Performance

Where are we now?

Our examination results in August were very good. Our S4 students performed impressively with 58% attaining at least 5 credit grades and 87% attaining at least 5 general grades. Our S5 results were the best the school has ever had with 23% of the cohort from the previous year going on to attain 5 Highers.
Below are the most recent exam results by comparator schools, ie: schools with a very similar profile to PHS.

5 or more awards at SCQF Level 5 or better by the end of S4

There are four tables and graphs to follow. Table 1 refers to how many students achieve level 5 (credit) in their standard grades by the end of S4. The school would like to have as many students as possible achieve five credits by the end of S4, as we feel that a minimum of five will give students a strong foundation for employability.
Attainment by the end of S4 in 2012 and in most previous years was well above the national pattern. The 2012 value is the highest since 2001. The value for this measure has increased each year since 2008.
In 2012 attainment was in the top 25% of comparator schools and in most previous years has been in line with the middle 50% of comparator schools.

 

The boxplot above shows the distribution of scores of a group of 20 comparator schools, selected using Principal Components Analysis (PCA). The line above the box extends up to the highest value achieved in the group of schools and the line below the box extends down to the lowest value achieved. The box represents the scores between the lower and upper quartiles (ie 50% of the group, and the central line indicates the position of the median score (the average of the 10th and 11th scores). The special characters indicate the value achieved by Peebles High.

5 or more awards at SCQF Level 6 or better by the end of S5

The following tables and graphs depict the number of students who achieve five of more level 6 (Highers) by the end of S5.  The better PHS performs in this area is representative of the number of students who can access university at the end of S5, or candidates for Advanced Highers (level 7) in S6.
Attainment by the end of S5 in 2012 and in most previous years was well above the national pattern. The 2012 value is the highest since 2001. The 2012 value for this measure is in line with expectations based on the value for 5+ Level 5 by the end of S4 in 2011. The value for this measure has increased each year since 2010.
In 2012 attainment was in line with the middle 50% of comparator schools.
 

 

5 or more awards at SCQF Level 6 or better by the end of S6

The following tables and graphs depict the number of students who achieve five of more level 6 (Highers) by the end of S6.  The better PHS performs in this area is representative of the number of students who will be able to access university at the end of S6.
Attainment by the end of S6 in 2012 and in most previous years was well above the national pattern. The 2012 value is the highest since 2001. The 2012 value for this measure is in line with expectations based on the value for 5+ Level 5 by the end of S4 in 2010.
Over the last 5 years attainment has always been in line with the middle 50% of comparator schools.

 

1 or more awards at SCQF Level 7 or better by the end of S6

The following tables and graphs depict the number of students who achieve five of more level 7 (Advanced Highers) by the end of S6.  This is the highest academic award that a student can achieve at secondary level.
Attainment by the end of S6 in 2012 was above the national pattern and in most previous years was well above the national pattern. The 2012 value is ranked 3th out of 12 years. The 2012 value for this measure is in line with expectations based on the value for 5+ Level 5 by the end of S4 in 2010. The value for this measure has increased each year since 2010.
Over the last 5 years attainment has always been in line with the middle 50% of comparator schools.

 

Cumulative Whole School Attainment by Cohort

The following tables show NCDs and percentages for pupils gaining awards at the stated levels. Each column shows the values over a three year period. The first row shows attainment by the end of S4, the second row shows attainment by the same cohort by the end of S5 and third row shows attainment by the end of S6. Normally, the three NCD values in a column will be similar.

Progress from 5+ SCQF Level 5 by S4 to 5+ SCQF Level 6 by S6

Comparator Schools

Alford Academy (Abs);
Aboyne Academy (Abs);
McLaren High (Sti);
Ellon Academy (Abs)
Kingussie High (Hig);
Kinross High (P&K);
Glen Urquhart High (Hig) ;
Arran High (NA);
Knox Academy (EL);
Earlston High (ScB);
Strathaven Academy (SL) ;
Moffat Academy (D&G);
North Berwick High (EL);
Fortrose Academy (Hig);
Milne’s High (Mor);
Lochgilphead High (A&B);
Waid Academy (Fif) ;
Bell Baxter High (Fif) ;
Kirkcudbright Academy (D&G);
Comm School Auchterarder (P&K)

Where do we want to be?

Peebles High School is determined that we continue to excel in all we do .We value our non academic achievements as highly as our academic ones as a way to ensure our students become well rounded individuals ready for the challenges of the 21st century. Our goal is to continue to achieve performances above our comparator schools and within 5 years we would ideally like to be top in 4th,5th and 6th year academic results. In the interim years we want to incremementally improve our results on the road to this position. Equally and especially once our sports facilities and ITC upgrades are completed to have the best possible results at our next HMI review .This is a partnership between pupils , staff ,parents and our community and will be achieved if we continue to work collectively with big ambitions to what is possible.

How are we going to get there?

School Improvement Plan

The School Improvement Plan describes the objectives for the School in this coming year. It is a detailed account of tasks, roles and responsibilities and can be found here.

HMIE inspection

A team of Her Majesty’s Inspectors inspected the school in October 2009. This inspection involved our young people, staff, parents and members of the wider school community. The HMIe team published a report of its key findings:
The inspection of Peebles High School found the following key strengths.

  • Confident, articulate and well-motivated young people.
  • The wide range of opportunities for personal achievement, offered by many committed staff, which help many young people to develop their talents
  • High levels of attainment in certificate examinations on the part of many young people.
  • The wide range of subjects offered in the curriculum which give young people good opportunities for personalisation and choice.
  • The well-focused opportunities for vocational learning, relevant to the needs and interest of young people.

For further information please go to :
www.educationscotland.gov.uk/