Following an extensive period of consultation with pupils, staff and parents/carers, we have agreed our vision statement which will guide us as we move forward with further improvements to our school.
Dalkeith High School: Enabling all young people to succeed in an inclusive, respectful and stimulating environment
What is the Pupil Voice Forum?
This group meets approximately once per month. The aim of the group is to ensure that young people at Dalkeith High School have their voices heard on a wide range of subjects. The subjects discussed last year included last year included: different means of assessment, curriculum structures, subject choice, and introducing blazers for S6 pupils.
It provides opportunities for young people in the school to demonstrate that they are:
The Pupil Voice Forum is run by members of the Senior School Council who help set the agenda, chair meetings, produce minutes and feedback to the Senior Leadership Team.
These Senior School Council members work with a different group of young people at each monthly meeting.
We don’t run elections or have a lengthy application process to decide who attends meetings. Instead, every member of Dalkeith High School is automatically a member of the Pupil Voice Forum. Ahead of each meeting, pupils are selected via the registers from across different year groups and Houses and contacted asking to participate in the meeting. This means that everyone in the school genuinely gets a chance to have their say.
Even if you are not one of the names called when a particular topic is run, you can offer your comments via your Guidance Teacher or one of the Senior School Council representatives.
All of those who contribute to the meetings earn points for their House.
The minutes from the meeting are published on the school website and Senior School Council members report their findings to the Senior Leadership Team, who then respond to any issues or questions raised.
In session 2016-17, the staff members of the group are:
- Mrs Stewart (Meetings are held in Mrs Stewart’s classroom F118)
- Mr Knight
- Ms Nicoll
Your Senior Leadership team link is:
Your Senior School Council representatives are:
- John Archibald (House Captain- Lothian)
- Poppy Church Olney (House Captain- Buccleuch)
- Erin Thomson (Depute Head Girl- Melville)
See below for an introduction from our Headteacher…
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.
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); Professor Gillian R Knapp, nee Revill (Professor of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University) 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.
Please feel free to contact us at the school. We are here to help. I look forward to meeting you and to securing a bright future for your son or daughter.
Allyson Dobson, Headteacher