Welcome from the Head Teacher
I’m delighted to welcome you to the Craigmount High School website. As Head Teacher it is my pleasure and privilege to work with our students, parents, staff and wider community.
Feedback tells us that Craigmount is a fantastic place to learn. Visitors to the school soon pick up on our friendly can-do ethos, with positive relationships under-pinning all that we do. Above all we are an inclusive school which places young people at the heart of learning. Our campus, which includes a Community Wing, opened in 2004 and provides excellent facilities in which to learn, work, and grow. Currently, we have approximately 1200 students and a rising roll.
Academic performance is high, with many students gaining straight A-passes across all subjects; and being a larger school, we are able to run a full range of classes up to Advanced Higher. Last session for example the demand for Advanced Higher Mathematics (round 50 students) resulted in two classes. The number of students returning in S6 is very high (75%) and large numbers of students from S5-6 go on to University, including Oxbridge. Last session there were 125 UCAS applications. We are also proud of the fact that we cater for all learner pathways and many students also go on to college and full time employment. Our positive destination figures stand at just under 94%, higher than the Edinburgh and National averages. In the session ahead we aim to further improve on this with the help of our industry and college partners.
Another key feature of the school is our Inclusion Unit, which supports five students in each year-group with Additional Support for Learning Needs. I believe this greatly enriches the school as a result of the special expertise of our Support for Learning team, and the amazing contribution our inclusion unit students make to school life.
Another major strength of the school is the range of extra-curricular activities on offer. As well as after-school and lunchtime clubs, there is a very comprehensive programme of sport expertly managed by our Active Schools Coordinator, who is very willing to set up an activity if this is asked for by students. As a result of our talented students and high participation levels, it is no surprise that Craigmount is often successful in local and national competitions. Debating is a particular strength, as are clubs related to Engineering and Science. In the Creative Arts we have a large and successful programme of Music and Drama, and our orchestra makes a bi-annual trip to Belgium. Finally, as well as the many UK and foreign trips offered throughout each session, including an S1 Residential, we organise a successful activity week every summer term, which last session involved trips to London, France and Greece to name but a few.
I hope this brief overview gives you a flavour of life at Craigmount. Our experienced and dynamic staff team is very proud to work here and always go the extra mile for our young people. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you want to find out more – especially if you are a prospective parent. I would be delighted to hear from you. Enjoy our website.
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Published on: 25 November 2016
Dear Parents/Carers Our S1 parent evening was very well attended and feedback on the S1 experience was very positive. Thank you to those who offered feedback on the new online booking system and the trialling of 4 minute interviews for the S1 evening. Many of you commented on how well staff seemed to know the […]
Published on: 18 November 2016
INVITE! – S1 FAMILY LEARNING EVENING To help support you and your child, we are inviting S1 Parents to an engagement / info sharing evening where we will share ways in which you can help your son / daughter through Literacy and Numeracy. Literacy and Numeracy skills are crucial in the early development […]
Published on: 18 November 2016
Dear Parents/Carers It has been a very active week as we approach mid-November. Many staff continue to report that senior classes remain focussed and are working hard. Hopefully the well-attended S5-6 evening recently will have allowed staff to share specific crucial feedback. Currently our S4 are out on work experience, but later this month we […]
Published on: 11 November 2016
Dear Parents/Carers It was good meeting so many of you on Wednesday at the S5-6 Parent Information evening. Attendance was very high and feedback on the new online booking system was overwhelmingly positive. Having spoken with many of you, I think it would be useful to raise awareness of a brilliant free study resource called […]
Published on: 10 November 2016
Dear Parents/Carers of S1, Welcome to our new online booking system for the upcoming S1 Parents’ Consultation Evening on Thursday 24th November 1700-1930. This system will allow you to have control over your evening including availability and pre-meeting communication. Please type – http://www.parents-booking.co.uk/craigmount into your web browser. Login to see all of your son/daughter’s teachers […]