Crathie Primary School

Welcome to Crathie Primary School's Website

Our School

Crathie Primary School is a small, non-denominational school serving a rural community made up from Abergeldie, Balmoral and Invercauld Estates and the village of Crathie. Set in the heart of Royal Deeside, we are surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland.

The buildings are traditional style and the original building was built during Queen Victoria's reign and opened in 1873.   There are three classrooms and a small servery where lunches, which are delivered each day from Ballater Primary School, are eaten.   Outside there is a large playground with grass, tarred and woodland areas.  There is also a playing field adjacent to the school and the local Church Hall is used for PE and some school functions.  

At present the pupils are enrolled in a composite class of Primary 1 to Primary 7 pupils.

Our Staff

Mrs Lilian Field is the Head Teacher and is supported by

Class Teacher

Mrs Helen McCulloch


Mrs Gwen Kellas
Ms Hanna Strachan

Pupil Support Assistant

Mrs Maggie Skene
Miss Lois Quigley





In addition to the above we have a number of Visiting Specialists staff who provide support throughout the year.

Our Aims

The Vision, Values and Aims of our school were developed through consultation with the Crathie Community and Cairngorms National Park Authority. The aim of this document is to;

  • Share the common vision for our school community
  • Reflect local and national priorities for learning
  • Set out clear expectations for everyone involved in the life and workings of the school
  • Provide direction for future school developments
  • Enhance partnerships within the Cairngorms National Park

The key strength of Crathie Primary School has been the very good working relationships, developed over many years, between staff, pupils, parents and the wider community. It is the intention of these aims to reflect that strength and utilise this ethos for the future development of the school.

We are determined to work together for the best quality of life for everyone in Aberdeenshire, from mountain to sea, and to help through Education, Learning and Leisure to make it the best possible place in which to live and learn, work and play.

Key values are quality, equality, engagement and integrity

Served by

  • Supporting and empowering individuals, families and groups
  • Enabling lifelong learning and employability
  • Advancing community development and wellbeing


  • The building of capacity
  • The realisation of potential
  • The achievement of excellence


Crathie School aims to provide the highest quality of care and education for its young people through delivering inclusive and
integrated services in partnership with children, their families and the wider community. Through robust evaluation the school will identify areas for development, building on strengths to ensure it continues to improve and raise attainment.

As a Unicef Rights Respecting School, Crathie School aims to focus on respect permeating all aspects of school life for the continued benefit of our school community.

Key Value

We have adopted "Respect" as our key value. Through an ethos of mutual respect we can continue to develop:

  • A supportive and effective home-school relationship
  • Good teamwork at all levels
  • Open communication
  • Everyone's potential to achieve
  • Our capacity to progress
  • Equality of provision
Quality learning and teaching within the context of a school and its community.

Contact us for more info

Crathie Primary School
Crathie, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5UL