas. Through the development of skill and confidence in the
expressive arts, children often develop confidence in other curricular areas.
Their studies in each of these art subjects will centre around 3 themes:
Assessment will be ongoing and continuous, and largely informal.
The whole school participated
in decorating spring eggs.
Children will follow a structured programme of progressive skill development largely
delivered through 'contexts' relevant and appropriate to children’s needs and interests.
The social studies experiences and outcomes are structured in three lines of development:
People, past events and societies
People, place and environment
People in society, economy and business
The learning and teaching programme aims to offer balance across each of these.
Social Studies topics may also provide a context for teaching and learning in other curricular
areas, and the transfer and application of discretely taught skills.
A key aim of this curricular area is to broaden children’s understanding of the world.
Assessment will be continuous.
Through the study of science, children will experience the
opportunity to investigate their environment by observing,
exploring, investigating and recording. They will be helped
to recognise the impact science makes on their lives, on the
lives of others, on the environment and on culture.
The science outcomes are in seven areas, although there will
be interconnections between them:
Energy in the environment
Forces and Motion
Life and Cells
Skills, knowledge and understanding will be developed progressively through all of these
areas, again using contextualisation and discrete learning and teaching approaches as
appropriate to children’s needs.
The technologies provide frequent opportunity for active learning in creative and work-
Children will develop an understanding of technologies and their impact on society. They will
also develop confidence and skill in the use of these technologies to create, present and
record their own ideas and materials.
As well as developing ICT knowledge and skills we also have a wide range of technologies,
which are potentially powerful learning tools across the curriculum and throughout life.
Our ICT programme of study develops discrete skills in emailing, word-processing, graphics
and information handling from P1-7. This is delivered in the school’s computer suite, with an
additional minimum of one computer in every classroom.
The use of a range of technology, including cameras, DVD recorders, laptops and interactive
SmartBoards in every classroom further supports learning and teaching across the
curriculum. In addition, access to a wide range of software and the World Wide Web
enhances and motivates both independent and collaborative learning.
Pupils’ learning will be structured around 3 core themes:
Investigating and designing
Evaluating and improving products, and their impacts
Taking the learning outdoors is a key strategy in our school’s philosophy. We believe that by
using our outdoor space at every opportunity we offer our pupils the opportunity to connect
with nature and enhance their senses. Our experience is that the pupils use this opportunity
to transfer skills learned in the classroom to a real environment. They express that they feel
they learn better and it is more fun. We believe we have a responsibility to make the most of
the outdoor environment to support the delivery of the experiences and outcomes of a
Curriculum for Excellence.
In Merrylee we take the learning outdoors in all weathers whether during free play time or
during core lessons. Please always ensure that your child has appropriate clothing at all times.
On the Merrylee Urban Jungle Using our wind turbine
Music in the outdoors Maths in the snow
Spiritual, social. moral and cultural values
At Merrylee our Religious Education programme is wide spread covering moral and social
values, Christian beliefs, other religions as outlined in our programme of study. The main
educational focus for R.E is the teaching of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
We have excellent support from three school chaplains. The Reverend David Hood from
Merrylea Parish and the Reverends Iain Morrison and Wilma Pearson from Cathcart trinity
Church. They help deliver the teaching of Christianity throughout the school and are an
integral part of our school team. They offer comfort and care whilst respecting all faiths and
beliefs. We are very fortunate to have the support from parents in the delivery of the
programmes to educate children about other faiths.
We aim to provide an environment in which the children will grow to be honest, trustworthy
and truthful. We hope they will possess a positive self image and share the esteem of others,
which comes only from adherence to these values which are held to be good and true and
which stem from consideration and compassion for others.
We aim to respect ourselves and everyone in our community and in the world in which we
live. (From our school vision and aims)
Please note - Parents and carers from religions other than Christianity may request that their
children be permitted to be absent from school in order to celebrate recognised religious
events. Only written requests detailing the proposed arrangements will be considered.
Appropriate requests will be granted on not more than three occasions in any one school
session and the pupil noted as an authorised absentee in the register.
Reporting to Parents/ Carers
Each year we hold two main Parents' Evenings, in November and March, to enable parents to
discuss their child's progress with the class teacher. Pupils regularly take home folders to
allow parents to monitor progress. However if parents do have any anxieties about their
child's progress, they are encouraged to contact the school to arrange an appointment to
discuss the matter which is causing concern.
Every effort is made to keep parents informed by way of a monthly newsletter. Parents are
also invited into the classrooms to observe the pupils and staff in action!
