Head Teacher’s Welcome Letter

August 2019

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope that you and your family have had a lovely summer but that like us you are now ready for the new school session. We were delighted to see all our students on Wednesday for the start of a new and exciting year. As you know, we are growing school and we were very pleased to see not only a large cohort begin in S1, but a number of young people starting in other years where there is no waiting list.

We were very pleased to see our examination results continue to improve in many areas with increases year on year for some key measures and some of these increases leading to our best results ever. This is down to a lot of hard work on the part of both our students and staff and I welcomed the opportunity to congratulate them all this week. I would also like to thank you for all the encouragement and support you provide for your child, their learning, and our school, which is essential for their success.

Our initial improving attainment measures include the following:

Year Group Qualification Increase from last year
S5 1 @ Higher 3 year increase
S5 5@ Higher Continue as second best ever
S6 1 @ Higher 2 year increase
S6 3 @ Higher Continue as best ever
S6 5 @ Higher Continue as best ever
S6 1@ Advanced Higher Best ever

These very good examination results have ensured that our students who left in June are now embarking on a range of exciting and varied courses at both college and university. These include History at Glasgow, Digital Media and Interactive Design at Napier, Engineering at Strathclyde and Civil Engineering at both Heriot Watt and Edinburgh, to name but a few. We are very proud of them all and wish them the very best in their studies.

This is a good time to remind you of the vital importance attendance plays in ensuring that every child achieves their potential. The target for all students in the Edinburgh City Council is 95%. If your child’s attendance falls below this it will have a direct, negative impact on their attainment and achievement. If, however, there are extenuating circumstances, which require your child to be absent, then please contact their Pupil Support Leader in the first instance.

We set very high standards with regard to timekeeping also and ask that all students be in the school building before the first bell rings at 8.25am. As I am sure you will agree; punctuality is extremely important both in school and beyond.

Our very popular Breakfast Club continues to operate in our Community Wing, five mornings a week from 7.30am until 8.20am. This service is available for all students at no cost and highlights our commitment to health and wellbeing, as well as offering support to busy families. We hope to see many of your children attending and taking advantage of this service.

We were also delighted to welcome a number of new staff for this session, due to relocation, maternity leave and our rising school roll.

Additions to our staffing from June include:

Mrs Alisha Malcolm Pupil Support Assistant
Mr Jack Stringer Pupil Support Assistant

Probationer Teachers:
Mr Zen O’Conor Teacher of Art
Mrs Hazel Han Teacher of Mandarin
Mr Mark Jaggs Teacher of PE
Ms Claire Cridland Teacher of Science and Biology
Ms Moire McClintock Teacher of History

And the following:
Mrs Philippa Hastings CL Modern Languages (Thursday)
Dr Eric Danioux Teacher of Physics
Mr Stephen McRobert Teacher of Modern Studies
Mrs Carol Mordaunt Pupil Support Leader – Braemar (Friday)

I am very much looking forward to our new year and working together to ensure that all our students attain and achieve. The first of opportunity to meet some key staff and other parents is Monday 27th August at our End of Transition Evening from 6.00pm – 7.00pm if your child is in S1. Following this, all parents/cares for all years are welcome to attend the Parent Council AGM at 7.00pm, which is another opportunity to meet new people, as well as have a say in your child’s education.

I look forward to seeing you at these events.

Yours sincerely,

Hazel Kinnear