MARKET PLACE
                                        AB51 3XN

                              Telephone :- (01467) 620451
                                 Fax :- (01467) 625690

         E-mail Address :-


Welcome to Inverurie Market Place School which prides itself on creating a happy, caring
environment for your child to develop academically and socially.

Our success in achieving our aims will be all the greater if home and school can form a
supportive partnership whilst your child is with us. Please be assured that the school is always
open to you and staff are available to discuss any aspect relating to your child‟s well-being.

This handbook is intended to familiarise you with our aims, curriculum and organisation and to
help you settle in as easily, quickly and effortlessly as possible. Hopefully you will have a
clearer picture of the school by the time you reach the end of this prospectus. Any changes to
the information contained here which take place in the course of a session will be intimated by
newsletter. If you have any queries or suggestions about any of the information in this
handbook, please feel free to contact me.

Jonathan Revell
Head Teacher

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                          CONTENTS INDEX


Aberdeenshire Council Statement of Values   …   5
Inverurie Market Place Statement of Aims    …   6
School Staff                                …   7
Introduction                                …   8
The School Day                              …   9
Nursery                                     …   9
Enrolment of Primary 1 Pupils               …   11
Enrolment of other Children                 …   12
School Uniform                              …   12
Equipment                                   …   13
School Meals                                …   14
Packed Lunches                              …   15
Free School Meals                           …   15
School Clothing Grants                      …   15
Playground Supervision                      …   16
School Transport                            …   16
Behaviour on School Transport               …   16
Insurance                                   …   17
Health Care                                 …   17
First Aid                                   …   18
Security                                    …   18
Attendance and Holidays                     …   18
Term Dates                                  …   19
Child Protection Statement/Policy Advice    …   20
Video Recording/Photographs of Pupils       …   20
School Excursions                           …   22
Pupil Council                               …   22
     Eco Committee                          …   23

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Parental Involvement in the School
        Parent Council                        …   23

       Parent Helpers                         …   23
Students                                      …   23
Football Training                             …   24
Inter-School Activities                       …   24
Transfer to Secondary School                  …   25
Inverurie Schools Cluster Group and
Community Schools Network                     …   25

Transferring Educational Data                 …   25
The School Curriculum                         …   26
        Curriculum for Excellence             …   27
Additional Support for Learners               …   28
        Educational Psychologist              …   28
Assessment                                    …   29
Reporting to Parents                          …   30
Homework                                      …   30
Ethos and Behaviour                           …   31
Moving to Another School                      …   32
Adverse Weather School Closure Arrangements   …   32
        Guidance for Parents                  …   33
Useful Addresses                              …   35
Letter re. insurance                          …   36
Medication Form                               …   37
Statistics                                    …   39 - 42

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                          ABERDEENSHIRE COUNCIL

The Aberdeenshire Education, Learning and Leisure Service aims to:

 Opportunity and Inclusion
       Ensure that there is opportunity for everyone in Aberdeenshire to gain access to
       education and recreation services and that as far as possible the full range of needs
       is met within local communities.

 Community Involvement and Partnership
      Involve and empower local communities in the development and delivery of
      education and recreation services to meet local needs and aspirations and develop
      effective partnerships with others to achieve their aims.

 Participation, Lifelong Learning and Achievement
        Provide lifelong education and recreation services for the people of Aberdeenshire
        promoting the highest standards of achievement and the widest possible
        participation in the opportunities available.

 Support and Early Intervention
       Intervene early in addressing the needs of vulnerable people ensuring that their
       entitlement to effective support from all relevant partners is met.

  Continuous Improvement and Quality
        Deliver the highest possible standard of education and recreation services ensuring
        that best value is achieved through continuous improvement in the services

  General
        Information for Parents and Carers about Aberdeenshire education can be found at

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                               STATEMENT AND AIMS

      Inverurie Market Place - enjoy, learn, achieve.
Challenge and Enjoyment

Through active learning we will motivate, challenge and extend all children‟s educational
experiences. In providing a creative, supportive and enjoyable environment, pupils will have
high aspirations to reach their potential.


We will provide a wealth of valuable learning experiences both in the classroom and other


Each child will be able to build on previous experiences, knowledge and achievements to
progress at their own pace to meet their own needs.


To enable children to fully develop and build on their capacity for different types of thinking
and learning.

Personalisation and choice

To nurture individual needs and particular aptitudes children will be offered a range of
learning opportunities. We will provide sound guidance to encourage responsible personal
choice and informed decisions.


We will provide a variety of clear, well structured opportunities and experiences that draw the
different strands of the pupils learning together.


All pupil activities will be clear in purpose, valuable and relevant.

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Head Teacher:          Mr. Jonathan Revell

Teachers:              Mrs. Sandra Allan
                       Mrs. Allison Cameron
                       Mrs. Angela Davies (Currently on maternity leave)
                       Mrs. Margaret Fowler
                       Mrs. Elaine Fisher
                       Miss Mhairi Garden (Probationer)
                       Miss Donna Sutherland
                       Mrs. Wendy Urquhart
                       Mrs. Sheila Johnston –Nursery Teacher

Visiting Specialist    Ms. Catherine Murray – Music
Teachers:              Ms. Elizabeth Dearness - Violin
                       Mr. David Fullarton – Physical Education
                       Miss Yvonne Watt – Art
                       Mrs. Sarah Barratt – Learning Support
                       Ms. Cara Shinnie – I.C.T.
                       Mr. Tom Paulin – Brass
                       Ms. Sue Rucklidge - Science

School Administrator: Mrs. Moira McElhinney

Clerical Assistant:    Mrs. Joyce MacLeod

Classroom Assistant:   Mrs. Rose Benzie
                       Mrs. Carol Cruickshank

Nursery Nurse:         Mrs. Louise Walker

Auxiliaries            Mrs. Una Cran               Lunchtime Supervisor
                       Mrs. Carol Cruickshank      SFL Aux./Lunchtime Supervisor
                       Mrs. Heather Skene          Playground Supervisor
                       Mrs. Sheila Stewart         SFL Aux.

