Welcome to Beckford Primary School’s website. We hope you find our website useful and easy to use.
In Beckford Primary, we aim to provide a happy and safe environment, where your child will be encouraged and helped to reach their potential. Our children believe in our school values and demonstrate them throughout all aspects of school life. We foster in pupils a positive attitude to work and achieve, and encourage them to be independent and motivated to learn.
The partnership between home and school is central to achieving this and we aim to ensure all parents are fully informed and involved in their child’s education. The site is updated regularly to provide parents, and carers, with information which helps them achieve the best educational experiences for their child. We also communicate information about school events and learning opportunities through our Beckford Primary Twitter Feed @beckfordps_slc and our Beckford Primary School App, therefore lots of ways to find out information about all the wonderful experiences taking place at Beckford.
If you have not already visited the school, we would be delighted to welcome you and show you around.
Our vision is to provide a nurturing, happy and inclusive environment, where children are challenged and supported to help them develop skills for life, work and learning.
At Beckford Primary we all aspire to be:
We aim to regularly reflect on our practice to ensure we deliver an enriching and holistic curriculum, which meets the needs of all our learners, supporting them in their journey to become Confident, Effective, Responsible and Successful Contributors to the school and society.
Beckford Street School, as our school was originally known, had one long room and two smaller classrooms which held 180 pupils. The school was established in 1875 and was funded mainly by the subscriptions given by the members of the Free Church in Hamilton. The school grew and an article written in 1910 tells us that Beckford was considered to be one of the most successful schools in Scotland and had 1082 pupils registered! The article also tells us that children attending Beckford ‘were encouraged to take an interest in everything of a healthy and enobling nature.’
Log Books handwritten by the Headteachers of the school give us an idea of what school life was like in the past:
11th Aug. 1914
School reopened today: all the Staff present but Miss Peebles, who, due to the War in Europe, is detained at Lucerne. Her class meanwhile is being taught by Miss Scott.
19th Sep. 1917
Due to the visit of the King to Motherwell and neighbourhood, the school was closed today.
11th Nov. 1918
Received official intimation at 11.45 that the Germans had signed the Armisitice. Got the Union Jack hoisted, which the Pupils saluted. After a short address, the National Anthem was sung, when the school was dismissed.
A bulletin written in 1973 describes Beckford as a school where academic standards are maintained while ensuring that teachers discover and nurture as many talents as possible in the pupils in their care.
Our pupils always look very smart in their uniforms.
Our school uniform is: White shirt and school tie (except on gym days)
Grey or black skirt or trousers
Burgundy or grey jumper or cardigan or burgundy sweatshirt
Burgundy blazer with school badge
PE Days White or yellow polo shirt, shorts, shoes suitable for PE activities
From Monday 27th April 2015 the drink included in the menu is chilled, fresh drinking water only. Milk will be available for those pupils entitled to free school meals at morning break and can be purchased from the hall for 20p at morning break also.
Your comments are very important to us, if you and your child have any suggestions regarding your child's school lunch we would be grateful to hear from you by emailing:
Our policy here at Beckford Primary is to provide an opportunity for parents/guardians to opt out of their child’s photo and or name to be included on our website. Occasions when this may occur could be a class activity, a school trip, a competition winner and other similar reasons. We will not be including a photo of every child as standard this will only be done on an ad-hoc basis for reasons as mentioned.
Every parent/guardian who does not wish to allow their child’s photo to appear on the website should have returned the form issued at the start of the school year opting out. Each year new Primary 1 children and any new children throughout the year who join our school will receive a form to opt out. We have an exclusion list in the school office for all children who do not have permission to be included on the website. As a rule it is our policy that children who are featured on the website will not have their photo and full name appear together.
EMAILING THE SCHOOL
Should you e-mail the school for any reason we will not store your e-mail address unless you give us permission to do so.
THIRD PARTY WEBSITES
We have included links to many different websites throughout our website from fun web links in the Pupil’s Area to Educational Support links in the Parent’s area, Beckford Primary are not responsible for any of these sites and caution is always advised when visiting a new website.
Many documents on our website open in a PDF format and you will require Adobe Reader to view these documents. We have provided a link on our Homepage to download Adobe Reader. Again, this is just to make it easy for parents/carers, we do not endorse Adobe products, caution is always advised when downloading anything to your own computer such as virus protection and having firewalls switched on.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Head Teacher.
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