School Info

Background

The original school was built in 1929 to provide both primary and secondary education. Gaelic Medium classes were first established at Ullapool Primary in 1993 and continue to be an integral and vital part of our school today. In 1999 Ullapool High School relocated to a new building and in the same year our Gaelic and English nurseries opened. Ullapool Primary School was refurbished in 2004 and 2016 resulting in the bright and spacious building and new infant and ASN facilities. Ullapool Primary School serves the area stretching from Aultguish in the south to Knockan in the north. Pupils enrolling for Gaelic Medium classes are accepted within the school transport routes.

School accommodation

The main red sandstone building houses much of the school’s accommodation, namely: offices, medical room, canteen and school hall, classrooms, ICT suite and ASN area. Our nurseries are in a temporary self-contained unit waiting a new building in 2019. We also have a meeting room and Rainbow Room all within the school grounds.

We make extensive use of the excellent local facilities on our door step. Pupils benefit from both the swimming pool and leisure centre as part of their weekly PE routine. We also use the local Drill Hall and enjoy a substantial playing field and extended school grounds including wildlife and vegetable gardens.

School Hours

P1 – P7    Monday to Thursday

08.55 – 10:25              10:25 – 10:45 Interval

10:45 – 12:15               12:15 – 13:05 Lunch

13:05 – 15:35              Pupils in P1 to P3 have a 30 minute afternoon interval from 14.35-15.05

On Friday school closes as 13.05

Pupils starting P1 in August attend mornings only for the first 2 weeks, finishing at 12:15pm

Gaelic Medium Education 

Our Gaelic medium classes offer the same curriculum as the rest of the school, taught through the medium of Gaelic. Pupils are immersed in Gaelic during Primary 1 and Primary 2 to develop fluency. Reading and writing in English begins in P3. By P7 pupils in Gaelic medium classes are equally fluent in English and Gaelic, including reading and writing. Almost all children in our Gaelic medium classes come from non-Gaelic speaking homes. As it is advantageous for children to hear some Gaelic in the home, it is helpful if parents learn some basic Gaelic phrases to use at home. Please ask to visit our Gaelic classes where you can see the classes in action and speak to our staff. We are also happy to introduce you to other parents who can tell you about their experience of Gaelic Medium education.

School House System

Pupils and staff are allocated to one of our 3 houses: Stac Pollaidh, An Teallach, and Suilbheinn. House points promote achievement and reward effort in all aspects of school life. House points are totalled each week and announced in assembly. House captains are elected each year and take a lead role in sporting events. Sports trophies and individual endeavour awards are presented at our end of year assembly in June to which parents are invited.

School Meals

School meals are prepared on the premises and reflect our Health Promoting School status. Dinner tickets, currently £2.30 each, may be purchased on a Monday morning for the week ahead. Cash or a cheque is acceptable (payable to Highland Council.) Pupils should bring school dinner money to school in a school meals envelope. This is provided by the school. Application forms for Free School Meals are available for pupils in P4-7 from the school office, in confidence, or from the local Highland Council Service Point. All pupils in P1-3 receive Free School Meals as part of a Scottish Government initiative and need not apply for Free School meals.

School Uniform

Pupils are asked to wear our Fairtrade school sweatshirt with dark trousers or skirt to school each day. Sweatshirts can be ordered on line using the following link – https://koolskools.co.uk/product-category/ullapool-primary-school   these currently start from £10.99 each. A PE kit is essential and pupils should bring a change of sports-wear to school with them each Monday for the week ahead. PE shoes should only be used for wearing during PE indoors and for changing into when it is wet and muddy outside. The daily mile is to be done in normal footwear. All pupil clothing (coats, sweatshirts, PE kit etc.) should be marked clearly with your child’s name. Lost property is retained in school for several months before being given to one of our local charity shops. Our school dress was reviewed in 2016 by parents and staff and a new uniform was chosen to reflect the schools commitment to Fairtrade.