Frequently asked questions

 

What is different about an integrated school?

 

What else makes your school special?

 

Where is your school?

 

Can I visit the school?

 

How big is your school?

 

How do I apply for a P1 place at Glencraig IPS?

 

How can I apply for a place at other times?

 

What is the uniform like?

 

Where do I get the uniform from?

 

What are the schools start and finish times?

 

Are there any clubs after school?

 

What opportunities do children have to be involved in sport?

 

What opportunities do children have to be involved in music?

 

Will my child be formally assessed?

 

Can my child have a school dinner?

 

Who can my child go to if he/she needs to talk to an adult?

 

How can the school help if my child has special needs?

 

What part do pupils play in the life of the school?

 

How can parents be involved in the life of the school?

 

How can a parent raise a concern about a child’s welfare?

 

How can a parent raise a general concern?

 

When children leave at the end of P7 what schools do they go to?

 

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What is different about an integrated school?

Our school is different as we actively encourage applications from parents of all faiths, traditions and cultures or none.  Our aim is to educate together children from all backgrounds regardless of race, faith, colour, gender, ability or background and actively consider our similarities and differences in a school whose ethos is one of respect, tolerance and understanding.

The most commented upon aspect of our school is it’s welcoming and caring atmosphere.

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What else makes your school special?

Our school is special in that we aim to make our children be excited about the future through providing a wide range of learning opportunities aimed at fostering the skills and qualities needed to succeed in life.  We have high standards coupled with a safe, nurturing ethos.  We do our very best to make sure Glencraig IPS children are happy ones!

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Where is your school?

Glencraig Integrated Primary School is situated on the Seahill Road just off the main A2 road between Holywood and Bangor.  An ideal location for parents who commute between Bangor and Belfast, especially with Glencraig Integrated Childcare Centre who offer Breakfast Club and After School facilities situated on the same site.  Seahill train halt is located directly opposite the school making it possible for families to travel to and from school by train. 

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Can I visit the school?

We are always delighted to welcome visitors to our school.  Not only do we run two Open Mornings in Term 1 for potential parents but we also make arrangements for parents who are interested in a place at Glencraig to visit the school at any time throughout the year.  We feel strongly that seeing a school in action and meeting the staff and pupils is a vital part of the decision making process when choosing a school.  We hope that the welcome you will receive at Glencraig will confirm that our school is the one for you. 

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How big is your school?

We currently have 211 children split between seven classes.  The classes range in size from 27children to 31.  There are nine teachers altogether and we currently have one job share partnership.  As well as the seven classrooms we have a fully equipped ICT Suite, a library, a hall with excellent stage, a shared play area in the Key Stage One/Foundation Stage department, a variety of outdoor playground areas, an all weather pitch, garden area and outdoor play equipment. 

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How do I apply for a P1 place at Glencraig IPS?

P1 places are applied for through the Open Enrolment process.  You do not have to have your child’s name on a waiting list for years in advance.  Applications can only be made in the January of the child’s pre-school year.  You can however register your interest with us and visit the school before this.  If you have registered interest with us we will automatically invite you to our P1 Open Mornings in the Autumn Term of your child’s pre-school year and make available on our website an application form when they become available from SEELB.  Should there be more applications that places the Governors will apply their admissions criteria. 

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How can I apply for a place at other times?

Firstly we would suggest contacting the school to arrange a visit and to check if there are places available in the class you are interested in.  If after your visit you’re keen to make an application and there are places available then Mrs McKirgan will take you through the necessary steps which are relatively straight forward.  If there are no places available at the time you can request in writing that your child's name be added to our waiting list and we will get in touch should circumstances change.  Should there be more than one person interested in an available place at any one time then the Governors will apply their criteria in the order set down. 

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What is the uniform like?

Our uniform is quite simple. It consists of:-

 

Girls                                                          Boys

 

Grey skirt or pinafore                                   Grey trousers or shorts

 

White blouse                                                White shirt

 

School tie (Royal blue stripe)                         School tie (Royal blue stripe)             

 

School cardigan or sweatshirt (Royal blue)      School jumper or sweatshirt (Royal blue)

 

Black Shoes or white sandals (summer)          Black shoes

 

White/grey/blue socks                                   Grey/blue socks

 

Grey/Blue tights

 

Other items such as a school tracksuit, school coat and school scarf are also available but not compulsory.

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 Where do I get the uniform from?

We are very fortunate that our parents run not one but two uniform shops!!  There is a New Uniform shop and a Nearly New Uniform shop. 

Order forms are available from the school office or in the foyer for items from the New Uniform shop.  These orders are processed within a few days.

The Nearly New Uniform shop is open in the school hall on the last Friday and  Monday of each month. 

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What are the schools start and finish times?

The school doors open at 8.50am and classes begin promptly at 9.00am.  There is a 15 minute mid-morning break and a 45minute lunch break.  Classes finish for the P1 – P3 children at 2.00pm.  Classes finish for the P4 – P7 children at 3.00pm. 

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Are there any clubs after school facilities?

