Carnalridge Primary School

Carnalridge Primary School

Carnalridge Primary School

Carnalridge Primary School is situated approximately one mile south of Portrush, on the main road to Coleraine. Our new purpose-built school was officially opened on 4 February 2009 by Graeme McDowell, Ryder Cup Golfer and former pupil.

2019 is a special year for Carnalridge. We celebrated 10 years in the new school building with the launch event of our brand-new Trim Trail, Outdoor Classroom and Sensory Garden. Children, parents, staff, governors, PTA past and present and local community guests celebrated the grand opening of the new facility with afternoon tea.

The vision was to offer an outdoor space where learning can take place. This includes physical, sensory and horticultural activities as well as play-based learning and academic inquiry, in line with our school motto, “GROW TO LEARN, LEARN TO GROW”.

Carnalridge PS is part of a vibrant community and see initiatives as opportunities to offer something special to families in Portrush. The Principal, Mrs Hazel Harris who is well supported by a committed board of governors and a capable staff team explains that, “Among the strengths of Carnalridge PS are the welcoming atmosphere throughout the school, the good relationships with parents, the active PTA and a school family supported by and rooted in the local community”.

In Carnalridge Primary School, the staff team are committed to providing a caring, learning community where each child is encouraged to give of their best. We are proud to be a Rights Respecting School. As an autism aware school, we have extended our support to parents, by establishing our ASD Parents Support Group. This term we are hosting Middletown Centre for Autism Training sessions for both parents and professionals.

Our traditions are reflected in the school crest. Demonstrating the benefits of music through singing, the school choir were the winners of Portstewart Music Festival 2019. Additionally, the school football team, coached by vetted parent volunteers, won the Portrush Cup for the third consecutive year. We understand the need to develop skills for our changing world and highlight the importance of online safety in today’s modern age. Our Breakfast Club and excellent after school provision help to meet the needs of modern families.