The school, which was amalgamated with two other schools in 1977, is situated in a rural setting approximately 4 miles north-west of Lisburn. It draws on a wide area from just outside Lisburn to Stoneyford, and across to Glenavy and Upper Ballinderry.
The pupils are mainly from a rural background. The present enrolment is approximately 152 pupils, and is steadily increasing.
We moved to a £1.3 million new school building in February 2002. This outstanding accommodation was designed by Mr C McCrossan, SEELB Architect. It provides the school with 7 classrooms, 2 offices, staff room, Dining/Assembly hall, servery, 2 resource areas, a Reading Recovery room and a number of stores. We are surrounded by landscaped gardens, an exciting playground and a large sports area.
The current staffing is Principal, Deputy Principal, 6 full-time assistant teachers and 3 part-time teachers. The wide range of experience and expertise is put to effective use in a well developed system of subject co-ordinators and of the Senior Management Team (Principal, and Senior post holders) who contribute to the smooth running of the school. A part-time Special Needs teacher works with children who need learning support. The learning support assistants, secretarial staff, caretaker, cleaner, lunchtime supervisory staff and school meals staff complete the team dedicated to the education and welfare of children entrusted to their care.
We offer a wrap around care facility, provided by Sleep Hollow Group, N.I.’s only specialist provider of wrap around care in schools. During term time we offer a breakfast club, open from 8am and full afternoon care from 2pm to 6pm . This also incorporates a waiting club from 2pm-3pm to facilitate children whose siblings finish school at a later time. During holiday periods and exceptional closuresthe wrap around care facility is open from 8am to 6pm . The facility is registered with Down and Lisburn HSS and the specialist staff employed are all high qualified in the field of play work and childcare. The children are offered exciting and varied play opportunities, together with wholesome breakfasts and snacks and a wide variety of outings throughout the year. For Sleepy Hollow enquiries, please call Area Manager on 028 90 693419 or 028 94453976.
At Ballycarrickmaddy Primary School we believe in the concept of lifelong learning and the idea that both adults and children learn new things every day. Through our teaching we aim to equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to make informed choices about the important things in their lives. Our learning and teaching policy is at the heart of all we are doing and lays the foundation for the child’s whole school experience.
ICT is integrated into learning in this school. We work with CEA on the ICT accreditation for all P7 pupils. Interactive White Boards enhance learning all of our classes. We aim to establish a school community, in which children, teachers, parents and support staff enjoy a sense of belonging. We establish early parent-teacher-child relations through our Home Visits prior to starting school. In the P1 year we encourage parents to attend our Delta Course.
Educational visits form an integral part of the school life. These include trips to Killyleagh Outdoor Centre, Share Centre, W5, National Trust properties and visits to the pantomime etc. A wide range of extra-curricular activities is undertaken. These include football, cricket, netball, hockey, athletics, swimming, French, guitar lesson, violin lessons, drama, art, environmental studies, Good News Club and cycling proficiency. We continue to expand our range of after school clubs throughout this year with the help of Youth Sport and other outside agencies.
Recorder tuition is available from P4. We employ three Specialist Music Teachers who teach piano, violin and guitar. Our choir and instrumental group perform at various musical events throughout the year. We produce a major performance once a year, in which all children participate.
Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their children’s education. They are always welcome and are very supportive in attending school functions, open evenings and parental clinics. The Parent/Teacher Association runs a number of events throughout the year, which are both social and fundraising.
We raise money for charity and support different charities each year. These have always been generously supported by parents and the local community. Parents and the local community always are very supportive.
The Board of Governors at Ballycarrickmaddy Primary take a keen interest in all aspects of school life and are very supportive towards members of our learning community.