Rector's notes

BBC School Report

Modern Studies students in S3 have been spending the last few weeks participating in the annual BBC News School Report project.  Pupils have been developing their journalistic skills by working their way through lessons provided by the BBC, culminating in news teams across the year group producing either written or filmed reports for News Day on 16 March 2017.
Students have been very busy researching stories, interviewing people and putting together their work on a variety of topics, which you can view by clicking on this link: http://peebleshighschool.co.uk/news/bbc-school-report-project-2017 .  Topics range from the effects of cyber-bullying to Donald Trump.
Students would like to thank the many people who agreed to be interviewed around the school, which included fellow pupils and teachers. 
We hope you enjoy the work of our dedicated and hard-working news teams! 
What is BBC News Report?
BBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience. Using lesson plans and materials provided by the BBC, and with support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.
In March, schools take part in an annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports. These are published on school websites, all linked by the BBC.

22 March, 2017 - 10:00

S3 Resilient Communities Day

On Tuesday all S3 will be participating in our first ever Resilient Communities Event. The day aims to develop young people as effective contributors, promote the value  of community and progress the Developing Young Workforce initiative by providing our students with a series of challenges and activities.
 
We are delighted to be welcoming a number of parttner agencies to this event, including the emergency services, resilient community leaders and other support agencies.
 
We have a number of invited guests from SBC also attending; as well as Border TV filming on the day.
 
Look out for our facebook and twitter feeds of the event.
 
All S3 pupils are required to wear full school uniform and to have a suitable jacket for outdoor activities.

23 February, 2017 - 23:15

School open

We are open today. We will monitor the weather conditions closely and update our twitter feed and website appropriately. Young people attending school can wear footwear suitable to the conditions. School transport remains cancelled due to the threat of weather worsening as the day progresses. See advice from SBC below:
All school transport is cancelled. Parents should make their own decisions on whether to take pupils to school, bearing in mind the forecast for later today as they will be required to collect them too.
The latest forecast is still for heavy and widespread snow across much of the Scottish Borders.
 

23 February, 2017 - 06:45

Snow disruption

We will be updating the website early tomorrow morning when a decision has been made by SBC HQ on school status. 

22 February, 2017 - 20:45

A positive start to the New Year

Welcoming young people back after the Christmas holidays is always one of the highlights of the year and this year our students seem to be particularly positive and focused. Our seniors are embarking on their preliminary examinations and we wish them all well in their efforts and hope that they are rewarded for them. For our S1s and S3s attention turns to making choices for future studies and we want to ensure that everyone is aware of all of the supports on offer. Our online resources, information evenings, meetings with young people and PSE curriculum all aim to provide the knowledge required to get things right but if anyone requires any further advice, information or support don't hesitate to call or email and we will respond with help as soon as we can.

11 January, 2017 - 21:00

A positive start to the New Year

Welcoming young people back after the Christmas holidays is always one of the highlights of the year and this year our students seem to be particularly positive and focused. Our seniors are embarking on their preliminary examinations and we wish them all well in their efforts and hope that they are rewarded for them. For our S1s and S3s attention turns to making choices for future studies and we want to ensure that everyone is aware of all of the supports on offer. Our online resources, information evenings, meetings with young people and PSE curriculum all aim to provide the knowledge required to get things right but if anyone requires any further advice, information or support don't hesitate to call or email and we will respond with help as soon as we can.

11 January, 2017 - 21:00

Interfaith Event a Great Success!

On the afternoon of 16th November we welcomed leaders from different faiths to sit on our first ever Interfaith Panel Question Time. Ian Stewart, from Edinburgh Interfaith Association (and former RMPS teacher at Peebles High School), chaired proceedings and led a fascinating discussion that was appreciated by all. Leaders representing Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism and Judaism all contributed to ensure the event was a great success.
The driving force behind making the event happen was our Head Girl, Aneesa Babariya, who wished to share her religiously and ethnically diverse educational experiences in Bolton with her peers at Peebles High School. Young people from S4 asked a range of challenging and intelligent questions to which the panel responded with honesty and insight. The plan going forward is to run a similar event for S6 students.
We wish to thank all of those who worked so hard to make the event a success.