Each child will have their own personal Learning Log book which acts as a diary of evidence
to record what your child has been learning and how they are progressing. The class teacher
will use the learning logs on a weekly basis to discuss progress and set new targets with the
pupils. Targets will be highlighted or stamped to show what learning has been achieved.
The Learning Log will help your child
Reflect on what they are good at
Identify how they can improve
Set learning targets, which will help them do well in class
Set personal targets, which will help them get on well with others
We continue to develop our use of a range of formative assessment strategies, aimed at
progressing pupils’ learning and development.
Assessment is a continuous process. It is the aim of our assessment policy to:
1 Improve the quality of learning and teaching for all pupils.
2 Raise standards of individual pupil attainment and achievement.
3 Enable a continuum in provision for pupils across the range of stages through primary and
into secondary school.
4 Enable more effective reporting to parents and pupils.
Various methods of assessment are employed on an ongoing basis. These include both formal
and informal observations, structured assessments of practical activities, progress tests,
and standardised tests if appropriate. Attainment of levels assessed in this way will be
reported in the pupil's final report in the learning log. A profile of your child's performance
will be prepared and presented to you by the class teacher at each of two parents' evenings,
usually in November, and then March. You will be kept well informed of progress in the
Pupil assessment is an important aspect of school life. It can take many forms but is
informative and determines the next steps in learning. Your child will be assessed in what
they write, make, say and do.
It is our policy to give every pupil an equal opportunity to participate and share in all learning
experiences, formal and informal, that the school provides. Continual checks are made on
every child's progress to ensure that they are achieving their full potential.
In the early stages parents can help by hearing their children read and talking to their
children to promote language skills and numeracy. In the middle and upper stages, work done
at home will reflect some of the work done in class. Children should be encouraged to use
television, radio, newspapers and magazines as well as books as useful resources in the home.
Time allocation for home work
P.1 - P2 15 minutes maximum
P.3 20 minutes maximum
P4 - P7 no more than 25-30 minutes
Homework is provided for various purposes: practice and consolidation of work done in class;
preparation for future class work using resources not available in school; encouragement of
parental co-operation; and support and practice in private study.
Parents and Home Learning
Parents have an essential role to play in encouraging and helping young people to organise and
Parental Support is of great help and the child's progress usually becomes obvious when
parents take an active interest. Recent research, proved that children who receive help at
home in reading make better progress than those who do not. We believe that homework is
at the forefront of partnership between home and school; it is therefore crucial that
parents of our pupils are actively involved in our homework practice as a "helpful presence"
when their child is completing homework.
Homework should not become a laborious task. Therefore, if your child cannot complete an
exercise in a reasonable time, please do not hesitate to notify the school.
A Homework Guide for parents is issued at the start of each school session. Class teachers
contact parents each session to provide parents with the knowledge of programmes of study
by means of informal meetings, by newsletter or both.
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Home and School Partnership
In Merrylee Primary we feel very strongly that education should be a partnership between
school and home. To this end we try to involve parents in as many aspects of school life as
After children have enrolled for Primary 1, we invite parents and children to take part in our
pre- entrants programme beginning in May. This involves a workshop for parents and play
sessions for children. The workshops are very informal and parents' opinions, expertise and
experience are respected and valued. The play sessions give the children an opportunity to
become familiar with the school, staff and other children, helping them to settle happily in
Families are regularly informed about school policy, business and events from newsletters
issued monthly by the Head Teacher.
Class teachers also issue a minimum of one newsletter per term. All teachers will offer an
information session and to meet with parents at the start of the school session. We have
found this to be an excellent way to promote our good practice and for parents to find out
further information directly from their child's class teacher.
Learning logs are sent home regularly.
Homework diaries, learning logs and/or play diaries for individual pupils offer excellent
opportunities for home-school liaison and for parents to be active partners in their child’s
In Merrylee Primary we are very fortunate to have so many parents who offer their help to
Our parents help in a variety of ways, for example -:
Paired reading three days a week with some pupils from Primary 2 to Primary 7
Costume making The walking bus led by parents
Accompanying pupils on visits and trips
In class support……………………and much more……….!
Last session a group of our parents produced an exceptional four minute film illustrating “A
day in the life of Merrylee.” This is essential viewing for all parents! (Link from school web
In Merrylee we have an open door policy so if you ever have any matters you wish to discuss
at any time please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Mahindru, Head Teacher at school or any
other member of the senior management team.
Merrylee Primary and the Community
Our school enjoys a high profile and reputation in the community. It involves itself in
community initiatives and events and enjoys the support of groups within it.
We have very close ties with both Merrylea Parish and Cathcart Trinity Parish Churches.
