About Rattray
Rattray is a town in the heart of "Berry Country" and near Blairgowrie in Perthshire, Scotland.

The area is rich in tourist attractions, for example, the River Ericht, the ski slopes at nearby Glenshee and many local forest and river walks.

When was the school built?
Rattray Primary School was built prior to 1873. In November of that year, the roll consisted of 98  boys, 56 girls, a total of 154, and with only 4 members of staff!

What is the current school roll?
Currently in 2019, the school roll is 239 pupils plus 65 pupils in the nursery, making a total of 304.
We have 32 teaching and 9 non-teaching members of staff.

What is the catchment area for the school?
The parish of Rattray plus two miles of farmland to the east along the road to Alyth.

Interesting facts
  • Rattray and district is associated mainly with arable, or crop fruit farming, in particular raspberries and strawberries.
  • In days gone by, there used to be a scout hut and pond at the back of the school, and horses were kept in the common!
  • Many former pupils of Rattray Primary School have gone on to achieve success in various careers however, one in particular who currently works in television as a reporter and newsreader for STV News in Northern Scotland is Sharon Donaldson.

Mrs J Robertson

Headteacher

Mr C Brown

Depute Head

Hello my name is Mr Brown and I am Deputy Head at Rattray Primary. I love getting children thinking and active, and since joining the school in 2016 I have worked at helping children learn how they learn, and developing a “Growth Mindset” that allows them to attack challenges and new learning with hope and support. Part of my job is to make sure that the correct support is available at the correct time for those children who need it. That way we all work to ensure that “Together, We Can”.

Mrs D Johnstone

Principal Teacher

Hi, my name is Mrs Johnstone. I have been teaching for 10 years and have been at Rattray Primary full-time for 8 years. I enjoy teaching all subjects and ages, and I really enjoy taking my choirs to the Glee competition each year. When I’m not at school I enjoy spending time with my family and reading.

Mrs G Grant

Office Staff

I have thoroughly enjoyed working at Rattray Primary since 2017. The office is a very busy place and the heart of the school, where anything that happens usually starts or ends here. As well as supporting the school and pupils my main job is to support the headteacher and management in ensuring we comply with policies and procedures and maintain proper financial records. For instance I am the treasurer for School Fund. I always enjoy chatting with the pupils when they visit the office and especially love all the special seasonal events that take place. When I'm not in school I'm enjoying time with my own family and especially love adventures to the mountains or walks on the beach.

Miss H Duncan

Office Staff

Ms V Hvazdzetskaya

Office & Pupil Support

Mrs S Brodie

Teacher - Pupil Support

Mrs K Case

Teacher

Hello, my name is Mrs Case. After studying Photography at University, I decided I wanted to teach and and I have now been in the classroom for 3 years. I started teaching at Rattray Primary school in 2019 and prior to this I taught at different schools within Perth and Kinross. I like teaching all subjects but I particularly like Art and Music. When I am not at school I enjoy spending time outdoors and seeing my family and friends.

Ms S Garrett

Teacher

Hello my name is Ms Garrett. I have been teaching with Perth and Kinross Council since 1988 and have been a staff member in numerous schools within the region. The most enjoyable aspect of my job is working with the children and watching them develop and progress. My favourite subjects are literacy and expressive arts. Outwith school, I enjoy country pursuits, helping out on my mother’s farm and recently acquired an allotment which is going to be a new and exciting project to undertake! This is my first year at Rattray Primary and I find it to be a friendly, supportive and positive place in which to work.

Ms H Gregg

Teacher

Hello my name is Ms Gregg and I have been teaching in Rattray Primary since January 2018. Previous to that, I taught in a school in Peterlee in the North East of England for 22 years. My favourite subjects are literacy and history, especially castles which is part of the reason I moved to this beautiful country. I love fantasy stories and I am a massive fan of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’. In school, I am known for my love of dragons and I am actually writing my own book about dragons. I hope one day you will all get to read it! In my spare time I love going for long walks to the forests, mountains or beaches with my family.

Miss L Johnstone

Teacher

Mr R Masterton

Teacher

Mrs F McCarthy

Teacher

Ms K McCulloch

Teacher

Hi my name is Mrs McCulloch. I have been a teacher for 3 years and have worked at Rattray Primary School for 18 months. I love all aspects of my job but have a specific interest in support for children with additional needs and Young Carers, due to my own son having autism and daughter being a Young Carer. Please feel free to have a chat with me if you have an interest in either area :) In my free time I enjoy going to the cinema with my son and reading. David Walliams is a bedtime favourite at the moment!

Miss G Rae

Teacher - Nurture

Hi my name is Miss Rae, I work as the Nurture Teacher, you’ll sometimes see me teaching in classes as well. I joined Rattray Primary School in 2019. Before that I taught art and design at both primary and secondary school level. Prior to teaching I ran my own business working with children, teenagers and adults with mental, social, emotional and physical difficulties which often saw me working in schools, nurseries, colleges, Universities, with the NHS, and running my own private practice. My background is also in health, nutrition, personal training and fitness. I love nature, being in the hills, and going walking.

Mrs S Russell

Teacher

Hi my name is Mrs Russell and I have been teaching at Rattray Primary school for 16 years. I have mainly taught in the Early years. I am a big fan of play and I love exploring different ways children can learn through play. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family, go for a run and read books.

Mrs D Strachan

Teacher

Hi my name is Mrs Strachan. I started my career in education in 1999 when I started college to train as an Early Childhood Practitioner for two years. Once I qualified, I started working in a private nursery in Glasgow where I enjoyed 5 years. After redundancy, I went to university for 2 years and obtained my Degree in Early Childhood Studies. From there, I started working in a council nursery in Stirling. It was then in 2011 that I applied for the Postgraduate course in Primary Teaching. After completing the course at Strathclyde University I moved up to Blairgowrie and started teaching. Since 2012 I have worked at Invergowrie Primary School and Inchture Primary School before moving here to Rattray. Out with school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Mrs L Walker

Teacher

Miss D Wigmore

Teacher

Hi, my name is Ms Wigmore. I have been teaching primary since 2014. I qualified in England and moved to Perth in 2016. I have taught at Rattray since I moved here. I specialised in early years education and that is where my passion for education lies. In school my favourite lessons are numeracy and PE. Outside of school, I enjoy working in my garden, keeping fit and going on adventures with my Jackabea dog Saphy.

Ms J Coles

Primary School Support Worker

Mrs L Kemp

Pupil Support Assistant

Mrs G Kermath

Pupil Support Assistant & Breakfast Club

Mr R Wood

Pupil Support Assistant

Mrs K Skinner

Primary School Support Assistant

Mrs J Ritchie

Centre Leader

Ms G Harrison

Teacher - Nursery

Mrs C Clark

PECP

Miss A Needs

SECP

Miss C Sorokaniuk

SECP

Miss K Climie

ECP

Mrs M Murray

ECP

Mrs U Robertson

ECP

Mrs S McFarlane

ECP

Miss J Whyte

ECP

Mrs A Linton-Smith

Play Assistant

Mrs J Prebish

Play Assistant

Lorraine MacGregor

Play Assistant

Jacqui

Head Cook

Martin

Janitor