Janitor:               Mr. Alastair Binnie

Cook:                  Mrs. Sandra Willox

Canteen Staff:         Mrs. Alison Glennie
                       Mrs. Aileen Binnie
                       Mrs. Fiona Binnie
                       Mrs. Jane Morrison

Cleaners:              Mrs. Sheila Hay

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Welcome to Inverurie Market Place School, a nursery and primary school catering for all
children from age 4 to 12. There are approximately 190 pupils who are taught in eight
classroom areas. Currently there are seven classes – Primaries 1 to 7. There is a morning
only nursery catering for 20 children in their pre-school year.

The school is a traditional design, having been built in the Victorian era. Accommodation
includes a nursery, classrooms, games hall, a dining room/general purpose room, computer
suite, kitchen, offices and stores. It should be noted that a “No-Smoking Policy” operates
inside the school building and the playgrounds. Outside there is a large walled playground,
adjacent to which is a playing field which has a small football pitch. The school is non-
denominational and pupils come from a variety of backgrounds with many pupils attending
the school who live outside the official catchment area. The school is situated in the centre of
Inverurie just off Market Place, within easy reach of the local bus stops and train station.
Entry is obtained from Wallace Road, whilst the lane leading from the square to the school is
reserved for deliveries.

All staff work hard to ensure that there is a friendly, caring atmosphere in the school.
Creating an ethos of achievement is central to our work and we work hard to establish an
environment in which all our pupils, staff and members of our community are able to fulfil
their potential and expectations. The younger pupils in the school are guided by the older ones
who manifest a very caring attitude towards them. The school operates a policy of equal
opportunities for all – both children and adults should feel they are being fairly treated by
everyone. If pupils or parents have any worries or concerns they know they can readily
contact a member of staff who will endeavour to reassure or assist.

We have an active PTA and Parent Council and pride ourselves on the partnership we have
with our parents. Inverurie Market Place School strives to be a Health Promoting School and
we are working with pupils, parents and the wider community to promote health in the widest
possible sense.

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                                 THE SCHOOL DAY

School starts at 9 a.m., with a morning interval from 10.30 until 10.50 a.m., for all primary
pupils. Thereafter the school day varies as follows:

      Monday                  9.10 a.m. - 11.40 a.m.

Primary 1 – 3
      Monday                  9.00 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.:    1.15 p.m. - 2.15 p.m.
      Tuesday - Friday        9.00 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.:    1.15 p.m. - 2.40 p.m.

Primary 4 – 7
      Monday                  9.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.:    1.30 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.
      Tuesday - Friday        9.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.:    1.30 p.m. - 3.25 p.m.

N.B. Pupils should not arrive at school before 8.40 a.m. as there is no supervision in the
playground before school begins.

At interval snacks and juice are on sale in the dining room. The catering staff operates a
healthy tuck shop.

Each pupil in the school is responsible, on a rota system, within each class, for performing
daily tasks such as tidying away books or toys, washing glue spreaders or paint brushes etc.
This helps to promote a caring attitude towards others and towards the environment.

                                  NURSERY SCHOOL

Inverurie Market Place School has a Nursery which meets in the morning, from 9.10 a.m.
until 11.40 a.m., and caters for twenty pupils.

For further information on the Nursery, please refer to the nursery booklet.

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                     ENROLMENT OF PRIMARY 1 PUPILS

The date for enrolment of primary 1 pupils is advertised in the press in early January. All
children who will reach the age of five on or before August at the start of the school session
should begin to attend school. Children who reach the age of five after August but before
February 28, 2010 may also be enrolled for primary school in August 2010. Parents of these
children may, however, choose not to enrol the children until August 2011. Each pupil is
different and individual circumstances have to be taken into account. Parents who are unsure
of their child‟s readiness to start school should contact the Head Teacher to discuss their

Pupils who are enrolled to begin school in August will be invited to visit the school during the
preceding term, when they will meet the class teacher and be shown round the building. They
will also be loaned Learning Packs, which are rather like library books in the respect that they
are changed every week. The children will also be introduced to senior pupils (buddies) who
will care for them in the playground where everything is strange to them. The school
organises workshops for new parents, dealing mainly with how parents can facilitate early
literacy and numeracy. Parents are also invited to the school during the preceding term to
meet the class teacher, when there will be an opportunity to discuss aspects of their child‟s
education. New entrants attend school only in the mornings until the end of the third week of
term, after which they are in school all day.

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When starting school it is helpful if children can do the following:

1.   dress and undress without assistance
2.   put on shoes correctly.
3.   cope with zips, buttons and buckles
4.   recognise own possessions
5.   go unaccompanied to the toilet
6.   wash and dry hands properly
7.   use a knife and fork
8.   be able to tidy up toys etc.

The following are some suggestions for preparing children for school:

1.   encourage independence
2.   encourage listening and carrying out instructions
3.   encourage socialising/sharing with other children.
4.   read aloud to your toddlers/children
5.   join the local library
6.   encourage talking about what children have seen or done
7.   give practice in using safety scissors, crayons, pencils and paint.
8.   encourage child to play with sand, water, jigsaws and construction toys.
9.   sing nursery rhymes together .

                      ENROLMENT OF OTHER CHILDREN

The 1981 Education Act gives parents certain rights in choosing a school at which they wish
their child to be educated. Further information may be obtained from “Notes for Parents,
Education (Scotland) Act 1981” and “Choosing a School – A Guide for Parents”, both
Scottish office publications. To facilitate making the choice parents should in the first
instance, telephone the school requesting a prospectus and making arrangements for a visit.
Parents living outwith the catchment area of the school should make a written placing request
to the Area Education office in Inverurie (see under important addresses). Please note that in
the interim period, while the Uryside development is being built, parents who have committed
to buy there will be admitted to Inverurie Market Place out of zone if requested.

                                 SCHOOL UNIFORM

The uniform comprises a sweatshirt, bearing the school logo, with a choice of two colours –
navy or purple. Relatively inexpensive, it can be purchased from David‟s Sweater Shop, High
Street, Inverurie. White polo shirts and fleeces bearing the school logo can also be bought.
Grey, navy or black school trousers or skirts complete the uniform. The wearing of uniform
is strongly encouraged as it lends a feeling of togetherness as well as being extremely smart.

The recommended attire for Physical Education lessons is the white school polo shirt and
navy shorts. Children should have well-fitting gym shoes for inside and trainers for outside
with them to school every day. It should be noted that black soled trainers must not be worn
in the gym hall because they often leave scuff marks which are difficult to remove. Also
wellingtons should not be worn in the classrooms.

