Kilcooley Primary School was opened in 1969 and is situated on a large site on the outskirts of Bangor. The pupil enrolment has been showing an upward trend in recent years and the Nursery Unit is always oversubscribed. The school has strong links with the local community.
Within the framework of the Revised Northern Ireland Curriculum, we aim to provide a broad, balanced range of carefully structured learning experiences. Through these we endeavour to cater for the needs of all our pupils.
ICT is viewed as a valuable resource which is used to support and extend teaching and learning across the curriculum. The computer suite provides opportunities for all children to enhance their skills. Classrooms are equipped with Interactive Whiteboards and the school is a 'Centre of Excellence' in interactive whiteboard skills. iPad technology has been developed throughout the school with class sets in P1-P3 and individual iPads for pupils in P4-P7.
The school is spacious and well-maintained, providing a bright and cheerful environment for our pupils. An enclosed courtyard has been developed as a garden retreat that doubles as an Environmental Study area which includes a polytunnel, an insect garden and a small tree nursery. The school is surrounded by large play areas which offer ample space for a wide range of activities.
Our dedicated teaching staff is ably supported by a team of Reading Partnership volunteers, 'Time to Read' helpers, a Familyworks counsellor and a South Eastern Health and Social Trust's Children's Multidisciplinary Team.
The school also has the only Nurture Group in North Down, set up in September 2009 the Nurturing provision, known as 'The Rainbow Rooms', is a developmental facility that supports children by providing a carefully routine day, where there is a balance of learning and teaching, affection and structure within a home-like atmosphere.
A well established extended schools programme includes a KS1 After Schools Club, a Breakfast and Snack Club, sporting opportunities for KS2 children and the 'Catapult Project'.
Catapult Reading Program
At Kilcooley Primary School we place a high importance on reading and we undertake to do all that we can to develop our pupils' ability. In November 2008 we launched an exciting new reading initiative. The programme is called the 'Catapult Reading Project', and involves P5 children working in small groups under the supervision of a classroom assistant. Each child has a laptop to use for the duration of the scheme which continues into P7. These laptops have built in programmes designed to help make children more confident readers.
We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities including: football, netball, art and crafts, scripture union, ECO club, fun choir and homework club.