Dear Parent / Carer
I would like to begin by introducing myself as the new Headteacher at Balerno Community High School. I am absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead the school and I look forward immensely to working closely with you, your children, staff and wider community in the coming years.
I took up my role on Monday 15 August and over the course of this week, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with parents, staff and pupils. I have been delighted by the warm and welcoming reception I have received from all in the school community and this has made my introduction to the school an enjoyable one.
Over the course of this week, I have been able to meet all pupils in the school through a series of Assemblies. This has allowed me to share with the pupils who I am and also my expectations and hopes for the school as we look to move forward. I shared with the pupils that the staff will be working hard for them and that I will be looking for all of our pupils to apply themselves to the best of their ability at all times to allow us to help them achieve their full potential.
I have also had the opportunity to visit all departments over the course of the last few days to see how the pupils are settling in to the routine of the school day and to take the opportunity to get to know them and the staff better. I have quickly gained an impression of a school that has pupils and staff who are hardworking, purposeful and very proud of their school. I look forward to building on these strong foundations and continuing the progress of the school.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Lindsay Fullarton (Depute Head Teacher) for his leadership of the school during the last term. This allowed consistency in the school during this time and I look forward to working with him and all of the staff in the school.
I look forward to working closely with you over the coming months and years to allow us to develop the school community and to build on the excellent position we are currently in. As Headteacher I will continually do my best to ensure that we grow as a school and that all our young people are afforded the opportunities to develop. We can only achieve this by working in partnership with you and as part of this I will be seeking to ensure that we develop our communications with you, so that you are fully aware of what is happening in the school and have a key voice in the development of the school.
Finally, I am pleased to share that the date for the Academic prize giving has been confirmed as Monday 26 September at 7pm in the school, we will issue further information shortly in regard to this.
Neil McCallum, Headteacher