Deerpark Primary School, situated beside Gartmorn Dam, serves the village of Sauchie along with another with Craigbank Primary. Deerpark shares a site with Lochies School, which is a school for primary aged children with severe/complex additional support needs.
The school was built in 1965 and has been recently refurbished. There are two computer suites, one consisting of 26 networked PCs. In the smaller suite there are 8 networked PCs and 2 stand alone computers. The Headteacher's office and administration office are accessed from the bright reception area. There are interactive whiteboards in Primary 1, 5, 6 and 7. There is a large dinner hall with stage. There is also a parents room, meeting room and a large well-equipped gym hall.
The outside area is extensive with a tarmac area for the playground, adjoined by a large grassed area. There is also an outdoor play zone called the "MUGA". This area is multi purpose.
On completion of their primary education, pupils normally transfer to Lornshill Academy. Deerpark's catchment area is an area of educational priority, which entitles additional resources ensuring good staff/pupil ratios. The school has a designated Home School Liaison Officer who works closely with families and outside agencies to support identified needs.
The school has strong links with Active Primary Schools and has a good reputation for its varied after schools programme. For example, pupils can attend football, badminton, basketball, athletics, tennis, salsa and many more clubs. Throughout the year, our pupils participate in all the sporting events and activities organised by Clackmannanshire Primary Sports Association, such as rugby, football, cross country and athletics championships.
We have excellent links with CVS (Council for Voluntary Service). Our P7 pupils have worked with Enid Trevett to restore the Cowpark Pond. Last year they received a John Muir award due to their hard work. This year our P7 will once again be working towards their John Muir award. They will be involved in planning and designing a mini wood in the playground.
Pupils views are important and recognised within Deerpark Primary. HMIE commented on the strength of provision to encourage responsibility and independent leaning through programmes for buddying, peer mediation, paired reading and activities of the school council. P7 pupils also get the opportunity to experience outdoor education with a residential course at Dalguise.
The breakfast club serves every morning from 8.30am.
We are currently a Level 2 health promoting school and we also have a bronze award for our involvement in the Eco Schools programme.
At present there is a Parent Council which supports the school by organising a range of fundraising events. The school encourages parents to form partnerships and welcomes parents to attend class assemblies and to support the school in a variety of activities throughout the year.
The school is active in raising standards across the curriculum and uses a broad range of strategies an resources to ensure continued success. HMIE found that pupils were purposefully engaged in their learning. They commented positively upon the school's emphasis on encouraging responsibility and independent learning through the critical skills approach.
Further information or a school brochure can be obtained by contacting the headteacher.