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Berwickshire High School
, TD11 3QQ, UK Duns
+44 (0)1361 883710

A Message from the Rector, Mr R. Kelly

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When a pupil enrolls at our school, he or she joins the community of Berwickshire High. We Are a "community school" in the broadest sense of the phrase. In practice, this means working in partnership with all those who have an interest in Berwickshire High be they pupils, parents, teachers, local groups or organisations. Everyone has a part to play in ensuring that our pupils benefit from the best possible educational experience throughout their time with us.

Welcome to our community!

At The Berwickshire High School, we set out to make everyone feel welcome –

students, parents and staff alike. As a parent, there are many ways in which this

approach will be obvious to you. You will be kept fully informed as to events in the

school in general as well as to the progress of your child.

Parents’ Consultation Evenings, Reports, Newsletters and occasional letters are all

part of this process of keeping you fully in the picture. In addition, your child will

have a Personal Guidance Teacher (PGT) – a member of staff with a pastoral

responsibility for a particular group of youngsters. Over the years, the PGT will get

to know your son/daughter very well indeed and will thus be well placed to offer

support or advice. The PGT will also get to know you as a family since our House

System is based on continuity, that is all youngsters from the same family have the

same PGT. This bridge between home and school is a vital part of our welcoming


Educational research tells us that where there is a high level of interest shown by

parents in their child’s learning, progress tends to be significantly better. I hope you

will become actively involved in your child’s learning by, for example, checking

homework diaries, having a regular look at jotter work and, perhaps, by helping your

child to access information that may be required as part of an investigation. As part

of our emphasis on two-way communication we encourage all parents/guardians to

attend Consultation Evenings and ask them to comment on all Report Cards. These

comments are always acted upon.

I would also encourage parents to come along to the Parents’ Forum. This is a

discussion/information group which meets on the last Thursday evening of each

month in the School Library

As a school we have a duty to open up the curriculum to parents and accordingly, all

departments have produced ‘user-friendly’ curriculum guides for all stages. This

process of ‘demystifying’ the educational experience is a key part of the home-school

partnership which will be crucially important if your child is to obtain maximum

benefit from his/her time at The Berwickshire High School. There are clearly many

ways in which you can help your child to get the most out of school and I would

encourage you not to be put off by your own memories of school days! Schools have

changed and are changing with the times.

I mentioned the word ‘progress’ at the start of my introduction. I would like it to be

defined in the widest possible sense and not in any narrowly academic way. We seek

to provide the best possible educational experience for all our students. To this end,

they will be afforded every opportunity, curricular and extra-curricular, that can be


Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any comment to make, or

indeed, issues to raise.

Welcome to The Berwickshire High School I look forward to working with you in

the years ahead.

Mr R.F.Kelly



FOLLOW the one way system, keeping to the LEFT

WALK around the school quietly and sensibly.

FOLLOW instructions from Members of Staff and


HOLD doors for people behind you.

You may eat and drink in the Crush Hall but NOT

in corridors or stairs.

Do not CHEW gum anywhere in the school.

PUT all litter in bins.



The BHS Houses




Pupils and staff at the Berwickshire high school each belong to one of the three houses. Each house has Leaders amongst the staff and pupil rep.s from each form class. The pupils and , on occassions, the staff compete in competitions of all kinds throughout the year to see which house will come out top in the house championship.



The Berwickshire High School aims to:–

provide the best possible educational experience for all students

encourage all students to develop their abilities to the full

equip students with the skills for adult life

provide a caring environment for all students and staff

provide equality of opportunity for all students

foster positive and responsible values and attitudes in students

promote education as an active partnership between the school, its

students, parents, and the wider community



In The Berwickshire High School ,

everyone will be given the opportunity

to benefit fully from education.

Pupils are expected to be responsible, co -operative

and respectful of all others in the school community.

No pupil has the right to disrupt the education of


Every teacher will take steps to ensure that the rights

of pupils are met.

Every teacher has the right to teach without


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