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 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 outside classroom where a gardener is employed to facilitate a healthy living project, supported by intergenerational volunteers who will receive accreditation in volunteering (Level 1). Children participate in safety workshops on safety at beach, on road, cycling and at railways, as well as engage in a positive outdoor growing and learning experience in the ‘Secret’ garden. The school is surrounded by large play areas offering ample space for a wide range of activities. There are also three stimulating adventure play facilities which provide age appropriate play equipment to improve the pupils’ play skills and increase physical activity as well as enhance the curriculum and the school playgrounds.
Our dedicated teaching staff is ably supported by a team of 'Time to Read' helpers, two Familyworks counsellors and a Parental Engagement Officer.
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 Breakfast Club, a
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We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities including: football, netball, dance, health and fitness, code club, scripture union, ECO club, choir and homework club.