16 November, 2016 - 20:15

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Congratulations to all those who participated in Duke of Edinburgh 2015-16. Many are progressing on to Silver and Gold levels and we are now accepting new Bronze level participants. Pupils can see Miss Marsden on Monday break or Wednesday lunchtime in M25 to collect a letter and form. All forms (along with a £19 sign up fee) must be returned by Wednesday 28th September 2016.

15 September, 2016 - 21:15

Examination Results Day

Best wishes to all receiving their results this morning. Congratulations to all who have met or surpassed their expectations. Every year there are some who fall short of their expectations may feel disappointed with their final grades. Please don't panic: if you feel that there may have been an error in the marking of your examination and you have performed lower than your performance throughout the year, please see below to read about the SQA's Post-Results Service. Do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any queries.
Thank you to all young people, parents and staff for helping the school to another record breaking year of examination successes.
 
Post-Results Service (PRS)
As the name suggests, this service can be used after SQA certificates have been awarded. If the school believes that an error may have been made in the marking of an examintion paper because the mark does not match with the combined evidence of the attainment we hold (such as prelim marks, SQA estimates and class assessments) then we can contact SQA and request a clerical check. SQA will double check that all the marks awrded have been totalled correctly and the right grade awarded. We may also ask for a marking review of a paper. This involves a senior member of the SQA marking team reviewing the paper to ensure it was correctly marked to the national standard set for the examination. It is not a "re-mark" of the paper but a review to ensure consistancy of marking.
If you believe that there is something wrong with the grade awarded, please contact us before school returns. We will liase with the subject teacher and determine whether or not a review is appropriate. Note that there are two deadlines for submitting requests to PRS. For candidates with a conditonal offer of a place at university or college the deadline is the 19th August. For all other candidates it is the 30th August.
 
 
 
 
 
 

9 August, 2016 - 09:30

Examination Results

Good luck to all of our young people expecting their examination results tomorrow. We know how hard you have worked and how much you deserve success. The school is open all week, please feel free to call in if you require advice or information.

8 August, 2016 - 13:15

BBC School Report

Modern Studies students in S3 have been spending the last few weeks participating in the annual BBC News School Report project.  Pupils have been developing their journalistic skills by working their way through lessons provided by the BBC, culminating in news teams across the year group producing either written or filmed reports for News Day on 10 March 2016.
Students have been very busy researching stories, interviewing people and putting together their work on a variety of topics, which you can view below.  Topics range from the effects of sleep deprivation on students, to the dangers of social networking for young people.
Students would like to thank the many people who agreed to be interviewed around the school, which included parents, fellow pupils, teachers and members of SMT, local councillors and election candidates.
We hope you enjoy the work of our dedicated and hard-working news teams!: http://www.peebleshighschool.co.uk/features/bbc-news-report

11 March, 2016 - 10:00

2016 Preliminary Examinations

Good luck to all of our young people sitting their Preliminary Examinations during the next two weeks. Remember to work hard, work smart and take regular breaks. It is never too late to do something positive to improve your chances of success: with a growth mindset you can achieve and surpass your potential. Aim to enjoy the opportunity to show off everything you have learned and be resilient.

31 January, 2016 - 20:30

Choices

We are looking forward to welcoming the parents of our S1 and S3 students to Options evenings on Wednesday evening. Our S3 Parents are invited to join us between 6:00pm and 6:45pm; our S1 Parents from 7:00pm to 7:45pm. Our website will be updated with the latest choices available for session 2016/17 this week. Choosing which subjects to study can be both exciting and duanting and we want to do everything we can to help our young people to get it right. We encourage all of our students to hold back from making all of their choices until they have spoken with their teachers, their family and their Pastoral teacher. We will also be supporting the process this year by providing an online service for entering options. Please come along on Wednesday to find out more.

