Fife Council

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Auchmuty High School

Dovecot Rd, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 5JL

Tel: 01592 583401

Head: David Wilson Roll: 1196

Motto: Achieving High Standards

Free school meals: 12.4 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 6 per cent

Extra-curricular activities: Wide range – sporting, musical, artistic, drama/dance, CC4G, chefs' club, chess club, Young Enterprise , a range of foreign trips.

Uniform/dress code: Black skirt or trousers; white blouse/shirt with school tie; black/white polo shirt with school logo; black sweatshirt

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Community links: Strong links with local community and Rotary. Annual senior citizens' tea dance, Christmas parcels delivered to local senior citizens living alone. Range of charity initiatives, including Fairtrade.

Vocational education:Links with universities, Adam Smith/Elmwood colleges Pupils in S3-S4 take part in Skills for Work with Adam Smith. S5-6 pupils receive tuition in psychology and sociology from college lecturers

What qualities do you try to instil in pupils to take beyond school? Confidence, responsibility, willing-ness to make significant contribution to society, thirst for continually developing their skills and abilities

Famous ex-pupils: Dougray Scott, actor; Seonaid Aitken, musician and composer; David McIvor (rugby internationalist).

Balwearie High School

Balwearie Gardens, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5LY

Tel: 01592 583402

Head: Gordon Mackenzie Roll: 1674

Motto: To strive, to seek

Free school meals: 10.9 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 3.7 per cent

Extra-curricular Activities: Basketball, football, hockey, dance, gymnastics, netball, golf, athletics, cross-country running, swimming, skiing. Wind bands, choirs, string/guitar ensembles and samba band. Drama; foreign trips, including expeditions; creative writing; reading cafe; science club, dungeons and dragons; computer club.

Community links: Links with our community council, community services, local business people and Adam Smith college

Vocational education:Links with Adam Smith College.

Qualities: Respect and care for others. A commitment to learning.

Beath High

Foulford Road, Cowdenbeath, KY4 9BH

Tel: 01383 602401

Head: Douglas Young Roll: 1254

Motto: Surgo in lucem (Rise to the light)

Free meals: 18.7 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 5.7 pc

Extra-curricular activities: Computer clubs, choirs, orchestra/bands, numerous sports clubs, sign language club, scripture union, chess, French/German exchange club, French magazine club, media group, book group. Strong music department does very well in Fife Festival of Music. Strong in netball and football, improving at rugby.

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Uniform/dress code: We insist on pupils wearing a white shirt and a school tie with dark school trousers. Senior pupils wear blazers.

Community links: Good links with community police officers and developing links with Initiative Youth Project.Shell sponsor annual summer school to Edinburgh University where S2 pupils who wouldn't normally consider Higher Education, sample university life Shell sponsors work with RSNO which led to pupil performance at Perth Concert Hall. Support from Exxon/Rotary Club.

Vocational education: Strong links with Carnegie College in Dunfermline (some pupils will do Skills for Work next session).Pupils already attend enterprise days at the college. All S3 pupils do AWARE work placements in June and a number of S4 pupils take part in 'Activ8' programme run by Careers Scotland. Link to Craigencalt Ecology Centre.

Qualities: We try to instil a strong sense of pride in Beath, in the community and in the work we do. We try to instil a sense of respect for others and the community. Most of all, we ensure each and every pupil aims to be the best they can be.

Famous ex-pupils:Prof Sir James Black, Nobel Prize winner, medicine; Prof Andrew Miller, Principal, Stirling University; Ian Rankin, author; Jim Baxter, Scott Brown & Jim Leishman, football; Ian Paxton, rugby.

Bell Baxter High

Carslogie Road, Cupar, KY15 4HT

Tel: 01334 659459


Motto: Ad Vitam Paror (I am being prepared for life)

Head: Philip Black Roll: 1823

Free meals: 6.6 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 2 per cent

Extra-curricular activities: Local/ overseas travel, wide range of clubs and societies including media, web design, music, sports, and drama.

Uniform/dress code: Options include blue blazer with shirt and tie, or blue sweatshirt with badge, or white polo shirt with badge.

Community links: Many pupils are engaged in a range of projects and initiatives in community.

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Vocational education: We work with Elmwood College and are reviewing our curriculum to ensure it includes appropriate courses for all pupils.

