East Calder Primary School is a non-denominational primary school and early learning class (ELC) situated centrally in the town of East Calder. The school building was originally built in 1937 as a junior secondary school and offers well-maintained and spacious accommodation for up to 16 primary classes. Our ELC building provides modern, light and well laid-out space for 2, 3 and 4 year olds with a separate quiet room, free-flow into our extensive outdoor area and easy access to the rest of the school. Approximately half of children in early learning attend for two full days (8am-6pm).
The Head Teacher took up post in April 2019, the Depute Head Teacher in June 2019 and Principal Teacher in January 2020. The school has a current roll of 298 pupils arranged in 13 classes and our ELC setting has provision for upto 72 children, per session, attending a mix of half day and full days.
The school works closely with a range of partners to support learning and achievement and a support for learning teacher and a Small Group Setting teacher both support pupils and staff in making sure that all pupil needs are met. The school is also well supported by an experienced team of Pupil Support Workers and office staff. We have visiting instructors for woodwind and brass and specialist teaching in PE, Science and Art/Technology.
Links with home are good and are an ongoing focus for development. Involving parents and pupils in the development and direction of the school is central to our vision and working with all stakeholders to ensure the school is a warm, happy and safe place for families to share is important to us. A small and dedicated group of parents and staff form the Parent Staff Council (PSC) which works extremely well to support the school and provide opportunities for pupils throughout the year.
Our school continues to be in a period of transition with the planning for, building and opening of our school building - scheduled for August 2024.