Children from the school also enjoy 'giving back to the community'. For example - they have
entertained in the community for various groups at various venues throughout the year.
The ethos of our school is a caring and sharing one where everyone involved with the school
work together for the benefit of all. The school offers a happy and secure environment
where the talents and strengths of the individual are recognised and encouraged.
This caring and sharing attitude is extended to the community and the world at large.
Throughout the year we undertake various fundraising
ventures to benefit others for example -:
The Glasgow Lodging House Mission
The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice
Children in Need >>>>>>>raising £700
Over £1800 so far for Malawii
Merrylee has forged many valuable links over the years with
other local primary schools including OLA Primary who
regularly send pupils over to use our pitch facilities with
We also have established excellent liaison with Newlands
Our excellent facilities are accessed by many community groups with the school pitch and
gym hall in constant use every evening and weekend.
Our philosophy is very much to use our community resources as excellent learning
opportunities for our pupils with visits to -:
The Coupar Library
Local shops and garden centres
The Burrell Collection
The Glass Houses
The Langside Trail
Additional Support Needs
The school has a duty to ensure that all our pupils have equal access to the curriculum,
supported as appropriate to their individual needs. This covers not only the content of the
lessons and teaching strategies but also minor adaptations to the physical environment of our
buildings to address the needs of pupils with physical or sensory impairments, including the
relocation of classes to the ground floor where feasible.
We also need to ensure that parents and carers who have a physical disability have equal
access to information about their children. This will involve, for example, relocating the venue
for parents/carers meetings to facilitate physical access; provision of an interpreter for deaf
people; agreeing a phone contact system to provide direct feedback to parents and carers.
Additional Support Needs Legislation
The Scottish Executive introduced the Additional Support for Learning Act in 2004. Glasgow
City Council puts The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 at the
heart of its commitment to equal opportunities, social inclusion and early intervention.
The Council’s policy ‘Every Child is Included’ recognises that there may be a broad range of
factors and circumstances, over the short or long term which give rise to a child or young
person requiring additional support to promote learning and all round development. Each
establishment is required to produce and keep under review a policy on provision for children
with additional support needs. This policy is derived from the Council’s policy ‘Every Child is
Included’ and will take account of the particular circumstances of this establishment.
Our school policy outlines how Merrylee Primary School will meet our duties under the new
legislation. As with all our practice, it is dependent on a successful relationship with parents,
carers and our children.
Provision for Additional Support Needs: Rationale
All children and young people need the support of our education system to help them learn and
to achieve their full potential. Our aspiration for all children and young people is that they
should be successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective
contributors to society and at work.
The 2004 Act aimed to create a stronger, better system for supporting children’s and young
people’s learning. The Act aims to ensure that all children and young people receive the
additional support required to meet their individual needs and to help make the most of their
Our policy is a statement of the aims, principles and strategies for Additional Support for
Learning within Hillpark Learning Community, according to Glasgow’s ‘Every Child is Included’
policy, and outlines our commitment in recognising that most of our children and young people
respond well to the opportunities for learning provided by our schools and that without extra
help some would not benefit fully from education.
Aims & Objectives
The underlying aim of the Additional Support for Learning Policy is to enable all pupils
to achieve their natural potential.
To promote an inclusive approach that will meet the needs of all pupils and in turn
contribute to raised levels of achievement, self-esteem and lifelong learning,
establishing an inclusive network of provision for all.
To support individual pupils who have additional support needs using appropriate
planning and recording according to establishment and authority procedures.
To promote partnership working with those involved in supporting children’s and young
This policy is available for all parents to access.
Children develop at different rates and gain skills and competencies on individual levels. They
are provided with differentiated activities, learning intentions and success criteria
appropriate to their strengths and development needs.
Many children have additional support needs, some needs are short term or transitory, others
are longer- term. Additional supports enable children to access the curriculum, building on
their strengths and over coming barriers to learning.
The new legislation created a paradigm shift in the approach to support needs moving away
from a preoccupation with deficit to a much more positive consideration of a child's
competencies and skills, a clear assessment of their support needs and a plan to implement and
review the effectiveness of these supports.
Hillpark New Learning Community and Merrylee Primary have been very proactive in
implementing this legislation. Class Teachers are able to register concern for individual pupils
with the Merrylee Additional Support Needs Coordinator. In joint consultation an appropriate
level of support for learning plan will be opened which specifies clear development goals,
success criteria and detailed description of the nature of appropriate supports which can be
in-house or provided by external agencies such as Cluster Support, Speech and Language
Therapy, Psychological services, specialist resources supplier or a wide range of other support
Support plans are created in line with national and local guidance. Plans will be reviewed in joint
consultation with pupils, parents/carers, class teachers and any outside agency personnel
involved in supporting individual pupils.
