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Carryduff Primary School

Council area: Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
Forest School contact: Barbara Preston
Main Forest School contact email address:
School website address:
Year of Forest School accreditation: 2019
Volunteers wanted: We always encourage our parents to help with our Forest School programme.

Keeping Background: We began our Forest School journey in 2019 with funding from the Public Health Agency.
Carryduff Primary is located in a quiet residential area on the outskirts of South Belfast. It is a vibrant and friendly school and we cater for children both from the local area and further afield. We welcome children from all religious and cultural backgrounds. We set high standards and have high expectations of everyone in our school community. The school has an excellent reputation for academic standards, but it also recognises the importance of sport, the arts and pastoral care.

In a recent ETI Inspection, June 2015, Achievements and Standards were found to be 'Very Good'.

The school has approximately 200 pupils in nine classes. With recently refurbished facilities, the school is well equipped to deliver the Northern Ireland curriculum in stimulating and spacious accommodation. The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for its Primary 1 to Primary 7 pupils. Parents really appreciate the WrapAround pre-school and after school care which is available on site.

We understand that parental support is key to a successful school career. We welcome parents to many events throughout the year and keep them regularly up-dated on school life. We adopt an open door policy and promote a sharing of information.

In Carryduff Primary pastoral care is very important. The school has a family feel and every child is known to and valued by all the staff. We strive to ensure our pupils are happy and confident, and whilst we nurture them we also aim to develop their independence.

Den Forest School setting: Carryduff Primary School has fantastic grounds suited to outdoor learning. There are various "zones" within the school grounds - sensory area, open spaces, mature tree zone. It is our intention to maximise use of all of these zones to develop forest school programmes for the whole school.

Read an evaluation of the NIFSA Forest School Programme for Carryduff Primary School

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