I hope you have had a good summer and enjoyed the fine weather. We are looking forward to welcoming back our students tomorrow, especially the new S1 cohort. They are always very smart, but I want to emphasize that our flexible Dress Code allows for the wearing of polo shirts, or the more formal shirt and tie look if this is preferred. Also, although we have a school logo, and encourage this, in terms of our poverty-proofing, it is also perfectly acceptable for students to wear a simple blank polo shirt. Fashion/designer logos are discouraged as these can create division. Black shoes/trainers are also requested rather than fashion footwear, or white trainers.
Over the holidays, a lot of life-cycle work has taken place, mainly carpeting, flooring and painting, so the school is looking fresh for the students coming back. I want to thank our janitorial and cleaning teams for the excellent work done in clearing up after the work. We also now have confirmation that our front entrance is scheduled for work this term to improve accessibility, and I want to thank the Parent Council for supporting this request to AMEY.
Once again, we have had a very strong set of exam results, right across the qualifications range. I look forward to presenting the full picture at a Parent Council meeting later this term, and will include some highlights in the Friday post later this week. Please email Mrs Bryce, our Business Manager, with any requests for the Post Results Service. We are currently looking at the data and will automatically make any requests where we feel the SQA criteria have been met. Mrs Bryce and Mrs Urquhart have already placed information about PRS ( Post Results Service) on the website. Please also note that Mrs Urquhart will start maternity leave on Friday and that her DHT senior school remit will be taken up this session by Mr Raeburn.
As well as Mr Raeburn, we have a number of new staff starting across the school, set out below. Consequently, we are in a strong position staffing-wise with very little recruitment required for the start of term.
Mr Webster (Curriculum Leader, PE), Mrs Ramsay (Pupil Support Leader replacing Mr Lynch). Also, Mrs McKerrecher ( Curriculum Leader Modern Languages) returns from a university secondment. Other new staff include: Ms Raines (Maths), Mr Terris (PE), Mr Spears (Computing), Mr Skinner (Geography) and Ms Burns (Biology).
Mrs Herkes will continue as Acting Pupil Support Leader on Fridays alongside Mrs Main, and Ms Hannah will take up the role of Acting Pupil Support Leader on Wednesdays, working with Ms Savage.
Please expect a pack with the annual data update requests and other session information on Thursday. This will be self-explanatory but I want to flag up that we want to ensure we have email addresses for parents this session as the preferred method of communication. So please return the information requested as soon as possible. Parental communication is an area we have been reviewing and discussing with the Parent Council, and I would appreciate your support with this.
I am looking forward to working with you in the session ahead.