Kilchrenan Primary School serves the rural communities of Kilchrenan, Inverinan and Dalavich. It is situated in the village of Kilchrenan on Loch Awe, and boasts a delightful view over the surrounding countryside.
Within the school there is a welcoming ethos based on a sound partnership between staff, parents, pupils and members of the local community. The children are encouraged to be supportive and caring and to take a pride in their school.
The present school building, which is over 135 years old, having been built in 1878 to save pupils from a “ruinous” school house in which twelve pupils were “huddled together in a corner up to their ankles in mud”, now comprises two classrooms and a smaller room which is used for storage and teaching smaller groups. There is a library/quiet room between the two classrooms and a kitchen from which the lunches, brought daily from Taynuilt Primary School, are served.
There are generous school grounds, which we consider the outside classroom, comprising paths, willow dens and social areas.
The school, in common with all Argyll and Bute schools, has used the national Curriculum for Excellence as it’s starting place to develop a relevant and robust curriculum, which allows us to cater for the individual needs of the children. We want pupils to be literate, numerate, resilient and independent, and we use a variety of resources, and teaching and learning styles, to ensure that pupils have relevant experiences and opportunities to support this goal.
Although, at the parents’ request, and because of geography and numbers, there is no formal Parent Council, parents, pupils and community are actively involved in the life and decision making of the school. We have an open door policy for parents, encouraging them to come, see and join in with what we are learning and celebrating. All pupils take an active part in school life with every pupil a member of the Pupil Council and Eco School groups.
HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) inspects and reports on the quality of education in pre-school centres, primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, community learning and development services, colleges, and residential educational provision.
You can read and download any inspection reports for this school, and find out more about the inspection process, on the Education Scotland website.