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Proposed Design for New School
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S1-S3 West Calder High School Art and Design pupils
exhibit at The Regal Cinema, Bathgate.

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50th Anniversary Flower Bed

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Gold Ties for Team Jak

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WCHS Mitsubishi Electric Pump it up Challenge Finalists

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S5 Filmmakers Attend Edinburgh Film Festival 2016
With their Film Entry "The Next Steps"

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West Calder High School 11th PALS Battalion 'B' Company
at the 51st Highland Divisions monument at the Somme

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S3 Geology Elective visit new West Calder High School Site

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WCHS students attend Scottish Opera's production of 'Rusalka'.

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Two Senior West Calder pupils performed as part of the
West Lothian Jazz Band in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

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S1 Pupils visit Digital World at Dynamic Earth Edinburgh

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S6 enjoyed an afternoon of energetic fun and games
This was followed by a leavers assembly with awards and prizes

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S2 pupils enjoyed sampling the German food that they have been
learning about in Modern Languages

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S4 Pupils Took part in Pathways to Success Thinking Skills Course
All achieved SCQF Level 5 Delivered by PITSTOP

Welcome to the WCHS website

I am delighted to welcome you to West Calder High School’s website.  Whether you are visiting for the first time or are a regular visitor, I hope you find this website useful and informative and that it provides a flavour of the achievements, opportunities and experiences we offer our pupils.

At West Calder High School we value our learning, our relationships and our positive attitudes and we work continuously with our pupils, parents and partners in an effort to get it right for every child.

We aim to ensure that all of our students leave school not only with the best possible academic qualifications but also with the resilience and confidence required to be successful in further and higher education and in the world of work. We have a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities offered by our staff and through excellent partnership working.

We are extremely proud of our pupils, their successes and achievements and their desire to continue to develop new skills and experiences and to help others.

We hope you enjoy looking through our site and finding out more about our school. We have an open door policy and all members of our school community are welcome to contact us at any time for further information or assistance.

Please use the Contact page to get in touch with us if you would like to ask a question or suggest other items for inclusion.

 

Miss Lisa Grubb
Headteacher (Acting)

Latest News

Pupil Circular - week beginning 26 September

The pupil circular for the week beginning 26 September can be viewed here.

Pupil Circular - week beginning 19 September

The pupil Circular for he week beginning 19 September can be viewed here.

West Calder High School Bus Timetable

The link will take parents to the bus routes for WCHS Bus Timetable 

Free Travel to Pupils from West Calder

The core path between West Calder and Polbeth is due to be closed at the site of the new West Calder High School from July onwards.

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Threat Update at West Calder High School

In common with a number of schools across the UK, Bankton Primary School in Livingston received a threatening phone call this morning (Tuesday, 24 May).

“In consultation with Police Scotland, the school followed their emergency plan to calmly evacuate the school as a precaution. Pupils returned to the school a short time later after police had checked the school and declared it safe.

There has been no threat to West Calder High School at this time.

The school has robust procedures in place should any concern arise.

Lisa Grubb

Headteacher (Acting)

 

 

 

New School Buildings

Computer generated images of the new school building can be viewed here.

Upcoming Events

S3 Parents' Evening

The S3 Parents' Evening will take place on Wednesday 5 October from 4.30-7.00pm.  The online booking system is now open for parents to make their own appointments.  To do this, please go to the Links page on the school website, scroll down to the bottom and click on the Parents Evening Booking System link and follow the instructions.  Please contact the school if you have any difficulties using the system.

Extra-curricular information: School Clubs

All CLUBS WILL START ON THE WEEK COMMENING 12th SEPTEMBER

Football Leagues: the football leagues trials will take place on Monday 12th September from 4-5pm. There after a selected team for both the S1 and S2/3 league will continue to train on Monday evenings from 4-5pm and game fixtures will be organised by the teacher leading the team. There will be at least 9 games from September until March so please only sign up if you’re committed to attending all games.

Staff V Pupil Volleyball: Pupils will be invited to play in the team to take on the teachers by Mr Anderson and Mr Mitchell. All other pupils are welcome to come and watch the games.

