Welcome to the ‘Lurgan Model Primary School & Nursery Unit’ website

Nursery

When your child is at Nursery school they will experience a broad spectrum of play activities which will deliver the six areas of the Nursery curriculum.

Classes

Lurgan Model Primary School will offer a curriculum that is balanced and broadly based and that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development of the pupils. This curriculum will seek to prepare the pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Extra Curricular

Extra-curricular activities are provided after school for pupils from Year 4 to Year 7. Such activities contribute to the children’s social and physical development. They include choir, football, board games club, art, and drama.

Lurgan Model Primary School & Nursery Unit

At Lurgan Model, we seek to provide an open and friendly learning environment, where everyone feels valued, respected, cared for and encouraged to achieve their full potential. We are very proud of all our pupils, their achievements and the caring, supportive environment we provide.

We encourage our children to be all they can be, and aim to ensure that all our children have their educational, social, physical, emotional and pastoral needs met.

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Our School

Lurgan Model Primary School, built in 1863, was one of a number of Model Institutions providing education up to school leaving age. It has generous accommodation for its current enrolment of 211 pupils, including 26 Nursery pupils. The children range in age from 3 to 11 years. Presently the school has a staff of 9 teachers including a Nursery teacher. There are no composite classes. The school is co-educational, non-denominational and accepts pupils irrespective of race or religion.

The school curriculum

It is the policy of the Board of Governors of Lurgan Model Primary School that all pupils receive their full entitlement under the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

Lurgan Model Primary School will offer a curriculum that is balanced and broadly based and that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development of the pupils. The curriculum will seek to prepare the pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. It will also be the aim of the school to maximise the potential of each pupil, to develop the self confidence in the pupils and to promote a spirit of tolerance towards others in a Christian atmosphere.

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Cross Community

The School uses Cross Community Links to enhance the educational experiences of the children taking part. Recently Year 4, Year 5, Year 6 and Year 7 pupils have taken part in Basketball with Kings Park Primary School through Peaceplayers.

Sports

Lurgan Model Primary School seeks to provide opportunities for physical activity, individual and group, to develop physical fitness and to promote a lifestyle leading to good physical health.

This will be done in the form of a structured programme of which may include gymnastic, dance, athletics, games, swimming and outdoor pursuits.

Extra-curricular activities

Extra-curricular activities are provided after school for pupils from Year 4 to Year 7. Such activities contribute to the children’s social and physical development. They include choir, football, board games club, art, and drama. Parents will be informed of dates of activities and their permission will be sought for a child to take part.

Extended Schools

Lurgan Model Primary School provides a range of services and activities during or beyond the school day, to help meet the needs of children, their families and the wider community.

Activities in the school include: (subject to funding)

After-schools club 2pm – 3pm daily
Children from Year 1 to Year 3 can attend this club daily for 60 pence per day. The children receive a healthy snack and have an extensive range of indoor and outdoor toys to play with. There are a limited number of spaces.

As well as Gardening Club, Art Club, Football, Gaelic Games and Choir, we hope to build upon our present activities to provide a range of activities to meet the needs and interests of the children in the school.

House System

A house system operates within the school. The house system encourages healthy competition in games, athletics, attendance, good work, wearing of school uniform, good behaviour, etc. and every pupil will be expected to take part in some activity or activities to benefit his/her house.

The houses are: Abercorn, Granville and Wakehurst

Year 7 pupils are chosen to be House Captains at the being of each academic year. This is a very important role.

The children compete for House points and at the end of the year there is a special prize for the winning house.

Arrangements for…

Parents will be informed of their children’s progress by:
A twice yearly interview in which parents will be informed of the school’s view of the child’s progress and of any information given by the assessment procedures of the Northern Ireland School’s Examination and Assessment Council (normally October & February).

Parents will receive an annual written report on the pupil’s progress.

  • Religious Education
  • Child Protection
  • Pastoral Care
  • Special Educational Needs

Religious Education

Religious education is an integral part of our curriculum. All pupils have the opportunity to involve themselves in RE classes and in religious worship at school assembly.

The religious aspect of teaching is non-denominational although we are able to cater for our Catholic pupils with regard to specific instruction and preparation for First Communion and Confirmation. The School uses the Alive O Series. Parents who wish to have their children exempted from the RE syllabus should inform the school in writing.

Child Protection

The school has recently reviewed its Child Protection Policy and procedures and endeavours to do so on a bi- annual basis. A copy of the Policy can be requested free at any time from the designated teacher Mrs L Spence, and in her absence the deputy designated teacher Mr G O’Hagan. Lurgan Model has a safeguarding Team. Parents receive our school safeguarding leaflet on a regular basis.

Pastoral Care

In line with the policy of maximising each pupil’s potential the school recognises that it has a responsibility to do everything possible to care for each pupil’s physical and emotional well-being. The school will strive to provide a comfortable and safe environment for learning. Due to the nature of primary education it will be the responsibility of each class teacher to look after the pastoral needs of the children in the class. Class teachers will try to resolve the worries of new pupils and to relieve their anxieties.

If a child takes sick or is injured, the school will try to contact in the
first instance, the child’s parent or guardian. For less severe cases it would be appreciated if parents would nominate an emergency contact. In all cases it will be school policy to act in the best interests of the child as would a prudent parent. A copy of the Policy can be requested at any time from the Pastoral Care Teacher – Mr G. O’Hagan.

Special Educational Needs

Some of the children attending Lurgan Model Primary School and Nursery Unit will have special educational needs. These arise from the child’s physical incapacity or learning abilities. As it is the school’s intention to maximise each child’s potential, the school will try, within its resources, to meet these needs. This help may be provided in the child’s own classroom or children may be withdrawn in small groups for help in a particular subject.

If, despite this help, a child cannot cope in Lurgan Model Primary School and after the school has followed the Code of Practice a statement of the child’s needs will be issued by the Education Authority and these needs will be met by the Education Authority, either through extra assistance in the school, or with parent agreement, by placement in another appropriate school. The process of determining that a child has special educational needs in accordance with law is lengthy. It involves close co-operation between parents, teachers, school medical authorities and educational psychologists.

An education officer with responsibility for special needs will make the final decision about the appropriate form of education. The education officer will be pleased to provide information and guidance about the procedure to be followed after discussion of the child’s needs with the Principal.