These plans and supports will be flexible enough to enable adaptation to respond to a child's
changing needs to best ensure barriers to learning are overcome.
This flexibility is strongly supported by Merrylee teaching and support staff who willingly
strive to constantly update their skills to better meet the development needs of their pupils.
Presently in Merrylee, there are many children with additional support needs. All pupils in
Merrylee Primary are valued members of the school community with every child encouraged to
grow and develop to the best of their ability. Staff support this development and foster
partnership with parents and outside agencies to encourage a climate of high expectations,
inclusiveness and excellence.
In Merrylee Primary we are committed to overcoming barriers to learning and provide a wide
range of additional supports to help meet our pupils’ needs, for example -:
Support for learning in small groups or one to one
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Group
Cluster Support spelling programme
Hi Five reading strategies training
Merrylee staff are committed to continuous professional development to ensure
implementation of council policy in relation to Additional Support Needs and are fully briefed
in all aspects of disability awareness, accessibility and inclusion to ensure equality for all
Physical Access/Communication with Parents
Our new campus at Friarton Road has been designed with full access in mind and our policy in
Merrylee is to ensure equal access and communication with all of our stakeholders and includes
Designated disabled parking spaces
Ramps to all entrances
Accessible toilets throughout the building
Access to interpreting services
Positive behaviour policy
In Merrylee our main aim is to teach the children self-discipline and to help them get
along with each other.
The relationship between pupil and teacher should be similar to that between the child and
his/her own parents. Teachers and pupils must work together, respect each other and show
consideration to one another.
The school rules which operate do so for the benefit and well being of all pupils. These are
devised in co-operation with pupils. It is important that the children have a clear
understanding of the standards of behaviour we expect and the consequences of failing to
meet these standards.
Parents will be kept informed and consulted about bad behaviour at an early
The main aim of our discipline policy, however, is to encourage and reward good behaviour
rather than focus on bad behaviour.
Attendance at School
Section 30 of the 1980 Education Act lays a duty on every parent of a child of "school age"
to ensure that their child attends school regularly. Attendance must be recorded twice a
day, morning and afternoon.
Regulation 7 of The Education (School and Placing Information) (Scotland) Amendment
Regulation 1993 requires each child's absence from school to be recorded in the school
register as authorised: i.e. approved by the authority, or unauthorised: i.e. unexplained by
the parent (truancy) or temporarily excluded from school.
Parents/Guardians do not have an automatic right to take their child out of school without
permission during term-time. The Head Teacher can only authorise time off during term
time in exceptional circumstances.
Exceptional Circumstances include -:
Short term parental placement abroad
Family returning to its country of origin for family reasons
The period immediately after an illness or accident
A period of serious or critical illness of a close family relative
A domestic crisis which causes serious disruption to the family home, causing
Time off during term time for the following reasons is not acceptable and will be recorded
Availability of cheaper holidays or desired accommodation
Holidays which overlap the beginning or end of term
Clearly with no explanation from the parent, the absence is unauthorised.
Merrylee Attendance Policy
The attendance policy at Merrylee is in accordance with Glasgow City Council Attendance
Policy. Please, if at all possible, inform the school as soon as you know your child will be
absent. If your child is not in school by 9.15am and you have not notified the school of the
absence, one of the support staff will contact you to seek guidance. On returning to school
your child should bring a note giving a short explanation of the reason for absence.
Please note that the Education Liaison Officer will investigate unexplained absence and the
Educational Authority can take the matter further. The Education Liaison officer has the
power to refer pupils to the reporter of the children's hearings.
Enforcement of Attendance
If attendance is deemed to be giving cause for concern the following procedures will be
Visit by Education Liaison Officer
Second letter issued to parents
Visit by Education Liaison Officer
Third letter issued to parents
Action will be taken to bring the case before the Attendance Council.
Our pupils are offered a diverse range of opportunities and then supported to access clubs
and associations to encourage an active lifestyle. Such activities on offer are; football,
netball, badminton, golf, dance, tennis, chess, art, music, choir & technology.
Our pupils are offered a 5 day residential outdoor experience at both Primary 6 and Primary
7. These offer pupils the chance to try many outdoor pursuits and cultivate a respect and
love of our wonderful countryside.
An adult presence is provided in playground at break times in terms of the School (Safety
and Supervision of Pupils) (Scotland) Regulations, 1990.
Several members of the support staff are always on duty in the playground. All are trained
in playground activities and have introductory first aid. The senior pupils also play an
integral role in playground supervision.
