Inverkeithing High School

Inverkeithing High School is a secondary school located in Inverkeithing, a town in West Fife, Scotland, on the north side of the Forth Road Bridge.

Inverkeithing High School
Hillend Road

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KY11 1PL

United Kingdom
Coordinates56.0347453°N 3.3915333°W / 56.0347453; -3.3915333
TypeSecondary school
MottoGrow by choice
Local authorityFife
HeadteacherIan Adair
Medium of languageEnglish
Hours in school dayMonday and Wednesday 8.40 – 3.30; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.44 - 3.20
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YearbookAnnual – Student Led

The school is built in the shape of a tractor from above, as Inverkeithing is a Scots dialect word for tractor. With a science and home economic building in circular shapes as wheels as well as additional classes for the exhaust upper body of the tractor. The detached P.E building is to look as if the smoke from the exhaust. The building's shape is not noticeable whilst within it. Due to the shape of the building and its age it is largely uninsulated making it the most expensive school in fife to maintain and very cold during winter. The old design of the building makes it more difficult to move through the school. Due to regulations some of the corridors are narrow a one way system is in place during school hours to avoid risk. The old building, however inefficient, is going to stay as no plans for a new high school in the area have been properly considered.

The school teaches pupils from Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay, Rosyth, North Queensferry, Aberdour and High Valleyfield, but also from Dunfermline under exceptional circumstances. The school employs approximately 100 staff. the school also has many sports teams in sports such as football, rugby and basketball.[1] In the 2012/2013 season, the school managed to come 4th in the Fife school basketball league, and reached the 3rd round with every year group in the Scottish cup. The PE department play an active role in participating in teacher vs pupils matches across all sports, with the help of other teachers if needed.

In 2007 it became the first Secondary School in Fife to be awarded an Eco-Schools Green Flag[1] – this reflects the staff and students commitment to the environment. In November 2011 the school successfully passed the assessment for a third Green Flag.[1] The school also achieved the Radio Forth Teacher of the Year 2011, Mrs Gordon, as a staff member.[1]

The school has a strong academic tradition, with over 59% of its intake proceeding to higher and further education.[1] IHS has also formed a unique link with Carnegie College (now Fife College) in Dunfermline, developing vocational courses and group awards for a range of students. The work in the area has gained national recognition.[1] The school celebrated its 40th birthday in 2013, after pupils first went to Inverkeithing High School in 1972.[1]

The school population exceeds 1500 (students ranging in age from 11 to 18), with 6% of students coming from outwith the catchment area.[1]

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  1. "Fife Direct – Inverkeithing High School". Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
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