Welcoming Schools Project
The Armstrong Primary School was involved in the Welcoming School Project in 2011 - 2013. Whilst we already met many of the criteria, e.g through Kid's Club and Breakfast Club, we aimed to further promote a ‘welcoming ethos’ within our school with a view to being awarded the Welcoming Schools award by June 2013.
Children and adults connected to the school developed an appreciation of issues such as similarities and differences, mutual respect and understanding, citizenship and inclusivity.
We achieved this through a number of initiatives during 2011-2013 school years. Pupil council were involved in the project and helped to survey pupils. Examples of improvements include improving the physical school environment with a refurbished staffroom, revamp of our reception area, new playground equipment and outdoor seating. Teacher training has taken place to further develop PD&MU in school, with a special focus on Media Initiative in foundation classrooms. Links were enhanced with the wider school community to include Newcomer parents, Grandparents, church groups and local businesses. P1 welcome packs were developed for new pupils to complete over the summer before they enter Primary One. Further to this school policies were updated to reflect the Welcoming Schools Project's ethos.
We were privileged to be awarded Outstanding in the Welcoming Schools Award category and continue to build on our welcoming ethos each school year.