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All clothing and footwear should bear the name of the owner – this is very important as it
helps staff to identify lost property.

Children should not wear to school any jewellery, particularly ear-rings, which could be
hazardous to themselves or others. Jewellery and watches are NOT PERMITTED during
Physical Education lessons.


Children require a robust bag, pencil case with pencils, rubber, ruler, coloured pencils/felt tip
pens, and a sharpener. It is important that pupils write with a sharp pencil, as it makes an
enormous difference to the neatness of their handwriting. We encourage the children to have
and look after their own equipment to help develop a sense of ownership and responsibility.
Older children will require a blue or black biro pen. Bags with the school logo are available
for keeping the reading books and homework tidy – they are available from the office at a cost
of £3.00.

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                                   SCHOOL MEALS

There are two sittings for school meals, the Primary 1 – 3 children being served first, followed
by the Primary 4 – 7 children. The meals, tasty and nutritious, are cooked on the premises by
Mrs. Willox and her assistants. Meals are prepared in line with new legislation, ingredients
and recipes which promote healthy eating. Fresh salad, fresh fruit, bread and fruit juices are
available every day. There is also a vegetarian option available every day. Currently the cost
of a meal is £1.75 – tickets are sold individually or in books of 10. On Mondays Mrs. Willox
visits the classrooms to sell the tickets. The preferred method of payment is by cheque made
out to “Aberdeenshire Council” though cash is also accepted; thereafter tickets are on sale in
the dining room at 9 a.m. every day. Free school meals are provided (for more information
see below).

Health promotion is a strong feature of the school and pupils are encouraged to try the healthy
options available at lunchtime. There is a strong correlation between healthy eating and
concentration. Children are also encouraged to drink lots of water – water bottles are
permitted in all classes.

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                                PACKED LUNCHES

If they prefer, pupils may bring a packed lunch to school. These can be eaten in the dining-
hall. The eating of both school meals and packed lunches is supervised by two lunchtime
auxiliaries, Mrs. Cruickshank and Mrs. Cran.

Packed lunches are available for the cost of a lunch ticket if pupils who normally take a
School lunch are involved in day trips requiring a packed lunch instead.

                              FREE SCHOOL MEALS

Free School Meals are a school lunch provided free of charge by Aberdeenshire Council to
children whose families meet the required criteria.

Free school meals are linked to the level of benefit/income a family received and will be
provided if –
    If a family is in receipt of Income Support
    If a family is in receipt of Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
    If the parents in a family are students who receive Child Tax Credit but not Income
    If parents/carers on a low income (£13910 or under) but receive Child Tax Credit.
    If a family received Child Tax Credit but NOT Working Tax Credit and has an
       assessed income not exceeding £13910.
    If parents receive help under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Families in receipt of both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit are NOT eligible for
Free School Meals even if their income is below £13910. (please check income levels as they
may have changed).

For more information and an Application Form, please contact the school.

                         SCHOOL CLOTHING GRANTS

Grant payments will normally be made to parents/guardians in receipt of the following -
Income Based Job Seekers, Income Support, Widowed Mothers Allowance, Retirement
Pension, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Disabled Persons Tax Credit or Support
under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Clothing grants are available for all school-aged children i.e. P1 and upwards from the time
they start at an Aberdeenshire Council School until they reach their official leaving date.

For more information and an Application Form, please contact the school.

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                           PLAYGROUND SUPERVISION

Playground supervision is undertaken by Mrs. Skene. In the event of bad weather, all classes
are given some sort of supervised entertainment in the hall or spare class area.

                                SCHOOL TRANSPORT

The Education Authority currently provides transport to and from
school for primary pupils who live more than two miles from school.
Those who wish to apply for transport should request a form from the
school office. Application forms for the provision of transport on
medical grounds are also available.

Cheynes Coaches run a bus within the town for children who live within two miles of the
school. Season tickets are available from Aberdeenshire Council‟s Public Transport Unit
each term and application forms should be submitted to them at least 14 days before the start
of the new term. Please contact the school for details of costs and method of payments.
Parents can also apply for a 10 Journey Privilege Pass which allows them to purchase 10
Journey tickets from the school. Again please contact the school for details.

During the winter, no pupils should wait more the fifteen minutes for a bus which is running
late. Weather can be a problem and the school has emergency procedures for sending pupils
home in the event of a snowstorm. There is also a telephone information service which keeps
parents informed in the event of school closure (see P. 43 of this prospectus.) All parents are
informed of those procedures in the autumn. Please refer to the Council Policy and Adverse
Weather Guidelines near the back of this brochure. Please note that when a school bus does
not operate due to bad weather, parents should not transport the children to school as staff
cannot be held responsible for ensuring their safe return.


Good behaviour on school transport is very important and there are some basic rules which
must be observed:

1. pupils should be fairly quiet, avoiding shouting which might distract the driver.
2. pupils should not obstruct the aisles of a bus
3. pupils should remain in their seats at all times, filling the available seats from the front of
   a bus.
4. seat belts should be worn
5. there will be one seat for every pupil, with no sharing.
6. pupils should refrain from eating or drinking on the bus.
7. there is a no smoking policy operating on school transport.
8. where it is necessary for a child to cross the road, the driver will be responsible for
   ensuring his/her safety.
9. the school janitor/head teacher will escort all children to the buses at home time.

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We would appreciate parents‟ support and ask that they share these rules with their children.
Parents should note that the driver or janitor will report any misdemeanour to the Head
Teacher who will take appropriate action. Persistent bad behaviour on school transport may
in extreme cases lead to this privilege being withdrawn.

For all pedestrians the only entrance is the one off Wallace Road. Parents are requested
not to take cars into this road as it is a cul-de-sac and pupil safety could be jeopardised.
The lane is used for deliveries only.

We would suggest that parents park at the Banks of Ury car park or in Market Place
itself and walk to the entrance.


No insurance is held by Aberdeenshire Council to provide automatic compensation in the
event of a personal accident or death. It is a parent‟s responsibility to insure a child for
personal accident or death, if they feel this is appropriate. Aberdeenshire Council does hold
third party liability insurance which indemnifies the Council for claims from third parties (e.g.
parent of pupils) who have suffered injury, illness, loss or damage arising from the negligence
of the Council or its employees. However if there is no negligence, no claim would be
accepted by the Council. A copy of a letter, which requires written acknowledgement is to be
found at the back of this brochure.

