These are our Positive Behaviour Guidelines.
Transition from Nursery to Primary One is co-ordinated by Mrs Rhona McKillop (DHT) who will make visits to each child’s nursery prior to them starting Primary one. She will liaise with nursery staff and design a smooth transition process. This process involves;
Visits to the child’s nursery
Meeting with the child’s key worker
Inviting the child to induction days at their new school
Sharing of information e.g. pupil profiles from nursery etc.
Come and Play Days
Mrs Elizabeth Hastings is charged with the responsibility for the transition process for pupils leaving primary seven and entering into S1. Pupils are normally transferred between the ages of 11 years 6 months and 12 years 6 months, so that they will have the opportunity to complete at least four years of secondary education. Parents and carers will be informed of the school arrangements no later than December of the year preceding the date of transfer at the start of the new session.
Children from St Andrew’s Primary normally transfer to:
St Joseph’s Academy
Tel: 01563 526144
Parents will be invited to a meeting with the Head Teacher and other staff of St Joseph’s in October and June, before the children are due to transfer to Secondary school.
Pupils will be visited in their primary schools by staff from St Joseph’s to give everyone an opportunity to get to know each other.
Throughout the final term, primary 7 pupils will visit St Joseph’s Academy on several occasions, and in June will spend three full days attending St Joseph’s as part of the transition process.
At St Andrew’s we are proud of the extremely positive working partnerships that we have with our colleagues in St Joseph’s Academy. We have fostered links with the Art, Drama, P.E, Mathematics and Geography departments. This enables our Primary seven pupils to begin the transition process as early as September of their Primary seven year.
For pupils with an identified additional support need, in consultation with the parent, pupil, and class teacher and if necessary the educational psychologist, an extended transition programme may be put in place. This will provide the individual child with a greater period of time to adjust as part of the transition process and enable them to work closely with the pastoral care team at St Joseph’s Academy.
The Scottish Government recognises the importance of school meals in the health and wellbeing of Scotland’s children.
East Ayrshire Council’s catering team, Onsite Services, is committed to providing healthy, nutritious, good value meal options to pupils.
Our school meals menu is operated on a four-weekly rotation which can be viewed at the school meals link on this page.
The current cost of a standard two course school meal is £1.90.
Free school meals
To find out if you qualify for free school meals, please contact the relevant school (during term time) or registration office (during school holidays).
Special Dietary Requirements
We can cater for special dietary requirements. Please contact the school in the first instance.
Our Family Service lets children participate in a whole dining experience – from setting the tables, sitting down together to clearing the tables at the end of the meal. Children are offered a two course meal in an environment that encourages improved eating habits and social skills. This all takes place in a positive atmosphere supported by teaching and catering staff. It is in fact a ‘Whole School Approach’.
We introduced the cashless system to the campuses of Grange and St Joseph’s in August 2009.
This new system improves aspects of the school meals service within these schools:
compliance with the Schools (Health Promotion & Nutritional) Act 2007, by reducing the stigma of free school meals the system is very fast, operators can register more than eight meals per minute, therefore reducing queuing parents can send a cheque to the school office to pay for their child’s meals, which cuts out the need for pupils to carry cash and ensures that dinner money is used for that purpose. If pupils are carrying cash, it will be less often. Alerts can be set which notify catering staff if a pupil accidentally tries to buy unsuitable food – very important in cases of allergies or other dietary conditions reduction in workload for clerical staff and catering staff.
The following schools are currently using the cashless system:
- Auchinleck Academy
- Doon Academy
- Grange Campus (includes Grange Academy, Annanhill Primary School and Park Special School)
- Kilmarnock Academy
- St Joseph’s Campus (includes St Joseph’s Academy and St Andrew’s Primary School)
This is used for school meals and any future outings.
Please access the link below.
East Ayrshire Council
Telephone: 01563 555710
Below is a link to the school meals website:
Making Contact / Parental Complaint
St Andrew’s Primary School actively employs a policy of continuous improvement. Parents, pupils and staff are regularly consulted on the services and provisions that we provide and how these can continue to improve.
We welcome any feedback or comment that will assist us in providing the best possible experiences and opportunities for all of our learners.
Should you wish to comment on or make a complaint about any aspect of provision made by the establishment, you should contact the School/Centre in the first instance.
To ensure that we are able to give you the necessary attention and time, we would ask that you telephone the school to make an appointment. When calling please give the administration team as much information as possible. This will enable us to collect any views, information class work etc prior to sitting down with you.
Our aim is to resolve as many complaints as possible at the first point of contact.
At St Andrew’s Primary School and Early Childhood Centre we foster an environment where parents and carers are encouraged to share their concerns about the welfare or progress of your child/children.
Parents who have concerns about their child’s wellbeing are asked to arrange an appointment with a member of the Senior Management Team. This can be done by contacting the school office.
It can be helpful when making an appointment to briefly outline what you wish to discuss, this will allow the SMT to provide you with relevant information and quicken the pace at which your concern is handled.
Health and Safety
Health and safety of ALL our campus users is of paramount importance to us, it is for this reason that we kindly request:
- visitors must report to the School Office.
- Visitors should sign the Visitors` Book and wear a Visitors` Badge if they are moving around the school. (This protects the safety of all visitors in the event of an emergency and identifies them to other school users).
- No direct approach should be made to Classrooms as this is very disruptive to pupils` learning.
- Parents wishing to speak with the Class Teacher will be able to do so by appointment.
Thank you or your support and understanding in making our school a safe and happy place to be.
You will find other useful information in relation to school safety in the list on the right-hand side of this page.
Online communication is now an integral part of everyday life for many people. It is a world of fun, communication, information, and knowledge. The online world is one which many parents and carers are not confident with and feel it has just passed them by.
You don’t need to be a computer wizz to understand how to help your children stay safe online and just as in real life, there are basic things you can help them understand. Online saftey is now being taught in schools and there is help for parents and carers too.
ThinkUKnow is a great place to learn more about how to help you, and your family stay safer online.
Top tips include:
- Teach your children never to give out any personal and private information to people that they do not know online
- Ask your chidren to show you the programs they use online such as Facebook, Twitter or MSN
- Never let anyone use your password and never use anyone else’s password to access a PC or the Internet
No child should be left unaccompanied in school before 8:45am as no supervision is available till then. Parents are requested, if possible, to make sure suitable arrangements for their child(ren) to be collected by a responsible adult at closing time.
Pupils should enter the school grounds through the pedestrian gates and use the walk way to enter into the playground.
Parents bringing children by car are requested to park in the parents’ car park. Please do not park on Grassyards Road – this ensures that vehicles using the vehicular entrance/exit have clear visibility of the road and walk ways.
Adult supervision is provided during breaks and lunchtime this ensures that we are enforcing the laws established by the schools safety and supervision of pupils (Scotland) regulations 1990.
After school care is offered from Peace Childcare, more information about their services and how to book a place can be found on their website; www.peacechildcare.com
School Uniforms can be bought from – Ayrshire Schoolwear in Kilmarnock or online at