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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

North Ayrshire Schools Receive £5,889,762 Attainment Funding Boost

Primary and secondary schools in North Ayrshire will share a £5,889,762 funding boost in 2018/19 to help close the poverty-related attainment gap.

North Ayrshire Council is one of nine local authorities across Scotland allocated funding from the Attainment Challenge Fund, to support initiatives targeted at children living in communities affected by deprivation. In total, these nine challenge authorities will receive an additional £50 million in 2018/19.

An additional £4,413,960 in Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) has been awarded to North Ayrshire schools in 2018/19. Paid directly to schools, this funding will be focussed on improving literacy, numeracy, and health and wellbeing, to help ensure that all of Scotland's children and young people reach their full potential.

North Ayrshire schools will also have access to a network of Education Scotland Attainment Advisors to provide guidance and share good practice via the National Improvement Hub.

Commenting, Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“This funding boost brings the total investment on raising attainment in North Ayrshire to £10,303,722 this year. Over 40% of this is Pupil Equity Funding which is allocated to schools based on the number of pupils receiving free school meals and spent at the discretion of head teachers.

“By giving head teachers the resources, funding, and indeed the autonomy to do what they do best, we are already narrowing the attainment gap and ensuring that every child gets the best possible start in life, regardless of their background.”

Pupil Equity Funding, Challenge Authority, and Schools Programme funding together comprise the Attainment Challenge Fund. NAC is a Challenge Authority, so in total receives £10,303,722 from the Attainment Challenge Fund.

£5,889,762 of this goes directly to NAC, the other £4,413,960 is PEF.


PEF is delivered to schools as detailed below. For schools where revealing the allocation level may disclose individual pupils, their funding has been redacted.


Abbey Primary School £87,600

Annick Primary School £73,200

Ardeer Primary School £88,560

Beith Primary School £104,400

Blacklands Primary School £44,400

Brodick Primary School £6,480

Caledonia Primary School £93,960

Castlepark Primary School £229,200

Corsehill Primary School £66,000

Cumbrae Primary School £7,560

Dalry Primary School £118,800

Dreghorn Primary School £78,000

Dykesmains Primary School £94,800

Elderbank Primary School £198,000

Fairlie Primary School £8,400

Garnock Community Campus £43,200

Gateside Primary School £6,480

Glebe Primary School £82,800

Glencairn Primary School £79,200

Hayocks Primary School £148,800

Lamlash Primary School £8,640

Largs Primary School £98,400

Lawthorn Primary School £51,600

Loudoun-Montgomery Primary £78,000

Mayfield Primary School £80,400

Moorpark Primary School £82,800

Pennyburn Primary School £112,800

Springside Primary School £46,800

St Anthony's Primary School £63,720

St Bridget's Primary School £79,200

St John Ogilvie Primary School £63,600

St John's Primary School £55,200

St Luke's Primary School £43,200

St Mark's Primary School £117,600

St Mary's Primary School £15,600

St Palladius' Primary School £22,800

St Peter's Primary School £57,240

St Winning's Primary School £43,200

Stanley Primary School £175,200

West Kilbride Primary School £49,200

Whitehirst Park Primary £28,080

Whiting Bay Primary School £7,200

Winton Primary School £79,200

Woodlands Primary School £194,400


Ardrossan Academy £129,600

Arran High School £12,960

Auchenharvie Academy £121,200

Garnock Community Campus £106,800

Greenwood Academy £166,800

Irvine Royal Academy £133,200

Kilwinning Academy £116,400

Largs Academy £58,320

St Matthew's Academy £177,600


Haysholm School £26,400

James McFarlane School £8,400

James Reid School £27,600

Stanecastle School £13,200

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