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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'm 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.
Annually, in August, we see the publication of the SQA exam results and I am delighted to report that once again we have seen a rising trend over almost all of the reported indicators. Hundreds of young people have seen their hard work and effort rewarded as they matched or bettered the ambitious targets they set themselves at the start of last session. I would like to offer special congratulations to those young people who could not have done better; Chris Duffy and Abigail James (8 top level Standard Grades) and Stef Campbell, Saad Majeed and Humza Saleem (5 “A” grades at Higher). Well done!
However, our exam achievement goes further than that. When baseline testing at age 11 is taken into account, KHS pupils do exceptionally well. In terms of “value added” based on the tests conducted in all Fife schools by Durham University, this year’s exam results show that KHS pupils do relatively better than those in any other secondary school in Fife. In other words, Kirkcaldy High School is top of the table for “added value”.
You will be aware that, since the implementation of “Curriculum for Excellence”, there is a change in school qualifications. The biggest change is with the introduction of the SQA “Nationals” and it was great to see such a good turnout for our S3/4 information evening in November.
For your information the main changes are;
National 3 replaces Standard Grade “Foundation”. There is no exam and assessment is throughout the course. N3 is not graded but assessed as a “pass” or “fail”.
National 4 replaces “General” and is assessed in the same way as National 3.
National 5 replaces “Credit”. It is graded A-D, with A-C being regarded as a pass and there is an exam in May.
Higher remains the same standard as ever, although the content is being revised for 2015.
Advanced Higher is usually taken in S6 and remains the same standard with revised content.
Standard Grade now no longer exists and this session is the last of “Intermediates” for our school.
The current S4 take 6 “Nationals” and it will be the same when the current S3 enter S4. However, taking on board the comments/feedback received from parents/carers, we are looking at ways of delivering a slightly broader range from next session. I will contact all parents/carers to seek your opinion of any proposals and your support for any changes. It could be that we will require to adjust period lengths and the structure of the day to be able to offer greater flexibility. Initial discussion with staff and pupils has taken place and we are looking at good practice in other schools and Local Authorities.
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 (including S1/2 homework details) - 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)