Hillhead High School is a six year comprehensive, non denominational, co-educational school in the West End of Glasgow. It is situated on Oakfield Avenue close to Glasgow University. The school dates back to 1885.
Everything we do in Hillhead High is informed by our shared vision and our core values. Our current Vision of Excellence was created by staff, parents and pupils in 2013 in order to deliver the highest levels of attainment and achievement and positive aspirational destinations for all our learners. Our aim as a school, therefore, is to identify, support and challenge all young people at all stages of their learning to maximise their individual potentials. To do so we plan for a curriculum that offers appropriate challenge, enjoyment, breadth, progression, depth, coherence and relevance.
At Hillhead High we value and celebrate diversity. We aim to develop young people who achieve highly and are compassionate, resilient, ambitious, and committed to lifelong learning with a respect for themselves and others. During their time at school we want all young people to feel supported, included and valued. We promote the following five core values:
Resilience Respect Ambition Integrity Kindness
These core values are shared through our weekly assemblies, our Focus of the Fortnight, our courses and the various opportunities for personal achievement. Adults in the school model these values on a daily basis and we celebrate our values in a number of ways, including issuing praise cards at assemblies and sharing success stories in our Hillhead Highlights, on our school website and on our twitter account.
As well as literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing, all teachers have a responsibility to develop skills for learning, life and work. The development of skills is essential to learning and supports young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. The five core skills we focus on at Hillhead High are:
communication thinking skills working with others
leadership digital skills
Our core skills are discussed at weekly assemblies and are embedded throughout our curriculum. Within the classroom teachers make connections between subjects, helping pupils to connect their learning and make sense of the world. Pupils also have many opportunities to develop these core skills through interdisciplinary learning, outdoor learning, personal achievement and our MTA (Minority Time Activity) programme on Friday afternoons.