Top marks for Borders high school following inspection

Inspectors have praised the staff and pupils at Selkirk High School, highlighting also the quality of support and care for students.

The HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) report acknowledges how well the school ensures students know their strengths and the next steps in their studies.

Inspector Hakim Din also praised the school’s wider achievements programme and its contribution to pupil development.

The school’s strong focus on developing health and wellbeing through a range of activities including participation in sporting events is also highlighted in the inspection report.

Headteacher Wilma Burgon said: “It is excellent to see HMIe acknowledge our many strengths and the positive impact these have on pupil attainment and achievement.

“I am particularly pleased to see the report confirm that our students feel safe, have a positive attitude to learning and are performing above the national average, and well above in some areas.

“In addition, the high quality of support and the benefits pupils gain from our comprehensive wider achievement programme are testimony to the hard work, commitment and dedication of staff, pupils and our partners.”

Chair of the parent council, Iain Burke, added: “I am delighted to see the positive report from the inspection and the recognition of the excellent work and considerable effort put in by staff and pupils alike.

“The strengths of the school clearly show that it is providing a positive environment in which our young people can grow and learn while feeling safe and supported.”

In order to continue to improve the school, the council has agreed with the inspector that work will be done to raise teachers’ expectations of achievement and provide greater challenges in lessons.

Glenn Rodger, director of education and life long learning for SBC, said: “I am pleased with the outcome of the inspection. The report demonstrates the headteacher has a clear vision for continuing to improve the school.

“All at Selkirk High School have been working to ensure the best outcomes for the young people within the school community.”