Welcome to Baltasound Junior High School, the most northerly school in the United Kingdom on the island of Unst in the Shetland Islands. We are a fully inclusive school with Nursery to Secondary 4 students all on the same campus. A diverse and enterprising school, we pride ourselves as being part of a dynamic island community with students, staff and parents all working together.
Peerie School, Big Dreams
During the 2018/2019 year, our pupils felt that our original school motto “Nurturing a passion for living and learning together” should be refreshed. Through a whole school and community competition, the Pupi Council and Parent Council decided that the winning entry was “Peerie School, Big Dreams”. This reflected that we are a small rural school on the most northerly island in the UK; although we are able to progress through our school and become anyone we dare or dream to be. It also contains the Shetland dialect word ‘peerie’, which means small.
Over the most recent school year, we refreshed our school values to be READY, SAFE and RESPECTFUL. This was to replace all of our school rules (of which there were many!) and to make it nice and simple for all of us to remember. These values were agreed, discussed and taken forward by the Pupil Council and Parent Council during 2019/2020.
Last year the school was at the heart of many island activities and events; from Macmillan Coffee Mornings to Up Helly Aa celebrations, Youth Philanthropy to ERASMUS exchanges. And in doing so, we raised or helped secure thousands of pounds for local and national good causes. A truly outstanding community effort for an island with a population of just over 600 people – it shows how generous and supportive our community are; caring passionately about the school as well as local and national charities.
To find out more about Baltasound JHS, feel free to browse this website. We are continually adding content, so please check back often. You can also look at our School Improvement Plan which details our priorities for the upcoming year (2019/2020) – it also highlights the school’s achievements over the past academic year.
If you would like even more information or you would like your son/daughter to enrol at the UK’s most northerly school, please use the contact details on the right hand side.
The map above shows our location – we are as far north as southern Greenland and our nearest city is Bergen in Norway.