About the School
current roll at Duncan Forbes is 278 pupils. At present there are 11
classes from Primary one to Primary seven. Classes are of mixed ability
where whole class, group and individual teaching is carefully considered
to meet the needs of all our pupils. The maximum class size is 33 in a
single year class and 25 in a mixed year class (composite class).
additions we have a nursery class for children in their pre-school year
where we have space for up to 48 children. At present there are two
nursery sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
teaching areas are semi open plan with a number of classrooms sharing a
communal working area. These shared open areas provide additional space
which allows flexibility in our approach to learning and teaching. There
are two main buildings plus an administration wing, our computer
suite/music room and dining/gym hall.
Points of Interest:
Duncan Forbes Primary was established in 1977
It is named after Duncan Forbes. He was a prominent figure of Jacobite
Primary school is built on what was once the grounds of Culloden House,
home of the Forbes family.
Our school badge features the dovecote near to Culloden House.
The mural in our reception area represents Duncan Forbes of Culloden and
Mary Rose of Kilvravock.
Culloden House is now a luxury hotel and Duncan Forbes Primary is
situated at the centre of the residential area of Culloden
Staff at Duncan Forbes
first contact with the school is likely to be with Mrs
who runs the school office.
janitor is usually in the playground. His name is Mr Williams.
staff we do the best we can for each child in our care. Teaching staff
plan and co-ordinate their work to ensure that effective teaching and
learning remains a priority within the school.
Teachers are supported by a team of support staff consisting of 4
Support for Learning Auxiliaries, 4 Classroom Assistants, 2 Clerical
Assistants and Children’s Service Worker.
support staff also provide supervision in the two playground areas.
of staff also give of their time and talents to enrich the life of the
school by contributing to extra curricular activities, social events and
school draws on a wide range of other professionals to help support the
children. It may be that you will meet some of them during your time
with us. The professionals mentioned below visit the school regularly
and welcome enquiries from parents. Please contact the Head Teacher, Mrs
Stewart, if you feel your child would benefit from any of the services
Shiona Alexander (Educational Psychologist)
Vernal (School Nurse)
Watt ( School doctor)
Birrell (Speech and Language Therapist)
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curriculum at Duncan Forbes reflects the guidance given to schools in
The Scottish Executive’ 5-14 Guidelines.
main aim is that the children will achieve a personal best for
themselves in each area of study. We expect as many children as possible
to achieve or exceed national expectations of achievement in Language
and Mathematics. We consider the acquisition of the skills associated
with these foundation subjects to be crucial to later academic success.
Learning Support staff work alongside class teachers to plan for the
best provision for individual pupils.
school has a wide range of resources to draw on to support teaching and
learning. Each teaching area has its own mini-library for pupils to use
for research or for reading for pleasure. The ‘Friends of Duncan Forbes’
have been particularly supportive over the years in supplying funds to
maintain the library areas.
are assessed by formal tests, informal observation and activity tasks on
an on-going basis to enable effective evaluation and planning for
learning and teaching. Assessment takes place within the normal
classroom situation, thus allowing pupils to perform to the best of
National Assessments are used in Language and Mathematics to support the
teacher’s professional judgement of the level at which a child is
working. Results of National Assessments appear in your child’s report
which is issued in June each year.
time to time the Learning Support staff may also carry out assessments
with individual children in order to identify the most suitable learning
and teaching approached for that particular child. Parents are kept
fully involved of any involvement with Learning Support staff.
Reporting to Parents
vital to your child’s progress that he/she is supported by you
throughout his/her education. We therefore set a very high priority on
keeping you informed of the work your child is doing in school.
– teacher meetings are held in October, an Open Afternoon is held in
March and after you have received your child’s report in June a further
opportunity is provided to meet the class teacher.
are also many opportunities to meet with school staff on an informal
basis over the year which will enable you to keep up to date with the
work going on in the school.
have an ‘Open Door’ policy and any parents who may have queries or
concerns are asked to contact the school at any point in the school year
and either myself or your child’s class teacher will be happy to meet
Parents at Duncan Forbes
strongly believe that the best way to ensure success for the children is
to work in close partnership with their parents.
us provide as best possible for all pupils we ask parents for essential
information about their child/children at enrolment and again in August
at the start of the school year. Should any information change during
the school year then please let the school know so that we can keep our
records up to date.
School Board and Friends of Duncan Forbes work in partnership with the
staff for the benefit of all our pupils. If you have an interest in
either group then please get in touch with the school.
happy to organise meetings or workshops for parents on any aspect of
school life. Just let us know what you would like to know more about and
we will do our best to accommodate your request. Our monthly newsletter
has a parent response sheet which you can use to let us know your views
and suggest improvements.
