South Morningside Primary Chess Club is a popular Club where boys and girls have fun while learning about Chess at all levels. We do take part successfully in inter-school and individual competitive events run by Lothian Junior chess and others, but there is no obligation to participate in these.

Everyone is welcome, no experience needed. We have a coaching team led by Andrew Green at each session and the club provides an opportunity to enter the UK Schools Chess Challenge competition (Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge) during the Monday sessions throughout the second term.

Who, When & Where:

The Chess Club runs on Monday evenings at Greenbank Church, from 18.00-19.00 for less experienced players (P3-4) and 19.00-20.00 for more experienced players (P5-7), starting September 23rd 2019.

Club Convenor: Emily Hargreaves

Club email: or

Tutor Name: Andrew Green

Allocation of spaces: Existing members get priority to rejoin in order to continue their Chess learning progression and then it is opened up to the rest of the school, P3 upwards.

Club Convenor’s children are always given a priority place in the club. Please contact the Club Convenor should you wish to take advantage of this privilege by offering to take on this position in future.

Cost: £44 per term – equipment is supplied and this covers the cost of team competitions.

A child’s space is not guaranteed until payment is received. All payment is due PRIOR to clubs starting. Failure to do so could result in your child not being admitted in to the club.

Cheques are to be written to SMPC, envelopes marked ‘Chess Club’ & posted in the Clubs Box by the Janitor’s Office (Main School) or by Reception (Deanbank).

Parent Volunteers required: Yes . Although no parents are required to help during the sessions, we do require parent helpers to assist at the main door with the rota for sign in/sign out. Normally this is shared and therefore a maximum of one session per term.

All parent volunteers must be PVG registered with the SMPC. Please contact for further details if you are not already registered with South Morningside Parent Council.

Refunds: Very occasionally classes need to be cancelled (e.g. instructor sickness). SMPC policy is that refunds will only be given in exceptional circumstances at the individual club’s discretion as offering refunds when this happens involves a lot of work for relatively small amounts of money. If, after accepting & paying for a place, your child subsequently does not take the place / drops out / changes their mind, a refund will not be given

SMPC Code of Conduct

Parents are kindly reminded that SMPC Clubs only operate thanks to a school parent who volunteers to act as Club Convenor & run the administrative side of the club. Parents are requested to respect the efforts of each Club Convenor.