                                     HEALTH CARE

During their first year at school, all pupils will be examined by the school nurse, and a
proportion of pupils will also receive a medical inspection from the school doctor. Parents
are informed of these and given the opportunity to be present.

The speech therapist and educational psychologist also visit on a regular basis to assist pupils
who have been referred to them.

Occasionally head lice can be a problem in schools and as always prevention is better than a
cure. Parents should check family heads using a fine tooth comb on wet hair. Should
anything untoward be found, parents should buy the appropriate lotion from the chemist and
apply to all heads in the family. The school should be informed by letter or telephone, such
knowledge is treated in a confidential manner, and a general letter informing parents of the
presence of head lice.

The school should always be informed about any child‟s particular health problems. Should
the teacher be required to administer any medicines, the appropriate form should be
completed, signed and handed in to the school office. Medicines will not be dispensed
without this authorisation. (A copy of the form is enclosed with this prospectus). Pupils are
encouraged to take their inhalers to school, should they be necessary for the treatment of
asthma. With younger children these are kept in an assigned cupboard in the classroom but
older children are entrusted to keep them in their trays. (A form as above should be filled out
for use of inhalers.)

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                                       FIRST AID

There is a first aid post in the school. Minor accidents such as cuts and bruises are normally
dealt with by auxiliary staff, all have a current first aid certificate. Should a child become ill
or sustain any injury requiring medical treatment, parents or emergency contacts will be
informed and asked either to take the child home or to Inverurie Health Centre for treatment.
If no one can be contacted and the injury requires medical treatment a member of staff will
transport the child to the Health Centre.

Parents are asked to give the name, address and telephone number of a friend, relation or
neighbour whom the school can contact in an emergency. These lists are updated in October
but parents should always inform the school immediately of any change of telephone number,
emergency contact numbers etc.


Children‟s safety and security have always been a high priority and continue to be reviewed
and improved. The school has a security entry system which is controlled from the office. To
gain access to the school, visitors must enter the vestibule and press the call button. When a
high pitched noise is heard, the door can be pulled open. All visitors to the school are asked
to “sign in” taking a visitor‟s badge, and then to report to the school office. At the end of
their visit they will be required to return the badge and “sign out”.

A fire drill is organised at least one per term, for the purpose of familiarising the staff and
pupils with safety procedures in the event of fire. Fire extinguishers and notices are displayed
in all areas of the school.

                          ATTENDANCE AND HOLIDAYS

If a child is absent, parents should inform the school by phone between 9.00 and 9.30 a.m.,
explaining the reason. Any absences that are unaccounted for will be followed up thereafter.
Due to the unfortunate events surrounding the disappearance and murder of a child in
Scotland, our procedures have had to be tightened to ensure that a child‟s whereabouts is
known if they are absent from school. If the absence is likely to be longer than that day, a
progress report and estimated date of return should be given when telephoning. Any pupil
who has to leave school during lessons to attend music or dancing exams should bring a letter
to school and should be collected from the classroom by an adult.

School holidays are generous – children have six weeks off during the summer, two weeks in
October, at Christmas and at Easter, as well as some local holidays and in-service training day
holidays. A list of 2010 - 2011 dates are listed below. The school would appreciate parents
not keeping their children off for holidays outwith these dates. Should this be unavoidable,
parents should inform the school of the absence in advance and in writing. All holidays in
term time must be recorded as unauthorised and reported in the school statistics.

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                            Attendance and Holidays cont/…

Any pupil arriving late at school should either be accompanied by a parent who will explain
the lateness, or bring a letter of explanation. Again lateness is recorded.

School Term Dates - Session 2009 – 2010

Term 3

Term Begins                           …            4th January, 2010.
Mid Term                              …            12th February, 2010.
Mid Term                              …            15th February, 2010.
In-Service                            …            16th February, 2010.
In-Service                            …            17th February, 2010.
Term Ends                             …            26th March, 2010.

Term 4

Term Begins                           …            12th April, 2010.
May Day                               …            3rd May, 2010.
In-Service                            …            4th May, 2010.
Term Ends                             …            Friday, 2nd July, 2010.

School Term Dates – Session 2010-11

Term 1

In-service                            …            16th August, 2010.
Term Begins                           …            17th August, 2010.
Term Ends                             …            8th October, 2010.

Term 2

Term Begins                           …            25th October, 2010.
In-service                            …            15th and 16th November, 2010.
Term Ends                             …            21st December, 2010.

Term 3

Term Begins                           …            5th January, 2011.
Local Holiday                         …            14th February, 2011.
In-service                            …            15th and 16th February, 2011.
Term Ends                             …            1st April, 2011.

Term 4

Term Begins                           …            18th April, 2011.
Local Holiday                         …            22nd April, 2011.
Local Holiday                         …            2nd May, 2011.
In-service                            …            3rd May, 2011.
Term Ends                             …            1st July, 2011.

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“Everyone has a responsibility to protect children from harm. School staff are in an unique
position to contribute to the protection of children and must share concerns with appropriate
colleagues and agencies. Every school has a Designated Officer who has been specially
trained to listen to concerns and act on them as necessary.

Unless satisfied that a child has not been harmed or is not at risk of being harmed, the school
must relay their concerns immediately to the social work service and/or the police. Social
work and the police will determine when and how the child‟s parents/carers and other
services are to be informed of the concerns.”

Local Social Work Office:
Aberdeenshire Council,
Social Work Department,
93 High Street,
Inverurie, AB51 3AB                        Telephone: 01467 625555


When a child enrols at school, parental permission is asked and a slip signed allowing their
child to be photographed if the occasion arises during school activities. If a parent does not
wish to give this permission then their child will not be photographed or videoed. If
permission is given, it will last for the time the child is at Inverurie Market Place and can only
be revoked by writing to the school withdrawing the permission.

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                              SCHOOL EXCURSIONS

Outside visits and excursions are an integral part of the curriculum. The safety and welfare of
the children is at all times of paramount importance. When away from the building during
school hours children are supervised by a teacher assisted by adult helpers, who may be
parents. For excursions the school aims to operate a policy of having one adult to every ten
pupils. Parents will be asked to sign a form giving permission to take their child/children on
any trip or outing arranged by the school. Pupils who are not given written parental
permission will remain in school under the supervision of a member of the teaching staff. All
trips are authorised by the Head Teacher.