We have a varied range of playground areas suitable for all ages and types of play.
"I love playtimes as our playground is fabulous. There’s something for everyone" David
A place to climb
A place to sit with friends
A place to run around and play football and other games
Clothing and Uniform
All of the pupils attending Merrylee Primary School wear the school uniform as detailed below.
Grey skirt/pinafore/trousers Grey trouser
White shirt and tie White shirt and tie
Grey jumper/cardigan or Grey jumper
Blue polo shirt and grey sweatshirt Blue polo shirt and grey sweatshirt
White or Grey socks Grey socks
Merrylee School uniform can be purchased from Campbell's in Victoria Road and from Trutex
at 35B Argyle Street Station (Near the St Enoch’s Centre)
Given that there is substantial parental and public approval of a dress code, schools in this
authority are encouraged to develop a school dress code. In encouraging a dress code policy
account must be taken in any proposals to prevent any direct or indirect discrimination on the
grounds of race or gender. Any proposals will be the subject of widespread consultation with
parents and pupils. Against this background it should be noted that it is the policy of the
education committee to encourage schools to develop an appropriate dress code policy.
There are forms of dress which are unacceptable in school, such as items of clothing which:
- potentially, encourage faction
- could cause offence (such as anti-religious symbolism or political slogans);
-could cause health and safety difficulties, such as loose fitting clothing, dangling earrings;
- are made from flammable material for example shell suits in practical classes;
- could cause damage to flooring;
- carry advertising, particularly for alcohol or tobacco ; and
- could be used to inflict damage on other pupils or be used by others to do so.
Under no circumstances will pupils be deprived any educational benefit as a result of not
wearing clothing conforming to the school's dress code policy.
Parents/Guardians receiving Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (Income based),
Working Tax Credit (with an income of less than £15,050*), Housing Benefit, or Council Tax
Benefit will normally be entitled to monetary grants for footwear and clothing for their
children. Approval of any requests for such grants made by parents/ guardians in different
circumstances are at the discretion of the Service Director, Education. Information and
application forms may be obtained from schools and from the Grants Section at Education
Glasgow City Council is concerned at the level of claims being received regarding the loss of
pupils' clothing and/or personal belongings. Parents are asked to assist in this area by ensuring
that valuable items and unnecessarily expensive items of clothing are not brought to school.
Parents should note that the authority does not carry insurance to cover the loss of such
items and any claims submitted are likely to be met only where the authority can be shown to
have been negligent.
Please ensure that every item of your child’s clothing is named and that you check them
Medical and Health Care Information
The school works in partnership with the NHS and has a good relationship with our
community nurse who visits the school regularly.
During visits, the school nurse may check:-
Eyesight in P1, P.4 and P.7 and at other times if there is a concern
Colour vision in P.7
Hearing if required
Height/Weight in P.4 and P.7 and at other times if there is a concern
Health interview at P.7 and at other times if there is a concern
For formal examinations parents are advised in advance of the time and asked to be present.
A letter is sent home giving the time and also requesting information on the child's medical
history. Dental inspections take place each year for P1, P2, P4 and P6 children and dental
hygiene talks have been given to Primaries 1, 2 and 6. Information concerning the local
schools' Dental Clinic is available at the school.
When children are taken ill or have an accident in school, they are seen by promoted staff
and the Clerical Assistant who holds a First Aid Certificate. Simple first aid is administered
where appropriate. If necessary, parents are contacted and children taken home.
Parents are requested each year to complete a form giving such information as will enable
the school to contact them quickly in an emergency. It is important that such information is
kept up to date. In the case of severe accidents, a special report is sent to the Divisional
Education Officer. Where the school feels a child needs a medical examination, an
appointment will be made with the school doctor. Parents would be invited to attend this
It is the policy of the school that no child will be allowed to leave the school for an
appointment at the Dentist or Doctor unless accompanied by an adult. It must also be
stressed that no child from the upper school will be allowed out of the school to take a
younger brother or sister for appointments. This is to safeguard against mishap out-with
school during school hours.
Information in Emergencies
We make every effort to maintain a full educational service, but some circumstances arise
which lead to disruption. Schools may be affected by, for example-:
Temporary interruption of transport
Difficulties in fuel supply.
In such cases we shall do all we can to let you know about the details of closure or re-
We shall keep you in touch by using letters, notices in local shops and community centres,
announcements in local churches and announcements in the press and on local radio.
Information may also be sent via e-mail and/or posted on the school web site.
