Knockmore Primary School
School Address: Hertford Crescent
Co. Antrim
BT28 1SA

Telephone: 02892 662600
Fax: 02892 604279

Principal's Name: Mr J G Cooper
Chair of Board of Governors: The Rev Canon Dr K Cochrane

General Information

Knockmore Primary School, which opened in January 1969, is situated in Hertford Crescent within the Knockmore Estate, Lisburn. An excellent school building, it is well equipped and surrounded by open and attractive grass areas.

Accommodated within the school are three Special Educational Units. These cater for children from the greater Lisburn area and beyond, who have been identified as having Speech, Language, Communication or Learning Difficulties and are the subject of a Statement to this effect.

The school also has two Outreach Support Teachers for Speech and Language who work in a number of the Board's Primary Schools.

The Reading Recovery programme was introduced in 1998 and children are taken each afternoon for intensive Reading Recovery work.

School Policy

It is the policy of the school that children should be given ample opportunities to develop self-respect, self-confidence and independence. They will be encouraged to be mindful of the needs and desires of others and also to acquire an acceptable set of moral values and standards of behaviour within an educational framework.

Extra Curricular Activities

The pupils enjoy the following extra curricular activities each week:

The Good News Club- This is held on a Monday afternoon where a varied and interesting programme is provided including games, Bible lessons, singing and drama.

Cookery- Each Wednesday the year 6 and 7 children enjoy making simple meals and baking e.g. fairy cakes, coconut bars, chocolate truffles (as well as the much loved washing up!!)

Netball- An enthusiastic squad of netballers, practising at break and lunchtime, have achieved a high standard of play throughout this year.

Football- A small group of enthusiastic pupils attend practices each Wednesday.

The purpose for taking part in competitions is enjoyment and sportsmanship.

Music- Children from our school are given the opportunity to learn to play wind instruments, particularly the clarinet and flute. The school choir consists of children from years 4-7. They practice each Thursday afternoon coming up to Christmas, for our annual performance. They also perform for senior citizens from the local residential home for the elderly each Christmas, as well as singing in a major outlet in town raising money for charity.

Education For Mutual Understanding

Our school is linked with St Aloysius Primary School. The pupils in years four and five engage each year in a planned programme of activities both within the schools and at other sites throughout the Province.

Comenius Project

The pupils throughout the school have been actively involved for the last two years in producing work for the Comenius Project. They have completed displays inspired by customs and facts from European countries. They have also produced work based on these themes: "Streetlife" and "Art in European Schools", and our contributions were sent to Finland, Holland, Denmark and Iceland.

The school was delighted to host a meeting of the European partners in May 1999, when representatives from our partner schools in Holland, Denmark and Finland came to experience life and education in Northern Ireland. Two teachers from our school have been to a school in Holland and two have visited schools in Finland to compare our education system to theirs.

Educational Visits

Educational visits play a very important part in the education of all the pupils at Knockmore. Each child is given the opportunity of taking part in visits to help broaden and stimulate the mind. These visits complement the classroom teaching and present the children with opportunities that they might not otherwise have.