Pupil Equality Fund and Scottish Attainment Challenge
Viewforth High School serves a local community on the East of Kirkcaldy which includes two of the five most deprived data zones in Fife. Over 50% of our pupils live in SIMDs 1 and 2; over one third of our pupils under 16 are classified as living in poverty and the entitlement of pupils to free school meals has been as high as 40%. Since the demise of mining and heavy industry, generations within families are simultaneously unemployed and the current local labour market shows youth unemployment around 20%.
Viewforth High School staff are united in the belief that the work they do improves the life outcomes for all of our pupils, including the most vulnerable, and helps our youngsters break free from the cycle of disadvantage. Staff pupil relationships are good as evidenced by the very low number of days lost through exclusion.
Viewforth High School plays a key part in addressing the “Reducing Inequalities” and “Improving Outcomes for families and Young people” priorities identified in the Fife Community Plan. School staff, pupils and parents worked closely with elected members, council officials and others to open a new Viewforth High School within the Windmill Community Campus, which facilitates joined up working with a wide range of co-located partners.