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KIRKCALDY HIGH SCHOOL - OUR SCHOOL
A welcome from the Rector.
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 this requires.
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 must thank you, the parent/carer community of KHS for your very strong backing and cooperation over the past year. All our successes as a school are based on this and it was a pleasure to be able to report the results of the “Parentwise” and “Pupilwise” surveys at Prizegiving in June. In 36 of the 39 questions asked, the KHS positive response rate exceeded the Fife average.
These recent online surveys were organised by Fife Council and the results show very high levels of appreciation for what we are trying to do here. An incredible 96% of those who responded said that they were “happy with the school”. This compares very well with the equivalent figure for all Fife secondary schools. Across Fife 84% of respondents were happy with their high school.
As usual, we have a staff update. First off, very well done to Mrs Sim, who has been appointed to be the new Head of Maths at St Andrew’s High School. I am sure she will be a great success. Also, best wishes to Mrs Parkin and Mr Matuszak, who will move to posts at Dunfermline and St Columba’s High School respectively. Miss Band takes up a post at Balwearie High School after a very successful training spell here. Also leaving us to retire is Mrs Murie (Head of Languages). We wish Mrs Murie well and thank her for her many years of dedicated service to KHS. We were all saddened to learn of the death of Mrs Murie’s husband Ron at the start of June.
In August, we will welcome new staff Miss MacEachen and Miss Burke in Languages, Miss Malcolm and Mr Campbell in PE, Miss Braid in Geography, Miss Ashby in History and Miss Dickson in English. Best wishes to Miss Bruce and Miss Keeble, who have both gone off on maternity leave.
There are new additions to the Guidance Team from August with Mr Marshall joining Adam Smith House and Mrs Hunter taking up post in Carlyle. Congratulations to them. We have also adjusted the yearhead responsibilities as follows; S1/S6—Mrs Aitken, S2/S5—Mr Young, S3—Mrs Davidson, S4—Miss Diamond.
I mentioned your strong support earlier. Many thanks for your continued backing 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 £29.50. Blazers.
You will know that we make strenuous efforts to keep you informed about the life of KHS. As well as our 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 use “Parentcall” too—this is a text message or email alert and it will be used to notify you of any school closure or other urgent matter. 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 you perhaps know that we are also the leading Fife school in the use of “Twitter” - you can follow us @KirkcaldyHigh. Many of you already do, and we have over 1000 followers.
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.
Best wishes, on behalf of us all at Kirkcaldy High School.
Derek Allan (RECTOR)