Letter about our pupils from a fellow passenger on a flight back from Barcelona

Dear Mrs Dobson,

First of all I’d like to apologise for taking so long to send this email as the occasion I’m about to refer to happened a couple of months ago now but let me explain.

My family and I were returning to Edinburgh from Barcelona at the beginning of the summer holidays on a RyanAir flight which had been delayed for around an hour for boarding and (to our horror) a further 3 hours once we were all boarded and the doors were locked. This is never welcome news and my 3 year old daughter didn’t cope particularly well which resulted in her bumping her head and tears ensued. It was at this point that a pupil from (one of a group who were celebrating a successful performance of Hairspray – I think)

Dalkeith High School stepped forward to offer her cuddly toy dog to my very upset daughter. This act of kindness saw my daughter not only calm down but actually sleep for most of the delay such was her delight and resultant comfort. For this act alone I can’t thank this pupil enough, it was a truly selfless gesture which made a little girl (and her parents) very happy and sets the young lady in question out for particular commendation. We didn’t catch her name but she and her friends will know who she is and I hope our gratitude can be relayed to her.

That’s the main part but a special mention is deserved for all the young adults in the group and their teacher. Those are tough circumstances for any traveller and there were several ‘adults’ on the flight that dealt with the situation poorly while every pupil from Dalkeith High was polite, well-behaved, courteous and considerate from start to finish and I can’t tell you how impressed we were. The teacher in charge was also notable for her calm yet firm approach in ensuring her charges comfort and safety whilst this was all going on.

As I say it was a while ago so I apologise for the delay in contacting you but young people are too often misrepresented these days and I couldn’t let this pass without comment.

All the children and staff were top-notch and an absolute credit to the school, I wish them all the very best for what I’m sure will be a bright future!

Guidance Staff 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 Principal Teacher of Guidance.

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

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Your child’s Principal Teacher of Guidance 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

The Pupil Voice Forum

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:

  • Responsible
  • Resourceful
  • Resilient
  • Reflective

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:

  • Ms Preston

Your Senior School Council representatives are:

  • John Archibald (House Captain- Lothian)
  • Poppy Church Olney (House Captain- Buccleuch)
  • Erin Thomson (Depute Head Girl- Melville)