24 January, 2016 - 21:30

Choices

We are looking forward to welcoming the parents of our S1 and S3 students to Options evenings on Wednesday of next week. Our S3 Parents are invited to join us between 6:00pm and 6:45pm; our S1 Parents from 7:00pm to 7:45pm. From next week the Options section of our website will be updated with the latest choices available for session 2016/17. Choosing which subjects to study can be both exciting and duanting and we want to do everything we can to help our young people to get it right. We encourage all of our students to hold back from making all of their choices until they have spoken with their teachers, their family and their Pastoral teacher. We will also be supporting the process this year by providing an online service for entering options. Please come along next week to find out more.

19 January, 2016 - 09:15

School Open

We are open as normal today. Unfortunately there is no school transport but, unlike on a 'Resilient School Day', young people who normally rely on school transport but who can safely travel to and from school under their own arrangements can do so.

14 January, 2016 - 07:30

School Open Today

School is open today. All school transport has been cancelled for the day - there will be no bus service to or from school. Further updates to follow.

14 January, 2016 - 07:00

Snow Expected - Important Information.

Wednesday 13th January, 18:08. There is snow expected tonight and we have been informed that all school transport across Scottish Borders has been cancelled tomorrow morning, including minibuses and taxis. No further decisions will be made until the situation is reviewed early tomorrow morning. Please check your mobile for update texts from SBC HQ first thing tomorrow. We will aim to keep our twitter feed updated from early tomorrow morning.

13 January, 2016 - 18:15

Starting the new session on a high

We are all very much looking forward to the start of the new term and welcoming our new first years for their first official day at Peebles High School. We have been working incredibly hard over the last few years to ensure that we implement the huge changes in Scottish education successfully and we are now beginning to see the positive results of these changes for all learners. With only a few of the New Highers and New Advanced Highers left to introduce, we are confident that the new curriculum is delivering better results for our young people.  This is not only evident in our record breaking examination results but also in the flexibility and innovation of the curriculum for learners at all levels. As we move into an era of stability in the structure of our curriculum, this stability affords us time for pursuing more ambitious outcomes for our young people. This opportunity is very exciting.
 
We are thrilled with the examination results attained by our young people this August. We are becoming used to setting new records each year but this year we have surpassed our high expectations. I take this opportunity to pass on my sincere congratulations to our young people, parents and staff for their formidable efforts. There is never any substitute for hard work and it is something I am privileged to witness every day at Peebles High School.
See some of our students who were brave enough to open their results in front of the TV cameras:
http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2015-08-04/borders-pupils-get-best-ever-higher-results/
Every year group surpassed the last this year and our results put us comfortably amongst the top schools in the country. The new government tool for analysing examination results is called Insight and the whole school measurements will not be ready for analysis until February but on ‘traditional’ measures we have beaten all of our previous records and will be close to, if not inside, the top ten state schools in Scotland. Our sixth years are leaving with a much higher level of qualifications than ever before and our S5 students have a set of results that indicate that they can raise the bar even higher next year. Inevitably there will be some young people who are feeling disappointed with their results and I encourage them to contact the school for advice or to set up an appointment with their Pastoral teacher at the start of the new term. All of us should remember that we are not defined by our academic attainment but by our actions, intent and resilience.
 
The new term starts on Tuesday 18thAugust at 8:50am. I am looking forward to seeing all of our young people there in smart school uniform and ready to take their learning to the next stage. Enjoy the rest of the holidays!

5 August, 2015 - 11:00

Examination Results - Message for students

Many of you will be receiving your SQA examination results this week and I hope that you all attain results that reflect the hard work you have put in. Please contact the school if you require support or have any queries. Good luck!

