Headteacher's Welcome

Cornbank St James Primary School is a non-denominational and co-educational school. It was opened in June 1968 and serves the Penicuik community. Our Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) has spaces for 56 children. In session 2024-25 there are going to be 296 learners organised into 12 classes. We also have a Complex Needs Primary 1 class, supporting children from across Midlothian.


The school is situated in extensive grounds with beautiful views over the Pentland Hills. Cornbank Primary School is one of three primary schools associated with Penicuik High School. At Cornbank Primary School we strive to create an engaging and nurturing environment for learning. We aim for excellence and celebrate diversity, inclusion and effort. Our pupils are well behaved, motivated and keen to learn. We use our Cornbank Toolkit to help children understand their learning dispositions and to discuss their progress in their learning.


Cornbank recently celebrated its ninth Green Flag, the only school in Midlothian to achieve this. All staff in Cornbank Primary work hard to provide a high quality education for all children. We work with all our partners in our school community to support and educate our children. There are a wide variety of opportunities for parents and families to be involved in the life and work of the school. Our active School Partnership participates in policy developments and supports the school in its drive towards continuous improvement. It also organises and runs many social events throughout the school year.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school.