Local MSP highlights work of Newbattle High School

Friday January 13th 2017

Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber 2016

Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, yesterday highlighted the work of Dalkeith-based Newbattle Community High School in a debate at the Scottish Parliament.

Mr Beattie was speaking in the debate entitled ‘Education and Skills Committee Debate: SQA, Education Scotland, SFC and SDS – Performance and Role’.

As a member of the Education Committee, Mr Beattie visited Newbattle High School in December in an evidence-gathering role. He met with the headteacher, Colin Taylor, and other members of staff.

Mr Beattie commented: ‘I was delighted to have the opportunity to highlight the great work of everyone at Newbattle High.

‘Given that around 69 per cent of the pupils come from areas of multiple deprivation, the teachers do a tremendous job in ensuring a record number going on to positive destinations.

‘This clearly cannot be an easy task by any stretch of the imagination yet the positive destination numbers keep increasing.

‘I give my sincere thanks to Colin Taylor and all the other staff members for these achievements, and I look forward to seeing the progress continue in the coming years.’

Mr Beattie’s full speech can be found HERE.

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