Earlston High School is a comprehensive, non-denominational, secondary school for pupils from first to sixth year. Earlston is a rural town which stands on the A68 about 35 miles south of Edinburgh.
The other towns in the catchment area are Melrose, St.Boswells, Newtown St.Boswells, Lauder and Gordon. The catchment area also includes the villages of Bowden, Oxton, Darnick, Gattonside and Westruther.
The school roll has risen from 111 in 1965 to the present 830. It is expected that the roll will continue to rise over the next few years. The expected roll by 2007 is 1000.
A Message from the Rector
Pupils enter Secondary School as children and leave as adults. During these years a large proportion of their time is spent at school and it is the school's responsibility to help make each pupil's experience as rewarding as possible. We aim to give the highest possible quality of service to all our pupils and to their parents. This includes a teaching and learning policy which guarantees essential features. We consult pupils about their courses and we encourage enquiries from parents.
However, pupils and parents also have important responsibilities in ensuring that a school is effective and some of these responsibilities are outlined later.
We are fortunate that our staff offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities and many pupils take part in these opportunities. These activities contribute a great deal to the ethos of our school.
To sum up, our school tries to offer as much as possible to our pupils, and much is expected of our pupils and their parents or guardians. This approach has been successful in the past but we are constantly working on further improvements.
The History of Our School
In 1877 Two Earlston schools were amalgamated to form Earlston Public School.
Until 1967 The school was a combined Primary and Junior Secondary School.
In 1967 The name of the school was changed to Earlston High School and the secondary department received all pupils from Lauder, Channelkirk,Gordon, Westruther and Hume.
In 1974 The school was upgraded to full 6 year status.
In 1976 Melrose was added to the catchment area.
By 1982 The new extension and the conversion work to the existing buildings were completed.
In 1982 Newtown St.Boswells and St.Boswells were added to the catchment area.
In 1983 Earlston Primary School became a separate school with its own headteacher
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Absence Notes - Absence must be explained by a note signed by the parent or guardian. These absence notes should be handed to the register teacher immediately on return to school.
Extended Absence - By the third consecutive day of absence, parents should contact the school office to let us know the cause of absence. This will save us having to write.
Absence from Class - No pupil may be absent from a class without having previously obtained the teacher's permission.
Leaving School Grounds - No pupil may leave school grounds during class hours or at the morning interval without permission.
Leave of Absence - If a parent wishes to ask for leave of absence for a pupil this must be done in advance and in writing.
Late Arrival at School
Latecomers - Pupils who arrive late for school must report to the school office. They should bring a note, if possible.
Late-Slips - When a pupil is late without a note of explanation, a late slip is issued to be signed by a parent. The late-slip must be signed and returned to the school office. If it is not returned a letter is sent home.
Sixth Year Students
Sixth year students do not have to bring absence notes. However they must provide their own written explanation of absence and lateness.
If they wish leave of absence they must apply to the Depute Rector.
All explanations of absence and lateness are retained by register teachers in case they have to be checked or sent home etc.
Pupils Taking Holidays during Term Time
It is understood that a few families may have no choice about taking their holidays during school time. However, apart from exceptional circumstances we are not able to authorise absence for a holiday.
When a pupil is absent from classes to go on holiday it is very difficult for teachers to provide work for the pupil to do on holiday. When the pupil returns to school he/she must make every effort to catch up with missed work.
Please try to avoid absences which are not essential.
Most absence from school is unavoidable. However, if a parent is concerned that any absences may be linked to a problem in school please contact the Guidance Teacher. If a pupil seems to be absent quite often the Guidance Teacher will contact the parent.