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Religious and Moral Education
important to make children aware of the importance of the customs and
values which underpin our society. It enables them to make sense of the
world around them, while a code of conduct, which they consider just,
provides them with security. As they grow up children may then make
informed personal choices whilst respecting values and customs which
differ from their own.
children discuss and make simple moral judgements from stories. Older
pupils are encouraged to identify moral dilemmas, offer an opinion on
them and draw parallels between story situations and real life. In
keeping with all world religions pupils are encouraged to foster a
positive attitude towards the beauty and diversity of the natural world.
Common values such as fairness, honesty and respect for others are
reinforced through school rules, stories, drama, daily events and weekly
school adds to its resources for the study of major world religions
annually and values visiting speakers and trips to provide real life
experiences and a wider perspective of life.
Arrangements will be made for children whose parents wish to withdraw
them from Religious Education.
Research shows that when children practice the work they have learned in
school by doing homework their standards of achievement improve
child at Duncan Forbes gets homework to do throughout the week at a
level appropriate to their age and stage of development. It is important
that parents encourage a positive attitude towards homework by
encouraging children to take a pride in their work and do their best.
Homework is considered beneficial for the following reasons:
consolidate work already covered in class
engender a positive attitude towards learning
develop pupils’ self discipline, independence and organisational
inform and enable you to support your child in his/her school work
Promoting Positive Behaviour
expect our pupils to behave in a responsible and courteous manner at all
times. The Golden Rules underpin the school’s code of conduct. These
rules are discussed regularly with our pupils and rewards given to
reinforce the value of thoughtful and considerate behaviour.
members of staff work together to ensure the children are supported to
do the right thing and take personal responsibility for their actions.
encourage positive behaviour by ‘catching’ children being good. Positive
behaviour is rewarded by staff praise, praise postcards, house points,
certificates and Good citizen Awards, We balance praise with sanctions
for unacceptable behaviour might include Verbal warning: Loss of House
Points: Loss of Golden Time: Punishment exercise to be completed at home
and signed by parents: Loss of privileges: Kept in during break or
lunchtime completing a written exercise (parents would be informed of
this): ‘Time Out’ in own class / area away from other children: ‘Time
Out’ in another class: Time out with Headteacher and parents notified.
examples of indiscipline would result in parents being immediately
contacted: physical aggression, deliberate acts of vandalism, bad
language, defiance, stealing, lewd behaviour, racial incidents,
bullying, possessing weapons.
child has a problem with his/her behaviour we will keep parents fully
informed of our concerns and will work hard to provide a suitable
behaviour support programme to encourage and support the child in
modifying his/her behaviour in a positive way. We also ask you to keep
us informed should you have any concerns about your child.
school is also exploring and developing the use of Restorative Practices
in dealing with inappropriate behaviour. The emphasis is placed on
repairing damage to relationships within the school community and
encouraging the children to be involved in finding solutions to move
forward in a positive manner.
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(Crisis and Aggression Limitation Management)
staff within the school are CALM trained in physical restraint
techniques. In a situation where there is an immediate danger to other
persons or the possibility of physical assault upon themselves staff may
intervene physically. CALM training provides staff with the skills to
make appropriate risk assessments of any such situation. If measures to
diffuse the situation have not been successful and physical intervention
is required the techniques used ensure there is no danger of the child
time to time incidents can occur within the school setting which cause
concern and could indicate that a pupil is suffering from some form of
abuse. In terms of Highland Child Protection Committee Inter Agency
Guidelines, Education Service Staff must report such incidents to Social
Work Services which can lead to a joint Social Work/police
Investigation. All agencies involved in child Protection are obliged to
make the welfare of children their paramount consideration and this will
be the priority of Education staff.
information about Child Protection Procedures within Highland can be
obtained from the Child Protection Development Officer. Tel:01463 703483
understand bullying to be any persistent, aggressive,
threatening or other kind of behaviour which is deliberately
intended to frighten or hurt another child. This type of behaviour is
not tolerated at Duncan Forbes.
Unacceptable behaviour, including bullying, will be discussed with
parents and addressed in a supportive way.
child tells you that he/she has been bullied in school it is very
important that you let the Head Teacher know as soon as possible so that
the incident can be investigated quickly. Children are encouraged in
school not to suffer in silence and to tell an adult of their worries or
concerns. We are keen that the victims of bullying are supported to
ensure their self esteem and confidence grows strong enough for them to
feel happy and secure again.
