Welcome to Kirkcaldy High School
We have a long and proud tradition, with many former students proving their worth on the international stage in economics, architecture, art, engineering, literature, history, music, sport and politics. The original “Burgh” school dates from 1582 with the "High School" name first established in 1843.
Our present premises on Dunnikier Way were officially opened in 1958. In this century, our school has developed into a first class community campus well able to meet the needs of a diverse school population of 1100 students and our local community.
We are a modern school with the most up-to-date equipment and resources; a forward thinking learning community delivering "Curriculum for Excellence" with a wide range of community partners and employers.
Recently, we have seen significant development of our facilities with the installation of all weather sports areas which enhance the beautiful parkland grounds in which our school is set. Our drama facilities are well resourced and laid out, and we have recently developed an outdoor "amphitheatre". We have also invested heavily in Information and Communications Technology across the school - all classes benefit from having digital projection facilities, many with interactive whiteboards, and we have several readily available whole class computer rooms to support learning in all curricular areas.
Our curriculum is innovative and challenging, with enterprise and employability as key themes - and with a particular focus on "STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in recent sessions. For example, we offer courses in digital media and computer games development. Kirkcaldy High is also one of two schools pioneering the first Fife "Energy Hub" - an initiative to help young people prepare to enter the oil and gas industry in the North Sea or the renewable energy sector. We were also finalists in the SEPA "Our Environment" Competition in 2015 and one of our teachers was only recently named as the "UK STEM Teacher of the Year" at a ceremony at the House of Lords.
The most recent report published by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education confirmed that the school is making strong progress with its goals and identified many key strengths:
- pupils who are proud of their school and positive about learning
- high achievement in out-of-class learning
- high quality pastoral care
- very good community partnership working
- staff who listen to and involve pupils
- the headteacher’s leadership of an improving school.
We are committed to serving the wider needs of our community and in 2014, we were honoured to be the recipients of a COSLA EXCELLENCE AWARD for our work in relation to teenage sexual health and pregnancy reduction. Recognising strong partnership working with NHS Fife, our programme was chosen to receive the Chairman's Award. This is the top COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) Award, and reserved for "exceptional achievement in exceptional circumstances" in the field of public service. In recognition, a Fife Council reception, hosted by Provost Cllr. Jim Leishman MBE, took place in Glenrothes. This initiative led to our being shortlisted as finalists in the "Children's Services" category of the "Municipal Journal" UK local government awards in London in June 2015.
We were recent finalists in the Scottish Education Awards in the Health and Wellbeing section and were honoured to be selected as the "Kingdom FM" Best School in their much coveted "Local Hero" Awards. We have also been shortlisted in the "STEM" section of the 2016 Scottish Education Awards.
We have an ancient Latin motto. It is "Usque Conabor" and it compels us to try our best. Welcome to Kirkcaldy High School.