The role of the Parent Council

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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   scottishelements@live.com

Parent Council Secretary: Deborah Slater  dflorsham@gmail.com
T: 0131 663 3853

Parent Council Treasurer: Anne Murray amurray150@yahoo.co.uk

PTA contact: Jane Richardson janeyr9@gmail.com

 

Download: The Role of the Parent Council

Download: Parent Council Welcome Pack

 

Pupil Support at Dalkeith High School

Dalkeith High School is made up of four Houses: Buccleuch, Dalhousie, Lothian and Melville.

Each House has a House Head (Depute Head Teacher) and a Pupil Support Leader.

The table below provides details of the appropriate members of staff for each House.

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Your child’s Pupil Support Leader is your first point of contact if you have any concerns you would like to discuss. They can be contacted on the telephone number below.

Telephone number
0131 654 4701

Our Vision Statement

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

#DeterminedHappySuccessful

Welcome to our school website!

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