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Stolen pupil files — update statement from our Headteacher, Mr John Wilson

As the Headteacher I was contacted at home during the summer break and informed that the files had gone missing as a result of a burglary. The member of staff concerned, who reports directly to her line manager based outwith the school itself, and the City of Edinburgh took appropriate emergency action to minimise the potential damage as a result of the loss of the files. Needless to say the families who were affected received apologies from Council officers as well as being kept informed about the investigation. All the files were recovered intact.

Below is an extract from a statement issued from Council headquarters on 20th July 2012.

‘Action Taken

The Police were contacted immediately by the member of staff. She was able to identify the children whose records were affected and this afternoon attempts were made to contact the parents of all affected children by phone. Letters were also courier delivered to each affected household. The Information Commissioner’s office has been contacted by phone to alert them and this will be followed up with a written report.

Next Steps

Senior Officers within Children and Families are investigating the circumstances. We are working with the member of staff to identify the chain of events and appropriate action will be taken.

All staff will be reminded of their role in ensuring that confidential information is kept safe and secure.’

John J Wilson

Broughton’s Performance School profile rises

This week’s blog post from the Scottish FA highlights the unique learning and growing environment for future footballers at Broughton. Coach Greg Miller, a former J-League manager and head of youth at Stirling Albion, says that four years of steady training without any pressure over team selection is crucial to developing a culture of physical and mental performance. See that very interesting blog post here.

Pupil files stolen from Edinburgh City Council worker’s home

Parents and carers may have heard of the theft of school records over the summer. Just to clarify what is known about this, here is the text of the report by BBC News online, from 19 July, 2012.

“An investigation has been launched after 45 school pupil files were stolen from an Edinburgh City Council worker’s home.

The files relate to pupils at Broughton High School, Granton Primary and Forthview Primary who have had contact with the Education Welfare Service.

The files were stolen during a burglary on Wednesday.

The council said the files were “predominantly” about school attendance.

An Edinburgh City Council spokeswoman told the BBC Scotland news website: “We are working closely with the police on this matter but believe that these files weren’t targeted by the thief.

‘We are making contact with all the families this information relates to and have made staff available to them to help with any questions or concerns they may have’.”

Football Academy attracting star talent

Musselburgh football prodigy Jason Jarvis is coming to Broughton in August, reports the East Lothian Courier, part of the Scottish Football Association’s growing Performance Schools inititative designed to get Scotland back to World Cup-level football. There are seven schools in this new programme. It’s encouraging to see young power players like Jason choose Broughton. Read more about the young star here.

BHS coverage in the foreign press!

The Donegal Democrat reports on Jonathan Foley’s Gaelic football programme at Broughton, launched in February of this year partly to promote Gaelic games outside Ireland, and partly to give boys another way of socializing positively. Interestly, this programme includes a one-hour class each week, in which the boys learn about the social and political foundations of the game. Soon they will offer a presentation to the school on what they have gotten from this remarkable new undertaking.

See the whole article in the Democrat here.

Broughton High are Scottish gymnastics champions!

Kerry Jones and her team of 4 gymnasts, Alisha Cowper-Barrie (S1), Kirsten McGregor (S3), Muirin O’Neill (S3), and Lauren Gaff (S4), travelled to Perth today to compete in the Scottish Schools Gymnastics Championships, after winning the Edinburgh Qualifier back in February.  The competition was tough and the standard very high, but the Broughton girls were more than up to the challenge.  The team won 1st place overall for level 2, and Alisha won the individual gold — even with broken toes!

Royal Scottish Academy art honours

Ellen Denholm, 1S1, took 1st prize in the Junior Category on 14 March for an expressive self-portrait at the Royal Scottish Academy.  She was one of around 600 entrants, and came away with £250 for herself, as well as £250 for the school.  Her painting (pictured riight) has been framed by the RSA and will be exhibited at the gallery for several weeks.  Greta Tobermann, 2A2, and Louise Clyne, 2A1, were also awarded “Highly Commended” certificates in the Junior Category – and their work is also at the RSA.  If you’re popping into the RSA New Contemporaries Exhibition you’ll see the girls’ work in the “Friends Room”.

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