                                   PUPIL COUNCIL

We have a pupil council which meets with the Head Teacher. Each middle and upper stages
class has two representatives and children are able to voice concerns and raise issues.

The Council has addressed playground issues, Health Week organisation and have carried out
a survey of pupil opinions about the school. The school values pupil involvement and
partnership – it is, after all, their school.

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                                  ECO COMMITTEE

We have an Eco Committee comprising of two representatives each from Primaries 4. 5, 6
and 7. Their role is to profile of the Eco-Schools initiative within the school. Their current
plans include, litter busting and saving electricity. They hope to gain the Silver Eco-award
this session.


                                  PARENT COUNCIL

We have a newly formed Parent Council. The Parent Council contains representatives from
the parent body as well as staff and co-opted members of the community. The Parent Council
meets once per term and any parent of the school is welcome to attend these meetings. As
part of the Parent Council we also have a very active and supportive PTA who actively raise
funds for the school as well as put on a number of fun events.

                                 PARENT HELPERS

Many parents help in school in a variety of ways. Some assist on a regular basis, whilst
others are members of a pool to be called upon as and when required (e.g. for cycling
proficiency, baking, computing, arts and crafts, sewing or assisting with non-English speaking
pupils). Parental help is very much appreciated and at the beginning of the session a form is
sent to parents asking for assistance. Should anyone have a particular skill which they would
like to pass on to pupils or staff – e.g. handicrafts, story-telling, sports interests, musical
interest, piano playing, craft work, board games - they should contact the school so that
arrangements can be made for their involvement.

In line with Aberdeenshire‟s policy all parent helpers must complete a Disclosure Scotland
form to initiate a police check before they can take part in activities with the pupils.


Students from Aberdeen Universities and local Colleges are in school on a regular basis
training to become teachers. They work in classes under the guidance of the teachers,
sometimes only observing, sometimes taking individual lessons or sometimes taking the class
for two or three weeks of continuous teaching.

Moreover the school welcomes students from Aberdeen College studying to become, for
example, Classroom Assistants or doing HNC in Childcare in Education.

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                                FOOTBALL TRAINING

Football training takes place on Monday evenings for Primaries 5 - 7 children and on Friday
evenings for Primaries 1 – 4 children, at 6 p.m. in Inverurie Academy Games Hall. Children
are supervised by parents. This is a very popular activity, with teams regularly being entered
for local and national children‟s football tournaments. New parents who are interested should
contact the School for more information.

                           INTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

As well as participating in the above, pupils participate in netball, football, rugby and bowling
(indoors and out) opportunities. This is an excellent way of socialising with pupils from other
schools and developing good competitive attitudes, as well as introducing pupils to a range of
possibilities for fitness and fun. In line with the government initiative to increase physical
activity in youngsters, the Inverurie Community Schools Network (Inverurie Academy and
feeder primaries) work together in promoting and supporting these inter-school activities.

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After they have completed seven years of primary education children transfer to Inverurie
Academy (telephone 621655) where the rector is Mr. Milne. During the course of Primary 7
pupils are issued with the Academy‟s prospectus with parents being invited there to discuss
their child‟s secondary education. Guidance teachers from the Academy also visit the P.7
class in school to share information and answer questions about transfer.

                      INVERURIE SCHOOLS CLUSTER

There are very close working links amongst all the feeder schools of Inverurie Academy and
with the Academy itself. Meetings of the cluster group are held on average once per term,
with curricular working parties meeting more frequently. As well as these, there are
meetings of the Network, membership of which includes representatives from primary Head
Teachers, Secondary Head Teachers, Community Learning and Development, Recreation
Social Work, Health, Police and Education Officers.


Education authorities and the Scottish Executive Education Department (SEED) have
collected data about pupils on paper forms for many years. We are now working together to
transfer data electronically through the ScotXed programme.

What pupil data will be collected and transferred?
Data on each pupil is collected by local authorities and SEED. The data collected and
transferred covers areas such as date of birth, postcode, registration for free-school meals,
whether a pupil is looked after by his/her local authority, additional support needs including
disability, attendance, absence and exclusions from school. Pupil names and addresses are
collected by their school and education authority but they are not passed to SEED. Your
postcode is the only part of your address that is transferred. Data is held securely and no
information on individual pupils can or would be published by SEED

Providing national identity and ethnic background data is entirely voluntary. You can choose
the „not disclosed‟ option if you do not want to provide this data. However, we hope that the
explanations contained in this message and on our website will help you understand the
importance of providing the data.

Why do we need your data?
In order to make the best decisions about how to improve our education service, SEED and
education authorities need accurate, up-to-date data about our pupils. We are keen to help all
our pupils do well in all aspects of school life and achieve better exam results. Accurate and up-
to-date data allows SEED, education authorities and schools to:

      plan and deliver better policies for the benefit of all pupils,
      plan and deliver better policies for the benefit of specific groups of pupils,
      better understand some of the factors that influence pupil attainment and achievement,
      target resources better.

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Your data protection rights
The collection, transfer, processing and sharing of ScotXed data is done in accordance with
the Data Protection Act (1998). We also comply with the National Statistics Code of Practice
requirements and other legislation related to safeguarding the confidentiality of data. The Data
Protection Act gives you the right to know how we will use your data. This message can give
only a brief description of how we use data. Fuller details of the uses of pupil data can be
found on the ScotXed website (

SEED works with a range of partners including HM Inspectorate of Education and the
Scottish Qualifications Authority. On occasion, we will make individual data available to
partners and also academic institutions to carry out research and statistical analysis. In
addition, we will provide our partners with information they need in order to fulfil their
official responsibilities. Any sharing of data will be done under the strict control and prior
agreement of the Data Access Panel in SEED, which will ensure that no individual level data
will be made public as a result of the data sharing and that these data will not be used to take
any actions in respect of an individual.

If you have any concerns about the ScotXed data collections you can email the Senior
Statistician, Peter Whitehouse, at or write to The
ScotXed Support Office, SEED, Area 1B, Victoria Quay, Leith, EH6 6QQ. Alternative
versions of this page are available, on request from the ScotXed Support Office, in other
languages, audio tape, braille and large print.

