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Girvan Primary School Base


Girvan Primary School Base is an integral part of Girvan Primary School. It offers an enhanced provision for primary aged children from the South Carrick area. The base is overseen by the DHT and has 3 teaching staff and 2 School Assistants.


  1. To make provision for Primary aged pupils with significant Additional Support needs including Learning Difficulties who require a more structured, tailored environment than might usually be found in a mainstream class
  2. To follow individualised educational programmes based on Curriculum for Excellence, incorporating necessary life and social skills
  3. To support pupils' inclusion into mainstream classes where appropriate, on an individual and/or group basis
  4. To provide pupils with opportunities to integrate with their peer group in both academic and social settings


The pupils in the Base follow the national Curriculum for Excellence.   Our aim is that every child achieves to the best of their ability at their own individual pace. Where possible, children join in with the work of a mainstream class within Girvan Primary School.

All pupils in the base are on Stage 4 of Staged Intervention and this means they are subject to Team Around the Child meetings and have individual Action Plans and targets. Action Plans and targets are formulated termly and these are personalised for each pupil to ensure a holistic plan for progress.

Parents as Partners

Consultation with parents is a high priority and we welcome contact with parents at any time.  It would be helpful if the school can be contacted first to ensure that the appropriate member of staff is available for discussions.  Information is shared via Teams.

The Team Around the Child (TAC) meetings are an opportunity for parents, school staff and other relevant professionals to meet and discuss each pupil's placement and progress, and to take decisions regarding their child's future e.g., Transfer to Secondary school.  These meetings can be annual however these can also be arranged at short notice if necessary.  In addition, there are other opportunities for parents and carers to be a part of school life.

Admissions Procedures

Referrals should be made by educational establishments and/or educational psychologists on behalf of the parents to the Central Admissions Group (CAG).  The CAG members meet monthly and consider all aspects of the child and provisions to make a decision on an appropriate placement.

After TAC members have agreed on a preferred provision parents are welcome to visit the provision prior to paperwork being submitted to the CAG.

All places are offered with a six-to-eight-week review meeting to ensure placement is both appropriate and effective in practice.