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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 have developed a learning resource which will support the achievement of our learners in its widest sense. Our web site helps us to promote 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.
The S4 prelims went well, and have been good practice for the real exams next May. As always, for some, the results will be a "wake up call", a chance to start knuckling down to the hard work and study regime required to do well. Our staff are absolutely committed to their pupils and offer an extensive range of additional lunchtime and after school study sessions. These are detailed in the timetable available on our website and on “Twitter”. I must thank the teachers. If your son/daughter is in S4-6, please encourage them to take up this excellent offer. In the New Year we will be collating details of the "Saturday School" sessions we will run from January to April, and we''''''''ll also have additional sessions during the Easter Holidays. From now on it''''''''s about practice, revision, study and putting in the additional hours. The prelims for S5/6 take place in the week beginning 11 January 2016.
You may be aware that there is a now a Fife wide agreement about the future timetabling of all schools to ensure the best delivery of “Curriculum for Excellence” courses and to promote good partnership working - for example for work placements or College courses. Schools have been asked to get together in their local area to plan collaboratively.
In June 2014, we moved from a 30 period to a 35 period week and this has been seen as a positive move — we do not propose to change this. However, we do plan to make slight adjustments to the school day from next August in order to help with partnership and joint working. I will be in touch in the New Year as part of a consultation process.
Earlier this month it was a pleasure to welcome David Torrance, the MSP for Kirkcaldy, to the school. Mr Torrance met with various groups of young people, stayed for lunch and visited classes. The main themes we covered were; exam results (especially "closing the gap" between the most and least deprived young people), positive destinations for school leavers and health and wellbeing. There were class visits to English and Modern Studies and at lunchtime, the Learning Council quizzed their MSP on local matters such as services for young people in Kirkcaldy. In the afternoon, Mr Torrance visited an Engineering Science class, which was of particular interest as engineering is his vocation.
On the theme of “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), Miss Higham, the “UK STEM Teacher of the Year” has just returned from her all expenses paid trip the CERN Nuclear Centre in Switzerland. This was her prize for the award she won earlier this year. We’ve also just hosted a talk on engineering apprenticeships. Securing a pathway to employment, be it in technical or other fields, has become a major focus of the school.
But we are about so much more. For example, I’m really looking forward to our production of “Wizard of Oz” in June - ticket details will be available in the new year.
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 almost 1500 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)