Berwickshire High School

Admissions Policy and Procedures


Under the Parents Charter schools are required to consider admitting a pupil irrespective of whether he/she is resident within the defined school catchment area. Whilst admission is not automatic, it is anticipated that in most cases enrolment will follow in due course.

Under certain circumstances, outlined below, the decision whether to admit or not will be delayed, pending clarification.

1) The pupil is currently under suspension or exclusion from another establishment.
2) The pupil has a Co-ordinated Support Plan in which case Scottish Borders Council must be contacted
3) The pupil has a specific medical condition.
4) The school is not in a position to provide the curriculum requested.
5) There is serious concern that to admit the pupil would have serious implications for the well-being of other pupils.
6) The pupil is the subject of a placing request.

There are three types of admission:

(i) Progression directly from Primary School
(ii) Casual enrolment
(iii) Adult Learners
(If English is the second language, SBC must be informed)


This follows an agreed set of procedures involving Primary and Secondary Schools. This is documented in ‘Transition in the Berwickshire High School’.


  • Depute Head meets with new students and parent(s) completing admission form, allocating PGT, arranging classes etc
  • Depute Head then takes new student on a short tour around the school, introducing him/her to staff as appropriate. The Stage Head will be wary of interrupting teachers when they are addressing classes but experience has shown that the initial friendly contact with staff goes a long way towards allaying the fears of the new student
  • Depute Head then arranges with his/her link person in the office for a memo to go to staff involved. This may include additional information is this was available at the time. Examples for each stage are attached
  • Depute Head telephones previous school for a verbal report on the new student
  • Office staff enter details into Seemis to create a timetable and make up a new pupil pack. They also contact the previous school by letter to request that records be sent to us.
  • PGT meets new student on day of admission, goes with student to Form Teacher, arranges for helpers to take the new student to each class, meets with him/her later that day etc
  • Learning Support Department administers assessments in reading comprehension, spelling and numeracy where this is deemed necessary.


1) Introduce pupil to their Personal Guidance Teacher
2) Introduce pupil to teachers and class pupils
3) Arrange for pupil(s) to help new admit to settle in


The records on arrival in school will be passed to the relevant PGT who will alert Head of House if there is any cause for immediate concern. The House Depute Head will then discuss with the Personal Guidance Teacher what action to take.

Parents should be made aware of problems caused by changing schools at particularly critical times.

The Stage Depute Head should never make comparisons with other Border Schools with parents nor should they respond to comments made by parents in this respect.

The appropriate Personal Guidance Teacher should phone the parent within 10 days to enquire as to how the pupil is settling in.


The Berwickshire High School, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3QG
tel: 01361 883 710