Qualities: Our motto is very important to us and relevant in today's world. It also fits well with the aims of 'Curriculum for Excellence'

Buckhaven High

Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven, KY8 1HL

Tel: 01592 583403


Head: David McClure Roll: 1209

Motto: Perserverando (persevere)

Free meals: 25.9 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 6.2 pc

Dunfermline High

St Leonard's Pl, Dunfermline, KY11 3BQ

Tel: 01383 602402

Rector: Brian W. Blanchflower

Motto: Quid agis age pro viribus (Do everything with enthusiasm)

Roll: 1633 Free meals: 7.3 per cent

Unauthorised Absence Rate: 3.9pc

Extra-curricular activities: Rugby, football, hockey, netball, badminton, golf, swimming, music, drama, dance, chess, computing, debating, ecology, engineering. Awards for Young Enterprise. Numerous trips , eg US exchange programme and ski-ing at home and abroad.

Uniform/Dress Code: Black trousers or skirt, a white shirt or blouse and a school tie or a polo shirt/sweatshirt (with school badge).

Community links: School is a full community use facility with over 250,000 users per annum. Links with external agencies, businesses and industry, colleges and community police . Charity work/volunteering abroad; two pupils plan to work with children in Malaysia & South Africa.

Vocational education: Every pupil follows social/ vocational education programme from S1–6 which includes guest speakers, external visits, day placements and work ex in S4-6.

Qualities: Pupils actively assisted, both formally and informally, in developing skills and in participation, attainment and achievement.

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Famous ex-pupils: Moira Shearer, Shirley Henderson/Denise Coffey, actresses; Gavin Masterton, Bank of Scotland; Bruce Watson, musician; Phil Gallie MSP; Philip Riddell, tourism; Craig Joiner, rugby; Greg Shields/Stevie Crawford, football.

Glenrothes High

Napier Road, Glenrothes, KY6 1HJ

Tel: 01592 583476


Head: Allan Barrowman Roll: 840

Free meals: 17.4 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 3.6 per cent

Uniform/dress code:School tie/senior school tie or school branded polo shirt or sweatshirt.

Extra-curricular activities: Art and craft club, athletics, badminton, basketball, chefs' club, choir, computer club, dance, F1 racing car design teams, enterprise, fashion show, football, games club, German exchange with school near Stuttgart, homework club, internet radio club, music/ orchestra, skiing in US, school shows, tennis and table tennis.

Community links: Many business partnerships (eg RBS financial education), driving skills for S6, courses delivered in conjunction with Fife Fire and Rescue, annual charity fashion show, Rotary Club sponsorship and others. Recent examples include; Scottish Opera, Scottish Enterprise and links with Adam Smith College.

Vocational education: Skills for Work courses with local FE college, business sponsorships which aim to enhance employability – with Velux Windows, ScottishPower and Ethos of Work programme for pupils with additional needs. Senior raise thousands every year for charity.

Qualities: We encourage a positive, long-lasting attitude to learning and thinking and a sense of social and environmental responsibility. We aim to build confidence through valuing the opinions, contributions and worth of all the members of our community – based on a sense of respect for oneself and for others.

Famous ex-pupils:William R. Allan, Professor of Classics at Harvard; Alison Stewart, award-winning hairdresser; Sgt Chris Turner, US Marine Medical Corps, awarded Purple Heart for service in Iraq.

Glenwood High

South Parks Road, Glenrothes, Fife, KY6 1JX

Tel: 01592 415400

Head: Sue Dobie Roll: 1074

Motto: Encouraging excellence

Free meals: 19 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 5.1 pc

Extra-curricular activities: Rugby, football, volleyball, badminton, swimming, cheerleading, table tennis. Music and drama – orchestra, wind/jazz/salsa bands, choirs and drama club, with several productions each year. Chess club, website construction, school magazines.

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Uniform/dress code: Pupils must wear the school tie and school shirt.

Community links: Enterprise links with business, pupil placements in primary schools, work experience, close links to community police and local community. Wide range of charity work, including partner school in Sri Lanka.

Vocational education:Strong links with Adam Smith College – S3-4 pupils attend Skills for Work courses including hairdressing, care and construction skills. We are in process of establishing a walled garden as a focus for more vocational courses.

Qualities: Respect for themselves, their school, their community and their country

Inverkeithing High

Hillend Road, Inverkeithing, KY11 1PL

Tel: 01383 313400


Acting Rector: Iain Yuile Roll: 1350

Motto: Grow by Choice

Free meals: 9.4 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 1.3 per cent

Extra-curricular activities: Very wide range of sports and music plus eco schools (first high in Fife to achieve a Green Flag) , CC4G, book club, chess, art, scripture union, John Muir club, Radiowaves, Global Citizenship, HIV/AIDS awareness, Young Enterprise. annual trips to Germany, France, Switzerland.

Uniform/dress code: Black and white – promoted strongly.

Community links: : Since 1989, all facilities available to the public in the evenings and at weekends.

Vocational education:: Skills for Work courses are offered in conjunction with Carnegie College.

