Head Teacher's Message

Mrs O'Neill

Dear Parents, Carers, Pupils, Staff and Friends of Coatbridge High,

This is the first newsletter of the session and it is jam-packed full of information. For all our new parents and carers you will get a newsletter like this every 6 weeks but please remember to keep up to date by checking the website and following us on twitter for more regular updates. We will also be re-introducing our electronic newsletter which you can subscribe to on the link below for fortnightly updates on the life of the school.


All of our pupils have settled back into the normal school routine after the summer holidays, in particular our new first years deserve a special mention as they have fully embraced High School life. It is great to see all the young people looking so smart in their uniforms with the vast majority of pupils now in blazers. We have been so impressed with the attitude and behaviour of the pupils and are delighted with the positive start to the school year. I am very proud to tell you that Coatbridge High School yet again produced our best ever exam results and we are now seeing our young people attaining to a high standard at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level. In some cases we have doubled the pass rate since 2014 which is fantastic. The young people deserve credit as do the staff and families who have supported them. I am looking forward to our Senior Prizegiving on the 20th September where we will formally recognise the success of the S4-S6 cohort for Session 2016-17.

We have been joined by a number of new staff this year in various faculties:
Mr McGarrity (Geography/Modern Studies)
Ms McDermott (RE)
Ms Anderson (Modern Studies)
Mr Gibson (PE)
Ms McCallum (Drama)
Ms Friary (Music)
Ms Prentice (Maths)
Mr O’Hanlon (Technical Technician)

As a result of the Pupil Equity Fund (PEF) allocated to us by the Scottish Government we have appointed 3 acting Principal Teachers until June 2018. Their role will entail working as part of our Closing the Gap team under the direction of Mr Morrison Acting DHT. Their specific remits are to support the young people in S1 –S3 who are entitled to and in receipt of free school meals. The aim is to raise attainment and close the gap between our most and least deprived young people.

The new acting Principal Teachers are as follows:

Mr Mackay – PT Raising Attainment: Literacy and Numeracy
Ms Docherty – PT Raising Attainment: Health and Wellbeing/Developing Young Workforce
Mr Gavin – PT Raising Attainment: Interventions and Inclusion

If you would like to know more about the Pupil Equity Fund please contact Mr Morrison or myself at the school and you are welcome to come along to our Parent Council meetings where it is discussed as well. The next meeting of the Parent Council is Monday 6th November at 7pm.

I am delighted to inform you that following application forms, a pupil vote and an interview with myself, Mr Morrison S6 Year Head and a member of the Pupil Voice group, our captains for this session are Elise Cunningham and Jack Cummings.
Our Vice Captains are Rachel Watt, Rachel McCormack, Chloe Meechan and Tyler Boyle. Congratulations to them all and in the next newsletter we will include a photo of them alongside our new House Captains and Prefects.
Atlas House - Captain: Cree Martin, Vice-Captains: Adam Clark and Analise MacDonald.
Caledonian House - Captain: Fraser McIlroy, Vice-Captains: Lee Kelly and Rebecca Carson.
Phoenix - Captain: Scott Thomson, Vice-Captains: Graeme Riddell and Steffi Docherty.

If pupils are being dropped off in the morning for school please remember to drop them at the drop off point in the visitors car park in front of the main entrance. Please do not drop your child off in the staff car park or stop directly in front of the school gates as this is dangerous.
Please also be aware that whilst we appreciate that there may be child care issues, we do need you to contact the school if you are dropping your child off before 8am as we cannot guarantee a teaching staff presence before this time if your child is in the building. Thank you for your co-operation with this.
Our Breakfast Club runs in the Home Economics department every morning, supervised by staff, from 8.30am. Pupils can get a breakfast free of charge and cereal, toast, tea, fruit, yoghurts etc. are all available, provided by the school.

It was great to see some new parents join the parent council at our first meeting on Monday 4th September, however we do still have vacancies if anyone is interested in joining. The next meeting takes place on Monday 6th November at 7pm. All welcome.

I look forward to working in partnership with our parents and carers throughout the session.

Thank you for your continued support.

Janie O'Neill
Head Teacher
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