Want more information?
Further details about ScotXed data exchanges are available on the ScotXed website,

                          THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

The Curriculum for Excellence is divided into eight curricular areas:

      Expressive arts
      Health and wellbeing
      Languages
      Mathematics
      Religious and moral education
      Sciences
      Social studies
      Technologies

The curriculum is currently being developed and implemented in all schools across Scotland.

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                                 Curriculum for Excellence

Curriculum for Excellence is now being introduced across Scotland for all 3-18 year olds – wherever
they learn. Its purpose is to improve our children‟s life chances, to nurture successful learners,
confident individuals, effective contributors, and responsible citizens, with the child or young
person at the centre of the learning.

In Aberdeenshire our vision and aims for Curriculum for Excellence have been set out in A
Curriculum Framework 3-18 for Aberdeenshire. This policy gives clear guidance to schools on
the planning and delivery of a more meaningful set of experiences and entitlements that will prepare
Aberdeenshire learners for 21st century Scotland, including access to new technologies to support
creativity and learning. There will be personal support to help young people fulfil their potential and
make the most of their opportunities. All staff have a responsibility to look after our children‟s health
and wellbeing – to ensure that the school is a place where children feel safe and secure. Across
Aberdeenshire communication is being enhanced through the use of Glow (Scotland‟s online
network). In the future parents will also be supported to use this technology.

Curriculum for Excellence develops skills for learning, life and work to help young people go on to
further study, secure work and enjoy life and leisure. It makes 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 and young people understand the world and make connections. It develops
skills so that children can think for themselves, make sound judgements, challenge, enquire and find
solutions. Every child is entitled to a broad and deep general education, whatever their level and
ability. All staff will be responsible for literacy and numeracy – the language and numbers skills that
unlock other subjects and are vital to everyday life.

There will be enhanced ways of assessing progress and ensuring children achieve their potential.
There will be new qualifications for literacy and numeracy from 2012/13, and new National 4 and 5
qualifications from 2013/14. Scotland‟s well regarded Access, Highers and Advanced Highers will be
updated to take account of and support the new approaches to learning and teaching.

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A child or young person may need additional support if they

      Are being bullied
      Have learning difficulties
      Are deaf or blind
      Are particularly talented
      Have been bereaved
      Do not attend school regularly

All children may encounter difficulties from time to time but with support from the class
teacher these can be overcome. However, when a child is in need of further help, the
assistance of the Support for Learning teacher is enlisted. The SFL teacher works closely
with the class teacher, providing an educational programme suited to the pupils‟ needs.
Parents will always be informed if pupils require such assistance so that they can work at
home on aspects of the teaching programme, for reinforcement. Sometimes the expertise of
the Educational Psychologist is called upon. This psychologist works closely with the school,
by assessing pupils, and recommending programmes as well as supporting parents. Priorities
for the Psychologist‟s work in school are negotiated between the Psychologist and the Head
Teacher based on the needs of the children concerned. See below for further details

There may be a few children and young people who may need more help than the school can
give. They may need significant help from, for instance, health services for social work
services. In these cases a Co-ordinated Support Plan will be written which will state the help
that is being given. The authority in partnership with schools, health and social work are
developing procedures to put these in place.

Parents who have concerns about their child should, as a first step, discuss them with the
relevant teacher or the Head Teacher.

In very extreme circumstances, a pupil may have to be restrained to prevent him/her injuring
themselves or others. Four members of the Inverurie Market Place staff have been trained in
the use of CALM techniques which allow safe restraint and de-escalation of difficult
situations. The training requires annual re-accreditation.

                        EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

The school‟s educational psychologist works in partnership with school staff to help children
and young people achieve their full potential. The educational psychologist supports this by
offering schools a number of services including training, research, project work, intervention
work, assessment and consultation.

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During planned visits to the school, the educational psychologist meets with staff to discuss
whole school and class issues and how best to meet the needs of children and young people.
These informal consultations aim to develop strategies the teacher can use to bring about
positive change. The educational psychologist may also spend time observing in the
classroom or playground to support teachers in assessing how different circumstances and
teaching approaches affect learning and behaviour.

When concerns persist, the school and educational psychologist may feel that a more formal
meeting would be helpful. If the concern is about a child, the school will ask the parents‟ or
carers‟ permission to hold a consultation meeting. This is a problem-solving discussion led
by the educational psychologist, with parents or carers, school staff and sometimes other
people who can helpfully contribute. The child or young person can also be supported to
attend the meeting or contribute in some other way if appropriate. The aim is to agree a plan
of action to bring about positive changes for the child or young person.

If parents or carers have concerns about their child‟s education it is best to share them with
school staff first, as most problems can be solved in school without the involvement of an
educational psychologist. School staff will contact the educational psychologist if they feel
that s/he would be able to help.

Further information about the Educational Psychology Service is available from the school or
the Educational Psychology Service website on


Assessment in the Primary School is carried out in many different ways. There is continuous
assessment which is on-going. The work produced weekly by the pupils is looked at and
evaluated by the teacher and/or the child. Secondly, there is testing at an end of a topic to
ascertain whether a pupil has grasped the concepts. Such testing is used for diagnostic
purposes, so that any gaps in knowledge can be pinpointed and remedied. Thirdly, skills such
as problem solving, carrying out science experiments, dramatic activities, etc. are assessed by
observing a pupil or a group of pupils as they go about their assigned tasks.

The whole aim of any assessment is to identify strengths and weaknesses and advise the
pupils and parents of what they can do to overcome any difficulties. We strongly encourage
pupil self-assessment. If pupils can identify their own weaknesses and suggest reasons for
them and ways of improving performance, they will be more motivated to do well. All staff
are using formative assessment strategies to support and encourage children to take ownership
of their work. Aberdeenshire Council is actively promoting assessment for learning and
Inverurie Market Place School is applying the principles to ensure success for all pupils.

Besides these, nationally produced tests are used to check the progress in English Language
and Mathematics. These tests range from Level A to Level F. These tests are to be replaced
by a new method of assessment to reflect the new curriculum as from August 2020. Staff test
pupils when they think they are ready. Results are communicated to parents via report sheets.

