Mount Pleasant Primary School was built in 1966. The location of the school is a very pleasant one overlooking Thurso River and the Harbour. There are magnificent views of the Pentland Firth, the Orkney Islands and the Old Man of Hoy, Thurso East and Thurso Castle and much of the town of Thurso.
The school is fortunate in having good-sized classrooms, a large assembly hall with stage, a gymnasium, a library and a music room. Within the main building we also have a Nursery and an Enhanced Provision Unit. The building by the main gate houses Croileagan, our Gaelic Medium Nursery. There is a generous tarmac area around the school and a large grass area with two junior size football pitches. We have recently installed an all-weather accessible path around the pitches. Throughout the school year children have opportunities to experience and explore our Nature Garden.
Currently there are 189 mainstream pupils in straight year classes from Primary 1 through to Primary 7 plus 19 pupils within our Gaelic Medium Provision Unit and 6 pupils in the Enhanced Provision with additional provision for drop in sessions for pupils from mainstream classes.
Our Nursery currently operates five days a week with a choice of morning, afternoon and flexible attendance slots available from 8.40am to 3.30pm, All our sessions cater for mixed groups of three and four year olds – currently we have 44 children enrolled. Our Croileagan Gaelic Nursery currently has 16 pupils enrolled for the forthcoming year. Nursery brochures are available from the school office on request.
In 2013 we were given the honour of launching the first Gaelic Medium Class in Caithness. This has increased the linguistic and cultural dimension of the school. It allows a smooth transition from our Croileagan Gaelic Nursery to Gaelic Medium Primary 1. We view this as a new beginning for language development in the school and the local community.