2 August, 2015 - 09:00

Looking to the future

Many of our students have recently made decisions about which courses to study in the coming session; others are in the process of making these choices now. We are very proud of the degree of personalisation and choice we provide at Peebles High School and are pleased that this year we are offering even more courses than in previous sessions. Our partnerships with Borders College and Queen Margeret University mean that students can choose courses never before offered to students in the Senior Phase at Peebles and the commitment of our staff to developing new and challenging courses ensures that our provision within the school continues to grow and develop. Please look under our 'Options' button on the menu bar above to read about the courses on offer for students from S1-S6.
Feeling the pressure of making the right choices can cloud the judgement of even the most diligent and thoughtful students, so it is important to seek support. Our Pastoral PTs commit to speaking to every student about their choices and they always offer considered and informed advice. Students should also speak to their teachers, friends and family before making their decisions.
Advice for students:
Remember that one of the best indicators of whether or not a course is the right one for you is thinking about how much you enjoy it - learning is so much easier when you are genuinely engaged in the new knowledge and skills on offer. If choosing a course you have never studied before, be sure to read the course descriptor carefully and, if you can, speak to people who know most about the course. Never be afraid to ask questions.

24 February, 2015 - 17:45

Looking to the future

Many of our students have recently made decisions about which courses to study in the coming session; others are in the process of making these choices now. We are very proud of the degree of personalisation and choice we provide at Peebles High School and are pleased that this year we are offering even more courses than in previous sessions. Our partnerships with Borders College and Queen Margeret University mean that students can choose courses never before offered to students in the Senior Phase at Peebles and the commitment of our staff to developing new and challenging courses ensures that our provision within the school continues to grow and develop. Please look under our 'Transition' button on the menu bar above to read about the courses on offer for students from S1-S6.
Feeling the pressure of making the right choices can cloud the judgement of even the most diligent and thoughtful students, so it is important to seek support. Our Pastoral PTs commit to speaking to every student about their choices and they always offer considered and informed advice. Students should also speak to their teachers, friends and family before making their decisions.
Advice for students:
Remember that one of the best indicators of whether or not a course is the right one for you is thinking about how much you enjoy it - learning is so much easier when you are genuinely engaged in the new knowledge and skills on offer. If choosing a course you have never studied before, be sure to read the course descriptor carefully and, if you can, speak to people who know most about the course. Never be afraid to ask questions.

23 February, 2015 - 20:00

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to the new term at Peebles High School. I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas holiday and wish you all a Happy New Year. We have a busy term to look forward to and I am sure that 2015 will bring continuing successes and achievements for our young people, staff and parents. We have a wider range of communication mechanisms than in previous years so please make yourself aware of the different ways you can keep up to date with the busy life of our school:

  • our website News section (see top left of the home page)
  • our online school calendar (see below)
  • sign up for email updates
  • join one of our twitter feeds - @PeeblesHigh for general school news and pictures, @peeblesmusic for updates on rehearsal times and performances, @PHS_Pastoral for updates from our PT Pastoral staff and @PeeblesHSRugby for updates on Rugby practice, fixtures and trips.
  • join our Parent Facebook page
  • look out for the first Newsletter of 2015 - published soon!
5 January, 2015 - 11:30

Snow updates

11/12/14 Update 07:30: School is open as normal today. We are unaware of any issues with buses at present but will update should the need arise. Please take care on the roads and pavements. 

10 December, 2014 - 12:00

Snow Schools

As we are approaching the festive period let us hope that if we have some snow to enjoy over the weekends it has cleared up enough to be back to a fully opened school on Monday mornings. However, as this may not be the case it seems sensible to remind everyone of the arrangements we have in place in case of poor weather.

If Scottish Borders Council invoke SNOW/RESILIENT SCHOOLS and your child lives within 1.5 miles of school, please ask them to make their way to school as carefully as they can and enter via the main entrance. We have a sufficient number of staff who live within walking distance of the school to continue education in school for these pupils.

If your child normally travels by bus or taxi, it is possible that their transport will be cancelled. In such circumstances students are advised to access current class work via Show My Homework or Snow Schools study materials from the school website. Please do not attempt to drive your child to school if the roads have been deemed unsafe.

