Banton primary school is a small, rural school servicing the villages of Banton and Kelvinhead. Banton is a co-educational, non-denominational school which caters for all children from primary one to primary seven.
The classes are divided up into three composite groups: P1/2, P3/4/5 and P6/7.
The present school was built in 1966 and is an attractive, one storey building which has recently been upgraded and extended in the last two years to include a purpose built Children and Families Library, Computer/Music Suite, Medical Room, Staffroom and visitor/staff study suites. Thanks to £10,000 Awards for all Grant and £5500 Natural Play Grant the school is set in generous landscaped grounds including trimtrail, allotment, play shed and outdoor classroom planned to promote outdoor learning.
The school plays an integral part in the life of the village and the community. We take part in the annual flower show and we organise the Earl Haig Fund collection around the village as well as contributing to various other charities. We hold concerts to which all members of the community are invited. Our annual Christmas production is a village "event" and is usually a sell out. We invite local OAPs into school to strengthen the link between young and old. We value them as a resource to help with certain projects eg World War two when we can tap into their memories of that time. We distribute Harvest gifts to every OAP in Banton and Kelvinhead after our Harvest Festival Service in September.
We have strong business partner links with JB Bennett's Building Company who sponsor our Badminton Club. We are currently working with AV Solutions to develop a new Business Partnership and have many strong links with local organizations such as Kilsyth Library, Scotia Books, Palacerigg Rangers, North Lanarkshire Grounds Department and British Waterways to name but a few. Lunch clubs take place every lunch time and our pupils participate in as many extra-curricular activities as possible.
Outdoor learning is a major part of our school ethos and we aim to instil in our pupils an appreciation and enthusiasm for working in and conserving the outdoor environment. We are a Natural Play School and have gained two Green Flag Eco Awards and are currently working towards our third. We work with the village Banton in Bloom Committee and have been awarded two Silver RHS Beautiful Scotland Awards and have gained Bronze, Silver and Gold Green Tree Awards from the Woodland Trust. We are also a Health Promoting School.
Click here to view a presentation of Outdoor Play and Learning in the Community at Banton
HMIe visited Banton Primary in April 2011 and following this very successful visit they published a report. To see a copy of this report go to our Parentzone.
Children usually transfer from primary to secondary between the ages of 11.5 and 12.5 years. Pupils from Banton primary usually transfer to Kilsyth Academy.