SDS webinar for parents/carers of pupils in S4-S6

Following a very successful recent webinar, SDS is hosting another webinar for parents of pupils in S4-S6 who are planning to leave school this year. It is running on Thursday 22 April, 6:30-7:15pm and will cover the SDS support available to these young people and how to help them make decisions. 
Find out more and sign up


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Construction Apprenticeship with Clark Contracts

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Joinery Apprenticeship

We are recruiting a new Apprentice Joiner!

IDH is looking for an Apprentice Joiner to join our team. You will be working mainly on Luxury extensions and new build homes.

Your Working hours are Monday – Thursday 8 – 4.30 & Friday 8-3.30 in Edinburgh & the Lothian’s.

At IDH we deliver a high quality service and are a growing company, so we are looking for someone with high standards and the drive to succeed in life. You will be pushed to become better.

This role is not for someone who is just looking for a ‘Job’

Please send in your CV and cover letter to to apply for this apprenticeship

All applications must be in be 31.03.21

Update from the Headteacher – Friday 26 March 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

As the second week of blended learning for all of our pupils comes to an end, I am pleased to report that pupils are continuing to enjoy being back in the building and reconnecting with their friends, teachers and in-school learning.  Next week will see us operate the same patterns of attendance for in-school learning as we have done in the past two weeks.

Please see below the weekly newsletter to keep you up to date with other news.

Download: Friday, 26th March

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards,

Allyson Dobson

Routine Ready Initiative – Survey for Parents/Carers

Consultation with Parent Council Chairs/Parent Representatives – March 2021


A small group of practitioners from Education and partners have met to discuss the challenges parents/carers face which can have a negative impact on attendance in school or engagement in learning.


We highlighted the following and would like to know if you have any other challenges you feel should be added to these:


  • Establishing and maintaining routines in the home
  • Parent/carer health – physical and mental (sometimes undiagnosed)
  • Alcohol or drug misuse
  • Lack of IT Skills – hampering home learning
  • Financial challenges – impacting on clothing, food, learning resources
  • Transport costs if children are further away from school they attend
  • Domestic violence


We feel strongly that helping families with routines at home would positively impact on some of the above challenges, including mental and physical health.  So we’d like to do the following:


  • A poster campaign around being ‘Routine Ready’ (taking message away from just ‘attendance’ and putting spotlight on routines).
  • Linked to this would be a parent/carer leaflet giving information about importance of routine, ideas/strategies for doing this well at home, the difference in routines for weekdays/weekends, in school/home school learning; positive impact (research based) on mental and physical health of children and adults.
  • Helpline numbers for getting support with any of the other challenges listed above that might be impacting on their attendance/engagement.
  • A competition to design a logo for the routine ready campaign which will outline a learning task that will be shared with teachers across the authority. This will introduce the idea of routines to the children and help them to create a logo to represent the initiative.
  • The posters and parents leaflets will be made available widely, including, for example, doctors’ surgeries.
  • There will be a Routine Reward Chart for children to use daily and gain rewards (we will give suggestions to parents around kinds of rewards to offer).
  • We will also use social media platforms to promote the initiative as widely as possible and this may include creating voice overs/videos made by parents/people in our communities.


What do you think?  Could you let us know your feedback by completing this short (5 question) survey using the following link by 31 March 2021.

Update from the Headteacher – Friday 19 March 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am delighted to report to you that this week has gone very well.  It has been wonderful to see our pupils return to us, albeit for a reduced period of time due to the need for social distancing. Our senior phase pupils have re-engaged with in-school learning with great ease.  Our pupils in S1 to S3 have really appreciated having an opportunity to reconnect with friends, teachers and school in general.

The pattern that we followed this week will be repeated over the next couple of weeks leading up to the Easter holiday.

We are certainly moving in the right direction and I hope that we will be able to return to school full-time after the Easter break, without the need for 2m social distancing, if the level of prevalence of the virus continues to fall.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Allyson Dobson

eBook Lending Platform

Our eBook lending platform offers new ways to engage with pupils, and staff 

 With 24/7 access for today’s online world, eBooks are a great way to inspire both pupils and staff to explore books in a whole new way. They provide a different approach to reading at home as well as in school plus, they are a great way to get staff and pupils reading.

The system is easy to use and books can be downloaded instantly to your device. There are a range of children’s, teen and young adult e-Books available including contemporary fiction and popular authors, full length and abridged classics, modern classics, non-fiction and Accelerated Reader titles.

Just click on this link to scan the QR code below,  or download the Wheelers app from Android or Apple.  Your login in details are your username for logging into the PC’s at school and the password is ebs1.  Any problems just contact Mr Orr in the library.