We run a range of after school clubs for children in P2 – P7.  The range changes termly and we try to have a balance between sport, music and leisure activities.  The range of clubs covered last year was as follows:-

Football, tennis, Monkeynastix, Debutots, cookery, Intergenerational Project, ICT, netball, hockey, Gaelic football, French, knitting, gardening. Eco Club, Drama, Cycling Proficiency, art.

 

After school care is provided by Glencraig Integrated Childcare Centre which is situated on our site. 

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What opportunities do children have to be involved in sport?

Children are involved in sport as part of the curriculum.  Class teachers have all benefited from in-house training in the delivery of Fundamental Movement Skills which form the basis of  the majority of sporting activities.  The work of the teachers is enhanced each year with the use of professional sports coaches in PE lessons from P1 upwards.  As well as the curricular sport there is an extensive range of sports offered after school and pupils have the opportunity to play competitively representing their school against other local primary schools. Teams include football, hockey, netball, Gaelic football, hurling and cricket. 

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What opportunities do children have to be involved in music?

We are very proud of the musical tradition in our school.  All pupils participate in music as part of the curriculum.  The children all sing in dedicated sessions at least once a week and children from P4 upwards play the recorder.  We have a junior choir for our P4 pupils and a senior choir made up of selected pupils from P5 to P7.  Our choirs perform to various audiences throughout the year and also in two of the local festivals.  Children in P1 – P4 take part in a Christmas concert and the children in P5 – P7 take part in a concert in June.  Instrumental tuition in clarinet, flute, saxophone and violin is available from P5 upwards.  Our musicians have the opportunity to play in the school orchestra and the recorder group. 

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What about homework?

Homework is viewed as an important way of consolidating learning throughout the school.  Each year group has homework set and details of these can be found in our Homework Policy. 

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Will my child be formally assessed?

The progress that children make throughout their school career is monitored and assessed on a regular basis.  This informs the class teacher’s planning so that teaching can be more directed to the needs of the children.  Assessment is undertaken in a range of ways from informal observation through to formal standardised tests.  The information gathered from these observations is shared with parents so that parents can work in partnership with the school to support their child. 

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Can my child have a school dinner?

School dinners are available for all children, the choice is yours.  Unless a parent is eligible to claim for free school dinners they currently cost £2.55 a day. Dinners for the week need to be ordered on the Monday of each week. 

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Who can my child go to if he/she needs to talk to an adult?

In school we take very seriously our pastoral responsibilities in safe guarding the children in our care.  Children are reminded every year of the key staff members in school who they can go to if they need someone to talk to.  Mrs Gough is our Designated Teacher for Child Protection and Mrs Brown is her Deputy.   We also provide listening boxes for the children if they wish to write down any concerns and the teachers above will make contact with them to try and resolve any problems. 

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How can the school help if my child has special needs?

As an integrated school we aim to cater for the needs of all children including those with Special Educational Needs.  We have a trained SEN Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator who ensure policies and procedures are in place to meet the needs of these children and to ensure staff are supported through training and guidance. The staff at Glencraig employ numerous strategies within their everyday teaching practice to create as inclusive an environment for all learners as possible.  Staff are well experienced in working alongside outside agencies to access support and expertise. 

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What part do pupils play in the life of the school?

Pupils are central to everything we do here in Glencraig. A number of years ago we introduced a Pupil Council to ensure that they had a say in the decision making process – especially decisions which were close to the hearts of the children.  Representatives from all the classes from P4 – P7 sit on the Pupil Council and the office bearer positions are held by members of our P7.  Through our assemblies members of the Council are then responsible for feeding back to the whole school any decision that are made. 

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How can parents be involved in the life of the school?

Parents are involved in the life of the school in many different ways.  As an integrated school parental involvement is one of the key principles.  To this end we have twice as many parents sitting on our Board of Governors than a controlled primary school would normally have.  Parents are also involved through a very active and committed Parent Teacher Association which runs a variety of activities throughout the year not only to raise funds but also to allow parents and children to meet socially.  Parents play an active role within the curriculum and we are lucky to have parents who willingly give of their time and expertise to come into the classrooms and contribute to topic work when they can.  Parents also have the opportunity to contribute to policy decisions through general and focussed consultation processes.  Practical help with providing transport or preparing our P1 – P3 breaks is also provided by parents. 

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How can a parent raise a concern about a child’s welfare?

We have very clear procedures for parents to follow should they have a concern about a child’s welfare.  These procedures are displayed throughout the school and are also available on this website along with other policies. 

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How can a parent raise a general concern?

We would encourage parents to raise any concern at an early stage so that it can be dealt with quickly and minimise any worry or misunderstanding.  Guidelines for parents outlining who would be best to talk to depending on the issue are distributed at the start of the school year and also available here on the school website. 

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When children leave at the end of P7 what schools do they go to?

Each year the children in our P7 head off to around 8-10 different post primary schools including Sullivan Upper and Priory Integrated College, which are our nearest two post primary schools.  The range includes Bangor Grammar, Glenlola Colegiate, Ashfield Boys, Ashfield Girls, Campbell College, Strathearn, Bloomfield Collegiate, Methody, Inst., Victoria, Hunterhouse, Lagan College and Our Lady and St. Patrick’s at Knock.

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