Pupil Voice 2018/19

Dalkeith High Schools Pupil Voice has gone from strength to strength this year with increased involvement from pupils in S2 (Sophie Binns, Mia Linn, Eve Sneddon and Lara Stewart) and S5 (Liam Bielski, Catriona Nelson, Elle Wright and Yasmine Yorke).  The team is extremely hardworking and eager to make positive impact and change across the school.

Education Scotland has recently produced a resource called ‘How Good is OUR School’ (which we refer to in Dalkeith High School as ‘weeHIGIOS’) to help support learner participation in self evaluation and school improvement.  Staff at Dalkeith High School aim to promote and encourage opportunities that give our young people a stronger voice on matters that affect their lives and learning.  As a result, Pupil Voice representatives have started to use ‘HGIOS’ to help evaluate their School and identify areas for improvement.

Pupil Voice representatives have continued to lead a range of meetings to gain the views and opinions from across the school.  They agreed to focus on Theme 2 within the HGIOS document “Our Learning and Teaching” as they felt it was important to reflect upon and get wider responses on the curriculum, learning experiences, reporting and feedback.  The team all agreed there is a lot of areas which are already very good in the school however they felt there are also aspects which could be developed and further improved.  When the team were planning their recent Pupil Voice meeting, they decided to use the questions in the HGIOS booklet as a starting point to help get honest feedback from other learners.

Information and responses collected at Pupil Voice meetings are always shared and discussed  with the Senior Leadership Team.  Representatives attended the meetings where next steps are discussed and considered.  Feedback is further communicated and shared with the wider staff at meetings and is often used to inform staff training sessions.

Pupil Voice has identified further steps to develop purposeful Learning experiences across the school.  Members will be carrying out Learning Walks alongside the Senior Leadership Team to observe learning across the school.  They also want to carryout department and whole school evaluations where they look at wall displays, digital resources, outdoor facilities and the layout of classrooms.  Evaluations will help them collect additional information which they will use to make further improvements to help shape the future of their school.

Please follow the future developments and hard work carried out by the Pupil Voice team by following us on Twitter @DHSPupilVoice

Sharing Achievement – U15 Boys’ Football Team

We are delighted to report that our U15 football team defeated Ross High 4-3 last night to progress into the Lothian Schools Cup Final.

The final will be played on a Friday afternoon in mid-May, and Mr Aitken will look into organising transport for staff/pupils who would like to go along and support. This is a tremendous achievement and testament to the boys’ hard work and resilience. If you see any of the following students please stop to congratulate them on this achievement:

Jamie Stables
Ewan Martin
Luke Gorman
Logan Imrie
Gary Roseburgh
Adam Cairns
Steven Todd
Alex Parrado
Robbie McCormack
Ender Gulem
Jack MacDonald
Bailey Paterson
Naim Makorie
Ryan Johnston
Charlie Morrant

Sharing Achievement – Sam Sutherland

Sam Sutherland, 3L2, is currently in the Scottish Rugby Academy FOSROC development programme and has been progressing through this over the last couple of years. He is currently in the latter stages of selection for one of the regional teams. During the month of March he is going through intensive training 2-3 times a week for selection of the team, in addition to continuing his twice weekly training and weekly matches for his rugby club Ross High.

Well done Sam!

Sharing Achievement – Jamie Rae

Jamie, 3L2, is in the Scottish Rugby FOSROC development pathway, he has been progressing through this since S1. He is currently in the latter stages of selection for the regional team. During March he is going through more intensive training 2-3 times a week for selection for the team as well as continuing his twice weekly training and weekly games for his rugby club, Ross High.

We look forward to hearing more about Jamie’s progress in the future. More House points for Lothian!

Top of the Class

Dalkeith High School is once again ‘Top of the Class’!  The National Benchmarks recently published by Scottish Government show that Dalkeith High School has outperformed our comparators across all of the attainment measures.

This is an outstanding achievement that is testament to the hard work of our young people and the support from parents/carers for the work of the school. It has also been made possible by the high quality learning experiences provided by staff and our combined, relentless pursuit of excellence.

Well done to all in the Dalkeith High School community!