Founded in 1858, Peebles High School has evolved into a thriving place to learn and a positive place to grow. Supported well by parents, local businesses and local volunteers, Peebles High School truly is at the heart of our community.
A well motivated team deliver a challenging and diverse curriculum, supported by a wealth of extra curricular clubs and trips, encouraging all of our young people to achieve to their fullest potential.
As we continue to grow, we look forward to the completion of our new state of the art sports facility and, in the summer of 2013, a complete refresh of our IT resources.
Please, read through our handbook, it is a comprehensive guide to what we do and who we are. If you would like to meet us or know more, please contact the school.
Thank you for your interest in Peebles High School. I hope that you enjoy reading about our school and that it provides you with the information that you are looking for. The purpose of the handbook is to communicate the ethos of the school, provide a welcome for parents to the school, prepare your child for school and act as a reference tool while your child is with us. The handbook also aims to communicate aspects of your child’s learning journey and in doing so, hopefully encourage your involvement in the school and help you to support your child.
One of the undoubted strengths of our school is the involvement of our parents. We are extremely fortunate to have three parent groups who contribute so much to the school: Parent Council, PTA and PHS200. The fact that they all engage with the school in different ways is not only a benefit to the school and our pupils but it also means that there are many different ways for parents to get involved or assist in the life and the decisions of the school – please take time to read about them later in the handbook! I encourage all parents to be as involved as possible.
All our staff want the very best for the young people who come to our school and they readily give their time, professionalism, compassion and creativity to ensure that every student has the best chance of reaching their potential. While ensuring that our classrooms are a place to thrive and succeed is our priority, we are also very proud of the range of extra-curricular activities, school trips and sporting opportunities that we offer for all. Any prospective or current pupil should take time to explore the wide variety of activities on offer.
In everything that we do at Peebles High School, we want to work in partnership with parents and pupils to create a happy, vibrant and successful school community.
At Peebles High School our vision is to inspire, challenge, support and empower our students to become:
- successful learners
- confident individuals
- responsible citizens
- effective contributors
Essentially, this means that we are striving to ensure our students are actively participating in an education that helps them to become happy, healthy people with the academic attainment and personal achievements they need to realise their ambitions.
This vision is embodied in our school’s aims to:
- Give all of our students every opportunity they need to meet their academic potential.
- Celebrate students’ achievements and encourage them to have high expectations for life.
- Ensure everyone feels safe, respected and supported in achieving their ambition.
- Encourage all to participate positively in the life of the school and strive towards living a healthy life.
- Promote positive behaviour and respect in all of our relationships.
- Respect for self
- Respect for Others
- Care for the environment
The Curriculum for Excellence
there are four key aspirations
Successful Learners by
- providing stimulating and challenging experiences
- offering a curriculum which is progressive, broad and balanced
- developing both collaborative and independent working
- applying effective and varied learning and teaching strategies and formative assessment
- developing a range of learning approaches to apply to new situations
- offering opportunities to study for national qualifications which are suited to capabilities and interests
- providing diverse contexts for learning
- using ICT resources effectively
- offering rich and appropriate CPD staff opportunities
- continually reviewing and improving the curriculum.
Confident Individuals by
- providing a safe and secure environment, promoting a sense of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing
- providing facilities for students and staff which are condusive to maintaining good morale
- each being valued as a member of the school community
- providing rich and varied opportunities and experience
- developing independence of thought, creativity and enterprise
- cultivating attitudes of self-reliance, self-discipline and self-respect
- offering diverse opportunities to succeed within and beyond the formal curriculum
- setting personal and achievable targets
- cultivating an expectation of achievement through collaborative and independent working.
Responsible Citizens by
- valuing every member of the school community and cultivating a culture of tolerance and respect
- promoting positive attitudes to equal opportunities
- developing a strong sense of personal responsibility
- nurturing positive attitudes to self-discipline, self-reliance and self-respect
- sustaining high expectations of good behaviour supported by clear rules and fair sanctions which are understood by all and applied consistently
- creating opportunities for participation in wider community activity and initiatives
- developing an awarness of local, national and international issues
- creating opportunities for reflection and debate on moral issues
- developing eco-awareness in local, national and international contexts.
Effective Contributors by
- using creative learning and teaching methodology to provide opportunities to work independently and collaboratively
- establishing close and mutually supportive links between the school and parents/carers
- developing strong links with local businesses and other organisations
- developing enterprise and problem solving skills
- promoting and encouraging opportunities for discussion between students, parent/carers, outside agencies and staff
- providing opportunities for residential and other active learning contexts
- encouraging participation in the wider life of the school and its community
- developing multi-cultural awareness and understanding.