4-22 Upper Riga Street, Belfast, Antrim BT13 3GW
Caring for Children
Glenwood primary school was established in 1981 through the amalgamation of Glenwood Infants and Junior schools, both of which being existed on the same site. The latter dating from the 1920’s and a listed building, the former being of 1960’s construction. Plans are currently being drawn for a £8m refurbishment programme.
Located in Upper Riga Street with an entrance on the Shankill Road, the school serves children from a wide area centred on the upper Shankill district.
The school has adequate accommodation for 20 classes, a special needs unit, TV room and 2 assembly halls. The school library has been refurbished to provide a bright modern facility for all the children. A computer suite has recently been developed. A school meals kitchen is located within the grounds of the school. Plans to refurbish part of the school and to rebuild the remainder are at an advance stage. A breakfast club operates from 8:10 to 8:40 each morning. Various other activities are provided through partner organisations such as Barnados, “Mad Science” and “Debutots” as part of a growing extended school programme.
In Glenwood we strive to establish and maintain a quality relationship with the parents of all our pupils. We believe that this has a positive influence on our activities. Parents are welcome to the school at anytime and are actively encouraged to leave their children into school each morning. Parent/teacher interviews take place twice a year to discuss the attainment and progress of children. Reports are issued to parents at the end of June.
Regular parents’ meetings and curricular workshops are held to involve and inform parents about matters directly related to their children’s education. The school also has a parents’ room where parents may meet at anytime for formal or informal activities.
The school provides a broadly based, rich and varied curriculum and teachers seek to use both traditional and modern teaching methods to provide an appropriate, relevant and quality educational experience for the children in our care. In addition a range of extra curricular activities is provided: Drama Club, Football, Art Club, and Netball. A newspaper club produces a school newspaper each term. The Scripture union meets in the school each week and members get the chance to attend a summer camp annually. The school choir performs in the community and beyond and plays a central part in the production of a concert or pantomime every other year.
The school is keen to support activities organised by local groups, charities and other bodies. In recent years the school has worked with the Ulster Orchestra and BBC Northern Ireland.