Important Update from NLC

Update Tuesday the 4th of August 2020

Return to schools

Schools across North Lanarkshire will return from Wednesday 12th of August. Our head teachers have been working hard to go through every part of the Scottish Government guidance and we’ve decided that this return will be phased until Friday 14th of August to allow pupils to familiarise themselves with new routines, changes to buildings and hygiene measures.

For Primary Schools

  • Wednesday 12th August: Primary One, Two & Three will be in school.
  • Thursday 13th August: Primary Four, Five, Six & Seven will be in school.
  • Friday 14th of August: all pupils will be in school.

Please follow @nlcpeople and @TownheadPS

Virtual Calendar of Events:   April – May 2020

We know that this is a different way to learn, and you have adapted so well to change. We want to engage with you even more therefore, each week we are working on partnership events known as Team Townhead. Please join in and you will have lots of fun J

Event   Date & Time
Big Lunch


We would like you to join us for lunch and post a picture of you with your lunch. It can be in house or in your garden. Friday the 1st of  May



Post a picture of you enjoying lunch to Twitter or Teams.

Quiz Night


Join us on Twitter for the launch of our first quiz. You will click on a link that will take you to a form that you can complete. Three rounds for all the family to enjoy. Friday the 24th of April

7:30pm until 8:30pm

Movie Afternoon


We have been working hard so it’s time to relax and unwind and with a movie! TBC Please check our Twitter feed
I spy


Follow the Twitter feed; can you solve the clues provided by school staff? Monday the 27th of April

tweets throughout the day.

Townhead’s Got Talent


Create a video and share it with us! J From Monday the 4th of May, children can upload videos to Teams or Twitter, of their individual talents.
Big Breakfast


Before you begin your online learning today bring your breakfast outside and share a picture. We miss your smiling faces. Monday the 11th of May



Post a picture of you having breakfast before you start home learning.

Nature Watch


While you are outside in your garden or walking for your daily exercise, share a picture of what you see. This is a daily feed. Please take pictures on your daily exercise walk. Share them on Teams and on Twitter.
The Big Bake Off


Are you a keen baker? Would you like to create a recipe that the whole school could use in our Learning Kitchen? Get planning and get baking. From Monday the 18th of May we look forward to seeing the baking efforts of our staff and pupils.


Our First Virtual Gathering is our Quiz Night

Remember on Friday night we have our Virtual Quiz that you can take part in on twitter, website or glow.

On Friday night at 7.30pm I will post Round 1 of the Quiz, 7.50pm Round 2 and then 8.10pm the third and final round. Technology permitting the winning family will be announced at 8.30pm.

So gather together on the couch for some family quiz fun. Let us know if you and your family will be taking part.

Welcome Back

Good morning boys and girls,

I hope you enjoyed the Easter break with your family, I have been informed that lots of Easter Eggs were eaten in Townhead over the last few weeks 🙂

Unfortunately our school is still closed and we are all working from home! It is really important that you continue with your learning over the coming term.

Your teacher will upload tasks to Glow and you can access them using either a laptop, iPad, X Box and Play Station. If you do not have a device please email me at:

You will continue to make good progress by using Microsoft Teams, Studyladder and Sumdog, your teachers will be available on a daily basis to support you, provide feedback and generally be there for you to chat to, you know how friendly our schoool staff are. Also, every class will work on a new topic based on a country, please look at the clues online and you can try to guess your country!

It is very important that you do some reading and writing every day. You can read a book, magazine or a newspaper, if you have a younger brother or sister, it would be amazing is you read to them on a daily basis, they will love that! When it comes to writing, you could write your own little book, a daily diary, a newspaper report or do your own research project on a subject you are interested in.

From Tuesday you can collect a jotter and a pencil (if you need them) from D. & A. Mini-Market in Townhead, your parents will make sure you do this in a safe way.

We will be organising exciting online events and activities were we can ‘virtually meet up’ as a school! Please keep an eye on Twitter for the announcements.

I am missing you all very much and cannot wait to see you soon.

Please keep safe!

Love Mrs Ferguson

NLC Key Worker Update 29/3/2020

Support for Key Workers (Update 29.03.20)

School Hubs
We are now providing a seven-day school and childcare support operation across ten school hubs ONLY for key workers to enable them to carry out their critical roles in the NHS or other essential services during this health emergency.

All ten of our school hubs will be open from:
Monday to Friday from tomorrow, Monday 30 March between the hours of 8am and 8pm and at the weekends on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm, to provide crucial care for key workers and other vulnerable groups.

It is essential, to stop the spread of coronavirus, that parents and carers who are able to take care of their children at home or have a partner who is not a key worker, provide childcare. This seven-day support is being offered to key workers who absolutely require it to enable NHS and other critical services to function.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should any child who has symptoms of coronavirus, or who lives in a household where someone has symptoms, present at school. The whole family must follow the self-isolation advice.

The service outlined below will be available at the following schools Monday to Friday for children and young people at early years (from birth to age five), primary and secondary age:

Pre-school: 8am – 9am
School day: 9am – 3pm
After care: 3pm – 8pm

School hubs
If your child normally goes to school in KILSYTH and surrounding villages:Please take your child to St Patrick’s Primary School, Backbrae Street, G65 0NA.