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                            REPORTING TO PARENTS

The staff recognises the importance of reporting to parents and this is done regularly.
Information of a general nature is issued to parents through regular news letters. Parents are
made aware of pupils‟ progress at a main Parent Interview Evening which is held in
November. Appointments are made and parents can discuss their child‟s progress with the
teacher. Any concerns can be aired and subsequently acted upon. However, parents should
be aware of the fact that they should contact the school at any time should they have any
concerns. Similarly, the school will get in touch with parents immediately if there is any
matter which requires discussion.

Reports are issued to parents in March and if there are any concerns an additional
appointment can be arranged with the class teacher to discuss the pupil‟s report.


Homework is seen as a natural extension of school work. It gives pupils extra practice in
various skills such as reading, writing, spelling, learning tables and maths work. It also
allows parents to take an active role in their child‟s education. Regular homework also
encourages good study habits. As children progress through the school they are expected to
take an increasing responsibility for the completion of homework tasks, leading to upper
stages pupils planning their study habits, and organising their time effectively. Reading
homework, where appropriate, should be practised every night until the child is a fluent
reader. Staff would appreciate parents:-

(a)   signing the reading record as well as any written work

(b)   ensuring that written homework is neatly done

(c)   ensuring that homework jotters are covered and

(d)   providing a folder for transporting homework jotters, reading books, etc. Strong
      Mapac book carriers bearing the school logo can be purchased from the school,
      priced £3.

There may be occasions when a child has not worked hard enough at school or has missed
work due to absence. On these occasions additional homework may be set. As a general rule,
however, homework should take no more than twenty minutes per night, often less.

Parents can help their children to develop good study habits from the start by agreeing with
their child a time and place that is conducive to completing the work set. Getting involved in
the homework not only lets you see the type of work being done but also lets your child see
that you are interested and willing to support them.

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                              ETHOS AND BEHAVIOUR

The atmosphere or ethos of the school should be conducive to the promotion of good learning
and teaching. To this end our ethos and behaviour policy promotes a positive approach to

The staff believe that because most children behave and work well most of the time they
should be encouraged to maintain this. Golden Time is a half hour on a Friday when children
who have behaved well all week are rewarded with a choice of activities agreed between the
class and their teacher. However, failure to behave appropriately in class, or in the
playground or dining room will receive a warning and subsequently an “Oops” if the
behaviour continues. An “Oops” means that five minutes of Golden Time is lost and the
child will spend that five minutes watching the clock instead of participating in the activities.
Frequent loss of five minutes will result in the child being referred to the Head Teacher and
the possible involvement of parents.

Alongside this, adults in school are being encouraged to give praise slips for acts of merit
e.g. welcoming visitors to school and offering help to show them the office; being polite to
the dinner ladies and showing consideration to other pupils – to name a few. These slips, in
the shape of a bee, are mounted on the wall in the hall, collecting in a beehive.

Underpinning all this are the Golden Rules. These will be reinforced at every opportunity
including during our weekly assemblies.

        Do be gentle                                   Do not hurt anybody
        Do be kind and helpful                         Do not hurt people‟s feelings
        Do work hard                                   Do not waste your time and
        Do look after property                          other people‟s time
        Do listen to people                            Do not waste or damage
        Do be honest                                    things
                                                        Do not interrupt
                                                        Do not cover up the truth


“Bullying can take many forms. Sometimes it involves physical assault such as hitting
 or kicking. Sometimes it is less visible, but no less distressing and it can take the form of
name calling, „sending to Coventry‟ or taunting.”            (School Action Against Bullying

Inverurie Market Place School aims to provide a positive and enjoyable learning experience
within a secure and safe environment. There is an emphasis on promoting positive behaviour
and developing children‟s self esteem.

In the classroom, pupils are given the opportunity to discuss, question, query and reflect in
order to develop their interpersonal skills. Positive attitudes towards others are closely
monitored on an ongoing basis through teacher observation.

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Children are encouraged, within this safe and secure environment, to be able to talk to any
member of staff, both teaching and non teaching, about any concerns and worries they may
have, confident in the knowledge that the matter will be taken seriously and dealt with

Non-teaching staff (e.g. auxiliaries, janitor) also have an active role in promoting the ethos of
the school by exercising fair and informed judgements when supervising pupils and dealing
with their concerns.

                        MOVING TO ANOTHER SCHOOL

It would be helpful if parents would inform the school should they know that the family is
moving from the area, giving details of the new school which pupils will be attending.
Records will then be transferred.


In the event of the school closing in the morning prior to start time, the Head Teacher will use
the telephone information line and the internet to get the message to parents. This follows
consultation and liaison with other Head Teachers in Inverurie and local staff. This is often a
difficult decision to reach and that decision will always err on the side of safety – both of
pupils and staff.

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                            GUIDANCE FOR PARENTS

Aberdeenshire schools now have a telephone information service which can be used if there is
a risk of closure due to adverse weather. This allows parents to listen to a recorded message
from the Head Teacher.

When severe weather warnings are received your school will endeavour to keep the system
updated. It is an enhancement to the present service and does not replace existing methods of
giving out information, such as radio broadcasts, described in the schools Adverse Weather

There are other features of this service which may be available for your school. These are
described below. (Note that this is an 0870 service and charges are slightly higher than
normal. Currently (Feb. 2002) BT rates are approximately 8p per minute peak and 5p per
minute cheap rate. However there is no queuing and an adverse weather call should last less
than 1 minute.)

How to use the service.

 Dial Aberdeenshire Council's access number - 0870 054 4999

 Now enter your own school's pin number 02 1900
  You have two attempts to enter the pin number and you will be disconnected after a
  second failed attempt. If this happens, check the number and redial. If you still have a
  problem check with your school.

 You will now hear the school's name. Ensure that this is correct before going on.

 You will now be taken to the MAIN MENU where you will be given 4 options:

Press 1 to hear your school's message about the adverse weather for example whether or
not the school is to close or if transport arrangements have been affected.

Press 4 to enter the pin number for another school within the authority. Parents may
have children who attend different schools. This option allows you to move from one school's
messaging service to another without having to dial in again.

Press 3 to hear general information messages
The school may use this as an additional way of informing parents about school events. E.g.
PTA Events, Parents Nights, School Concerts etc. Parents may hear up to ten messages with
the most recent played first.