Children who are identified as having bullying type behaviour will also
be supported. It is important they understand the adverse effect of
their behaviour and how unacceptable it is. We recognise that bullies
often have underlying problems of their own which they need to help to
address. Parents will always be informed where we have concerns.
Anti Bullying Policy.
decision as to whether a pupil should attempt to travel to school in
adverse weather conditions, whether by transport or on foot, lies with
the parents. While recognising that education should be interrupted as
little as possible, the Education Authority accepts that in severe
weather conditions the safety of the children is paramount.
parents and pupils are often particularly concerned that important
examinations may be missed, but this factor should not over-ride good
judgement. Arrangements can be made regarding missing examinations or
Detailed notes are issued to parents before onset of winter including
details of our School Information Phone Line. This number should be
kept close by the phone for ease of reference during the winter.
paramount that parents should advise schools of an alternative address
which can be used by their children in emergencies.
radio stations will issue news and weather bulletins conveying
information regarding traffic conditions, school closures etc. While it
is recognised that such transmissions may not cover all households and
may be subject to re-scheduling in some circumstances, they will be
helpful to many families. Parents are therefore advised to keep “tuned
in” to be aware of ongoing road or school information updates.
stations request that, since telephone lines are busy at such times,
parents should not ‘phone for advice but listen to appropriate
broadcasts or ‘phone the dedicated information line (number below).
ABOUT LOCAL RADIO STATIONS/INFORMATION LINE
Radio Highland 6.55 – 7.00 am and 7.50 – 8.00 am
12.55 – 1.00 pm and 4.55
– 5.00 pm
extreme conditions Radio Highland will interrupt Radio Scotland
transmissions, usually on the hour, to carry emergency bulletins.
hourly bulletins will carry local information on weather, roads and
conditions affecting schools. In severe conditions normal programmes
will be interrupted to carry emergency bulletins.
Forbes School Telephone Messaging Service:
latest information in respect of Duncan Forbes please ‘phone:
054 6999 04 1940
Information about school closures can also be accessed on Highland
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Children attending Duncan Forbes School have various choices at
children prefer to go home and a crossing patroller is on duty in
Keppoch Road to assist children during lunch breaks.
is made available in the dining hall to children who prefer to bring a
packed lunch from home.
meals are prepared and served on the premises. The quality of the meals
is high, with a vegetarian alternative available most days. The
emphasis is on providing the children with a quality, healthy and
balanced meal. There are two sittings a lunch time, one for younger
children and one for the older children. A school meal costs £1.60 per
day or may be free in certain circumstances.
Application forms for a smart card are available from the office. Money
can be ‘loaded’ on to the card or credit in the case of free school meal
would like to apply for free school meals please contact the school
office, in confidence, for further information.
CARD APPLICATION FORMS AVAILABLE FROM SCHOOL OFFICE.
children attending the school are expected to wear school uniform. The
school uniform consists of a sweatshirt, white polo shirt and dark
trousers or skirt.
are three different sweatshirts worn in school. Nursery has a green
sweatshirt and P1-6 wear a purple sweatshirt. Purple is the main colour
in the Culloden tartan. The school badge depicts the 18th
century dovecote, found on Barn Church Road and highlights the school’s
connection with The Forbes Estate.
7 pupils wear a red sweatshirt. This colour makes them stand out from
the crowd and helps younger children identify them as ‘buddies’ who will
give them a helping hand. The badge on their sweatshirt indicates that
they are Primary 7. The dove underlines the connection with the
dovecote and is also a symbol of peace and hope. The linking hands
indicates that Primary 7 children can be expected to be a “helping hand”
to younger children in the school and also extend help to the wider
Application forms for a Clothing Allowance can be obtained from the
school office or Education Office, in confidence.
The School Day
School times are as follows:
Primaries 1 – 3 Primaries 4
Morning 9.15 am – 12.15 pm
9.00 am – 12.35 pm
Afternoon 1 pm – 2.45 pm
1.15 pm – 3 pm
Break 12.20 pm – 1.15 pm
12.35 pm – 1.15 pm
The Nursery offers places for four year olds in either a morning session
from 9.15am – 11.45am or an afternoon session from 12.30pm – 3.00pm
Regular liaison takes place between the Nursery and Primary 1 in the
parents it is your responsibility to ensure your child attends school.
While poor attendance can affect a child’s performance at school, your
child should not attend if unwell. On a daily basis the school office
contacts the parents of children who are absent without an explanation.
