About our school

Welcome to Yester Primary School. You might expect the school to be Gifford Primary School after the village, but both the Church and the School have the same name Yester from Ystrad meaning a valley.

The present school opened on 16 April, 1968 at which time many of the smaller schools in the area were closed. These were in Bolton, Morham, Garvald and Longyester. From that time the pupils from these areas have been brought to Yester Primary by bus.

Today we have a huge catchment area. Many of the pupils stay in the small villages or remote farm cottages and school is their only meeting place.

We try to create a positive and happy atmosphere in school, maintaining and developing an ethos for learning. The children are always busy and active allowing their individual strengths to be developed.

This section of our site should help you find out the facts you need.   Checkout the side bar to navigate to the page you want.  Please contact us if you can’t find what you’re looking for.  For the basic facts about our school, read on…

We have a set of school aims to help guide us as a community.  These are:

At Yester we create a caring and secure environment where everyone feels happy, confident and valued.

  • We are Confident Individuals, Successful Learners, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors.
  • We learn in a way that suits us best.
  • We encourage each other to do our very best in everything.
  • We care about everyone in our school.
  • We are proud of our school and community.

Our school roll is at present 185. The number of children in each class is as follows:
There is a nursery class which operates two sessions. There are places for 20 pupils on four mornings from Monday-Thursday (4-5 years olds) and 20 pupils on four afternoons and Friday mornings (3-4 year olds). The nursery has a teacher and two nursery nurses. There are another 10 teachers responsible for the P1-7 pupils.  These include the headteacher, principal teacher and three part-time teachers. There are seven classes. These may be single stream classes or composite classes. The head teacher does not have a class commitment.

Each class teacher has his or her classroom. Some classrooms have the unique feature of an added work-bay. There is a large hall with a spacious general purpose room and attractive library through a partition which can be opened to make a much larger area. A stage, also employed as our dining area, is used for our school productions and class assemblies.

There is wheelchair access to all areas of the school and a disabled toilet.

There is a kitchen on the premises where meals are provided for children from a three choice system. Children we welcome to bring their own packed lunches.

The grounds are spacious. There is a large tarmac area marked out for mini-basketball and netball, and many playground games. There is also an area marked out for Scottish Cycle Training Scheme. We have created a garden at the front entrance to the school which provides a quiet area for children to sit and enjoy, and we have planted a small woodland. Pupils regularly tend the flower borders around the car park. Our willow sculpture is a very popular place to play in at break-times and our totem pole was designed by some of our primary five pupils. At the bottom of the tarmac area is our nursery garden which has been carefully arranged by nursery staff and pupils. All round the school is a large grass area. On the flat part we have a football pitch and there are goal posts for taking out at break times.

A window on the world of Yester School