Message from Mr Gordon, Depute Headteacher re Senior Supported Study

Dear Parent/Carer,

We appreciate that Supported Study plays an important role in the young people’s learning at DHS and, as per my previous email, we are always striving to enhance their learning experiences during, and out with, school hours. Therefore, please find below a timetable of the Supported Study opportunities available to pupils in the Senior Phase. It’s a great opportunity for the young people to take advantage of these rich learning opportunities on offer from staff during lunch and after school.

Having reviewed the national guidance, the Senior Leadership Team have decided that Supported Study clubs can take place as long as the appropriate health and safety procedures are put in place. The Supported Study clubs taking place after school will finish by no later than 4:15pm and all of the successful cleaning routines, seating plans (track and trace) and social distancing measures will continue to be implemented.

Staff will keep a pupil register for each study club and ensure that seating plans are also recorded for track and trace purposes.

Download: DHS Supported Study 2020

If you have any queries about the information provided above then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,

Shaun Gordon

ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland) Programme

ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland) Programme is a web based information source for services and activities across Scotland.  It is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.
This webpage links you directly via home postcodes to services and activities in each area. It is open to the public and can be used by anyone for information on both children’s and adult services in their community:

Update from the Headteacher – 29/9/20

Dear Parent/Carer,
I recognise that this is the first email that I have sent out to you for a few days now.  I think that this is an indication that school is settling well into our ‘new normal’.  However, I am aware of the importance of all in the school community to stay connected as we move through this very unusual school year.  To this end, I propose to send out a weekly email that will capture the ‘weekly news’ from the school and the wider educational world.  I will, of course, send out any important information that I need to share with you in between times as necessary.
I would very much like to hear from parents/carers of topics that they would like me to include in the weekly newsletter.  Please feel free to send me your suggestions by email.
Kind regards,
Allyson Dobson

Heriot-Watt University Virtual Open Days

At Heriot-Watt University we will be hosting Virtual Open Days on Saturday 26 September and Saturday 24 October (Edinburgh Campus). For Fashion and Textiles programmes (Galashiels Campus) the events will take place on Friday 2 October and Friday 6 November. I’d be delighted if your pupils who might be thinking about studying at university could join us.

Register through this web page:

The Virtual Open Day will take place on an App called Guidebook which can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices. There will be subject and information webinars taking place throughout the day and when you register there is an easy guide showing you how to access the event and subject webinars via the Heriot-Watt Guidebook app.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Hopefully we might be able to welcome you and your pupils to our Campuses soon!

Kind Regards,

Mari Higginbotham

Scottish and RUK Recruitment Manager

Update from the Headteacher re Senior Awards Ceremony 17/9/20

Dear Parent/Carer,
I am delighted to announce that our virtual Senior Phase Awards Ceremony will be launched on our website later today.  I do hope that you will find the time to hear all about the many amazing achievements of our pupils in the Senior Phase.
It also gives me great pleasure to announce the names of those pupils who have been awarded the top academic prizes.  These prizes are awarded to pupils who have achieved the best results in SQA qualifications this session.
Senior Dux: Tamal Alam
Proxime Accessit: Aislinn Melville
Junior Dux: Ryan Johnson
Proxime Accessit: Ben Haining
I am sure that you will join me in congratulating all of our award winners.
Kind regards,
Allyson Dobson

Celebrating Achievement – Melissa Reidie, 6B1

Melissa has been helping out at an Edinburgh based charity Empty Kitchens Full Hearts. They started up with chefs who had no work due to lockdown and turn surplus food into meals for anyone that needs them. Melissa has been involved in packing meals, delivery and handing out food packs at lunch and dinner time.

Well done Melissa!

Update from the Headteacher re Face Masks 14/9/2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Thank you for supporting your young person to wear a mask in school, one of the main health and safety measures that we have in place to keep everyone as safe as we can.  Almost all of our young people arrive at school with a mask and comply with the wearing of their mask when they are required to do so.  The school issues disposable masks to pupils who arrive without one to allow them to enter the building and access their learning.

However, I am now becoming increasingly concerned that some young people are relying on being given a disposable mask rather than bring their own reusable masks to school.  This is increasing the amount of waste that is being generated by the school which will impact on the environment. Reusable masks are a much more sustainable way forward. I  would be very grateful if you could remind your young person to take responsibility for their safety, and for the safety of others, by coming into school with a reusable mask.

Please let me know by email if you need any financial support with this as I can provide this where it is necessary.  Disposable masks will continue to be available but should be seen as a last resort.

Thank you for your support with this matter.

Allyson Dobson