Duror Primary School

Duror Primary School

 

Duror School provides education for children living in the Duror / Kentallen area. It provides the pupils with a stimulating learning environment which is supported by an ethos of encouraging achievement and celebrating success.  We actively promote partnership between home school and the wider community. The school was originally part of the Argyll Education Authority but, with the advent of Regionalisation, became a southerly outpost of Highland Region.  The original building was completed in 1877.
 
Duror Primary School is situated on the Cuil Bay road at the junction of A828 trunk road. The single track side road leads to an attractive bay which enhances the school curriculum. A wooded area behind the school adds to the attractiveness of the school setting and further promotes environmental study projects.

Although a two teacher school from 1980, it remained a one roomed building with outside toilets until August ’86 when an extension was completed.

This extension more than doubled the floor space and provided indoor toilets, a cloakroom, cleaner’s store, a servery for school meals and a second classroom with the dining area. School meals are cooked and transferred from a neighbouring school.

Over the years the roll has varied, reducing and increasing the teaching staff ratio.  This is partly due to the irregular attendance of gypsy travellers.

Pupils are taught in two composite classes P1-3/P4-7.  Duror became a pilot  Associated School with Glencoe Primary in August ’05.  This position was made permanent in 2008
          
Recent improvements to the playground have enhanced the quality of play, the    safety of the children and the promotion of physical exercise.  The improvements made have been the installation of a gate at the entrance of the school improving access into the school playground, road markings outside the school, a boundary fence has been placed in front of the old stone wall, the gravel side playground has been tarred and a bike shed has been erected at the rear of the playground through funding from Safer Routes to School. A bouldering wall along the outside of the main entrance was erected in May 2007.   There is an outside shelter with an attractive jungle art interior. Part of the shelter provides secure storage for PE equipment.  A very supportive Parent Council is regularly fundraising to improve and promote active learning.

The two classrooms were re carpeted and painted in July 08.  Exterior woodwork was also painted.  New library furniture was purchased to house the new HLP resources.

Duror Primary has a travel plan which is constantly being reviewed. Speed reduction signage and flashing lights have been erected outside the school on both the Cuil Bay road and on the main A828 trunk road through the village.

The school was re- accredited Health Promoting School status in October 2008 and was awarded the first Green Flag for ECO Schools in June 09.

Associated Secondary School     -     Kinlochleven High School

Key Features

Duror Primary plays and important role in the community and key features include:

• Good liaison with the village pre school centre.
• Involvement of local industries in topic work – forestry, fishing, tourism
• Annual spring clean up of local environment
• Health promoting school
• Eco school with Green Flag
• Good links with the local travellers site
• Regular assemblies led by local clergy. 

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