Burnbrae Primary is a large, modern, non-denominational school over two campuses, that serves the area of Bonnyrigg, Midlothian. We have a large Nursery and Complex Needs Provision at Burnbrae Early situated on a Joint Campus with St Mary’s RC Primary. At the Burnbrae Road Campus we have a Social and Complex Needs Provision in addition to 20 classes in our mainstream school.
Burnbrae Primary School is committed to providing a safe, nurturing and supportive learning environment for all. We strive to equip our children with the necessary skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work in the 21st Century. As an inclusive school our vision is to play, grow and learn together. We believe in and promote the values of kindness, respect and curiosity. We place our learners at the centre of all we do to ensure that all children achieve their highest potential.
Our main school building opened in 2012 in the Burnbrae area of Bonnyrigg. Additional capacity for the school was created in a new building at a joint campus with St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Bonnyrigg. Burnbrae Early, a bespoke Early Years environment for three nursery classes with spaces for up to 132 nursery children, was opened in August 2020 and the Complex Needs Provision opened in September 2020. In June 2022 the school has a roll of 649 which includes full time nursery places and two Complex Needs provisions. We currently have 20 classes in the mainstream, one of which is an enhanced class supporting children who benefit from support but also access to P1 mainstream, changing this session to support children in P5-7 who have attended the provisions to access their mainstream class. There are two classes of 5 in the Social and Complex Needs Provision and four classes of 10 in the Complex Needs Provision. In the main building, classes use the 2 atrium spaces with classrooms off and the former Nursery spaces.
We have a library, PE Hall and 2 multi-function rooms. Learners from across Midlothian can be allocated a place at either of the Burnbrae Complex Needs Provisions. Shared placements with children’s community school are fostered and developed. Bonnyrigg After School Club operates within the building to provide breakfast and after school service. We benefit from a Multi Use Games Area used by our children for P.E and recreation. The school grounds are currently being developed to provide an exciting space for learning outdoors as well as play.
Active Schools clubs are well attended by our children across the stages and have run Upbeat dance and Bumblebee multi sport sessions. Staff volunteers have run Gymnastics, Football and PEF Homework Club. In session 20/21 five class teachers returned from maternity leave.
Mrs Linda Clarkson was appointed Head Teacher from August 2020. An additional Depute Head was appointed from September 2020. The Leadership Team consists of Head Teacher, Linda Clarkson and three Depute Head Teachers. There are newly appointed Principal Teachers for both Complex Needs Provisions, a Principal Teacher in the Early Years Centre and two part time and 1 full time Principal Teachers in the mainstream Primary. There are 27 Full Time Equivalent Class Teachers made up of 9 full time teachers and part time teachers. Support staff comprises an Admin Support Officer and 4 Clerical Assistants, 6 full time and 1 part time Learning Assistants.
The Social and Complex Needs Provision has 2 Class Teachers, 4 Learning Assistants and a Youth Worker. The Complex Needs Provision had 4 Class Teachers, 3 Early Years Practitioners, 5 Learning Assistants and a Youth Worker. The school worked with Midlothian Council to increase the staffing in both provisions. The school benefits from 3 days specialist PE Teaching by staff from Lasswade High School. Burnbrae Early Years Centre has 3 Senior Early Years Practitioners (EYPs), 7 full time EYPs and 4 Part Time EYPs, 4 Modern Apprentices and 1 Learning Assistant.
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