We therefore ask parents to advise the school of any absences
immediately to avoid the school having to contact you. All absences
should be preceded or followed by a note of explanation to your child’s
Any absence for which we receive no written explanation is recorded as
unauthorised and eventually appears in the Scottish Executive figures as
attendance figures are published annually. A class register is required
to be kept and any unauthorised absences will be followed up by the
We also need to
know about medical or dental appointments. Please collect your child
from school for any appointments they need to attend during the school
Examples of authorised absence include:
education in another school
sickness/ill health (including visits to doctor, dentist, optician,
sporting/artistic events supported by the school
other reasonable excuse authorised by the Head Teacher
Unauthorised absence is any absence not falling into the above
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Holidays should be taken within the designated holiday periods if at all
parents have no control over dates of their annual leave the Head
Teacher can authorise absence from school for a holiday. This is a
facility which should apply in exceptional circumstances only and the
child should have a good attendance record otherwise.
parents must request permission from the Head Teacher for a term time
holiday. Holidays taken during term time are registered as unauthorised
unless there are mitigating family circumstances.
SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATES
Tuesday 8 April
2008 Friday 27 June
and staff training
Monday 5 May
2008 - May holiday
SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATES 2008/09
School Opens School Closes
Tuesday 19 August 2008 Friday 10
Wednesday 29 October 2008 Friday 19 December 2008
Monday 5 January 2009 Friday 27 March 2009
Tuesday 14 April 2009 Thursday 2
holidays and closures for staff training:
August - Staff Training
October - Staff Training
October - Staff Training
February - Staff Training
Friday 13 February
February - Holiday
February - Staff Training
April - Holiday
May - Holiday
consider that good communications between home and the school are most
Duncan Forbes we make strenuous efforts to give home/school
communication a top priority. The Head Teacher and class teachers
welcome enquiries from parents and are happy to arrange to meet with
parents at any time in the course of the school session.
to respond to the needs of all parents as far as possible. Parents are
asked for their opinions and views by means of a detailed questionnaire
every second year. In the interim year parents are asked to take the
opportunity to outline their views and or concerns on a simple response
sheet. These views are then taken into consideration when we draw up
our development plan for the following session.
fortunate in having an active Friends Association and School Board at
Duncan Forbes. Both groups provide an important link between parents
and the school. Both have a vital role to play in promoting home/school
year we approach parents to ask for volunteers as classroom helpers.
Parents regularly help us out by accompanying school trips, helping out
in classes, working on developing school policies etc. We hope that
during your time with us we can encourage you to become involved in the
life of the school. We are sure you will enjoy the time you spend with
Development of Social and Cultural Values
the earliest stages of the school the children are encouraged to develop
an awareness of place and their responsibilities within society.
Through the work of the class we develop a range of teaching and
learning opportunities which will provide a focus for introducing local
and Scottish issues and an examination of Scotland’s place in the wider
we want the children to have a knowledge of the uniqueness of their
Scottish and Highland heritage we fully recognise that Scotland’s
history has been played out against the stage of world events and that
Scotland has a tradition of looking outwards and recognising the
strengths and worth of other nations and heritages.
It is a
priority for us to provide guidance on accepting everybody’s individual
worth regardless of race or creed and to promote equal opportunity for
all at Duncan Forbes.
incident which could be regarded as racist in any way will be fully
investigated by the school as soon as it is reported to us.
incidents will be reported to the Education Authority.
information you have supplied/any information gathered from or about
pupils will be used only for the purpose for which it was provided and
any relevant procedures following from this. This data will be
maintained in accordance with the Data Protection Act and will not be
passed on to any other organisation without your prior approval unless
it is a legal requirement.
How to Get in Touch With Us:
Forbes Primary School
the Head Teacher and the Staff welcome you to the school and hope that
your time with us will be both happy and successful.
that you have found the information contained within this brochure to be
of interest to you. It is only a starting point in your association
with the school. Please do not hesitate to contact the school at any
time if you require further advice and clarification.
Some Useful Names and Addresses
Parent Council at Duncan Forbes
Secretary: Mr Ian MacFarlane
Member: Mrs Sandra Bell
Parent Council can be contacted through the school office.
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for parents 2006 primary schools:
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS 2006
270 - 5143624
Costs For Financial Year 2006-2007
School Roll at September
Total School Running
Costs at April 2006 (£)
Cost per Pupil (£)
Absence For School Year 2005/2006
Total Number of Possible
Attendances(Pupil Half Days)
Average number of
half days absence
Average number of
half days absence
Where schools have 9
openings per week, please note that all local authority and national
figures are based on 10 openings per week, and so are not directly
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