Our school is situated in Whitehouse Loan and serves the area of Marchmont and the Grange in the south of Edinburgh.
The present school building was opened in 1991 and is set in spacious grounds with grass and asphalt areas at present where children can play in safety. The school has two annexes. One is the Nursery building and Gym Hall which is situated at the opposite end of the playground to the main building and the other is a modern annexe which houses the two Primary 5 classes. The main building has 12 classes, and ICT Suite, Music Room, Drama Area, Conference Room and Hall which also serves as a dining area. All our classes are limited to 30 in size, from Nursery to Primary 7.
Our school celebrated its bi-centenary in 2003 and we are very proud of our long tradition of providing high quality education in this part of the city.
James Gillespie’s Primary is staffed by a Head Teacher, 1 Depute Head Teacher, 2 Principal Teachers, one full time Support for Learning Teacher and PE teacher and visiting part time Violin, Cello and English as an Additional Language teachers. This is, of course, in addition to the Class Teachers.
We also have a part time Business Manager, a full time Administrator, a full time and a part time Clerical Assistant. We currently have 10 Learning Assistants, 1 Service Support Officer and 4 Catering Staff.
A school Nurse visits our school as well as Occupational, Speech and Language and other therapists to support pupils in a variety of ways.