Main Achievements

A full report of our progress and achievements for the year 2018/19 can be found in our Standards and Quality Report for that year, which is available from our school office.

During the year we looked at the range of opportunities for personal achievement we were providing and the range of activities we were offering pupils to develop their range of curriculum skills. We provided a number of new opportunities and activities during the year across various age ranges:


  • After-school Garden Club, which arose out of work started by the Pupil Council and was then offered to any interested pupils.

  • Arctic Topic class presentation to parents.

  • Halloween Science extravaganza for class, school and parents.

  • Science Club

  • Geo-caching/orienteering in local area.

  • Involvement in Sustrans Harbour Sculpture project.

  • Involvement in Tarbert Castle archaeological excavation.

  • Visit to local cinema to learn about its history.

  • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra workshops and performances.

  • Music Afternoon for visitors from community organizations, Elderberries and Kintyre Music Home.

  • Use of Argyll and Bute Art Pack as learning and teaching resource.

  • Gaelic singing, topic, presentation to parents and local area walk relating to topic.

  • Viking and Wars of Independence topic presentations to parents.

  • Use of thinking skills / Blooms taxonomy in different ways in the classroom.

  • Window wonderland

  • Celebration of World Book Day.

  • World War One exhibition for school, parents and community.

  • Creative Learning Network Art workshops.

  • Infants Art Club.

  • Pupil Council working with member of Parent Council to run Healthy ‘Fruit Friday’ Tuck Shop on monthly basis.

  • Yoga club and lessons.

  • Extension of buddying by older children in infants’ playground.

  • Extension of running of active lunchtime clubs for infants, following after-school workshop led by Active Schools Coordinator.

  • Re-planning of our Go Green Day

  • Work with Police Community Engagement Officer on e-safety.

Improving Standards

Our work in this area focused on developing staff’s shared understanding of progression and end of level and year standards in Literacy and Numeracy. The following steps were achieved:


  1. Progression frameworks with end of year ‘benchmarks’ are in place for all years for Listening and Talking, Reading, Writing and Numeracy, created with reference to National Benchmarks and Argyll and Bute frameworks.

  2. A portfolio of work was created for the above subject areas following a day of moderation within planning teams. The portfolio provides a starting reference point for the future and demonstrated staff’s awareness of the breadth of evidence required when assessing children’s attainment.

Literacy and Maths initiatives were either introduced or embedded during 2018/19 as follows:

  1. The use of Number Talks strategies for developing pupils’ use of mental maths strategies.

  2. The use of Numicon to provide a concrete resource that enhances pupils understanding of number.

  3. Phonics International was embedded through Early and First Level into Second Level to ensure effective progression for all pupils in the learning of phonics.

  4. There was a significant focus at the start of the year on reviewing how we were assessing Listening and Talking. Strategies both for giving good opportunities for Listening and Talking and for assessment were shared.

  5. Guided Reading: substantial resources were purchased for First and Second Level to provide more texts and more consistency in progression, and to provide a bank of resources to build further training on.

School Improvement Plan

Over the next three years we are planning to:

  • Further refresh and refine our Vision, Values and Aims and work on developing the uniqueness of the curriculum we provide at Castlehill.

  • Enhance learning and teaching by constantly seeking to improve children’s key skills while at the same time searching for new activities to enrich children’s learning experience.

  • Continue to develop or process of self-evaluation and how we engage all stakeholders in the process.

The summary of our School Improvement Plan for 2019/20 is as follows:

Useful Links


Education Scotland’s Inspection and review page provides information on the inspection process 


The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) is an annual sample survey which will monitor national performance in literacy and numeracy 


Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) 


Scottish Qualifications Authority provides information for teachers, parents/carers, employers and young people on qualifications 


Amazing Things - information about youth awards in Scotland 


Information on how to access statistics relating to School Education 


Attendance and Exclusion

Our attendance level has remained consistent for the last five years at 96%.
We have had only one short-term exclusion in the last four years.




Updated: 06/08/2020