We are now well settled into the new school term and now is a good opportunity to update you on the schools work so far this session.
School Vision – A Statement of our Intent
“Gracemount High School creates a , and community that values learning, success and confidence.”
Developing our vision for our school was a key part of our work last session. I’ve stressed to all staff that it’s our responsibility to bring this to life. It is more than just a sentence or two, it defines our purpose and what we work towards achieving every day. We will do this to be very best of our ability.
School Values – what we stand for
Our school values are what we want to promote in every person who is part of our school community. It is my ambition that every pupil knows and understands our values and that we are able to see these values come to life in our school. They link directly to our school rules and are a fundamental part of what is means to be part of Gracemount High School.
1. - We are for coming to school ready to learn, participate and contribute to the success of our school.
2. - We ourselves, our environment and the rights of others.
Our School Improvement Plan is available on our website along with our Standards and Quality report from last session. Our focus is very much on the national priorities as outlined below:
1. Improving attainment, particularly in literacy and numeracy.
2. Closing the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged children.
3. Improvement in children’s health and wellbeing (focus on supporting mental health).
4. Improvement in employability skills and sustained, positive school-leaver destinations for all.
I am in the process of completing the school’s annual attainment report and this will be available to view in due course via our school website.Staffing
Our new staff have settled into the school very well. Last week we welcomed Gillian Styles, our Pupil Support Officer, who will work as part of our Support for Learning Team and be involved in supporting the emotional wellbeing and development of our pupils.
We are currently recruiting a Curriculum Leader in Maths and Science. We are interviewing next week.
· 4 October – Senior tracking issued
· 4 October – Gracemount High School and Gracemount Primary School fund raising event. Held at Gilmerton Miners Club. Please save the date if you can. Tickets can be purchased from the school office.
· 14 October – October Holidays begin
· 21 and 22 October – School In-service days
· 24 October – P7 Open Evening
· 23 October – pupils return
Mobile Phone Policy
All S1 parents have been made aware that S1 pupils are not permitted to use their phone in school and should not bring this to school with them. Should they do so, then it should remain in their bag at all times. Teachers have reported that classrooms have been very settled and our S1 pupils have been very respectful when asked to ensure their phones are not used in lessons. So far, this policy has been very well received and I would like to thank the parents/carers who are supporting us with this implementation.
All other pupils in S2-6 are reminded that phones can only be used in class with the explicit permission of the teacher. Despite the best efforts of our staff this is an on-going area of concern and our approach to the use of phones in school will be reviewed this session. Our focus is on ensuring a positive and focussed learning environment and the misuse of phones can significantly compromise this. Parents are requested not to directly call or message their child during the class times. Should they require to make contact then this should be done out with class times or via the school office.
Access to school toilets
We will be changing when pupils can access the school toilets and I will be sending a separate communication with regards to this matter. All pupils who have a toilet card will continue to have access to a toilet throughout the school day.
Should you have any queries please contact the school office on 0131 664 7440 or email GRA-Admin Account