Transport : General
The education authority has a policy of providing free transport to all primary pupils who live
more than 1.2 miles from their local school by the recognised shortest walking route. This
policy is more generous than the law requires. This means that the provision of transport
could be reviewed at any time.
Parents who consider they are eligible should obtain an application form from the school or
education office. These forms should be completed and returned before the end of
February for those pupils beginning school in August to enable the appropriate arrangements
to be made.
Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year but may be subject to delay
whilst arrangements are made. The appropriate officer has discretion in special
circumstances to grant permission for pupils to travel in transport provided by the
authority, where spare places are available and no additional costs are incurred.
The authority has an exceptional Circumstances policy relating to e.g. homelessness, parental
disability, etc. Details are available from the school. There is also a procedure to request
transport on medical grounds. The school can advise on procedures. Please let us know if you
feel your child would qualify for free transport.
Where free transport is provided it may be necessary for pupils to walk a certain distance
to the vehicle pick-up point. Walking distance in total including the distance from home to
the pick-up point and from the drop-off point to the school in any one direction will not
exceed the authority's limits. It is the parent's responsibility to ensure that their child
arrives at the pick-up point in time. It is also the parent's responsibility to ensure the child
behaves in a safe and acceptable manner while boarding, travelling in and alighting from the
vehicle. Misbehaviour could result in your child losing the right to free transport.
The education authority does not provide transport for those pupils in receipt of a placing
request other than in individual exceptional circumstances and where appropriate legislation
We encourage our children to walk or cycle to
school whenever possible.
We have a bicycle rack for all to use.
The Merrylee Parent Forum and Parent Council
The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 has changed the arrangements for
parent/carer representation in all schools. Since August 2007, all parents/carers are
automatically members of the Parent Forum for their school and they have a right to
establish a Parent Council to represent them.
The membership of the Parent Forum is made up of all parents/carers who have a child at an
education authority school. Membership of the Parent Forum allows parents/carers to have
a say a local arrangements to enable their collective view to be represented on matters such
as the quality and standards of education at the school and other matters of interest to
parents/carers. One of the ways parents/carers in the Parent Forum will be able to express
their views will be through the Parent Council.
The Parent Council is a group of parents/carers selected by members of the Parent Forum
to represent all the parents/carers of children at the school. Parent Councils are very
flexible groups and the Parent Forum can decide on the type of group it wants to represent
A Parent Council could get involved in:
Supporting the work of the school;
Gathering and representing parents’ views to the Headteacher, education authority
Promoting contact between the school, parents/carers, children and the local
Involvement in the appointment of senior school staff.
Parent Councils are recognised in law from August 2007. As a statutory body, the Parent
Council has the right to information and advice on matters which affect children’s education.
So, the school and the local authority must listen to what the Parent council says and give it
a proper response. Every school’s Parent Council will be different because it will be
parents/carers in each school who make the key decisions. The Parent Council is also
entitled to support from the education authority in fulfilling its role.
Membership of the Parent Council
Generally, members of the Parent Council must be parents/carers of children who attend
the school and the chairperson must have a child in the school. However, the Parent Council
can decide to co-opt other members from teachers and the community who will have
knowledge and skills to help them.
A link to the PC constitution can be found on the PC website www.merryleeprimarypc.org
Merrylee Parent Council Members
Merrylee Primary Parent Council
Member e-mail contact Child’s name(s)
Elspeth McIntyre Elspeth.email@example.com Hannah P3
Ruth Doherty firstname.lastname@example.org Daisy P3 & Emily P5
Ashley Weir Ashley.email@example.com George & Charlie P5
Felicity Steers firstname.lastname@example.org Rowan P5
Graeme Esson Graeme_esson@hotmail.com Hope P4
Helen Pattie email@example.com Class Teacher
Liz Mahindru emahindru@merrylee- Headteacher
Melanie Unkles firstname.lastname@example.org Evie P3
Nikki Sinclair email@example.com David P5
Sharon Fagan firstname.lastname@example.org Callum P5
Ian Green Green.email@example.com Beth P1c
Shona Barrie firstname.lastname@example.org Anna P3
