Learning Tailored To Your Child's Needs
A family atmosphere where everybody knows your name
Secure a place at grammar school
School Development Plan
Learning Tailored To Your Child´s Needs
ALL of the staff know ALL of the pupils. We tailor learning individually to meet your child´s needs. We support and challenge various learning styles and keep track of progress made. Your child will immediately feel the nurturing work ethos at Culmore Primary School.
A family atmosphere where everybody knows your name
Parents have always commented on our caring and approachable staff. We communicate effectively with parents and welcome you as part of our team working together in the best interest of your child. Siblings love the fact that they are able to see each other throughout the school day.
Secure A Place At Grammar School
The majority of our Year 7 pupils, who have sat Transfer Test in recent years, have been successful in securing a place at Grammar School. Your child will be challenged and supported through their learning as they progress from Year 1 right up to Year 7 and will receive a high quality learning experience. They will always be encouraged to achieve their full potential academically and holistically.
Key Dates for September 2024 - June 2025 School Year Enrolment
12th December 2023
Admissions Criteria Published
9th January 2024
Applications Open at 12 Noon
26th January 2024
Applications Close at 12 Noon
Why enrol at Culmore Primary School?
Frequently Asked Questions
My family have always traditionally gone to a different school from Culmore Primary School – how can I break that tradition now?
Many of our current, and previous parents, had these same fears – until they actually experienced, first-hand, the benefits of sending their child to Culmore Primary School. They cannot believe how their child flourished in every way possible. The main feedback we get from parents is how much happier and confident their child now is. This feedback usually filters back to relatives of these families who then decide that they, too, would like their own children to share this same nurturing learning experience at Culmore Primary school.
Will my child only receive one type of religious instruction at Culmore Primary School?
This is not the case. If it is your wish, your child will receive a Catholic Education at Culmore Primary School. Our teachers are qualified to instruct pupils through First Holy Communion, Penance and Confirmation. Our Parish priest joins us for school assemblies and works alongside teachers in their sacramental preparation.
Our teachers are also qualified to instruct pupils through a general Religious Education programme. This teaches the children how to live as good citizens and reflects on Bible teachings. Our ministers also join us for assemblies and all of the clergy work together as part of our school team.
We welcome pupils of all faiths and no faith.
Will my child be challenged within a composite class?
Not only will your child be supported fully to the point where their confidence will soar, but they will be challenged too – this is because they are not only being exposed to learning that is pitched higher than their ability within the classroom, but also because the teachers have high expectations and are driven to encourage the pupils in a very nurturing way.
Will my child feel overwhelmed when they get to secondary school?
When our pupils transfer to secondary level education they are able to adapt very easily. We have had many testimonials to this effect from our past pupils who now attend secondary school. This is because at Culmore Primary School the children always feel valued and heard. This builds their self-esteem and affords them the ability to grow into happy, confident young adults. Secondary level schools have always commented on the excellent behaviour and lovely confidence of the pupils who have transferred from Culmore Primary School.
We know how daunting it is when you are sending your child to primary school for the first time. Let us put your mind at ease!
"I have had a negative prior experience of primary school- what if my child does too?"
We see pupils and parents as an integral part of our school family. Our staff is always caring and approachable.
"I feel uneasy about sending my child into an unfamiliar setting".
We welcome our new pupils (and parents) into school in the summer term so that they can meet the teacher and enjoy joining in play activities with their future classmates.
What if I do not know any staff members or any other parents?
You soon will! Our staff and parents are very friendly and will always go out of their way to make you feel welcome.
What do I need to do to prepare my child for primary school?
Please don’t worry! We are here to support your child in every way. Our Foundation Stage teacher has even compiled a short video to provide you with when you start at the school with some helpful tips!
Where do I park during drop-off and pick-up times?
Culmore Primary School boasts a new car park which will enable you to quickly and safely transfer your child to and from school. You can access the new car park via the Barley Fields development on the Culmore Road.
How will I know if my child is progressing in all areas of school life?
We report formally to parents via Parent/Teacher Meetings and a written report in the Summer term. We talk with parents informally, about their child´s progress, as and when necessary. Communication is key.
I want my child to achieve his/her full potential.
So do we! That is why we plan meticulous lessons which are differentiated and challenging for every learner. We track progress and ensure that your child is supported or challenged so that they will achieve their full potential.
How can I be sure I have chosen a school which will provide the best education for my child?
This is one of the biggest decisions you will ever have to make so it has to be the right one! We can guarantee that your child will, not only thrive and grow academically at Culmore Primary School, but they will feel valued and grow in confidence daily.
How will I know what is happening day-to-day?
We provide a monthly newsletter highlighting significant dates for your diary. We regularly keep parents updated via the OurSchoolsApp. With parental permission, we upload photos of the pupils at work/play – this gives parents a real sense of being part of their child’s school day. We keep parents informed via the Culmore Primary School website.
"I want to know that my child will be safe at school."
Safeguarding is paramount at Culmore Primary School. We ensure that every measure is put into place to make our school as safe as possible for the pupils here. All staff are trained in Child Protection and Safeguarding. All stakeholders are informed of Policies and Procedures. We promote positive behaviour at Culmore Primary School and do not tolerate bullying of any kind.
"My child is musical – how will they get the same musical opportunities in a small school compared to a larger school?"
We pride ourselves in the variety of musical experiences we offer our pupils at Culmore Primary School – choir, recorder, steel pans, African drumming, keyboards…to name but a few.
Every pupil, regardless of ability, has the opportunity to take part in our musical performances. Parents just love to see their child blossoming in confidence on these occasions – most importantly the pupils love it too!