Welcome to Kirkcaldy High School
We have a long and very 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 1200 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.
In recent years, 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 wifi and digital projection facilities, most with interactive whiteboards, and we also have six 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 the Fife schools delivering the Foundation Apprenticeship in Software Development, We were also finalists in the SEPA "Our Environment" Competition and one of our teachers was named as the "UK STEM Teacher of the Year" at a ceremony at the House of Lords. We were also finalists in the Scottish Education Awards (STEM category) and national winners of the Go4SET STEM Competition in Glasgow.
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 are honoured to be the recipients of a COSLA EXCELLENCE AWARD on two occasions in the past four years. The first was for our work in relation to teenage sexual health and pregnancy reduction. Recognising "exceptional achievement in exceptional circumstances" in the field of public services. 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 "Health and Wellbeing" category in the Scottish Education Awards and the "Children's Services" category of the "Municipal Journal" UK local government awards in London. In 2018, our LGBT Support Group received national recognition, winning the COSLA "President's Award".
We were also honoured to be named as Radio Kingdom FM's "Best School" it it's "Local Hero" Awards.
Our commitment to equality anddiversity was recognised by our inclusion in the Stonewall "Champions" programme, and this involved an ambassador visit from Sir Ian McKellen. Our approaches to reducing prejudice and tackling bullying have been regarded as sector leading and we have been invited to give evidence to the Scottish Parliament and to a commendation in the House of Comons. The Scottish Government has also had KHS as part of the launch of new anti-bullying and "pupil voice" policies.
In May 2018, we were accorded UNICEF "Rights Respecting School" status.
We have an ancient Latin motto. It is "Usque Conabor" and it compels us to try our best. Welcome to Kirkcaldy High School.