Let’s take our schools up to the next level

The town's three high schools have seen year-on-year improvements since 2010.
The town's three high schools have seen year-on-year improvements since 2010.

Improvements in all sectors but still more to do - that’s the message from the town’s three high school head teachers following their latest performance review.

The year-on-year improvements in school and exam attainment since 2010 has been attributed to a combination of robust teaching and continuous self evaluation, Neil McNeil, head teacher at Glenwood High School told councillors at this month’s Glenrothes area committee.

With both Glenwood and Glenrothes schools experiencing an increase in pupils coming from the most deprived backgrounds, and a higher percentage than the Fife (19.4%) and Scottish (18.7%) averages for those claiming free school meals, (Glenwood 33% and Glenrothes 24.8%), Mr McNeil and Avril McNeill, head teacher at Glenrothes High, posted improving performance and examination results for S4, S5 and S6 pupils.

Pupil exclusions also saw a sharp decrease, Alan Pithie, rector at Auchmuty High School said the school had moved from 600 days lost in 2010 to 79 in 2014.

He also said that the performance of pupils should reflect the impressive high standards that the recently opened school offers.

He added that attendance figures had risen sharply since the £31.5 million campus opened in August 2013, now standing at an “impressive” 94 per cent - one of the highest in Fife.

But Mr Pithie also said he wanted to see attainment rates “taken to the next level” following an increase in S5 pupils achieving at least one higher had increased from 31 to 51 per cent in three years, while for S6 pupils it had increased from 9 to 17 per cent.

“Performance is moving in the right direction, we have a lot to be pleased about, we are in the second year at the new school and we have got to get to the next level,” said Mr Pithie.