Dalziel High School is a six year comprehensive school. It is co-educational and non-denominational in nature. Dalziel has its own playing fields set in beautiful surroundings at Dalziel Park Estate, some three miles away. This has recently undergone a multi million pound redevelopment and means that Dalziel now has the best facilities in the country. The school is also conveniently placed in relation to Strathclyde Country Park.
We are very privileged to have a hearing impaired department attached to the school. The Hearing Impaired Department caters for the needs of severely hearing impaired pupils from all over North Lanarkshire, and also includes some pupils from outwith North Lanarkshire. It is staffed by specialist teachers of the deaf who support these pupils in mainstream classes or in tutorial groups within the department.
Over the years, the school has provided a consistently high standard of education for all its pupils and has enjoyed a well-deserved reputation as a sound educational establishment. Indeed, we have won the COSLA Award for 'Excellence Within the Organisation' and were amongst the first schools in Scotland to be awarded Charter Mark status, which is now Customer Service Excellence. In addition, we have won The National Award for Excellence for Work and Enterprise, been re-awarded Customer Service Excellence and have been voted as SQA Centre of the Year. The honours do not come much higher than this and is further recognition of the standard of excellence that prevails in Dalziel.
Outwith the daily curriculum, a wider range of activities of a social and educational nature is offered to pupils at Dalziel High School. Every pupil will have plenty of chances to participate during their years in the school. Pupils get great pleasure and enjoyment from participating in these extra-curricular activities and the school encourages pupils to become involved in them. The activities which are of a sporting nature include, football, hockey, rugby, volleyball, basketball, netball, athletics, cross-country, badminton and skiing. Activities of a musical nature include, concert band, junior and senior choirs, instrumental and vocal instruction, Choral Shield, and the School Show.
There are many other activities available which include supported study, chess, photography, public speaking, scripture union, theatre outings, inter-house quizzes, bridge and the maths club. Many opportunities are given to pupils to participate in educational visits. The nature and scope of these visits are too numerous to list but every pupil will get chances to go on many trips, outings and visits while at Dalziel. These visits offer a fresh approach and insight into many activities both within and outwith the school and we hope that pupils will take advantage of them.
Throughout the year, much contact is maintained between Dalziel high school and the local primary schools. This ensures that the transfer of pupils from primary to secondary is as smooth as possible and that every pupil's needs both individual and collective are catered for. Throughout the session, parents whose children are transferring from primary to secondary in August will receive regular information about the organisation of Dalziel high school and, in particular, the content and organisation of the first year curriculum. This information will be communicated via the primary school. There will also be a meeting of first year intake parents held in the school. at this meeting, not only will the Rector and senior staff outline the main arrangements for the transition from primary to secondary education, supply general information about the school and answer questions, but parents and their children will also get a chance to see examples of the work done in secondary school and meet many of the staff. The associated primary schools of Dalziel high are Knowetop Primary School, Glencairn Primary School and Ladywell Primary School.
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