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Burnside Primary School Glenlui Avenue Rutherglen Glasgow G73 4JE Directions to School
t.  0141 634 1916  f.  0141 630 0883 e.  office@burnside-pri.s-lanark.sch.uk
Welcome to our school website.

We hope this will give you an insight into our wonderful school, Burnside Primary. Our aim is to provide a safe, inclusive and stimulating environment which ensures your child reaches their full potential.

Our highly experienced and committed staff team ensure that our shared school values are at the heart of all that we do at Burnside, putting your child's health, wellbeing and progress first at all times.Children are both supported and challenged in their learning and we seek to foster in them a positive attitude to learning and respect for themselves, others and the environment.

Children are supported to achieve all they can in being successful and confident life long learners and are encouraged to be active, responsible citizens in their community.You are welcome to contact us at any time and please be assured that no worry about your child is too small to share with us. We will do all that we can to help.

You can contact our school office on 0141 634 1916 or office@burnside-pri.s-lanark.sch.uk  We hope you will browse our website and the many photographs and updates give you a flavour of Burnside Primary School. 

Please also follow us on Twitter @burnsideprim

Thank you,
Helen McGarvey, Head Teacher                                                  

P.1 Transition Information for pupils registered to attend Burnside Primary in August '24 (New 13.05.'24)

Save the Dates! Registered P.1 pupils are invited to visit the school with one adult on the following dates:-

~ Friday 7th June - 2.15 pm. Hello and a brief informal introduction to the classroom environment for childen and parents/carers.
~ Wednesday 12th June - either 11.10 or 11.40 am (tbc depending on classes). P1 playground for some outdoor activities with the teacher.
~ Thursday 13th June - 1.40 pm. Classroom activities with the teacher and information for parents/carers in the hall as well as a tour of the school.
~ Tuesday 18th June - either 1.30 or 2.15 pm (tbc depending on classes). Active fun session in the gym hall with Josh, our Active Schools Co-ordinator.

These visits will provide our Burnside Butterflies with the opportunity to become familiar with the school at the same time as parents/carers will receive important information about starting school. We will write to parents/carers shortly with more detailed information. We look forward to meeting everyone soon and in the meantime keep an eye on here (as well as our school app) and a look out for invitation letters.

P.1 Registration for August 2024 (added 09.01.24)

If your child is due to start school in August 2024 you should now complete registration using the online registration form via the South Lanarkshire website. 

If you have any difficulty in identifying your catchment school, please email 

Once you have registered your child and we have checked documentation, our office staff will send you e-mail confirmation of registration. Please register your child online by Friday 19th January. Mrs. McGarvey, Head Teacher, will give you a call by the end of March to say 'hello'.

Please pass this information on to any parent/carer you know who intends to register a P.1 pupil at Burnside Primary for next session. Thank you.

P.1 Transition Arrangements for pupils starting August 2023 (New 06.05.23)

We are very much looking forward to welcoming new P.1 pupils to our Burnside family in August. In preparation for this, we will be inviting our 'Burnside Butterflies' in to school on the afternoons of Friday 9th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th June (exact times tbc via e-mail) to visit their classrooms, meet classmates and be introduced to their teachers. We invite one parent/carer along on these days also so that we can provide further school information. Mrs. McGarvey has been catching up with parents/carers via telephone and visiting our local nurseries.

If you have had a placing request granted recently, we ask that you e-mail us your child's full birth certificate as soon as possible. Please e-mail to   office@burnside-pri.s-lanark.sch.uk  along with a contact telephone number and we will be in touch.

The Week Ahead, beginning January 16th. (New 15.01.23)

Unfortunately issues with our school app have not yet been resolved. We will let you know as soon as this is rectified. In the meantime, keep an eye on here and Twitter.....@burnsideprim for any important updates.

Please note that school will be open as normal this week; there is no planned strike action in SLC schools. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow morning at 9 am.

P.1 Registration for 2023/24 - thank you to parents/carers who have registered their children for P.1 at Burnside Primary for August 2023. Once our office staff have checked all information sent, you will receive an e-mail acknowledgement. Mrs. McGarvey, Head Teacher, will then be in touch via phone in the coming weeks. Children can be registered this week until Friday 20th January.

