Whinhill Primary School and Nursery Class was established in August 2012 after the closure and amalgamation of two local primary schools. All stakeholders including pupils, parents, school staff and the wider community have been consulted on the core values which have been adopted by our school. These are Honesty, Confidence, Responsibility, Kindness and Respect. We also support the goals and values identified by Inverclyde Council which are listed at the beginning of our handbook.
At Whinhill we value partnerships with local schools and businesses. We have twinned with our local denominational school St Patrick’s and share opportunities for religious observance and citizenship activities. We have very strong links with our active school co-ordinator who supports our children in a wide variety of sports.
We have achieved two green eco flags and promote sustainability at all times. We are an accredited Rights Respecting School Gold Award and have Fairtrade status.
A part of our intergenerational work, senior citizens in the area join us at our Harvest Thanksgiving Service, when pupils have not only provide gifts, but enjoy listening and talking to the older generation. Our nursery regularly enjoy the hospitality of Merino Court in return for singing.
We have good links with businesses e.g. IBM and have had visits from police, fire, ambulance and many other health professionals as part of our work on developing the young workforce. We have a strong link with the Royal Horticultural Society.
In these and other ways the school becomes identified with the community, and the community with the school.