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.

Success Headlines

  • 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’.

Curriculum Leader

Mr N Goodfellow