Hillwood Primary School was opened in December 1975 and is a non-denominational primary school for children who live in Ratho Station and the surrounding areas of Clifton, Gogarburn, Ingliston, Lochend, Newbridge and Norton.
The building is of a semi open-plan design with spacious teaching areas, both of which are carpeted to help keep noise levels to a minimum. In the Primary 1-3 area a tiled wet bay ensures that there are suitable facilities to enjoy arts, crafts and messy play. Children in the Primary 4/5 and 6/7 areas enjoy the use of their own wet bays. We also have a new and well-stocked library.
Situated in the central area of the school are a drama and dance studio and a kitchen. During lunchtime the dance and drama studio is used as a dining area. There is also a stage.
The playground is fenced off from the road and includes two asphalted hard areas and a grassed play area, which can be used as a football pitch. It also has an attractive activity area where the children can play safely, supervised by Pupil Support Assistants. P1/2 have their own playground and can choose whether they play there or in the main playground. There is a Pupil Support Assistant in each playground and buddies help to support safe and happy play.
The nursery class was opened in August 2000 and caters for children aged 3-5 years. It operates mornings only from Monday to Friday from 8.45am–11.55a.m.
Our Early Years Hub opened in April 2013 and is a joint venture with Queensferry Early Years Centre. The Hub offers a variety of activities for children under 3 as well as sessions for parents. Please contact the main school office to find out what is on at the Hub this term.