The school will endeavour to communicate with parents by e-mail, the school website and Group Call as required.

Please see the school website for more information on SBC Snow Schools policy. We hope we can all enjoy a happy and safe festive season with our young people.

Campbell Wilson
Rector

6 November, 2014 - 13:30

Welcome back

We hope all staff, students and their families have enjoyed a superb summer. We are now back in harness today and we look forward to a successful session in 2014-2015.

A special welcome to our new students and their families in S1. I look forward to meeting everyone in due course and please be assured that if you have any questions or concerns for your child, do contact our school office who will be happy to help and direct you to the right member of staff.

This summer we are also delighted to announce our fantastic results coming through for S4, 5 and 6 exams:

S4 - 88% of students attained a minimum of 5 of the new qualifications– this indicates that our Higher attainment next year will be very positive.
95% of those who sat N5s passed them, and of those over 85% got As and Bs.

S5 - Over 28% attained 5 Highers this year, an increase of over 3% on last year and best ever by some distance (11% higher than 4 years ago). This achievement will place Peebles High School in the top twenty schools in the country (National Average 13%).

S6 - 5 Highers: 46% - our best ever. 98% of all students who attended PHS in this year group leave with at least five qualifications - a great result.

Congratulations to all students and our thanks and gratitude to the school staff for helping our young people to achieve such superb results. As we begin our new asymmetric week we look forward to continuing our success this year, good luck to everyone for the year ahead.

19 August, 2014 - 16:00

Promise Auction

Thank you to everyone for their efforts at the Variety Show and Grand Auction on Saturday night: amazing performances; generous guests; wonderful lots and prizes donated by our community; a fun atmosphere and staff volunteering their weekend time to ensure it was a great success.
Early indications suggest we have raised over £10,000 for the new PHS Opportunity Pot - a tremendous effort!

6 October, 2013 - 09:15

Rector's welcome

After a very rewarding 2013 we are very much looking forward to making 2014 even more successful for our school. This year promises a great number of new changes to lead and challenges to meet as well as our regular and busy schedule of events and education.

Over the coming weeks and months there will be several areas of focus for the school:

Supporting students

Students of all ages and abilities face many challenges over the coming months and, as ever, we will be doing our very best to support them. Our S1 students will be asked to consider future courses for specialisation within the Broad General Education in April; we will work hard to ensure that their experience over this term equips them with everything they need for making those choices at the end of this session. Our S3 students can look forward to choosing their subjects for National Qualifications in S4 and will be supported by Pastoral staff in making wise decisions - the first evening event in January aims to support parents by informing them of this process and the support on offer. Many of our senior students are facing the significant challenge of preliminay examinations this term. We encourage all of them to work hard, take advantage of the extra support on offer and, most importantly, ask if they need help.

Supporting our students who have additional needs in their learning will remain a priority and will be given particular focus at forthcoming strategic planning meetings in February. Invitations will go out to parents in the coming weeks to involve them in this process.

Uniform

The new year brings a new expectation for the standards of school uniform. As communicated last term, the changes in school uniform come into effect this term. We now expect shool ties to be tied at the neck, blazers to be available to all students and the only hooded top that will be permissable will be a Peebles High School hooded top. New items of uniform can be purchased from our local uniform supplier, Brown and Out. We will work hard to help students to embrace the changes over the coming weeks.

The future

Planning for future improvements is always an important feature of school life but this year it will be a particular focus. We are aiming to articulate an aspirational and realistic vision for the future of our school and we need your help. Towards the end of last year all of our teaching staff were involved in meetings about how to improve our school in the future. These meetings informed further strategic meetings and planning at senior management level. We now aim to broaden this discussion to our non-teaching staff, students, parents and community members with the hope of gathering and sharing ideas to help create a vision and longer term impovement plan to take Peebles High School closer to becoming one of the very best schools in the country. Please contact the school if you would like to be involved in these discussions.

22 January, 2013 - 20:15