West Calder High School values learning, and believes it should be fun, active and creative.  

The school aims to provide high quality learning and teaching experiences with appropriate pace and challenge, to enable young people to be actively involved in and enjoy their education, developing positive attitudes towards learning.  We aim to ensure that all learners are able to realise their potential through the promotion and recognition of achievement and excellence. We support West Lothian council's aims to:

• create ‘learning communities’ within our schools that focus on increasing what young people achieve and involving them more in their communities, by getting pupils, parents/carers, school staff and our partners to take part.

• support and challenge all our pupils and students, and the wider population of West Lothian, to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens, and to help them contribute effectively to society.

Faculties

There are six academic faculties in the school each led by a Head of Faculty. Each faculty is made up of a number of specialist departments. Please visit the individual faculty pages for more information.

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Curriculum

Curriculum for Excellence aims to achieve a transformation in education in Scotland by providing a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum from 3-18. The 3-18 curriculum aims to ensure that all children and young people in Scotland develop the attributes, knowledge and skills they will need to flourish in life, learning and work. The knowledge, skills and attributes learners develop will allow them to demonstrate 4 key capacities - to be successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors

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Assessment

The central purpose of assessment is to support learning. Evaluating progress across a breadth of learning will also help teachers to plan, track progress and support young people in the next steps of their learning. In order to progress within a level, learners should be able to demonstrate confidence, roficiency and security across a breadth of learning and be able to apply what they have learned in new and unfamiliar situations.

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Study Support

The School offers a range of support initiatives to help pupils study.  In addition to departmental support, the school learning resource centre, along with allocated study rooms are available to pupils during study periods. These are intended to provide a quiet space and where possible access to IT to complete home study tasks, revise and extend learning and carry out research for investigations, projects and assignments. Pupils can also make use of West Lothian Council’s Anytime Anywhere Learning network on their personal devices.

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