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Portree High School
Viewfield Road, IV51 9ET, UK Portree
+44 (0)147-861-2030

Welcome to Portree High School

Hello and "Welcome" to the Portree High School!

Our school is comprehensive and inclusive, catering for pupils from S1 to S6. We have 15 associated primary schools, spread across the island and Raasay.
At present we have 660 pupils on the roll and about 60 teachers. We anticipate that next session there will be 125 pupils in first year. Our staying on rate is well above regional and national averages.

In mid-2008, PHS will move into a brand new building which is currently under construction on the same site under a Public-Private Partnership finance arrangement. The building will include under the same roof wonderful new community facilities including a new swimming pool, a new library & archive, and an adult learning centre as well as a new games hall and performance venue.

A consortium including the School, Council, School Board, Friends of PHS & Community Facility Interim Management Committee, is coordinating an informal consultation to obtain stakeholder views on what the new facilities should be called & how they should be operated. The school is changing in other ways too. The School Board will shortly be abolished and replaced by a new Parent Forum - what form should it take? Should we have a new school uniform? The school is implementing an Action Plan following the recent HMIE report, and a new vision is being proposed for the school. The school wishes to hear your views.

The feedback from this consultation will be submitted to the Education Committee of Highland Council who have ultimate responsibility for any decisions made.

Find out more about the school's past and present. Learn about the draft plans for our future and ..Have your say! on the plans.


Transferring from a Gaelic Medium class to Portree High School is a very important milestone in the development of your child’s bi-lingualism. During the early years of adolescence it is only normal for children to lack some self-confidence so it is most important that both the home and the High School impress upon them that their bi-lingualism is recognised and valued.

Your child does indeed deserve to be congratulated for her or his progress with Gaelic to date.  I am sure you will agree.  Many parents are most aware of their children’s progress with bi-lingualism during the early years of their learning experience but then tend to take further progress for granted. Should you, on reflection, fall into this category could I suggest that this is indeed an opportune time to show renewed interest through praise and encouragement.

I cannot speak too highly of the dedication and hard work of the teachers in the Primary Gaelic Departments in Skye.  Each year they send us a group of pupils who have been taught to speak Gaelic as well as everything else that has been taught to English medium primary pupils. It is to their credit also that our bi-lingual pupils invariably show a strong work ethic and an excellent standard of behaviour.

With this in mind it is incumbent on us in the High School to build on the good work done and the progress made by each pupil.  We are, indeed, charged with this responsibility.  One of the aims stated in Highland Council’s “Gaelic Medium Education Language Guidelines 5 – 14” is:
 “To bring pupils to the stage of broadly equal competence in Gaelic and English in all four language skills by the end of P7 and to develop these skills to Level E in both languages by the end of S2.” 

If bi-lingual pupils were to hear and use Gaelic only during the three periods per week they spend in the Gaelic class room it would be impossible to achieve this aim and there is no doubt their competence in Gaelic would begin to deteriorate. 


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