Qualities: Key strengths identified by HMIE were 'the emphasis on encouraging and recognising pupils' personal and social development' as well as 'sustained concern for equality and fairness'.

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Famous ex-pupils:Gordon Durie, Steven Pressley and Craig Levein, football; Stephen Hendry, snooker; Wiliam McQueen, Paralympian; Gary Robinson, Royal Marine Commando (praised for heroic part in retrieving body of L-Cpl Matthew Ford)

Kirkcaldy High

Dunnikier Way, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY1 3LR

Tel: 01592 583405


Head: Lindsay Roy CBE Roll: 1154

Motto: Usque Conabor (Working together to improve)

Free school meals: 19.1 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 8.2 pc

Extra-curricular activities: Wide range of sport and music plus chess, creative writing, Spanish club, classics club, school show, activities day, house forums, pupil council.

Uniform/dress code: white shirt with school tie, black trousers/skirt, black fleece with house badge/colours or black school blazer.

Community links: Strong support from business – sponsorship of prize-giving, breakfast club, etc. Support from Friends of KHS and Rotary Club. We are a community use school open seven days a week. We work closely with cluster schools. Pupils go to local community forums and community safety meetings. and support several charities. We are health promoting school and are developing our eco status.

Vocational education:S3-S4 pupils have the opportuntiy to take Skills for Work with Adam Smith College. All S4 pupils offered one-week work placement. Senior pupils involved in work shadowing projects. S6 pupils encouraged to work for others.

Qualities: The four capacities of A Curriculum for Excellence, plus ambition and a sense of fairness.

Famous ex-pupils: Thomas Carlyle; Adam Smith; Ebenezer Lennox Scroggie (Scrooge named after him!); Gordon Brown; Val McDermid, crime novelist; Richard Park, Fame Academy; Kate Donegan, prison governor; Aileen Paterson, author.

Kirkland High & Community College

Methil Brae, Methil, Fife KY8 3LT

Tel: 01334 659403


Head: Ronnie Ross Roll: 682

Motto: Learning for Life

Free meals: 27.3 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 3.5 per cent

Extra-curricular activities: Dance, drama, didgeridoo, enterprise, business dynamics, golf, football, bowling, skiing, chefs' club, eco-schools, stock market challenge. Annual excursion to Strasbourg, sports fixtures, music events, chess.

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Uniform:Black/grey trousers/skirt; white shirt/blouse/polo shirt; black/grey top; school tie; no trainers.

Community links: Excellent links with many local stakeholders and businesses, and excellent working relationships with councillors and our MSP. The school also has well developed links with Columba 1400.

Vocational education:: All pupils gain work experience. Strong Skills for Work programme and excellent College View programme. Pupils also gain the opportunity to follow Natural Connections, Prince's Trust XL programme, COPE and ASDAN.

Qualities: Pupils leaving are successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

Famous ex-pupils:Jack Vettriano, artist; William Curley, chocolatier; John Elder, awarded Queens award for gallantry in 2003 in Iraq.

Lochgelly High School

Station Road, Lochgelly, KY5 8LZ

Tel: 01592 583406

Head: Campbell Wood Roll: 791

Motto: Optimum Cuique (the best for everyone)

Free meals: 25.1 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 2.5 per cent

Uniform/dress code: Black trousers or skirt, white shirt or blouse and school tie (with school badge)

Extra-curricular activities: More than 40 activities including wide range of sports and music plus dance, drama, Scripture Union, computing, outdoor education.

Vocational education:Thriving Young Engineers group has had international success through the Formula 1 in Schools competition. We are world champions in collaboration category with a school in Georgia, US. Skills for Work courses in care and hairdressing in S3-4 curriculum.

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Qualities: We aim to develop caring, confident and considerate adults who positively contribute to society.

Famous ex-pupils:Richard Colvin and David Colvin, actors.

Madras College

South Street, St Andrews, KY169EJ

Tel: 01334 659402


Head: Ian Jones Roll: 1683

Motto: Pro Rege et grege (For King and people) Free meals: 7.1 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 3.0 per cent

Extra curricular activities: We have 66 separate activities.

Uniform/dress code: Yes

Community links: Community Service, Community Safety, The Madras Diary, year and whole-school councils, Community Council

Qualities: Confidence, self-belief, concern for others, contribution to society, assertiveness,

Famous ex-pupils:KT Tunstall, musician; Doon Mackichan, comedienne; Rob Dewey, rugby; Andrew Lemoncello, athletics

Queen Anne High

Broomhead, Dunfermline, KY12 0PQ

Tel: 01383 602404

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Rector: James Bellshaw Roll: 1747

Motto : Libertatem per Probiatem (Freedom through Integrity)

Free School Meals : 8.6 per cent

Unauthorised absence : 2.5 pc

Extra Curricular Activities: Eco and enterprise activities are to the fore and school football and basketball are particularly strong. Strong links with a school in the Gambia. Annual foreign trips, for skiing/recreation.

