Top class report card for Bell Baxter

Bell Baxter High School, Cupar.
Bell Baxter High School, Cupar.

Bell Baxter High School in Cupar and its cluster primary schools have been congratulated on showing “tremendous” results in the latest performance report.

The 2010-11 schools attainment and achievement report for Bell Baxter shows it is continuing to improve, with many results far in excess of Fife and Scottish averages.

The results were said to be a reflection of the tremendous efforts and leadership being shown by the school’s management team.

Education officer Ralph Donaldson, whose job it is to look after and assess Bell Baxter and its 19 feeder primaries, said the high school continues to be in the top 30 per cent of Scottish schools.

He said the scrutiny of schools in Fife ensured there was no hiding place for poor performance.

“Fife has one of the most rigourous assessment processes anywhere and we take a large number of factors into account when reporting on schools,” he said.

“Bell Baxter is the largest school in Fife with a roll at the moment of 1725, but it has been as high as 1830.

“The results are remarkable and great testament to the school.”


The report shows that by the end of S2 Bell Baxter had achieved its highest ever attainment in reading and writing, recording results 19 per cent above the Fife average for reading and 16 per cent above the Fife average in writing.

In maths, S1 pupils recorded results 15 per cent above the Fife average, but the results for S2 showed a dip in performance.

Results in S5/S6 were said to be excellent, demonstrating particular improvement on the previous year in Higher drama, physics, product design and intermediate II chemistry.

The school’s major strengths over time were in Higher art and design, biology, business management, English, maths and intermediate II English.

Staying on rates at Bell Baxter were 83 per cent for S5 and 65 for S6 in 2010-2011, far higher than the Fife average while the number of school leavers heading to a ‘positive destination’ e.g. Higher and further education, training or employment, was 91.1 per cent, the Fife average being 86.6 per cent.

Mr Donaldson said the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence would change the way performance is reported and provide more accurate results.

Bell Baxter High School rector Phil Black said: “Overall the report is excellent, especially at S5 and S6, where we are really seeing further and sustained year on year improvements.

“I am delighted to see this further rise in our overall attainment across the school.”