Welcome to our school website.
I am delighted to take this opportunity to introduce you to Dalkeith High School. Our website is intended to provide you with important information about our school, its staff and our facilities. A visit to our school can be arranged by contacting the school office. Further information is available in our handbook and from our associated primary schools.
This year – 2014 – marks our centenary at Dalkeith High School and we have an exciting programme of events to mark the occasion.
Our school motto is ‘Labor Vincit’ which means ‘Hard work prevails’. The motto was devised, along with the school badge, in 1914. Although there had been a high school in Dalkeith for several centuries, it was the new school established in June 1914 that we identify as being the origin of the contemporary Dalkeith High School.
Famous pupils in the academic field include Sir James Stagg (Chief Meteorologist to General Eisenhower); Professor Sir John Bruce (Honorary Surgeon to the Queen); Professor Neil Smith (Professor of Anthropology & Geography at the City University of New York); Professor Robert Hume (Professor of Developmental Medicine at Dundee Univesity) and Professor John Finlay (History of Scots Law & European Legal History at the University of Glasgow).
It is a blend of academic and personal success that we seek today for each of our students, and a firm grounding in the life skills required for the years ahead. My hope is to continue to improve the life chances of every one of our young people at Dalkeith High School. We certainly are pupil-centred in all that we do. After all, it is by the nature and conduct of our senior students as they leave school that we will be judged. Are our young people ready to succeed in the 21st century society? I believe they most certainly are. Our progress in recent years has been significant. We have more opportunities, both in a curricular and an extra-curricular sense, than ever before. The 2014 exam results saw the breaking of many school records and in September 2014 our school leaver positive destination rate was our highest ever. Please feel free to contact us at the school. We are here to help. I look forward to meeting you in the months ahead and to securing a bright future for your son or daughter.
Colin Gerrie, Headteacher