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Uniform/dress code: Black skirt or trousers with a white blouse/shirt and school tie. Range of sweatshirts and jerseys with school badge are available.

Community links: Parent Council well-supported by councillors and community organisations. As a community school, facilities used extensively by local community. Senior pupils have raised funds for a wide range of community initiatives.

Vocational education:Extensive links with Carnegie College, Fife Women's Technology College and West Fife Enterprises Ltd who offer wide range of vocational courses.

Qualities: A sense of respect for themselves and others. Pupils are encouraged to contribute to the development of their own, the local and the global well-being. We believe values embedded in these school aims will prepare pupils for life.

St Andrews High

Overton Road, Kirkcaldy, KY13JL

Tel: 01592 583407

Head: Audrey May Roll: 801

Motto: Venite post me

Free school meals: 17.4 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 3.3 per cent

St Columba's RC High

Woodmill Rd, Dunfermline KY114UN

Tel: 01383 602405

E: [email protected]

Head: Jim Mooney Roll: 898

Motto: Tenui nec dimittam (I will hold and not let go)

Free school meals: 18 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 1.8 per cent

Extra-curricular activities: Variety of sport and music groups, plus residential trips include a team building/chaplaincy retreat for sixth years and skiing trips abroad.

Uniform/dress code: Full formal uniform – shirt, tie, school sweat-shirt/cardigan, blazers for seniors.

Vocational education:Jobs fair; pre-construction days; Skills for Work; World of Work; Women's Technology Centre; Business Dynamics; Challenge Days; Engineer Club.

Qualities: Respect and tolerance; service to the community; resilience; awareness of global issues.

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Famous ex-pupils: Gerry Eadie (CR Smith); Richard Jobson (The Skids).

Viewforth High School

Loughborough Road, Kirkcaldy, KY1 3DE

Tel: 01592 583408


Head: Ian M Baxter Roll: 350

Motto: In opere vigilando (Be attentive in your work)

Free school meals: 21.3 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 3.5 per cent

Uniform/dress code:Black trousers/skirt, white shirt/blouse with school tie or school embroidered polo shirt, school sweatshirt or plain black jumper/cardigan, blazer optional.

Extra-curricular activities: Badminton, golf, choir/orchestra; creative writing, computer games, debating, fundraising, homework club, table tennis, theatre visits, volleyball, netball, football, writer's group, young enterprise, basketball, cross country, running, chess.

Community links: Business link to charity Furniture Plus.

Vocational education: Strong links with Adam Smith College/community education/voluntary services

Qualities: To try to do their best in whatever occupation they choose, to care for others less fortunate.

Famous ex-pupils: Marilyn Livingston MSP.

Waid Academy

St Andrews, Rd, Anstruther, KY10 3HD

Tel: 01334 659404

Head: Iain G Duncan Roll: 825

Motto: Multi pertransibunt et auge-bitur scientia (Many will pass through, knowledge will be increased) Free meals: 7.5pc

Unauthorised absence: 2.8 pc

Woodmill High

Shields Road,Dunfermline, KY11 4ER

Tel: 01383 312505


Head: Michael J Gilmour Roll: 749

Free meals: 18.9 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 3.9 per cent

Extra-curricular activities: Success at regional/ national level in basketball, netball and football; active ski-club with a long tradition of overseas trips; vibrant dance club; drama, music and art students attain success at all levels; Duke of Edinburgh Award and INTERACT club for seniors, sponsored by Carnegie Rotary Club.

Uniform/dress code: All pupils in S1 provided with a complimentary item of school uniform. They can choose between a sweatshirt or shirt & tie. Prefects expected to wear a blazer.

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Community links: Strong Parent Council/PTA; Friends of Woodmill High; sixth year annual charity fundraising; seniors organise events for pensioners; bands and singers visit local groups. Close links with police, fire and Fife Council wardens have resulted in specific courses aimed at targeted pupils. Support from Dunfermline Carnegie Trust and Carnegie Rotary Club. The school holds bronze eco-school award and is close to achieving silver; paper and plastics recycling.

Vocational education:S4 pupils do work experience. Targeted S4 group participate in a year-long vocational programme with Carnegie College with enhanced access to wood skills and business education. Flexible Curriculum programme serves vulnerable S3-S4 pupils through mix of Standard Grades/certification in practical areas such as food hygiene and first aid.

Famous ex-pupils: Barbara Dickson: Kirsteen O'Sullivan, newsreader.