Boroughmuir sixth in list of top state schools

Headteacher David Dempster takes a selfie with S6 pupils, from left, Sean Warrington, Matthew Galloway, Crawford Smith, Rachael De Luca, Katie MacLean and Lewis Galloway to celebrate the school's ranking success. Picture: Jane Barlow
Headteacher David Dempster takes a selfie with S6 pupils, from left, Sean Warrington, Matthew Galloway, Crawford Smith, Rachael De Luca, Katie MacLean and Lewis Galloway to celebrate the school's ranking success. Picture: Jane Barlow
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A SECONDARY school hailed as the “kindest in Scotland” is celebrating again after being named as one of the best performing in the country.

Boroughmuir High School has risen up the rankings to grab sixth place in a list of Scotland’s top state secondaries – the only Capital school to feature in a prestigious run-down.

The result marks the school’s best-ever position in the league table, having scooped Scottish State Secondary of the Year in 2012 for its recent high-scoring performances.

And it comes on the back of an award last month from charity Kindness UK, following a raft of altruistic actions by compassionate students.

More than half of the school’s 1140 pupils achieved five Higher results in the A, B or C award category between 2011 and 2013 – with 68.3 per cent bagging five or more Standard Grade results over the same period.

Headteacher David Dempster insisted the secondary’s top position was partly the result of driven youngsters believing it’s cool to be clever.

He said: “We’re very chuffed – this is the highest position we have actually ever achieved.

“We’re simply trying to get it right for every child. It’s about high quality lessons that meet the needs and aspirations of all youngsters. The school’s got a great ethos. We’ve got a real culture where youngsters in the school believe it’s cool to be clever. We as a staff have huge expectations for the youngsters – and they have huge expectations of themselves.

Boroughmuir is set to move from its Viewforth home to a new site 500m away in Fountainbridge by 2016.

Mr Dempster added: “We have youngsters who have aspirations and want to do great things in life, and it’s a real pleasure to encourage them.

“We want to continue our levels of success and improve on them – we always believe we can do better.

“We’re also absolutely delighted that in the first year of the new qualifications we have actually managed to improve on previous years.”

The school rankings, published by the Sunday Times, cover the top 2000 state and independent schools in Britain and are based on academic performance.

Fettes College topped the ranks of private schools studying the English A level syllabus, while the Mary Erskine School came out in front in the list of independent schools covering the Scottish curriculum. More than 80 per cent of pupils at Mary Erskine achieved five Highers or Advanced Highers with an award of A or B.

Paul Godzik, the city’s education leader, said: “Congratulations to all the staff and pupils at Boroughmuir High School for being named in the top ten state schools for Scotland.

“Their success mirrors recently published exam figures from Audit Scotland which show Edinburgh is outperforming similar city and neighbouring local authorities.”