Welcome to Keithhall School. We take pride in the fact that Keithhall is a happy and hardworking school with a real sense of team spirit. We hope that your child’s time here is enjoyable and rewarding.
Parents and guardians play a very important part in the life of the school and the wider community. Therefore, we would like you to feel welcome in school and to play an active part in your child’s education. We hope that the partnership between home and school will be productive and enjoyable.
Keithhall is a small, rural primary school situated approximately two miles northwest of Inverurie on the Whiterashes road. Inverurie is 16 miles west of Aberdeen and is a town which has seen considerable growth over the last 15-20 years, being within commuting distance of Aberdeen. Inverurie has excellent shopping facilities and a comprehensive range of leisure pursuits.
The school is non-denominational and the catchment area is mostly rural but the village of Kinmuck is Keithhall’s main catchment where a small number of new houses have been built.
Most children transfer to Inverurie Academy when leaving Keithhall School. Inverurie Academy has 9 associated feeder schools and they all form the Inverurie Community Schools Network (CSN). Within the Inverurie CSN, services operate in an integrated framework in order to ensure that each child has the fullest opportunity to maximise their potential.
Keithhall School has 2 classrooms, one of which is a portacabin attached to the school by a corridor. It has a large playground and has access to a field owned by Keithhall Estate which can be used for sporting activities. We are surrounded by woodlands which provide an idyllic setting and a rich resource for outdoor education.
Keithhall School provides education for children aged 4½ – 12 – i.e. from P1 – P7.
The school roll currently stands at 31. There are two full-time teachers (including the Head Teacher) and we are entitled to a 0.4 full time equivalent teacher to release the HT for management duties. Visiting Specialist teachers support the teaching of Drama and Music. A visiting specialist teacher provides Support for Learning.
The teaching staff is supported by a full time Pupil Support Assistant, a part-time Administrator/Clerical Assistant, a Catering Assistant, Cleaner and a Janitor for three and three quarter hours per week.
The school has a supportive Parent Council which organises fund raising events and meetings are well attended. In line with legislation every parent is a member of the Parent Forum. The Parent Council meets regularly to discuss the ongoing work and life of the school.
Community links are also a valued part of school. The school is well supported by the local community.
Pupils are encouraged to become involved in the work of the school and its improvement. With this in mind all pupils are involved in enterprise activities and contribute to the Pupil Council, Health and Eco activities. We are very proud of the contribution our pupils make to the life of our school.
Devolved budgets are managed in accordance with Aberdeenshire Council Guidelines and its priorities are identified in line with the School Improvement Plan.
We aim to create an ethos of achievement and work to establish an environment in which all our pupils, staff and members of our community are able to fulfil their potential.
HMIe inspected the school in June 2013 and we received a very good report. The full inspection report can be found on the HMIe website.
The school is accredited at commended level as a Health Promoting School, has a bronze Enterprise Award, a Green Flag Eco School Award and is currently working towards level 1 Rights Respecting School Award. The school has also been recognised as a Bird Friendly School.