Our School

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Shapinsay Community School is at the heart of our small community. Shapinsay is an island in Orkney, off the north coast of Scotland. To find out more about Shapinsay please click on the "Our Community" tab above.

We provide a happy, caring environment where children are valued as individuals and encouraged to reach their full potential. At present our school community consists of 23 pupils;

Nursery/Pre-school: 4 pupils

P1 - P4:  8 pupils

P5 - P7: 11 pupils

The current school building was opened in 1970 and was originally a Junior Secondary. As a result, we have a very large building, just over half of which is used by the community. Three semi-open plan classrooms are used by the pupils in nursery/preschool, P1-P4 and P5-P7.

We also have a kitchen, staffroom, offices, dining room, large hall, resource room (the Room of Requirement) and library.

Our outdoor facilities include a playing field/football pitch, netball court and well-equipped play park, all of which are well-used by the children and wider community when weather permits. We have a great view from our school too. Over the years, the children have been involved in planting hundreds of trees and daffodils around the school grounds.


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We have a large poly tunnel in which the children grow vegetables and herbs for use in school meals and to take home to their families. A wind turbine has recently been erected to produce some of our electricity. The community end of the school building includes club rooms, office space and a fitness suite. NHS Orkney uses part of the school building for the Shapinsay Surgery.

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