Our new primary school opened its doors in May 2005 to replace and amalgamate Clough and Downshire (Dundrum) Primary Schools. Situated in Clough village, the school enjoys a quiet and rural position overlooking the Mourne Mountains and Dromara Hills.
As a learning school we aim to set the school at the centre of the community. Opportunities will be given to all, to learn and share together, and to realise their full potential in a positive environment. Pupils will be empowered with the core learning skills, based on strong Christian morals and values, through a broad and balanced curriculum.
The school provides a caring environment in which every child can feel secure, work happily and benefit from acurriculum, rich in stimulating experiences.
We have been graded outstanding in all areas in our recent Inspection Report by ETI (June 2013). The school was commended on the outstanding quality of the learning and teaching, the leadership and management and pastoral care.
The accommodation is excellent, purpose built, providing bright and spacious classrooms, equipped to a high standard, for each year group. All classes have interactive whiteboards and we have 'Cumran Children's TV' in the central reception area. Each class contributes items to be shown on the screen making their work available to a wide audience and enhancing their ICT skills. A multi purpose hall is used for assemblies, school productions, school meals and PE. The Principal's office, Secretary's office and Staff Room are located in the centre of the school. Two general resource areas provide for Structured Play and a computer suite. We have a bright, spacious, well-stocked school library and a stimulating learning support room. A full time learning support team offers support to pupils as needed.
Integrated within the main school are 2 special needs classes for pupils with social communication difficulties. The school also offers disabled facilities.
The safe, sheltered grounds and locality provide opportunities for studies in 'The World Around Us'. We have a giant bird table, log pile, bird watching areas and a willow dome and planting provides opportunities for pupils to learn about growth and change. We have been awarded our ECO flag and are always keen to support related initiatives.
The school has achieved the Naace ICT Mark. This Award recognises the school's success in developing the strategic use of ICT and that Cumran Primary meets and exceeds national standards in ICT.
As a health promoting school we encourage a healthy lifestyle through our school meals, made on the premises. We have been awarded the Gold Action Cancer Award. We offer a wide and varied programme of after school activities that develop the children's personal interests and skills. These clubs include Youth Sport Activities, football, netball, cricket, hockey, choir, recorders, art and craft, drama, science, orienteering, first aid, French, Spanish, computers, book club, cycling proficiency and eco club. Piano and vocal tuition are available during school time. Woodwind tuition is provided by South Eastern Music Centre.
The extensive school grounds are used as an outdoor classroom to extend children’s learning. We have three playground areas, a large adventure playground, a wooden Timbertots area, outdoor staging and seating and digging areas. In addition, our outdoor multi purpose games area is used by the school and community to promote sport and the PE curriculum. After school clubs further enhance this provision. Specialist tuition is available for many activities – football, tennis, rugby and dance. Swimming lessons are provided for years 4 to 7 at the local swimming pool.
Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their child's/children's education through attendance at Open Events, parent workshops, book fairs, assemblies and information meetings throughout the year. Parent/teacher interviews are held in the first term and second terms. Weekly school newsletters keep parents informed and we encourage strong home/school links.
The Parent Teacher Association supports the school by organising fund raising and social events. Parents are encouraged to help in practical ways such as supporting staff on visits and assisting at school events and activities. A Reading Partnership programme assists pupils with their reading and we invite pre-school children to our storytime each week.
The school implements its Pastoral, Child Protection and Positive Discipline Policies in line with Department of Education recommendations. The school is currently working towards the Rights Respecting School award. There is a strong pupil voice expressed through an active School Council and ECO Council.
The Board of Governors supports the school and is involved in its managerial role. It is the responsibility of the Board of Governors and the Principal to apply the admissions criteria. Application forms and copies of our school prospectus may be obtained from the school.