Wendy McNaughton Wendy.email@example.com Callum P4
Amparo Herbert firstname.lastname@example.org Mark P2a & Sara P4
Lorna MacKenzie email@example.com Caoilfhinn P4
Russell Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org Aimee P2a
Selwyn McCausland email@example.com Jack P2b
Angela O’Hagan Angela.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Clark email@example.com Rueben P1c
Nicola Weir firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Syme email@example.com
Merrylee Parents’ Association Committee Members
Committee Members 2011/12
Wendy McNaughton Chair Callum P4 0141 636 0648
firstname.lastname@example.org Euan p1c 07866 502274
Nicola Steele Vice chair Gregor P2B 0141 423 2192
email@example.com 07979 831411
Lesley Best Secretary Adam MacDonald P5 0141-585-3408
firstname.lastname@example.org Rory P1a 07866 728027
Fiona Paton Minutes Scott Lynch P5 0141-649-7463
email@example.com Secretary 07714523165
Jacqueline Clark Treasurer Reuben Clark P1C 0141 632 6794
firstname.lastname@example.org 07983 559199
Sharon Murphy Member Louis P4 01418839599
email@example.com Amber P2b 07711887433
Maxine Connolly Member Emmamarie Taylor P6
firstname.lastname@example.org Ross Taylor P3 07505124729
Heather McArthur Member Michael Dickinson P32 0141 583 8351
email@example.com Anna P1b 07793 632133
Nicola Porter Member Rebecca P2A 0141 633 2540
Nicola.firstname.lastname@example.org 07758 835061
Denise Feasby Member Euan P7/6 0141 571 8391
email@example.com 07722 062858
Carol McGill Member Daniel P3 0141 637 3384
firstname.lastname@example.org 07891 640403
Donna Mason Member Hannah P1A 0141 632 1100
email@example.com 07877 794421
Lynne Sim Member Arran P1B 0141 239 4140
firstname.lastname@example.org 07900 571492
Jacqueline McGuire Member Arran P1A 0141-585 3059
Maureen Malloy Member David P2 0141 633 0963
email@example.com 07939 032962
Nikki Sinclair Member David P5 0141 632 7586
firstname.lastname@example.org 07985 096089
Rachel Callaghan Member Tess P2a 0141 569 0973
email@example.com 07966 402346
Diane Morton Member Ben Philips P2B 0141 637 8452
firstname.lastname@example.org 07920 010204
Penelope Stewart Member Cameron P7/
email@example.com 6Hamish P5,Isla P1C 07752 928613
Joanne Ferguson Member Noah P2B 0141 632 9573
firstname.lastname@example.org 07816 832926
Jodie Adshead Member Dylan P4
email@example.com 07713 159427
Julie Syme Member Archie P1C 0141 571 2411
firstname.lastname@example.org 07766 336362
Lee Aitken Member Jack P4 0141 632 6159
Merrylee Parents’ Association
Merrylee Parents’ Association is a sub committee of the Parent Council. We are very
fortunate to have an extremely active PA which organises various social and fundraising
activities throughout the year for adults and pupils. The PA also offers assistance in the
operation of the school.
The PA takes responsibility for the fund raising role of the PC and very successfully raises
and donates thousands of pounds each year to the school. This enhances the educational
experiences of every pupil within our community. The secretary of the PA posts minutes of
meetings etc on both the school and the PC website.
The Parents Association raises huge sums
of money to support and enhance the
learning opportunities for all the pupils in
Merrylee Primary School.
Through their many events, they subsidise
trips and experiences for the benefit of all.
The Parents Association also arrange
social events for both children and adults.
Saturday morning football club
This is run by the parents for all pupils in the school from P1-7.
Pupils take responsibility for many aspects of life within Merrylee Primary School such as;
The Eco – committee The Health Committee Librarians
IT technicians Personnel management Monitoring
Curricular change and development and Peer mentoring to name but a few.
We aim to offer our pupils the opportunity to become confident, effective contributors who
will be the responsible citizens for our future.
The pupil council in Merrylee have been fantastic over the years. This year we are trying
hard to maintain this standard and improve on our ability to respond to any issues raised by
the student body.
In past years the Pupil Council has consisted of pupils from Primary 5, 6 and 7 only. Since
last year all classes have members representing them on our Pupil Council. Our Pupil Council
is very proactive in listening to ideas and concerns from all of our pupils and so far this
session have been involved with :
Timetabling for the Urban Jungle
Pupil Council members regularly speak at assemblies and hold monthly meetings which they
minute and post on the Pupil Council information board in the school foyer.
Sponsored run for charity arranged
by the Pupil Council
Child Protection Management Circular 54 Appendix 9
All educational establishments and services must take positive steps to help and protect
children themselves by ensuring that programmes of health and personal safety are central
to the curriculum and should have in place a curriculum that ensures that children have a
clear understanding of the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviour on
the part of another person, no matter who.
As with other areas of the curriculum, you will be kept informed of the health and personal
safety programme for your child’s establishment.
