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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

We will continue to update our risk assessment in line with current government guidelines to ensure all necessary safety arrangements are in place to mitigate the risk of infection. To deliver as much educational continuity as possible we will continue to do remote learning via Seesaw  if we have a blended model of  learning or another closure, and children who are required to isolate will be able to find learning activities on Seesaw.  Please go to the Seesaw page on this website to find out more about it.  

We ask parents to be extra vigilant at this time and ensure they follow national  guidelines if their child becomes ill.  

Parent Club Advice for parents


Welcome to our school website which we hope you find interesting and informative.  Our primary school is located in the scenic fishing village of Port Ellen on the southern tip of the Island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland.  Children from the surrounding area are educated at Port Ellen from nursery to primary 7.  Our school’s Gaelic Choir, Coisir Bun-Sgoil Port Ilein, has enjoyed success for many years at local and national Mods.  We are an Eco-school and have achieved eight green flags and children lead change in the school, local community and wider world.  As a school we are committed to achieving excellence for all, enabling all pupils to flourish in an environment that values every child.  We aim to provide the best all round education possible in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere at the heart of our island community.

Maureen Macdonald, Headteacher




Port Ellen 2019-20


Port Ellen 2018-19


WW100 Islay 2018


Scottish Education Awards STEM Winners 2017


Port Ellen Primary School performing at the Royal National Mod 2015



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