If your child normally goes to school in MOODIESBURN, CHRYSTON, STEPPS and surrounding areas:
Please take your child to Chryston High School, Lindsaybeg Rd, Chryston, G69 9DL

If your child normally goes to school in CUMBERNAULD:
Please take your child to Cumbernauld Academy, South Kildrum Ring Rd, Cumbernauld G67 2UF

If your child normally goes to school in AIRDRIE and surrounding villages:
Please take your child to Hilltop Primary School, Petersburn Rd, Airdrie ML6 8BH

If your child normally goes to school in MOSSEND, NEW STEVENSTON, HOLYTOWN and surrounding villages:
Please take your child to New Stevenston Primary School, Coronation Rd East, New Stevenston, Motherwell ML1 4HX

If your child normally goes to school in BELLSHILL or VIEWPARK:
Please take your child to St John Paul II Primary School, 1 Laburnum Rd, Viewpark, G71 5DG

If your child normally goes to school in COATBRIDGE and surrounding villages:
Please take your child to St Ambrose High School, 65 Townhead Rd, Coatbridge ML5 2JE

If your child normally goes to school in MOTHERWELL:
Please take your child to Cathedral Primary School, 171 Milton Street, Motherwell, ML1 1DH

If your child normally goes to school in WISHAW and surrounding areas:
Please take your child to Clyde Valley High School, Castlehill Rd, Wishaw ML2 0QS

If your child normally goes to school in SHOTTS and surrounding areas:Please take your child to Calderhead High School, Dyfrig St, Shotts ML7 4DH

For early years’ childcare in Shotts, please take your child to Shotts Family Learning Centre, Shottskirk Road, ML7 4ER

If you are a parent/carer of a child who attends an LCSC unit, and you require school support as you are a key worker, your child should attend the nearest school to you as listed above.

All children and young people will be provided with a hot meal and snack.

The service will be managed by a team of volunteer staff from Education and Families and other services across the council and will provide learning appropriate to the needs of children and young people, Monday to Friday. Children and young people will be offered a range of indoor and outdoor active play, sport and leisure activities with Active Schools, Culture and Leisure North Lanarkshire (CLNL) and third-sector partners for the after-care and weekend service.

In line with government guidance, all staff and children and young people attending the hub schools are exercising social distancing measures and practising good hand hygiene while enjoying a range of activities.

Appropriate risk assessments have been carried out at each venue and incorporate relevant adult/pupil ratios and the specific needs of children and young people.

As before, all parents/carers will need to complete a keyworker form on arrival at the hub school.

Volunteer staff should attend hub school nearest their place of work for 8.45am.

Key workers must take their child to the relevant school hub as listed above. No school transport will run.

Free school meals
A new payment system is being set up for pupils who receive free school meals – this includes all primary 1 to primary 3 pupils.

This commenced on Friday 27 March and will run throughout the current health crisis.

Free school meals
A new payment system is being set up for pupils who receive free school meals – this includes all primary 1 to primary 3 pupils.

This commenced on Friday 27 March and will run throughout the current health crisis.

ASN Schools
From Monday 30 March 2020, five ASN schools will be in operation as listed below. They will be open Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 3pm:

Firpark Primary School, 177 Milton Street, Motherwell, ML1 1DH
Buchanan High School, 67 Townhead Road, Coatbridge, ML5 2HT
Mavisbank School, Mitchell St, Airdrie ML6 0EB
Redburn School and Nursery, Kildrum Rd, Cumbernauld, Glasgow G67 2EL
Portland High School, 31-33 Kildonan St, Coatbridge ML5 3LG

Early Years Provision
Key workers who require care for their child or children will be supported by the school hubs as outlined above.

Key worker categories
Please note: these are the categories of key workers who can, if absolutely necessary, access support. The council does not make decisions, beyond council employees, about who must or must not attend work. Your employer must behave responsibly in making decisions and heed UK and Scottish Government advice.

Category 1
Health and care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response and associated staff
Workers supporting life-threatening emergency work as well as critical primary and community care provision
Staff of energy suppliers
Staff, including teachers and early years workers, providing childcare and learning for other key workers and staff who support school buildings

Category 2
Please note that the first presumption is that staff who can work from home will work from home
All other health and care workers including home support staff and care home staff
Emergency services staff, including police, fire and rescue, prison officers
Military personnel
Social workers
Homelessness staff
Those supporting critical national infrastructure including:
Staff keeping air, water, road and rail passenger transport operating
Oil, gas, electricity and water and sewerage workers
Logistics staff including drivers and transport workers
Food and other necessary goods staff including food production, processing, distribution, sale, delivery as well as those essential to the provision of hygienic and veterinary medicines
Staff in essential financial service provision including: banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure; IT and data infrastructure; postal services; civil nuclear, chemicals and telecommunications; payment providers; waste disposal.
Journalists and broadcasters

Category 3
Other council and associated staff in the following categories. Please note that the first presumption is that staff who can work from home will work from home
Strategic-level management and support staff
Waste services staff
Fleet services staff
Cemeteries staff
Property repairs and maintenance staff including frontline workers of Mears and Saltire
Roads and lighting maintenance staff including staff of Amey
Facility support services including cleaning, catering, school crossing patrollers and janitorial staff
Essential human resources staff including payroll and employee service centre
Essential IT staff
Essential communications staff
Essential finance staff including welfare, revenue and benefits staff and municipal bank staff
Registration staff
Essential legal services
Psychological services staff

New direct payment system for free school meals.

Important information for parents and carers of pupils who receive free school meals

A new payment system is being set up for pupils who receive free school meals – this includes all primary 1 to primary 3 pupils.

It will start on Friday 27 March and run throughout the current health crisis.

Parents and carers of pupils who receive free school meals will be sent a message twice a week from the council. It will include a voucher code for £10.00 (you will receive a total of £20.00 per child per week).

The message will be sent either as a text message to your mobile phone, by email or as a printed copy if you don’t have internet access.

You can use the voucher code at any shop that accepts Pay Point, for a list of your local Pay Point retailers visit
and enter your postcode.

For more information, please email the free school meals team on:

Funding for this came from the £3m emergency fund, which has been set up by the council to deal with the health crisis.