Educational establishments and services must create and maintain an ethos and climate
which actively promotes child welfare and a safe environment by:
Ensuring that children are listened to and respected
Ensuring that programmes of health and personal safety are central to the
Ensuring that staff are aware of child protection issues and procedures
Establishing and maintaining close working relationships and arrangements with all
other agencies to make sure that professionals collaborate effectively in protecting
Should any member of staff have concerns regarding the welfare or safety of any child
they must report these concerns to the Head Teacher or the person deputising for her.
She, after judging that there may be grounds for concern regarding the welfare or safety
of any child must then immediately advise the duty Senior Social Worker at the local Social
Work Services area office of the circumstances.
Data Protection Act 1998
Information on children and young people, parents and carers is stored on a computer
system and may be used for teaching, registration, assessment and other administrative
duties. The information is protected by the Data protection Act 1998 and may only be
disclosed in accordance with the Codes of Practice. For further information, please contact
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 enables any person to obtain information
from Scottish public authorities. The Act applies to all Scottish public authorities including:
The Scottish Government and its agencies; Scottish Parliament; local authorities; NHS
Scotland; universities and further education colleges; and the police.
Public authorities have to allow access to the following information:
• The provision, cost and standard of its service;
• Factual information or decision-making;
• The reasons for decisions made by it.
The legal right of access includes all types of “recorded” information of any data held by
the Scottish public authorities. From 1st January 2005, any person who makes a request for
information must be provided with it, subject to certain conditions.
Further information is provided on the Glasgow City Council web-site:
Internet facilities are provided at all Glasgow City Council Public Libraries and Real Learning
Dealing with Racial Harassment
The Race Relations Act of 1976 makes it unlawful to discriminate against someone because
of his/her colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national background. The Act makes it the duty
of Glasgow City Council to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination.
In 1999 the guidelines, ‘Dealing with Racial Harassment’ were issued to assist all teaching
staff in dealing with such incidents. The adoption of an anti-racist approach should be seen
as one part of the continuing attempt toimprove the quality of education.
Glasgow City Council recognises that support from the home is essential if these aims are to
achieved. Every child in Glasgow has the right to be happy and secure at school.
Bullying behaviour will not be tolerated within Glasgow City Council’s educational
establishments. All children in Glasgow’s educational establishments have an entitlement “to
work (and play) in a learning environment in which they feel valued, respected and safe and
are free from all forms of abuse, bullying or discrimination”. (A Standard for Pastoral Care
in Glasgow Schools).
In 2009, Glasgow City Council published its revised Anti-Bullying Policy, incorporating the
requirement to record and report all discriminatory behaviours within educational
In Merrylee we adopt a zero tolerance stance and through our programme of study
endeavour to equip our pupils with the skills to deal with bullying.
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS 2011
School: Merrylee Primary School Id No.: 260 - 8416524
Budgeted Running Costs For Financial Year 2011-2012
School Roll at September 2010 300
Total School Running Costs at April 2011 (£) 1,157,732
Cost per Pupil (£) 3,859
Key to symbols: The symbol ## indicates that the data are not available.
Attendance And Absence For School Year 2010/2011
P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6 P7 P1-7
Attendances( 21275 20711 16959 15096 10418 13632 11534 109625
Authorised 3.6 3.1 4.2 4.2 2.5 3.4 2.5 3.5
Unauthorised 0.5 0.4 0.1 0.5 1.2 0.6 0.3 0.5
Key to Symbols:
Asterisks (**) have been inserted instead of figures for some schools and categories:
Counts and percentages based on data for more than 0 but fewer than 5 pupils, because they could
be misleading or lead to the identification of individuals.
In other cases, it is not possible for the school to have any data for the category, for example, cases
where the relevant year group roll figure is zero.
The symbol (##) indicates that the school has recently opened or merged with another school and this
information is not available.
Where schools have 9 openings per week, please note that all local authority and national figures are based
on 10 openings per week, and so are not directly comparable.
Key to Symbols: The symbol (##) indicates that the data are not available
or comparable with other years.
Comments and Complaints
In line with Glasgow City Council policy-
If you have a comment or complaint please approach the Head of Establishment in the first
If the Head of Establishment does not resolve the issue to your satisfaction, you should
contact our Customer Liaison Unit who will:
• Take a totally neutral stance in fully investigating your complaint;
• Acknowledge receipt of your complaint within five working days;
• Give a full written response within a further 10 working days, unless another timescale has
The Customer Liaison Unit can be contacted by phone or e-mail:
Phone 0141 287 3655/4688
Customer Liaison Unit
Glasgow City Council
25 Cochrane Street
We look forward to our partnership with you in the years to come.
All information included in this handbook is correct at the time of printing but may be
affected by subsequent changes.