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KIRKCALDY HIGH SCHOOL - OUR SCHOOL
It gives me great pleasure to be able to welcome you to the Kirkcaldy High School web site. I see our web space as having two main functions. The first of these is to inform any interested visitor of the work of the school. Secondly we wish to develop a learning resource which will support the achievement of our learners in its widest sense. Our web site helps us to develop the home/school partnership which is required.
Parents/carers and our students know that we are a school which is firmly based on respect. We value RESPECT FOR SELF, RESPECT FOR OTHERS and RESPECT FOR LEARNING, and I am sure that visitors to our site will see many examples of how we promote our core values.
In addition to highlighting the ways in which we strive to enrich young lives and help prepare young people for the future, our web site will help any visitor understand how we work; our curriculum, how we promote achievement, how we deliver lessons, how we support learners, how we foster a community ethos, our resources and facilities and how we organise all of these aspects of our school.
I am always so immensely proud of all of our pupils and I am hugely appreciative of the hard work, dedication and commitment of our staff. I believe that this is a terrific school and it was great to have this view endorsed in August, when KHS was selected as Kingdom FM’s “Local Hero” Award Winner—we were judged to be Fife’s “best school”.
As for the most recent SQA exam results, I am delighted to report that, although we saw the introduction of a whole new set of qualifications, there is a rising trend over almost all of the reported indicators, especially in the key areas of literacy and numeracy. Hundreds of young people have seen their hard work and effort rewarded as they matched or bettered their targets.
Special congratulations go to those young people who could not have done better in the exams; Catherine Forsyth, Chris Duffy and Jamie-Luke Garrett (5 “A” pass Highers) and Lauren Ferriday (straight “A” passes at National 5). Also leavers Saad Majeed and Jack Cargill (straight “A” Grades at Advanced Higher and Higher).
We recently welcomed new staff Mr Young and Miss McIntosh in PE, Miss Malcolm in Music, Mrs Pirie in Physics and Guidance (Beveridge House) and Mrs Sim in Maths and Guidance (Carlyle House). Mrs Kerek in English stays with us on a permanent basis and is joined by Mrs McCormick as a trainee. Other probationers are Miss Band in PE and Miss Grubb in Maths. Well done to Miss Keeble, who becomes a Guidance Teacher in Adam Smith House on a permanent basis. We also welcomed Mrs Rae in the Office and Mrs Kelly as part of the Pupil Support team.
Many thanks for your strong backing with our push on uniform, and especially the wearing of blazers. We have had a very good uptake and I know that many parents/carers appreciate the lengths we have gone to secure a good deal. Please check the Academy Uniforms website to order a quality KHS blazer and badge for only £28.
I have to say that that I think we go to great lengths to keep you involved and informed. As well as our termly printed Newsletter, there is our monthly diary in the Fife Free Press. We also email messages home - if you do not receive these, please contact the school and we’ll add you to our mailing list. We now use “Parentcall” too—this is a text message alert and it will be used to notify you of any school closure. We regularly ask for updates, but if we do not have your current mobile number, please do advise us. Our website is an up to date resource with lots of “live” information and we are also the leading Fife school in the use of “Twitter” - you can follow us @KirkcaldyHigh.
Our website is one of the most important ways of keeping in touch. Clicking on our pages, I hope that you will be informed about KHS and impressed by the achievements of our learners. This is becoming an increasingly useful place, a virtual learning space and a key means by which Kirkcaldy High School expands beyond its campus and engages ever more effectively with the wider world.
With best wishes
Derek Allan (Rector)