About the School

St Brigid’s Primary is a denominational, coeducational school teaching children from Primary one to Primary seven. The school opened in 1959 and was extended in the 1970’s by the addition of huts. St Brigid’s Primary is very much at the heart of the community in the village of Newmains.

Aims of St Brigid’s Primary School – To create an effective, organised, caring community committed to developing the full potential, educationally and morally of all members in an atmosphere of trust, security and cooperation.

To help each child to develop his / her full potential
To ensure each child becomes literate and numerate
To develop child’s self esteem and self discipline
To encourage each child to accept responsibility for self, community and environment
To encourage each child to feel a sense of achievement
To encourage each child to live according to the teachings of the Catholic Church

We encourage our pupils to engage in the 4 capacities of The Curriculum for Excellence and this is evident in the work we achieve as Responsible Citizens, Confident Individuals, Effective Contributors and Successful Learners.

Modern Primary school methods engage pupils in collaboration and cooperative learning where we interact and explore the world of learning through new technologies and quality learning and teaching styles. We are preparing pupils to learn in the 21st Century in a Curriculum for
Excellence including;

Mathematics (Numeracy)
Expressive Arts
Health and Well Being
Languages (Literacy)
Religious and Moral Education
Social Studies

At St Brigid’s Primary we encourage pupils to be active participants in The Journey to Excellence. All schools and nurseries in North Lanarkshire are working hard to raise standards so that children and young people will develop all of the skills necessary to continue to be successful when leaving school and entering the world of higher education, training or work.

At St Brigid’s Primary we value each child as an individual and hope that their experiences gained at school will give your child a positive self image, confident in their valued contribution to the school and the wider community where we work to develop experiences to last a lifetime through the NL Raising Achievements for All 3 document.

Importantly literacy and numeracy are given added importance because these skills are so vital in everyday life. All teachers will have responsibility to teach literacy and numeracy.

Our school hosts several community activities in the evenings including Taekwando, Salsa Classes, Football Training, Dance Troupes and Parent Workshops through Community Learning and Development (CLAD).

Councillor surgeries and residence and Tenants meetings are also held in the school.

The staff team work hard to create a happy, secure atmosphere in class and to encourage and support your child to achieve their best. This is best brought about when home and school are working together and communicating openly. The Parental Involvement Act has seen greater opportunities for parents to be involved in the life of the school and I encourage you to keep in touch, through our seasonal newsletters, our very supportive Parents Teachers Association and Parent Council, and through attending the meetings and events throughout the school year. You are an     important part of our school community and your support is welcomed and valued.

Out of School Hours classes encourage and enrich our pupils’ school experiences. These classes are organised by the school annually and start at the end – on to the school day. With our Sport’s Coordinator we are also able to deliver additional opportunities for pupils to participate in Cross Country events, Netball festivals, Rugby, Street Dance, Skipping and many more… Children at the P5 stage also attend the Swimming and Sporting activities at Wishaw Sports Centre and Primary 7 attend Kilbowie; The Outdoor Residential Centre near Oban every year.

Every learner in our school is important and every child is encouraged and challenged to work to his/her full capability. If your child is experiencing difficulties whether in the short or longer term and needs some Additional Support from the class teacher or from a member of the promoted staff, we will let you know and discuss the ways in which you can support your child at home. We follow the Authority’s Staged Intervention Programme of Support where your child may be supported within the class environment, then after consultation with you, may be withdrawn from class to work quietly in a one to one or small group setting with our Network Support teacher who visits our school twice weekly.

You will be contacted regularly to update you on progress being made. This staged intervention process follows four strands of support;

Level 1 – Internal support, where education staff identify that a child or young person needs support or planning which can be met within existing school or playroom settings.

Level 2 – Internal support, where education staff identify that a child or young person needs support or planning from within the school or early years establishment.

Level 3 – External support from within learning & leisure services, where it is identified that the child or young person requires support or planning from beyond the school or early years setting but within educational services.

Level 4 – External support provided on a multi agency basis, where the child or young person’s needs are identified as requiring support or planning from multi agency services and these support needs will last for more than one year.

Occasionally it is necessary for the school to seek advice from the school’s Educational Psychologist.

Bi-Lingual support is available for children whose first language is not English.

Pupils normally transfer from primary to secondary between the ages of 11.5 and 12.5 so that they will have the opportunity to complete at least four years of secondary education. Pupils from St Brigid’s primary normally transfer to St Aidan’s High School, Wishaw.