Aims and Philosophy
- To provide learners with an insight into the society in which they live, through an understanding of the political, social, economic and technological forces which have shaped the modern world.
- To encourage learners to become active and independent.
- To encourage learners to develop informed views on ethical issues and respect for the views of others.
- To develop skills in literacy and in the use of technology for learning
- To equip learners with the skills needed to analyse evidence
- To expand learners’ knowledge of our cultural heritage in local, national and international contexts.
- To provide an interesting and enjoyable learning environment which encourages all students to reach their full potential.
- Trips to World War I battlefields.
- Trip to Poland, focusing on a visit to Auschwitz.
- Trip to Berlin in 2012.
- Trips to Scottish historical sites including Bannockburn Heritage Site, New Lanark World Heritage Site and the National Mining Museum Scotland.
- Two pupils and one teacher selected to take part in the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz‘ project run by the Holocaust Educational Trust.
- One S2 class worked with the author Mary Turner Thomson to write, publish and market a book based on the transatlantic slave trade. On sale from 7th December 2011!
- Six S2 Pupils selected to be Scotland’s first ever Anne Frank Trust Scotland Ambassadors.
- Six S1 and S2 Pupils won Edinburgh’s first ever Inter-Schools History Quiz, beating off competition from other schools and securing the William Morrison Trophy for Portobello High School.
- Participation in ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ interdisciplinary projects, such as ‘Scotland Week’, ‘Life in the 1960s’, ‘Rapid Response’, and the upcoming ‘Centenary of World War One’.
Mr N Goodfellow