How good is our school?

How Good is Dalkeith High School?

In November 2017 we welcomed senior officers from Midlothian Council into Dalkeith High School to help us to answer the above question as part of a school review.

Our practice was evaluated using the ‘quality indicators’ set out in the document ‘How Good is Our School’ produced by Education Scotland.  We were delighted that the good practice that exists across the school was recognised in the report.

The following quality indicators were given evaluative ‘gradings’:

Quality Indicator (QI)

Evaluative grading


QI 2.3 Learning, teaching and assessment Good
QI 3.1 Ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion Good
QI 3.2 Raising attainment and achievement Good


The following quality indicators are not given gradings but are commented upon:

Quality Indicator (QI) Evaluation
QI 2.2 Curriculum pathways Strong
QI 2.7 Partnerships with parents/carers/others Strong


The report from the review team highlighted many key strengths and successes including:

  • Positive relationships evident across the school
  • Good use of praise to encourage pupils in their learning
  • Feedback used well to help pupils with next steps in learning
  • All of our pupils are able to be included in learning, despite some having barriers to learning
  • Many opportunities for young people to be included in wider achievement activities
  • Attainment is good and getting even better
  • Pupils from any background can do well at Dalkeith High School
  • Very clear curriculum pathways that pupils can progress through
  • Senior Phase curriculum meets the needs of all our learners
  • Many vocational (work related) courses as well as more traditional courses
  • Supportive Parent Council and PTA and good communication with parents/carers
  • Good partnership working to help us deliver the best learning experiences


A few areas for further development were also identified during the visit and will be incorporated in our Improvement Plan as we move forward towards the new session.

We are delighted with the report as it recognises the commendable practice within the school that brings benefits for all of our young people.  Thank you for all that you do to support the school.

Dalkeith High School: Determined Happy Successful

The role of the Parent Council

Link: DHS Parent Council Latest News

Link: DHS Parent Council Meeting Dates


Parent Council

The Parent Council is the formal body which represents all parents and carers of pupils at Dalkeith High School.  The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 makes provision for all parents to be members of the Parent Forum at a school, and to have their views represented to the school, education authority and others, through a representative Parent Council for the school.

The Act aims to help all parents to be:

  • involved in their child’s education and learning
  • welcomed as active participants in the life of the school
  • encouraged to express their views on school education generally and work in partnership with the school.

Midlothian Council has developed guidance for Parent Councils, including a support pack to assist with the establishment of a Parent Council.

All meetings of the Parent Council are open to any parent and dates of the meetings will be published in the school newsletters, posted on the school website and advertised on Twitter.

Parent Teacher Association

Our PTA is a less formal body which supports the school at a number of events during the school year.  Fund-raising occasions have included quizzes, fashion shows and even a Strictly Dalkeith-style.    Through the commitment and dedication of the parents who involve themselves in the wider life of the school, funds are raised annually and donated to the Pupil Voice.  These funds are then disbursed in the best interests of our young people.


Contact details for the Parent Council and PTA office bearers are:

Parent Council Chair: Caroline Pearson

Parent Council Secretary: Deborah Slater
T: 0131 663 3853

Parent Council Treasurer: Anne Murray

PTA contact: Jane Richardson


Download: The Role of the Parent Council

Download: Parent Council Welcome Pack