Clyde Valley High

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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.

Outside view of Clyde Valley High school

Clyde Valley High School opened in 1992, following the amalgamation of Garrion Academy and Wishaw High School.

January 2016 saw the completion of the brand new twenty-seven million pound Clyde Valley Campus that sees Clyde Valley High School share facilities with a new primary school, Orchard primary.

The buildings are a striking example of modern 21st century architecture and occupy a beautiful green-field site on the outskirts of Wishaw adjacent to the valley of the River Clyde.

The building is formed over three floors comprising a well-stocked Library Resource Centre (incorporating a computer suite and an S6 study area), a recording studio, photography studio and together with a variety of well-equipped classrooms, provides ideal teaching and learning facilities. Purpose-built computer suites support the delivery of ICT, Music, Graphics and Art.

Facilities in the Physical Education Department are excellent. The PE Department has the use of a multi-purpose Games Hall which can be divided to form three Gymnasia, together with a fully equipped fitness room. The extensive playing fields accommodate a full-size synthetic 4G football park with floodlighting and a smaller synthetic hockey/five a side football park, also with floodlighting. A large flat grass area can also be used for hockey, rugby and athletics.

The teaching of Home Economics and Science is carried out on the top floor of the building above the primary school.  Laboratories and classrooms provide pupils with every opportunity to develop their skills in science and nutrition.

The Technology Department has a specialist suite of 20 PCs, all equipped with industry-standard design software. The ICT Department has 3 suites of PCs. The entire campus benefits from integrated super-fast Wi-Fi.

In partnership with New College Lanarkshire the school facilitates courses in Construction, Early Years Child Care and Hairdressing.  The school has its own hairdressing and beauty salon and a multi-purpose construction area.

The school is equipped to support young people with disabilities for example lifts and special toilet accommodation.

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. The school has a SportScotland Gold status.  Plans are well underway for the school to become a sports hub in 2017.

Our annual school show in October and our week-long charities week programme are annual highlights.

We encourage our pupils to be actively involved in all that contributes to the wider life of the school. Each house time 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 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, Newmains Primary and NurseryOrchard 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 BGE (S1-S3) links closely with all the primary head teachers when they have their monthly meetings to discuss curricular matters. All aspects of  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.

For information on the HMIE report visit Clyde Valley High HMIE Report or Clyde Valley High HMI follow up report.

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