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
Over the course of this last 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.
Last year, 2018/2019, 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 over £4,200 for charities and school funds. 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.