Key Information

HOWDENBURN PRIMARY SCHOOL

'We are strong together'

We are lucky to have a spacious School in such a beautiful setting with magnificent views over the hills and the historic town of Jedburgh. Our extensive playing fields are an integral part of the School and give all our pupils, including Nursery, the chance to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors. At Howdenburn we pride ourselves in the fact that almost every visitor remarks upon the friendly, purposeful ethos of the School, the helpfulness of the Staff and the good manners of the children.

Our vision is to seek excellence in attainment and achievement, develop partnerships with parents, ensure fairness and justice for everyone and to give pupils a wide range of motivating and interesting learning opportunities.  

In August 2017, Howdenburn will become a 'Partner School' with another local primary, namely Denholm Primary School. This will mean that the Headteacher will divide her time between the two schools, and a Depute Head will support in ensuring a management presence in each school wherever possible. Howdenburn will continue to be part of the Cheviot cluster, working with the other Jedburgh schools as well as those in the Kelso area, as is the case just now. There are a number of partner schools across Scottish Borders, and the arrangement brings many opportunities for working together - for pupils and parents as well as for staff. This is an exciting change for Howdenburn and one that we hope will reap many benefits for all involved.

In session 2017-18, pupils will have opportunity to participate in helping us to move the school forward through pupil led focus groups, supported by members of staff.   These will include a Community group, Eco Group, Pupil Council, and an Active and Healthy group.  They will meet regularly to discuss current issues with a view to making the School an even better place to be for all.   All pupils will have the opportunity to contribute items to their agenda, and feedback on progress given at assembly, led by the House Captains and Vice Captains.

Each year, we take part in events within the Town such as the Flower Show and the Callant’s Festival. Within the School, each family is assigned to one of our Houses – Brock, Tod and Hoolit, Scots words for Badger, Fox and Owl. Our senior pupils are encouraged to be responsible citizens by taking positions such as Council members, House Captains, Playground Buddies, Librarians, Gardeners and giving time and commitment to younger children.

Our active Parent Council is a great support to the School and raises funds each year to finance many initiatives for the pupils such as class visits, trips and outings and resources for the school.  They also organise events for the children such as Hallowe'en parties and contribute to school development in discussion with the Headteacher. The Parent Council always welcome new members and the school staff appreciate all the hard work they do.

For more detailed information about the School, please see our copy of the Handbook (currently being updated) also in 'Key information' or pick up a copy at the office.   Those interested in enrolling children are very welcome to arrange a time to come and visit, tour the School, talk to members of Staff and sample the life of Howdenburn Primary for themselves.

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