P.1 Registration for 2023/24 (New 09.01.23)

If your child will be 5 years old between 1 March 2023 and end of February 2024, they can now be registered for Burnside Primary, if you live within our catchment area. Please complete the online SLC registration form by Friday 20th January and once documents have been checked (full birth certificate and 2 proofs of address), our office staff will e-mail you to confirm that your child is registered. Mrs. McGarvey, Head Teacher, will then give you a call within the coming weeks to say 'hello'.

Please pass this information on to any parent/carer you know who intends to register a P.1 pupil at Burnside Primary for next session. Thank you.
Our Achievements (Added December 2023)

We were delighted to achieve a sixth Eco-Schools Green Flag Award in June 2023 to acknowledge all of the work we had done to help look after the environment. Earlier this school session we participated in a Food Waste Project which involved some of our eco ambassadors taking on the role of Waste Warriors and encouraging pupils to eat as much of their school lunch as possible to reduce food waste. The Waste Warriors on duty each day weighed the food waste and identified the main types of food being wasted. At assemblies on Friday 27th October 2023, we had visitors from South Lanarkshire Council. One of our visitors spoke to pupils about food waste and what we can do to reduce this. Our eco ambassadors had the opportunity to meet with our visitors to give their feedback on the Food Waste Project. At a recent Eco-Committee meeting, eco ambassadors met with someone from South Lanarkshire Council to share their feedback on the school lunch menu.

We were overjoyed to achieve a sportscotland Gold School Sport Award in June 2023 as recognition of all our hard work in raising the profile of sport in the school. On Tuesday 5th December 2023 we celebrated this achievement at our 'Burnside Got Gold - School Sport Award Presentation Ceremony' event. We will continue to build on our sporting success throughout this school year.

As part of skills development, earlier this school session our pupils had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses. The activities offered to pupils in Rooms 1-7 included Gardening, Board Games, Yoga, Construction and Jewellery Making. Pupils in Rooms 8-14 selected from activities which included Cross stitch, Photography, Massage, Mindfulness/Resilience and Rugby. We are looking forward to running  masterclasses again later in the school year where pupils will be provided with further skills-based learning opportunities.
Together at Burnside Primary we will:
Harness children’s abilities, encouraging ambition and resilience through a varied, challenging and enjoyable curriculum. We will foster personal achievement and skills for life in an inclusive, nurturing, respectful and shared environment.

Our pupils and our school community wanted our school values to reflect GIRFEC (Getting It Right For Every Child) as we believe these are the building blocks of all learning. They shape our behavious and interactions with each other. It is important that we live these values every day; that we talk about them and commit to fulfilling them. Our 'Happy High 5' values mean we all strive to be:-

Safe     Healthy     Active     Respectful    Responsible
Pupil Council

Our Eco-Committee is made up of an eco ambassador from each of our classes. The topics we will be focussing on over the next two years are:
  • Climate Action
  • Litter and Waste
  • Biodiversity
As part of our journey towards achieving our next Green Flag, we will organise for pupils to go litter picking in the local community.

The Sustainable Development Goal we chose is:
  • Responsible Consumption and Production

Sports Council

Kindness Council
Our Kindness Council help ensure that kindness has a high profile at Burnside Primary. They have led initiatives including charity events, contributed to assemblies and ensured that everyone in our school has the opportunity to acknowledge acts of kindness by adding a 'leaf' to the kindness tree. We then hear what our staff and pupils have been doing for others during assemblies. Each class also nominates a class member to join Mrs. McGarvey at the Kindness Cafe each term.

Pupil Clubs
Early in Term 1 our Primary 7 pupils received Sick Kicks training, providing them with the skills required to lead sport clubs for pupils in other stages under the supervision of a member of staff. Throughout Term 1 a variety of sporting opportunities were provided for pupils:
  • Multi-Sports
  • Dodgeball
  • Sportshall Athletics
  • Bikeability Level 1 Training
  • Football Coaching
  • Dance

In support of Developing the Young Workforce and skills development, our pupils have enjoyed taking part in a variety of masterclasses in school where they have learned new skills, developed new friendships and had great fun! Pupils have attended a variety of masterclasses run by school staff including gardening, board games, yoga, baking, construction, jewellery making, calligraphy, chess, drama and dance.
When purchasing school clothing, parents may wish to consider the following items:

- Pale blue shirt and tie for wear most days.
- Blue polo shirt for P.E days ( if desired).
- Royal blue sweatshirt/cardigan with school badge.
- Grey skirt/trousers/pinafore

You can purchase uniform items from Campbells, Victoria Road, Queen's Park or from www.myclothing.com  School ties can be purchased at the School Office.