Clyde Valley High
Clyde Valley high school is a six year co-educational, non-denominational comprehensive secondary school. The school serves the main districts of Wishaw including the town centre, Netherton, Muirhouse, Craigneuk, Wishawhill, Cambusnethan, Newmains, Bonkle, Morningside, Pather, Gowkthrapple and Overtown.
We keep parents and the local community informed about what is happening in the school. This means we use the local press regularly and produce our own publications like the school handbook and our Year Book. Very importantly, we also like to celebrate the successes of our pupils by giving them public recognition in these ways. We always try to include photographs whenever possible.
Clyde Valley High School opened in 1992, following the amalgamation of Garrion Academy and Wishaw High School
The buildings are a striking example of modern architecture and occupy a beautiful green-field site on the outskirts of Wishaw adjacent to the valley of the River Clyde.
The main building has three floors. These accommodate the main teaching areas of the school and very well equipped library resource centre. Separate specialist accommodation houses science, technical education, drama, the theatre and PE. The extensive sporting facilities include a swimming pool, tennis courts and a fitness suite.
Our two house blocks accommodate Pupil Support, Learning & Behaviour Support and our Home School Partnership Officer. Each of the house blocks also has its own dining room.
A suite of specialist vocational accommodation completes our facilities. We have our own industry-standard construction crafts area, a car bay with hydraulic ramp provision and a hairdressing and beauty salon.
Out of school hours learning activities are a vital element of our aim to develop our young people as successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. These activities embrace sport, visual and performing arts, music and cover a wide range of links with the local and wider community. Our annual school show in October and our week-long charities week programme before the Easter holidays are annual highlights.
We encourage our pupils to be actively involved in all that contributes to the wider life of the school. Each year class is represented on our Pupil Council. Representatives meet at least twice per term with a senior member of staff. Pupils and staff can suggest topics for discussion. A number of our pupils have progressed to become Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
Minutes of the council meetings are circulated to all register classes and to all staff. These councils ensure the views of pupils on important topics can be heard. It also provides pupils with an opportunity to suggest ways of developing the school.
The school is supported by a highly effective and active Parent Council. The Parent Council meets regularly throughout the session. Members also attend shows and functions and are represented at nearly every parents' evening. The annual programme always includes presentations on aspects of school life, suggested by parents. All parents are encouraged to get involved with the Parent Council.
Clyde Valley high school has established extensive links with its nine partnership schools: Berryhill Primary, , Morningside Primary, Muirhouse Primary, Netherton Primary, Overtown Primary, Thornlie Primary and Wishaw Academy Primary.
We aim to prepare pupils for a smooth transition between primary and secondary school and to provide continuity of learning.
The depute head teacher of the Junior Phase (S1-S3) links closely with all the primary head teachers when they have their monthly meetings to discuss curricular matters. All aspects of a Curriculum for Excellence are tackled in turn. Expertise is shared within the group and also by teachers across the core curricular areas. Each year, Clyde Valley organises a number of events and visits for the pupils in our primary schools.
Staff from Clyde Valley make a number of visits to the primary schools with Pupil Support and Learning Support staff having a key role in that process. A pupil profile transfers with each child to ensure secondary school staff are well placed to support children individually and learning can progress effectively. By the time pupils leave primary school, Clyde Valley has gathered a wealth of information on each individual pupil: health, progress, effort, and, where relevant, additional support needs.
As a result of our liaison programme, it is our experience that pupils settle very quickly into S1 and that they are able to experience continuity of educational provision.
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