Newbattle Community High School is a six year comprehensive. It was built in 1969 (see the history of the school) and has been extensively refurbished in recent years. It is pleasantly situated in it’s own grounds, 1 mile south of Dalkeith on the road B6455. Newbattle is a co-educational comprehensive, non-denominational school serving the communities of Mayfield, Easthouses, Newtongrange, Gorebridge and surrounding areas.
The school is accommodated in an attractive modern building in spacious grounds. Departments are housed in good, well equipped accommodation. There is an attractive library/study area, which incorporates a good range of modern information technology equipment. Our Centre for Sport and Leisure is housed in a self-contained complex which includes a games hall, gymnasium, swimming pool, floodlit synthetic turf pitch and grassed rugby and football pitch as well as a social area.
The Secondary and its associated primaries were granted New Community Schools status in 2000 and in a recent HMIe inspection were praised for the high quality of education and support being provided. Of particular note was the range of initiatives, which add value to pupils’ experience in school while helping them and their families to participate more fully in learning and community involvement.
Newbattle Community High School prides itself in delivering a highly relevant curriculum with many innovative inserts. A key strength is the rich programme of vocational and enterprise education on offer. Facilities for delivery in this area include a Hospitality Suite, Call Centre, Hairdressing suite and Recording Studio.
The school was successful in its bid to become one of Scotland's first ‘Schools of Ambition’. The enhanced funding has allowed the school to build on its current strength in the arts whilst developing leadership and self-esteem.
You can also find out more about the school in our Headteacher's own words by downloading a radio interview that Mr Taylor did with Midlothian's community radio station, Black Diamond FM.
In the interview, broadcast on Saturday 3rd January 2009, Mr Taylor talks about the events and activities that the school is part of, and celebrates the successes of current and former pupils.