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Model Primary and Nursery School, Derry

General Info


Children must be 4 in the year in which they attend Nursery.

Pupils learn through play and through practical experience in a comprehensive range of activities, each carefully structured to develop a sound base for reading, writing and number skills.


These skills are introduced and enhanced by:

-  improving physical co-ordination and manipulative control.

-  introducing phonics and spatial discrimination.

-  developing clear and confident communication skills.

-  stimulating creativity and problem solving techniques.

-  helping children become socially competent.

The Nursery children are helped to develop positive feelings about their relationships to school, teachers and other children in a secure and caring environment.


In line with N. Ireland curriculum policies and under the direction of curriculum co-ordinators school policies and programmes of study in all subject areas have been established and implemented.  With these guidelines the Model finds itself well able to place our children at the forefront of education in N. Ireland.

Within the Northern Ireland Curriculum guidelines the Model seeks to involve every pupil in a learning experience which is stimulating, productive and will help each child to achieve their full potential.


In September 2007 the school introduced the programme of the Revised Curriculum in P1 and P5.  This has been phased into other classes in subsequent years.  Teachers have received appropriate training in implementing the requirements of the Revised Curriculum

Positive discipline

The Model seeks to foster respect, confidence and self-esteem through its positive approach to discipline.  We focus on commenting on "good" behaviour rather than always the "bad".  Pupils and teachers agree rules for the classroom and playground with built in rewards for when they are adhered to and sanctions when they are not. Parents are asked to discuss these rules with their children and encourage them to keep them.


The school is very well resourced in all areas.  The classrooms which are large andbright are well equipped with reading material and all have computers, colour monitors and the use of black and white or colour printers.  The school also has a fully equipped computer suite.

Other facilities include a full sized hall with stage, music room, library, Parents' Room and KS1 structured playroom.  In addition resource areas for equipment and materials  necessary for science, reading, art, special needs, PE and KS1 have been set up.


Each class has a Whiteboard and DVD player.   The school also possesses extensive playgrounds, an all-weather pitch and an environmental classroom provided by our mature site.



Good communication and a positive, co-operative relationship between home and school provide your child with the best basic for success.  The school encourages parental involvement and participation in many areas:-

  • ¨ Parent Representatives on the Board of Governors
  • ¨ School visits and educational trips.
  • ¨ Fund-raising (Parents played a major role in the organisation and raising of our most successful annual fund-raising and social event, our Summer Fete which helped raise over £2,000 for school funds).
  • ¨ Extra Curricular Activities (Parents are most welcome to take a club or lend a helping hand).
  • ¨ Paired Reading and Paired Maths
  • ¨ The school has a Parents' Notice board and a Parent-Teachers Association.



Parent-Teacher Meetings


In  the Autumn Term parents are invited to meet the class teacher for a private and confidential discussion about their child's progress.The Autumn meeting reviews how the child has settled into a new class, identifies strengths and weaknesses and encourages the development of a working rapport between home and school.During the Summer term a written School Report is sent home. It is however, important for parents to realise that the school is there to help and that teachers and the principal can be contacted at anytime to discuss queries or concerns.  Potential problems are best dealt with quickly and therefore parents simply need to contact the School Secretary who will arrange a mutually convenient time for appointment within a few days.




The school building facilitates a number of community activities including the Western Education and Library Board orchestras and choirs and St. John's Ambulance.  It also hosts classes for parents which are run by the Open University and the North West Institute for Further and Higher Education respectively.

The annual Carol Service is held in Christ Church, while First Communion and Confirmation take place in St Eugene's Cathedral. Because the school has a central location, it is able to avail of the wealth of resources on its doorstep - Central Library, the Nerve Centre, Foyle Arts Centre, the Verbal Arts Centre, the Fire Station and the Tower Museum to name a few.

Businesses in the area provide generous sponsorship for the Summer Fete which is enjoyed by everyone in the school and the wider community.  Charities supported by the school include:


            Foyle Hospice

            Salvation Army

            St Vincent de Paul


            Christmas Child

            Downsyndrome Trust





The school has developed close links with the nearby Londonderry Nursery and through the Extended Schools Initiative is a member of a cluster group which regularly meets to discuss innovative ways of enhancing the curriculum.

Statutory Assessment:


When children are at the end of Year 4 and Year 7 in Northern Ireland teachers arerequired to make formal assessments of their work in English and Mathematics.


Parents of pupils at the end of Key Stage 1 will receive from the school:-

*          a statement of the subject level at which your child is judged to be working in     English and Mathematics and

*          a summary of the levels achieved in English and Mathematics by children in        the same year group in the school.


Parents of pupils at the end of Key Stage 2 will receive a Summative Record of Achievement containing:

*          a statement of the level at which your child is judged to be working in English     and Mathematics in each of the attainment targets;

*          information about progress in all other subjects.

*          information about  any other certificates your child may have obtained; and

*         information about your child's involvement in extra-curricular activities at the       school.

The School year is divided into three terms.  The year begins in early September and continues until late June, with approximately two week breaks for the Christmas and Easter Holidays and a Half-Term break during each term.

