Quiz Night – Wednesday 28 November

The house captains are organising a quiz night in the school on Wednesday 28th November at 7pm.  The event is open to all S6 pupils, parents, staff and the wider community.  Tickets cost £2  (refreshments will be offered on the night)and the proceeds go to support the house system in the School.  We are looking for teams of 4 to 8 people to come along and enjoy put their general knowledge to the test in one of Mr Bishop’s legendary quizzes.  Tickets are available from the school office, music department or any house captains (or on the door on the night).  Hope to see lots of you there!

East Lothian Review

In September of this year an East Lothian review team visited our school for three days and worked with us to analyse our school’s current position, identify strengths and agree areas for improvement. This visit was part of the regular programme of East Lothian reviews of schools.
The review was very thorough and the full report, which can be read on our website, identifies a good number of positive strengths, whilst developing areas for improvement in our work. We were really pleased that most of the areas for development were already incorporated into our School Improvement Plan.
The key conclusions from the review were as follows:
The school has developed a positive culture that seeks to support and empower staff to develop their own skills. As a priority, school leaders now need to use a more effective and stronger evidence base in order to inform the strategic direction of the school and ensure clarity around how they will achieve the pace of improvement required that will positively impact on young people.
Capacity for Improvement
Given the positive culture of learning in the school and its understanding of where it needs to improve, there is capacity for improvement. This view, however, is predicated on all stakeholders working together with a shared understanding of the improvement priorities
Key Strengths:
Young people who are positive and engage well across the school.
Positive relationships between staff and young people.
The school has a strong and positive ethos and engages very well with the wider community.
The school demonstrates a strong understanding of ‘Getting It Right for Every Child and the processes leading to meaningful inclusion of children and young people.
The willingness of school leaders, staff, pupils and parents to engage in a culture of learning.
Areas for Development:
Improve the Curriculum across both Broad General Education and Senior Phase to meet the needs of learners.
Continue to promote and develop  consistent and effective approaches to  learning, teaching and assessment
Raise attainment for all.
Continue to improve whole school self-evaluation processes for school improvement.
We are already working on a new action plan, and are tackling the areas for improvement with enthusiasm and commitment. We’d be delighted to consider any aspect of this report further with families, and do please contact us at the school if you would like to discuss any issues. We will also be discussing the review visit outcomes at next Thursday’s Parent Council (8 November), with full feedback provided to all parents in the note of that meeting.

The full report can be found below:

Common School Day Feasibility Consultation

On 12 June 2018 a paper was presented to Cabinet seeking approval to undertake a feasibility study and consultation on the introduction of a Common Secondary School Day and potential resultant benefits for Primary education. A feasibility consultation document has now been prepared and a feasibility consultation has commenced.

East Lothian Council Education Service would like to hear your views on the feasibility consultation, which will run until Sunday 11 November.

More information can be found, along with an online survey, on the Consultation Hub by following the link below: