Frequently asked questions

  • Is it possible to visit the school prior to submitting an application?

    Yes. We encourage you and your child to come and see Craigholme in action. As well as our annual open events, parents can organise an independent visit through the school's Admissions Team on 0141 419 0965.

  • How can I afford an independent education?

    Parents who have made an application and are concerned about meeting fee payments are advised to approach the school for advice on planning ahead and payment options.

    A limited number of means-tested bursaries is available to pupils seeking entry throughout the school. The children of parents applying for a means-tested bursary are expected to: demonstrate ability and potential in English and Mathematics tests; have an excellent all-round report from their previous school; and show commitment to the ethos of Craigholme.

  • How accountable are independent schools?

    All independent schools have to register with the Scottish Executive Education Department and are subject to the same style of inspections by the HM Inspectorate of Education as local authority schools. The Scottish Care Commission monitors and regulates care provision for pre-school pupils.

    At Craigholme, we also have our own quality assurance systems and receive advice from the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS).

  • Why should I choose an independent education for my child?

    A number of unrivalled additional opportunities are available in the independent sector. With an average class size of 15, our teachers can ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to contribute in classroom discussions and activities.

    Music, French and Physical Education are a key part of our curriculum from nursery level upwards. Our pupils have a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to choose from, to enhance their physical, artistic and academic performance.

    A further advantage of the independent sector is that our offering is not restricted by a Local Education Authority.   

  • Are there opportunities for parents to be involved in school life?

    Yes. The school has an active parents' association (CSPA) which welcomes committee members and adhoc volunteers for internal events. There is also the opportunity to attend school trips as a volunteer. In addition, other committees related to the Board exist which are partly populated by parents.

  • What do entrance tests involve?

    Our assessments vary depending on the stage of entry applied for. At Nursery and Junior 1 level, our staff evaluate social skills. Children develop at different rates; consequently, we take the whole person into consideration. The assessment, which is considered in tandem with a reference from your child's previous school, measures literacy and numeracy skills.

  • When are the open events?

    Our Open Days are usually held in November but we would be happy to arrange a visit anytime.

    To make an appointment, please contact our Admissions Team on 0141 419 0965. 

  • Are Nursery and Junior 1 the only entry points?

    No. Applications are invited at every stage of the curriculum.

  • What is the average class size?

    Class sizes average 8. Commitment to small class sizes is a key ingredient to our pupils' successes, both academically and socially.

  • Is there a list of staff at Craigholme?

    Staff List

    Junior School

    J1 - Mrs P Mitchell

    J2 - Mrs Z Pearce and Mrs K Smith

    J3 - Mrs N Crawford

    J4 - Mrs L Rae

    J5/6 - Mrs C Holmes and Ms B Black

    Music - Mrs M Craig

    French - Miss MA Kennedy

    ASN Teacher - Marion McColl

    Head of Upper Junior School - Mrs L Neill

    Child Protection Officer - Ms Clare Sweeney

     

    Office - Mrs C Gibson

    Finance - Mrs A Hart

    Support Staff for before school and Active Kids - Mrs K Donaldson

    Community Sports Co-ordinator - Miss A Currie

     

    Facilities - Mr A Prior

     

    Nursery

     

    Nursery Manager - Mrs J Winsley 

    Depute Nursery Manager - Miss G Gibson

    Child Development Officer - Mrs L Hill

    Early Years Practitioner - Mrs K Kaur,

    Early Years Practitioner - Mrs A Henry

    Early Years Practitioner - Mrs C Menzies 

     

Yes. We encourage you and your child to come and see Craigholme in action. As well as our annual open events, parents can organise an independent visit through the school's Admissions Team on 0141 419 0965.

Parents who have made an application and are concerned about meeting fee payments are advised to approach the school for advice on planning ahead and payment options.

A limited number of means-tested bursaries is available to pupils seeking entry throughout the school. The children of parents applying for a means-tested bursary are expected to: demonstrate ability and potential in English and Mathematics tests; have an excellent all-round report from their previous school; and show commitment to the ethos of Craigholme.

All independent schools have to register with the Scottish Executive Education Department and are subject to the same style of inspections by the HM Inspectorate of Education as local authority schools. The Scottish Care Commission monitors and regulates care provision for pre-school pupils.

At Craigholme, we also have our own quality assurance systems and receive advice from the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS).

A number of unrivalled additional opportunities are available in the independent sector. With an average class size of 15, our teachers can ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to contribute in classroom discussions and activities.

Music, French and Physical Education are a key part of our curriculum from nursery level upwards. Our pupils have a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to choose from, to enhance their physical, artistic and academic performance.

A further advantage of the independent sector is that our offering is not restricted by a Local Education Authority.   

Yes. The school has an active parents' association (CSPA) which welcomes committee members and adhoc volunteers for internal events. There is also the opportunity to attend school trips as a volunteer. In addition, other committees related to the Board exist which are partly populated by parents.

Our assessments vary depending on the stage of entry applied for. At Nursery and Junior 1 level, our staff evaluate social skills. Children develop at different rates; consequently, we take the whole person into consideration. The assessment, which is considered in tandem with a reference from your child's previous school, measures literacy and numeracy skills.

Our Open Days are usually held in November but we would be happy to arrange a visit anytime.

To make an appointment, please contact our Admissions Team on 0141 419 0965. 

No. Applications are invited at every stage of the curriculum.

Class sizes average 8. Commitment to small class sizes is a key ingredient to our pupils' successes, both academically and socially.

Staff List

Junior School

J1 - Mrs P Mitchell

J2 - Mrs Z Pearce and Mrs K Smith

J3 - Mrs N Crawford

J4 - Mrs L Rae

J5/6 - Mrs C Holmes and Ms B Black

Music - Mrs M Craig

French - Miss MA Kennedy

ASN Teacher - Marion McColl

Head of Upper Junior School - Mrs L Neill

Child Protection Officer - Ms Clare Sweeney

 

Office - Mrs C Gibson

Finance - Mrs A Hart

Support Staff for before school and Active Kids - Mrs K Donaldson

Community Sports Co-ordinator - Miss A Currie

 

Facilities - Mr A Prior

 

Nursery

 

Nursery Manager - Mrs J Winsley 

Depute Nursery Manager - Miss G Gibson

Child Development Officer - Mrs L Hill

Early Years Practitioner - Mrs K Kaur,

Early Years Practitioner - Mrs A Henry

Early Years Practitioner - Mrs C Menzies