Broughton High

The City of Edinburgh Music School students, numbering between 40 and 55, play a vital part in the life of Broughton whose total school roll is over 1200. Broughton celebrated its centenary in 1999. Broughton was and has an impressive history, one of the first non fee-paying schools in Edinburgh. It boasts famous former students such as writer Hugh MacDiarmid, international jazz saxophonist Tommy Smith and lead singer of the rock group Garbage, Shirley Manson.

Facilities include bright classrooms, well equipped science laboratories, computer suites, extensive art, technical, business studies and home economics areas, a library and resource centre, a theatre, dance studios, gymnasium and sports hall. The specialist music department is housed in the same building as the theatre and includes four large classrooms, 16 studios for teaching and practice and two newly-refurbished electronic music studios.

Following on from the success of the music school - we are fortunate to have 3 specialist areas fully integrated within Broughton High School which at the moment cater for 150 students. (This is over 12% of the total school roll and 80% of these students come from out of catchment.)

Broughton has a specialist dance programme and is host to the Scottish FA Performance School. Many ex Broughton students are now professional musicians, dancers and footballers at a national and inter-national level.

The drama department and Broughton Youth Theatre produce plays and shows, displaying the fine acting, script-writing, producing and directing talents in our young people. Art exhibitions throughout the City are a testimony to exceptional creative teaching enabling students to gain entrance to the most prestigious art colleges in the land. Information technology is a major development in education and Broughton has 'one-to-one' iPads for all students.

The individual attention the music students receive is further enhanced by Broughton's guidance system. The chief aim of this scheme is to provide support and advice on personal, social, vocational, health and curricular concerns empowering students to develop into well-adjusted and healthy adults. Broughton is divided into four houses, named after famous Edinburgh dignitaries - Adam, Scott, Raeburn and Napier. Each house is directed by a Deputy Head Teacher who is assisted by several guidance staff and group tutors. All houses have a social area and guidance offices. One of the biggest house events of the year is the Inter-House Music Competition.

Regular communication to parents is through termly newsletters, reports and parent-teacher meetings. Parents are encouraged to contact the school by telephone or email to arrange meetings over any concerns. We also produce a school handbook containing more detailed information on course choices, extra-curricular activities and general school organisation which is available on request from the School Office.

John J Wilson - Headteacher

Broughton High School
29 East Fettes Avenue
Edinburgh Scotland EH4 1EG
Telephone 0131 332 7805
Fax 0131 343 3296
Web www.broughton.edin.sch.uk

Guide for Parents

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In accepting a student into The Music School, The City of Edinburgh Council is making a major commitment to resources, and if the School is to be of maximum benefit to its students this commitment must be matched by that of students and parents. This guide is intended to help parents play their part in the process.

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The Selection Procedure


A preliminary audition can be arranged through the Director of The Music School at any time during the academic year. On the basis of this informal meeting advice will be given on whether or not to proceed further. Those short-listed for a final audition will be called in for assessment by a panel of highly-renowned musicians from both within and outwith the School.

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