Park Primary School is a non-denominational, co-educational, school situated in Dunollie, Oban. The school was built in 1973. The school has places for 264 pupils of all denominations from Primary 1 to Primary 7. The working capacity for the school is currently 240. Parents or carers should note that the working capacity of the school may vary dependent upon the number of pupils at each stage and the way in which the classes are organised.
Gillian Carney, the Head Teacher, is assisted by Irene Bissett, the Depute Head Teacher, along with14 full-time or part-time class teachers. There are 9 bright classrooms and a large hall, all on one level. At the back of the school there is a tarmac playground, an all weather sports pitch and a grass playing field, which is surrounded by farmland. In the middle of the school there is a quadrangle with a small pond, a vegetable garden and a learning area with tables and benches.
Our catchment area covers half of the town of Oban, along with some rural farms and outlying areas such as Gallanach, Ganavan and parts of Glencruitten Estate.
We have specialist teachers of PE and Music, along with visiting piping and fiddle instructors. Our classes are aided by pupil support assistants and classroom assistants to help them with the early intervention programme.
All of our pupils transfer from Park Primary to Oban High School to continue their education.
We have strong links with our parents and firmly believe that a positive partnership between school and parents can only benefit the children in our care. In November and March parents are invited to come along and talk to the class teacher about their child’s work. Parental involvement, either by the sharing of expertise, in skills such as crafts, sporting activities, costume design etc, or as “Parent Helpers”, is actively encouraged. At the beginning of each year a letter will come from the Head Teacher asking for offers of help from parents who are available.
The school was awarded Accreditation Level 3, Recognising Excellence as a Health Promoting School in October 2007.
The school achieved its 4th and final, Green Flag in June 2010. This award is the culmination of many years hard work and effort on the part of the whole school community to ensure that sustainable education is embedded in the life and work of the whole school.
The Parent Council and its associated fundraising committee, meet regularly and are both very supportive. Annual General Meetings are held each Autumn. The school benefits greatly from fundraising efforts. The committee organise discos for the children and various fund raising events in order to augment the school fund.
The school is available for evening/weekend lets. The Community Regeneration Office, MacCall’s Terrace, Soroba Road, Oban deals with applications. At present, the school is used in the evenings by Spotlight Musical Theatre Group and Country Dancing.
HMIE Inspection Reports:
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.