Policies

Dress Code

Peebles High School has a long tradition of wearing school uniform.
The wearing of school uniform:

  • Encourages a sense of identity
  • Develops pride in the school
  • Creates an environment and work attitude which is purposeful
  • Improves school security
  • Discourages competition in clothing.

We expect the school uniform to be worn in a way that looks smart overall and in keeping with the identity and sense of pride that we are seeking to encourage.

Our dress code is fully supported by the Scottish Executive, Scottish Borders Council, School Staff, School Board and Senior Student Council.

  • Black shoes
  • White shirt or blouse and tie worn appropriately and modestly
  • Black sweatshirt with school crest
  • Black trousers and skirts (of a length that is appropriate for modesty)
  • White school polo shirts in s1-s4 with crest
  • PE kit black shorts and plain white t shirt with no logos
  • ALL hats and caps must be removed in school
  • All coats and jackets removed in class

Any pupil who is not wearing school uniform will be issued with a demerit. If a pupil accrues three or more demerits they will have privileges removed including attending school trips and social events.
Modest jewellery allowed but must be removed at PE. No responsibility for losses can be taken but stolen goods must be taken up with the school via the office.

We request make up is restrained and is minimal.
Ties, polo tops with logos and school sweatshirts can be ordered all year via the office, forms available on school website.
School team kit for Rugby and hockey can be purchased at PE department
Team socks are available from the Castle Warehouse

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School Curriculum

Peebles High School is committed to creating a curriculum model which is firmly entrenched in the principles of Curriculum for Excellence and will focus on the development of the Four Capacities: successful learners; confident individuals; responsible citizens and effective contributors, and to prepare students for the changing world of the 21st Century.

Curriculum for Excellence in a secondary school is delivered in two sections: a Broad General Education from S1-S3 where students experience a wide range of experiences and outcomes across all eight curricular areas with some personalisation and choice along subject lines. This is followed by a Senior Phase, S4-S6, where students continue to focus on skills for learning, life and work while moving towards national qualifications and the transition to life beyond school.

From June 2013, students embarking upon the Senior Phase at Peebles High School will study six subjects in their fourth year at a level appropriate to their needs. As we have received more details of the new National Level 4 and 5 courses it has become apparent that, in order to provide the best opportunities for our students, we must allocate more time to each. By providing 5 periods per week for our National 4 and 5 choices we will ensure a better quality learning experience that is more likely to bring about success for all our students and, for our more able, provide the best possible preparation for Higher courses. This decision is supported by the Scottish Borders Education Department and is in line with their position on Curriculum for Excellence. All our students will continue to study Maths and English in their fourth year and choose four other subjects. Students may choose to study subjects in the Senior Phase that they have not previously elected to study in the Broad General Education phase. Our current S3 students will be presented for the new National Qualifications at N3-N5 level in May/June of 2014.

In their fifth and sixth years, students at Peebles High will be able to study up to five subjects from the new National Qualifications levels N3-N7. This includes the option to study either five Highers (N6) or three Advanced Highers (N7) in one year.

Religious Education and Observance

Through Curriculum for Excellence we are committed to the nurturing of our young people in their physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. One way we do this is through active Religious Observance which provides opportunities for the school community to reflect on, develop and celebrate the shared values of our students.
Peebles High School plays an important role in the life of the local community. Another significant part of the community are the churches in the area. Peebles High School works closely with a Chaplaincy Team representative of local churches to bring together these two important faces of Peeblesshire in delivering regular assemblies that seek to sensitively engage, stimulate and benefit students in their individual beliefs and values, whether they are of faith or none.
Religious Observance in Peebles High School adopts an open and respectful approach and does not seek to compromise the beliefs of any student or their families. However, parents are permitted to request that their children not participate in Religious Observance, should they so wish, under the terms of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980. Where this request is made parents would be encouraged to meet with Mr Wilson, Rector, to discuss an equally beneficial alternative activity.

Equality and fairness for all

We are committed to the following principles: Every pupil should be helped to develop a sense of personal and cultural identity that is confident and open to change, and that is receptive and respectful towards others. Pupils should develop the knowledge, understandings and skills that they need in order to participate in Britain’s multicultural society.

Involving parents

The support of parents is vital to the success of Peebles High School. We believe, therefore, that we should do everything possible to provide parents regularly with information and opportunities to visit the school to learn of matters that relate to their child’s education. At present, contact with parents takes many forms including:

  • newsletters
  • School emails
  • pupils’ reports
  • meetings to discuss pupils’ progress
  • information evenings
  • meetings to consult with parents eg about school uniform
  • contact by pupil support staff (letter, telephone call or individual interview)
  • Parent Council, PTA, PHS200
  • school website and News Wall
  • Parents are also invited to get in touch with us about any matter concerning their child’s education; we encourage parents to do so and shall do our best to resolve any matters of concern.