About Our School
LongsidePrimary School is situated in the village of Longside and serves the catchment area of the village and the surrounding rural area. The school is eight years old – a PPP building. The school is non-denominational. A number of pupils who live outwith the catchment area also attend the school.
The school building has seven classrooms, a General Purpose room, a large PE hall (where lunch is served from our “in house” kitchen), Meeting Room and administration accommodation. The school also has Nursery accommodation, which comprises classroom with outdoor facilities attached.
Outside, there is a large tarmac play area and a large field area, as well as a wildlife garden, an area of outdoor play equipment and a quiet seated area.
LongsideSchool provides education for children aged 3 – 12 i.e. from ante-pre school nursery – P7. The current roll is 169 and 41 Nursery children. The school has eight full time equivalent teaching staff and a non teaching Head Teacher. The position of Principal Teacher for the Mintlaw CSN is held by Mrs V. Willox who is based within LongsideSchool. Mrs Willox teaches a class for four days and has a remit for development work for LongsideSchool (0.1 FTE) and for Mintlaw CSN (0.1 FTE). Visiting Specialist teachers come into all classes to allow staff to have their non class contact time. Currently there is provision for Art, Drama, Music, MLPS (French and German), Science and PE. Additional Support Needs staff come to school twice weekly from MintlawAcademy. Teaching staff are supported in class by Nursery Nurses and Pupil Support Assistants. P.S.A.s also support pupils in the playground. There is an Administrator and two Clerical Assistants. Cleaners and Janitorial staff are employed by Robertson Construction.
Community links are a valued part of school life. The Head Teacher is a member of the Community Council. There are strong links with the local church.
The school has an active and well supported Parent Council and associated Fundraising Committee, all parents are invited to attend meetings. Parents and Carers are encouraged to become involved in the work of the school. Through the School House Groups, Pupil Parliament & Class Reps, Eco Committee, Rights Respecting Schools a Health promoting School group pupils are involved in the work of the school and its improvement.
Several after school clubs are run by staff and parents. This year the school offers Football, Badminton, Netball, Arts & Crafts and Code Club; other clubs are led by Active Schools. In the evenings, when school clubs are not booked in, school is used by Beavers and Cubs, ActiveSchools and Youth Club.
The school operates its budget in line with Aberdeenshire Authority guidelines to support planned school improvements.In June 2011 the school and nursery received a positive report from HMIe.
On leaving LongsideSchool, pupils transfer to MintlawAcademy. A further ten primary schools (all in the Mintlaw Community Schools Network) transfer to MintlawAcademy.
Creating an ethos of achievement is central to what we do in LongsideSchool and we work hard to establish an environment in which all our pupils, staff and members of our community are able to fulfil their full potential and expectations. Staff and pupils enjoy working together in a lovely new, purpose built school building.
LongsideSchool, has been built under the Private Partnership scheme, it was completed in October 2005 and is owned by Robertson Construction, who are responsible for all repairs. Aberdeenshire Council staff run the school in line with all other schools in Aberdeenshire.