School Ethos

United in Purpose

School Aims and Values

Partnership with Denominational Bodies


Moral, Cultural and Social Values

Our School in the Community

United in Purpose

Larbert High School and our primary partners are dedicted to one shared vision. We are united in purpose in creating experiences and opportunities for young people which enchace our lives, our community and our world. Working together to further the four capacities underpinning Curriculum for Excellence and helping to develop effective contributors, successful learners, responsible citizens and confident individuals across the spectrum from early years to final years. 

For more information on our associated primaries click here.


School Aims and Values

Our school policy is to promote belief and respect for the values of others, together with an appreciation of cultures within our society. This will encourage equality of opportunity and the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, class, religion, disability and sexual orientation.

We do this via the school curriculum by rejecting racism, sexism and other discrimination and by developing a welcoming and understanding climate in classrooms, where learning is not inhibited by antagonism or disrespect for anyone’s background. We ensure that all pupils have access to a variety of materials and that they are aware of the needs of individuals and groups.

In the informal curriculum, the school has an ethos in which all people are encouraged to develop positive attitudes and are given a definite sense of self-identity and self-respect. We are a community which promotes acceptance of others and rejects prejudice. The atmosphere in the school encourages everyone to have an empathy with individuals’ disabilities or weaknesses. Our school is multicultural – both in character and philosophy. To access our Anti Bullying Policy please visit the school website.

All pupils are encouraged to take a balanced view of life, to be able to weigh up opposing arguments and make decisions based on fact and respect, rather than prejudice.


The council is required to work towards advancing equality of opportunity for all people and to foster good relations between people. The council is committed to eliminating discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, marriage or civil partnership, transgender status, pregnancy/maternity or poverty.

Children’s Services has a range of policies and procedures to address equalities issues specific to education to enable us to fulfil these duties. In addition to this all education establishments have a responsibility to report incidents of identity-based bullying.


Partnerships with Denominational Bodies

We have a team of Chaplains who support the school in a variety of different ways:
- Assemblies;
- Work with pupils and staff;
- Church services;
- Prizegiving etc.

The Chaplains, along with some members of staff form the Chaplaincy Group, which meets on a bimonthly basis in the school to plan ahead for Pastoral-based activities throughout the school session. We also enjoy the services of Youth Workers, Mike Glass and Jack Thomson, who are employed by the local churches and based in Larbert High School. Mike and Jack work with small groups within the school, contribute to PSD lessons run the Scripture Union and visit our cluster primary schools, where they deliver the ‘Bible Alive’ programme and lead assemblies. They are available throughout the week to speak to pupils on a confidential basis. Pupils attend Church services at the end of each term and these are held in one of our local churches, led by members of the Chaplaincy Team.

Any parents who wish to withdraw their child from attendance on the grounds of conscience should provide a note explaining this and arrangements will then be made for supervision.

Our school Chaplains are:
- Rev K Bleakley Larbert Baptist
- Rev M Crosthwaite Larbert East
- Rev D Randall Free Church of Scotland
- Rev A Moore Bothkennar & Carronshore
- Pastor M Rollo Larbert Pentecostal
- Rev R Randall Larbert Grace Church
- M Glass Youth Worker
- J Thomson Youth Worker (Part Time)

Religious Instruction and Observance

Religious Instruction

Schools have a statutory duty to provide Religious Instruction in the timetable. This aims to promote a knowledge of the Christian and other faiths, and encourage children and young people to develop enquiring minds through investigating spiritual, moral and philosophical issues.

Religious Instruction may include visits to local places of worship, and/or visits from representatives of places of worship. This helps children and young people to develop knowledge and understanding of faiths, especially those with which they are less familiar.

Ultimately, pupils in the upper secondary school can gain a qualification through the study of Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies at Higher and Advanced Higher Levels. These courses further develop young people’s skills in logical thinking, methodical enquiry and ways of expressing ideas effectively.


Religious Observance/Time for Reflection

Religious Observance, which may take the form of a Time for Reflection, is held at least six times a year, in addition to traditional celebrations central to the life of the school community. Religious Observance will often (but not necessarily) take the form of an assembly.


Withdrawal from Religious Instruction and Religious Observance/Time for Reflection

Parents who wish to exercise their right to withdraw their child from religious instruction and/or observance are encouraged to discuss initially their intention with the Headteacher to enable them to make a fully informed decision. Parents who wish to proceed thereafter to withdraw their child(ren) should notify the Headteacher in writing. This is so that alternative educational activities can be planned for their child(ren) during times of religious Instruction and/or Observance.


Development of Pupils' Moral, Cultural and Social Values

The school is committed to supporting the development of its pupils as whole people and as a result, wishes to encourage their development in spiritual, moral, social and cultural terms.

These key human aspects of learning are supported through:-

  • Creating a school ethos which, in every way possible, gives value to these aspects of development, especially by providing an overall atmosphere that is both caring and challenging and which provides opportunities for the development of personal responsibility.
  • Promoting personal and social learning through the way in which relationship issues are handled.
  • Ensuring adults in the school are positive models for pupils.
  • Bringing pupils and staff together as a community to reinforce the values of the school.
  • Enriching the curriculum to emphasise spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and development.
  • Providing a programme of religious and moral education to consider the meaning, value and purpose of human life.
  • Promoting equality and celebrating diversity of heritage and culture of pupils.

Our School in the Community

Larbert High School is proud to play a role in both the local and global community. This is achieved through our involvement in various different projects, initiatives and organisations. See the links below for further information on our friends and partners.

Active Schools

Active Schools are now part of Falkirk Community Trust. Active Schools aims to provide more and higher quality opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity before school, during lunchtime and after school, and to develop effective pathways between schools and sports clubs in the local community.

Active School co-ordinators work with primary, secondary and additional support needs schools to increase the number and diversity of children and young people participating in Active Schools activities. In Falkirk there are 8 cluster schools that co-ordinators work with to provide clubs, events and coach education training, For further information please contact 01324 590952.