School Passport: the school passport system has been put in place so community club coaches can come into the school to deliver sought after sports and activities.

The Gymnastics club: will run for 10 weeks starting on the 14th September – 23rd November (- 19th October due to half term). To join this club, pupils will need to pay £10 to be issued a school passport for the 10 week block. To sign up please come to PE department were you will be issued a receipt for money paid and the passport itself.

The Fitness Club: the fitness class will run for 6 weeks starting on the 14st September until the 26th October (- 19th October due to half term). To join this club, pupils will need to pay £10 to be issued a school passport for the 6 week block. To sign up please come to PE department were you will be issued a receipt for money paid and the passport itself.

GRC Triathlon Club: is a community club that operates out of the high school. If you would like to join please contact Robert Ovens the coach on: 07971417877

For all other clubs: please come to the venue noted on the start date.

Competitions: The school will also have the opportunity to take part in a number of competitions throughout the school year. Attached to this document is the Secondary Schools Sporting Calendar which documents the competition available over the year. Up and coming competitions will be promoted in the school and in the weekly circular.  Please keep an eye out for this information.

Please get in touch with Hayley Smith our Active School Coordinator if you require any more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

Club Timetable

SSP Calendar 2016-2017

 

Edinburgh College Of Art Fashion and Degree Shows 2016

S3 Art and Design pupils visited the ECA Fashion Show on Wednesday 18th May. This hugely popular, sell-out show was very much enjoyed by our pupils and provoked great debate on the subject of fashion, performance costume and aesthetics in general. The themes explored were far ranging as was the media chosen. We are sure our pupils will now be inspired to further develop their own work as a result!

Follow this Link for Photos:ECA Fashion Show 2016

 

Recently, a number of our pupils, from S2 through to S5, participated in a visit to ECA Degree Show. The trip was a real success as our pupils were able to consider what creativity was and what it looked like and to challenge their own perceptions of this. It also allowed them to gather information and ask questions about the college as a possible future destination, with some of our pupils asking a range of questions of the students. The group were treated to a number of sessions with the Jewellery and Silversmithing department, during which the design process was explained. Our pupils left enlightened and excited about the possibilities for their own work!

Follow this Link for Photos:ECA Degree Show 2016

School Calendar

The school calendar for the current session can be viewed here.

Important Information

National Parent Forum of Scotland

Review of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006

Ten years ago the Scottish Parliament passed a law to ensure that parents can be fully involved in their children’s schooling.  This was to help parents be involved with their child’s education and learning, feel welcomed to take part in the life of the school, and to be encouraged to express their views, on their school and working together with the school.


This review asks for your opinion on the impact, successes and shortfalls of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006.  This includes looking at how well schools involve parents in what they do, and finding ideas to develop ways to better involve parents in the life and work of their schools. It is also hoped that it will inspire everyone to look at the most effective way of helping parents support children in Scottish schools.


Today we are launching our Call for Evidence.  A ‘Call for Evidence’ is a way to ask the public what they think,  gather information on what issues exist, and suggest ways of dealing with them.   This call for evidence asks for your views as a parent.  It asks for your opinion on the impact, successes and failings of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006.  This includes looking at how well schools involve parents in what they do, and finding ideas to develop ways to better involve parents in the life and work of their schools.


All of the information, including a link to the online survey, and downloadable paper copies can be found here.  The survey will close on October 31st.


If you are a member of your school's parent council, you can find   designated parent council information and survey here .


You can contact the NPFS on 0131 313 8842 or by emailingThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you would like to return your paper copy to us please send them to Review Team, NPFS,  Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5EZ If you would like help completing the questionnaire please get in touch.


AGM August 2016 Minutes

Minutes of the AGM August 2016

Pokémon Go: a parent's guide NSPCC

Guidance which the NSPCC has issued for Pokemon Go App. Link

Edmodo

Many departments, including the RME department will be using Edmodo as a medium to communicate with pupils about homework and assessments, throughout their school career. Edmodo is a free and secure learning network for teachers, students, and schools.  It provides a safe way for teachers and students to connect, share content, access homework, participate in discussions, manage due dates, and receive class information. Edmodo Parent Letter