Banchory Primary School serves the village of Tullibody along with three other primary schools. The school was built in 1959 and has a large, extensive playground. Tullibody village lies three miles east of Alloa and is suitably placed for access to the main motorways towards Edinburgh and Glasgow and the A9 north. The closest city is Stirling.
Banchory pupils live in the village of Tullibody and as the catchment area is compact there is no necessity for transportation of pupils to and from school.
On completion of their primary education pupils normally transfer to Lornshill Academy which is within easy walking distance also.
Banchory's catchment area has been designated an area of educational priority which entitles additional resources which ensures good staff/pupil ratio.
The roll for August 2011 is 121 pupils plus 20 pre-school and 20 pre-pre-school in the nursery.
The nursery class was opened in August 1998 and offers 20 mixed provision places in the morning and 20 mixed provision places in the afternoon.
The addition of the nursery class has been an asset to the school both in the preparation for primary education and in many aspects of early intervention.
The teaching staff complement consists of a headteacher, a principal teacher and 7 class teachers. In addition there are visiting specialists and a support for learning teacher with a 0.4 FTE (full-time equivalent) commitment.
The support staff consists of a full-time school administrator, 2 school assistants (part-time), a full-time janitor, 2 classroom assistants and 1.5 SLAs (support for learning assistants).
The school is also supported by kitchen and cleaning staff.
To further support pupils and their families the school has a designated home school liaison officer who works closely with families and outside agencies to support identified needs.
Over the past few years the school has worked extensively to implement a curriculum for excellence, managing this through strong partnerships between pupils, staff and parents.
The school motto "Effort Earns Respect" has been the basis for this development along with a positive discipline policy.
The School Development Plan is available from the Headteacher for all interested parties.
The school is based around a multi-purpose hall from which the headteacher's office, administration office and library are accessed.
West of the hall there is a designated area, which consists of the Onery.
East of the hall is a distinct area which houses the P2-P7 pupils within two levels. Also situated in this area is a computer suite within which 19 Personal Computers (PCs) are sited - each classroom also has a PC.
The external grounds are extensive with a tarmac area for the playground, adjoined by a large grassed area. The playground this session will be a focus for the school as an area for development by promoting grounds for learning.
Pupils can attend various after school clubs. In addition, the breakfast club serves every morning from 8.30 am.
P7 pupils also get the opportunity to experience outdoor education with a residential course at Dalguise and participate in other opportunities throughout the year.
The Arts are encouraged with visiting theatre groups, children's authors and performing musicians.
Pupils at all stages get the opportunity to have education visits relating to work and class.
Pupil voice is important and recognised within Banchory Primary. There is a pupil council, which represents all stages within the school. This council meets on a regular basis to help promote and develop a better understanding within the school between pupils and adults.
The school recognises the achievement of all its pupils and encourages them to be members of clubs beyond the school.
At present there is a Parent Council and active PTA. The school encourages parents to form partnerships and welcomes parents to attend weekly assemblies and to support the school in a variety of activities throughout the year.
Banchory works closely with other external agencies to support pupils, parents and staff.