North Ayrshire Council

North Ayrshire Council is one of 32 authorities in Scotland with responsibility for Education and a wide range of other Public services including housing and social work. The Public Authority is responsible for all educational services within its area.

North Ayrshire’s 53 primary schools cater for over 12000 pupils. They work within the national 5- 14 curriculum and in recent years have extended their provision for ICT, music and sport. All primary schools in North Ayrshire are associated with a specific secondary school and the two sectors work in partnership to provide continuity and progression for their students.

The institution encourages the study of foreign languages in its schools through its links with schools and Education Departments in many other countries.

In the secondary sector, North Ayrshire provides education for nearly 10000 young people aged from 12 to 18 in 10 comprehensive schools. The schools are staffed by 700 teachers, assisted by technicians, librarians and support staff.

All children in North Ayrshire have access to a part-time nursery place from the age of 3. Children either attend one of the Council’s 40 nurseries or are supported in an approved private nursery.

The Quality Improvement Service has a lead role in curriculum and staff developemnt and assists schools in the process of self-evaluation and development.