Tatler, the high society magazine, has published its third annual guide to the UK’s best state schools. Guess who made the roster of only 21 secondaries! Well done, us! Selection criteria included exam results, class discipline, and extra-curricular opportunities. The only other Scottish secondary on the list is Glasgow’s Jordanhill. Read more here.
Broughton High School is lucky to be able to celebrate many successes — whether academic or in the fields of sport, music or show business — as has been reported on this website.
Here is an opportunity to share the love: nominations for the Scottish Education Awards are open to 21 February. Any parent or pupil can nominate a school, a department, a teacher, or indeed a parent, a parent council, or a particularly active partner organisation.
Even just one or two nominations would be an excellent way to gain Scotland-wide recognition for our school. Won’t you click on this link to send one in?
More positive news for Broughton, reports John Cudlipp, from Monday’s inter-faith meeting at school, when the higher Philosophy pupils got a chance to drop in. Present was David Chillingworth, Anglican Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld, and Dunblane, who is full of praise in his blog this morning for our young people’s enthusiasm and goodwill in discussion. Our thanks to all who attended, and we are very proud of how our pupils pitched in!
Our big debate on Scottish independence happened on Wednesday, and our young people acquitted themselves superbly. They asked probing questions, they demonstrated very high knowledge of the issues at hand, and on exiting the debate their summative remarks were balanced and sober.
The proceedings of the afternoon were heavily Tweeted, as you may have noticed. Our school profile continues to rise! We are very proud of our young citizens.
See STV’s full coverage, with photos, here.
Broughton High School hosted Mike Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, and Leighton Andrews, Welsh Minister for Education and Skills on Wednesday 20 December. Their Tweets following the visit are as follows:
“I was at Broughton High School in Edinburgh this morning with the Welsh Education Minister, Leighton Andrews.
In the course of a very interesting visit that demonstrated the strengths of Curriculum for Excellence and the wonderful work of the school in a variety of areas including specialist provision in football, music and dance, we dropped in on a rehearsal for tonight’s Christmas concert.
The choir, in Santa Hats, were taking a rest. The samba drummers were definitely not.”
“Congratulations to Broughton High in Edinburgh, where a student piper escorted us in with Hen Wlad fy Nhadau and the choir sang Cwm Rhondda.”
Our students are getting a lot of coverage relating to the vote for 16-17 year olds. Forth News spoke last week with Jodie Wilson, 17, Alex Law, 17, Cailean Osborne, 16 and Duncan Robb, 16 (pictured above), and have put their views into a podcast, which you can hear here. As if that weren’t impressive enough, Sky News has interviewd them too, with others from the Music School providing a musical intro. Their segment will probably be broadcast on Sky News some time after 5 PM on Monday (15th), and will also be available to view on the Sky News website!