The School Day


The School follows a 5 day week from Monday to Friday. Times are as follows:

Nursery:      9.00 am - 1.40 pm

Primary:     P1 - P2  9:00 am - 1:50 pm

                   P3 -       9:00 am - 2:55 Monday to Friday

                                 9:00 am - 1:50 Friday

                   P4 - P7  9:00 am - 2:55 pm

Parents of  Nursery and P1 - P2 pupils should accompany their children to their classroom each morning.  The school actively encourages parents to go into the classroom for the first few minutes in the morning.  These short visits help your child settle and reinforce parent teacher understanding.

Children from P3 - P7 may be left off at school anytime after 8:30 am.  They are supervised in the hall until the bell at 8:45 am, when they can move to their classrooms in preparation for the start of formal work at 9:00 am.

The school cannot accept responsibility for children who arrive at school prior to 8:30 am.

In the interests of pupil safety, parents are not permitted to drive or park within the school grounds.  Parents are asked to use the parking facility at Academy Road and use the side entrance of school.

In addition  the school now offers the facility of a "Breakfast Club".  Pupils can avail of a breakfast in the school from 8:15 until 8: 50.  This is subsidised by the "Extended Schools Initiative" allowing pupils to have a breakfast before classes start.


Children attend regular assemblies throughout the week and they are an important element of the school's life.  Teachers and pupils frequently conduct assemblies which vary in nature and content, but continually emphasise the values of participation, sharing and enjoyment.

Parents also have the right to withdraw their children from assembly.  Again, parents wanting to exercise this right should make their wishes known to the Principal, in writing.


All children should attend school for the 190 days which the law requires, unless they are ill.

A courtesy phone call to the secretary can be made if your child will not be at school that day. For school records, however, please send a note with your child explaining the absence when he/she returns to school.

School starts at 9.00 am with class registration.

Children who are late arriving after 9.00 am will be marked absent and the attendance register will then be adjusted accordingly.


Please ensure your child arrives in good time for school as formal teaching begins at 9.00 am.

A note explaining your child's absence from school should be presented to the class teacher on his/her return.


In all cases where children have to leave school during school time, a simple request in writing must be presented to the class teacher.  This is retained by the teacher and is essential for accuracy of school records.

It is not enough to present a dental or hospital appointment card as these cannot be retained by us. Parents must on these occasions collect their children from school and sign the withdrawal form in the office.  We do not permit pupils to leave the premises unaccompanied. I know you will understand that these arrangements are necessary to ensure the safety of our pupils.



The school uniform helps bond the pupils of all years and classes and emphasises the togetherness of the Model.

Our school uniform is:

Boys:  -  white shirt                                   Girls:      -   white blouse/shirt

           -  grey pullover                                            -  grey pullover/cardigan

           -  grey or black trousers                                -  grey skirt/pinafore or grey/black trousers

           -  school tie (gold and black                           -  school tie (gold and black

                                striped)                                                    striped)

No particular supplier is recommended and parents are advised to shop around various chain stores.  Ties can be purchased from the office. In place of shirt, tie and jumper, pupils may wear our gold polo shirt and embroidered sweatshirt.  The school actively promotes and encourages the wearing of school uniform.  Please support the school by ensuring your child is always in uniform.


Children are discouraged from wearing jewellery to school.  If children have their ears pierced, then they should wear studs which must be covered during P.E. lessons.   If children do come to school with inappropriate jewellery, then their teacher may require that they remove the items, or that they do not take part in activities where the teacher feels that the jewellery constitutes a safety hazard.


Children are expected to provide suitable clothing for PE  and games.  All children from P1 - P7 must have a pair of named plimsoles and P4 - P7 children must have a change of clothing (shorts and a T-shirt or tracksuit are most suitable).  P1 and P2 children must keep their PE slippers in a named PE bag.


Please ensure all clothing including coats are clearly and permanently named.




P4 - P7 Pupils

As the children move up the school we expect them to have many of their own items of equipment for use both at home and in school.

These should include;

           :  HB pencils,

           :  small set of coloured pencils, in preference to felt tips,

           :  a white rubber,

           :  a 30 cm ruler (plastic or wooden),

           :  paper glue ie Pritt-stick.

Children in P6 and P7 should have their own pocket-size dictionary.

         :  the Collins ‘English Dictionary' is extremely good.

All children from P4 to P7 learn the recorder.  Descant Recorders can be purchased from the office at a cost of £5.

Londonderry Model Primary School Nursery Unit

Northland Road,


BT48 7HJ


Tel No: 02871 262188


Principal: Mrs Michelle Ramsey


Admissions No: 26


Admissions Criteria


  • 1. Children whose parents are currently employed in the school.
  • 2. Children whose parents have attended this school or Christ Church Primary School.
  • 3. Children who have or have had a brother or sister enrolled in the school.
  • 4. Children of those parents whose work situation within the last year has necessitated a relocation of employment within the city area.
  • 5. If there are more pupils satisfying the last one of the above criteria that can be applied than there are places remaining then selection will take place on the basis of the chronological order of the ages of the children.



It is the responsibility of the parents to ensure that all necessary information is available to enable the Governors to apply the above criteria.


The Board of Governors, ( subject to their final approval), have delegated to an Admissions Sub-Committee the task of selecting pupils for admission.  The Sub-Committee consists of the Principal and three other Governor