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Internet Information

School closure information is          also      available   on   the   Council   website    –

The information posted on the website is picked up by the local radio stations and broadcast
at frequent intervals through the early morning. We would recommend that you tune in to
North Sound or NECR for that information.

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                 USEFUL ADDRESSES

            Inverurie Market Place School,
                        Market Place,
                         AB51 3XN

                    Telephone: 01467 620451
                        Fax: 01467 625690
      E Mail:
Web Site:

         Head Teacher: Mr. Jonathan Revell

                     Inverurie Academy,
                        Jackson Street,
                          AB51 3PX

                  Telephone 01467 621655
                Head Teacher: Mr. D. Milne

                      Education Office,
                    Aberdeenshire Council,
                       Gordon House,
                       Blackhall Road,
                         AB51 3WB

                Telephone 01467 620981
    Quality Improvement Officer – Mr. Andrew Ritchie

                  Aberdeenshire Education
                   Aberdeenshire Council,
                   Woodhill House Annex,
                      Westburn Road,
                        AB16 5GB

                  Telephone: 01224 664630
        Director of Education: Mr. Bruce Robertson

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(This letter is included in Enrolment pack, please sign it and return to school)

Dear Parent,


I have been requested by the Director of Education to inform you of the insurance position of
your child whilst a pupil with the Education Authority.

No insurance cover is held by Aberdeenshire Council to provide automatic compensation to
pupils in the event of a personal accident or death. It is your responsibility as a parent to
insure your child for personal accident or death if you feel this appropriate.

Aberdeenshire Council does hold third party liability insurance which indemnifies the
Council for claims from third parties (e.g. parents of pupils) who have suffered injury, illness,
loss or damage arising from the negligence of the Council or its employees. However, if there
is no negligence, no claim would be accepted by the Council.

This information is brought to your attention at this time in order that you may take whatever
action you feel appropriate. I am also particularly anxious to avoid the potentially distressing
situation of parents only becoming aware of the insurance position after an accident has
occurred however remote this possibility.

Yours faithfully,

Head Teacher

To: Head Teacher,

I have received and noted the contents of your letter regarding the accident insurance position
of pupils.

SIGNED……………………………………..                             Date……………………………..




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                              INFORMATION FOR PARENTS 2009
                                    PRIMARY SCHOOLS

 School: Inverurie Market Place School                                                 Id No.: 110 - 5226821

 Budgeted Running Costs For Financial Year 2009-2010
 School Roll at September 2008                                                         151
 Total School Running Costs at April 2009 (£)                                          579,724
 Cost per Pupil (£)                                                                    3,839

      Key to symbols: The symbol ## indicates that the data are not available.

                             Attendance And Absence For School Year 2008/2009
                 P1         P2           P3           P4           P5            P6              P7               P1-7
Total Number
of Possible
Attendances      9,915      8,272        6,936        7,232        11,970        5,640           7,636            57,601
(Pupil   Half
Authorised       2.9        3.2          4.2          3            1.9           3.2             2.9              2.9
Unauthorised     0.5        1.1          0.4          0.9          1             0.8             1                0.8

      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.

                                          Minimising Overall Absence
                                              Absence recorded                           Absence recorded
                                                  (2007/2008)                               (2008/2009)
                                              Average number of                          Average number of
                                              half days absence                          half days absence
                                                   per pupil                                  per pupil
                Absence                               14                                        14.2

      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.

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                              INFORMATION FOR PARENTS 2009
                                    PRIMARY SCHOOLS

                                      Education Authority: Aberdeenshire

                        Budgeted Running Costs For Financial Year 2009-2010
School Roll at September 2008                                            19,063
Total School Running Costs at April 2009 (£)                             81,613,775
Cost per Pupil (£)                                                       4,281

     Key    to    symbols:    The    symbol       ##      indicates   that     the   data     are    not     available.

                              Attendance And Absence For School Year 2008/2009
                   P1            P2        P3        P4         P5         P6                          P7             P1-7
Total            982,098     1,007,054   956,543  1,009,114 1,062,377 1,036,542                     1,076,373      7,130,101
Number     of
(Pupil   Half
Percentage         3.5         3.3          3.1                 2.9          3.1        3.0            3.2            3.1
Percentage         0.6         0.6          0.6                 0.6          0.7        0.6            0.6            0.6

     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.

                                          Minimising Overall Absence
                                              Absence recorded                                Absence recorded
                                                  (2007/2008)                                    (2008/2009)
                                              Average number of                               Average number of
                                              half days absence                               half days absence
                                                   per pupil                                       per pupil
Absence                                               14.6                                           14.4

     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

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                            INFORMATION FOR PARENTS 2009
                                  PRIMARY SCHOOLS

                                                 National Data

                        Budgeted Running Costs For Financial Year 2009-2010
                      School Roll at September 2008                                            368,411
               Total School Running Costs at April 2009 (£)                                 1,454,313,470
                            Cost per Pupil (£)                                                  3,948

                   Key to symbols: The symbol ## indicates that the data are not available.

                           Attendance And Absence For School Year 2008/2009
                P1          P2         P3        P4         P5          P6                    P7         P1-7
   Total      18,770,    18,657,47 18,947,57 19,308,11 19,728,27 20,392,93                 20,734,70   136,539,4
Number of       340          7          6         8          9           7                     0          27
(Pupil Half
Percentage      4.1         4.0           3.7             3.6       3.7          3.7          3.7           3.8
Percentage      1.0         1.0           1.0             1.0       1.0          1.0          1.0           1.0

    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.

                                         Minimising Overall Absence
                                             Absence recorded                          Absence recorded
                                                 (2007/2008)                              (2008/2009)
                                             Average number of                         Average number of
                                             half days absence                         half days absence
                                                  per pupil                                 per pupil
Absence                                              18.6                                     18.3

    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

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5-14 Attainment Data 2006/07 to 2008/09

The data in the table shows the % of the aggregate P3, P4, P6 & P7 rolls attaining the appropriate level by stage
by the end of the session.

               School                                      Aberdeenshire

               06/07          07/08         08/09          06/07       07/08          08/09

 Reading       89%            95%           87%            82%         83%            84%

 Writing       82%            90%           71%            78%         77%            76%

 Maths         89%            95%           88%            84%         84%            83%

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