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: 19 June 2017
This short announcement is intended to give an overview of our 3 Day Visit. Pupils should arrive at Craigmount on Tuesday for an assembly at 9:00am in the concourse when they will meet their Group Tutors and their S6 House Ambassadors. On Wednesday and Thursday the day will start at 8:30am and each day will […]
Published on: 14 June 2017
SPORTS DAY Sports Day will be on Friday the 16th and will run all day. P1&2 will be a festival followed by the running events after break. Please come dressed to participate in sport in your house colours and bring plenty of water. Please note that if you are participating in heats on Thursday you […]
Published on: 9 June 2017
Dear Parents/Carers Last week ended with the wonderful Craigmount Debating Day, and this week I was informed that both our senior and junior teams had made the Donald Dewar Debating Prize final. This will take place at the Scottish Parliament later this month. Success was also achieved by our talented S1-3 dancers this week. Please […]
Published on: 9 June 2017
Dear New S4 Parent, Every year we invite you to attend a brief information session to outline what S4 National Qualifications look like and involve. We cover a range of topics and answer questions. It hopefully gives you some information to help support your son or daughter as they enter the first year of […]
Published on: 3 June 2017
Dear Parents/Carers What a fantastic day it has been at Craigmount. There’s been so much going on and our many visitors today have commented on the great atmosphere around the school. When I finish this update I will be going to watch the finals of Craigmount Debating Day, which has seen us host schools from […]