Getting to School


We  strongly encourage children to walk to school using the School Crossing Patrol Officer (SCPO) Crossing points wherever possible. The recommended routes to access the rear playground when arriving at school are through link doors beside the school main entrance or in front of the Primary wing. The cycle/walkway running from KGS to Willowburn Road can also be used but care should be taken (at the Infant Hall end) to stay on the walkway as service vehicles may also need to access the school kitchen.  Please note that only service vehicles and kitchen/school staff are permitted to use this for vehicle access.

Further information on the SCPO service in Orkney visit this link to the OIC website

SCPO update March 2016



Whilst responsibility always rests with the parents to decide whether it is safe for their child to cycle to school we would recommend, following safety advice, that children should only be considered ready to cycle to school if they have either completed the Bikeability Level 2 cycle training successfully or are currently being trained and you are satisfied that they understand and can safely execute the correct procedures highlighted in the guidance booklets issued to all children involved in cycle training.

Children should not cycle on the school grounds during the school day, this includes the school car park areas.

Bikeability Level 2 Cycle training is provided after school in term one for all primary 6 children given parental consent to participate.

School Bus

Entitlement to school transport is decided by the local authority and depends on how far you live from the school and the age of your child. Entitlement may be extended in exceptional circumstances (i.e. for medical reasons).  For more information follow the link to the OIC website.

FAQs School transport

To ensure that all children are accounted for on the homeward journey could we ask all parents/guardians of children who are entitled to school transport and who normally travel on the school bus to inform the school any day that their child will not be travelling on the bus. This can be done via a phone call to the school office or note to the class teacher.

 Parking and dropping children off at school

The playground is supervised from 8.45am so children should not arrive at school before this time. Morning line up is at 9.00am.

If you are dropping off or picking up your child by car inappropriate parking around the school can compromise the safety of children. This includes stopping on double yellow lines, parking on pavements, using the service vehicle only access at the end of the Infant Hall as a drop off point, blocking access to car parks by parking where there is no designated space or using one of the bus/ taxi/ disabled parking spaces without entitlement.

We would ask for extreme care and consideration when manoeuvring (particularly reversing) in the car parks and around the school as children may be close by. Whilst we appreciate that parking spaces are always at a premium we would encourage all motorists to park responsibly to keep all our children as safe as possible.

To try and alleviate some of this congestion Kirkwall Grammar School have kindly agreed to allowing parents to use their car park as an alternative pick up and drop off point for children going to Papdale School. This is the safest and most easily accessed car parking option for pick up and drop off and is only a short walk from Papdale by the designated  walkway .

Morning Line up for the Children

Line-up is the official start of the school day and an opportunity, when required, to pass on any important information the children need to know for that day. Having parents present during this period can be distracting for all the children, particularly those children whose parents are present, making it difficult for them to settle.

It would be really helpful if parents accompanying their children to school in the mornings would take the whistle blown for line up as their cue to leave the playground.

 School closures and winter disruption

Parents are kept informed of any disruption to normal school services through the Radio Orkney news bulletin broadcast each morning from 7.30am on Radio Scotland (93.7FM only)

Orkney Islands Council also provide online updates on school and transport related issues on  the OIC website.

The local authority publish a Winter newsletter to give information on procedures when schools have to close because of adverse conditions as well as school transport safety during the winter months. The Met Office also issue advice on winter weather related issues.

If Papdale School has to close early for any reason the main contact would be contacted by text message to pass on any relevant information. To ensure you receive text messages please inform the school should your contact details change at any point.