How good is our school?

Parental Survey Results: How Good is our School Parental Survey

How Good is Dalkeith High School?

As part of the ongoing self-evaluation of our practice, we recently welcomed senior officers from Midlothian Council into Dalkeith High School to help us to answer the above question.

All schools should evaluate their practice against the Quality Indicators set out in the document ‘How Good is Our School’ produced by Education Scotland.

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

  • Clear evidence of strong and effective leadership
  • Strong commitment of school staff to continued improvement
  • A very positive ethos reflected in excellent relationships between staff and young people
  • Staff know the young people well and understand nature of the community context they are working in
  • Effective support given to young people by staff to produce positive outcomes
  • Excellent tracking, monitoring and reporting systems that allow parents/carers to support young people in their learning
  • A focus on the recognition and rewarding of positive achievement
  • A wide range of curriculum options that allow all young people to achieve their full potential

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.

  • Further improve pace and challenge in the Broad General Education (BGE)
  • Differentiation of learning to meet the needs of all learners should become consistent across the school
  • A more consistent use of group work and active learning to ensure that all learners are engaging with the learning

Overall evaluations:

Quality Indicator 1.3 Leadership of Change

Evaluated as being very good

Quality Indicator 2.3 Learning, teaching and assessment

Evaluated as being good with many aspects of very good practice

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

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