S5/S6 Recoursing Arrangements

Following the receipt of examination results, it may be necessary for pupils in S5 and S6 to change the courses they are following.  On receipt of results, pupils are invited to contact the school office to make an appointment to consult with their pupil support leader on return to school.  Pupils should not contact their pupil support leader for an appointment.

Miss Bones

Heriot-Watt University Virtual Open Day, Friday 3 July 2020

Ordinarily, we would be contacting you around this time with details of our on-campus Open Days in both Edinburgh and Galashiels. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to welcome visitors and are instead keen to provide an online alternative for those looking to learn more about the University.

We would therefore like to invite your pupils to join us for our upcoming Virtual Open Days. These will provide key information on our programmes and campuses, as well as give attendees the opportunity to engage with current students through panel sessions and other live content. Our Edinburgh Campus event will take place on Friday 3 July, with details available on a wide range of subject areas including the Social Sciences, Technology and Engineering. Those interested in pursuing Textiles and Design programmes are encouraged to register for the Scottish Borders Campus event that will run on the same date. Registration forms are available at https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/visit/open-days.htm.

In addition to this activity, we will also be hosting a series of follow up webinar sessions between Monday 6 July and Friday 17 July. During this time, there will be further opportunities to put questions to our academic staff and admissions colleagues. As part of the programme, our Scottish and UK Recruitment Manager will lead two information sessions for parents and carers, covering not only the support Heriot-Watt University offers to students but also the broader higher education climate in Scotland. These will take place at 19:00 on Tuesday 7 July and Wednesday 15 July, with the link to join us now available at https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/visit/open-days.htm. If you feel this webinar would be of interest to anyone within your school community, we would be extremely grateful if you could pass on this information.

Please feel free to let me know if there is anything you would like to discuss in more detail, or if you have any queries.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Ailsa Mackay

Student Recruitment Assistant


Student Recruitment Service

Heriot-Watt University


EH14 4AS

Email: studentrecruitment@hw.ac.uk

Message from the Headteacher – Friday 26 June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Who would have thought I would be writing my last email of the term following three months of lockdown?  Who would have thought at the start of 2020 that this would be the year that SQA exams were cancelled?  Who would have thought that this would be the year that we would need to pull together even more as a school to support the most vulnerable in our community?

2020 has not turned out to the year that we might have thought it would be.  However, amidst all of the disruption to learning there are many aspects of our practice as a school that have made me very proud as Headteacher: the way in which our pupils have engaged with their learning in the past three months of working at home; the way in which our staff have looked after the wellbeing of our pupils despite the restrictions in place; the unstinting support of our parents and carers.  We have become a stronger community as a result of the adversity that we have come through.

We cannot overlook the fact that many of our families have lost loved ones and my heartfelt condolences go to those who are grieving.  Compared to their loss, what we are facing in terms of disruption is little indeed.  We must not forget that the virus has not gone away and our plans for the reopening of the school will focus on what we can do safely.

I would like to thank all of our families for their encouragement throughout the period – this has been very much appreciated.  The reopening of Dalkeith High School in August will be a special day, one in which we may be returning to the building but never having lost our commitment to our pupils and their families throughout the time that we have been away.  Further information regarding the reopening of the school will follow in due course.

I hope that everyone enjoys a happy and safe summer break.

Allyson Dobson


Future Doctors week online – July 20th – July 24th

From July 20th – 24th we’re running our Future Doctors week online for your students aged 14-18 who might be considering careers in healthcare and we also have a totally free guide to writing the perfect med school personal statement for all of your students that are interested in careers in medicine to receive a copy.

Students spend the Future Doctors Week learning everything they need to apply to med school and will gain some fantastic work experience too to help with applications, all from the comfort of their own homes.

With medical work experience being such a critical aspect to a successful application and world events currently making that very difficult to obtain, we wanted to incorporate this into an online course, led by current practicing UK NHS doctors.

School starts July 20th – July 24th and full details can be found by your students visiting https://www.premedprojects.co.uk/future-doctors-week-online<https://premedprojects.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=500e94a232b1cc19c4fcb1318&id=93acd8d442&e=67e41f74a9> and that’s where any of your students aged 14-18 who are considering choosing medicine at university can also receive their free guide to perfecting the personal statement for medicine.

Thanks a lot and we hope to see them soon!

Jasmine Little

The PremedProjects Team

City of Glasgow College -Virtual event Monday 10th August 2020

City of Glasgow College will host a virtual event on Monday 10th August 2020 between 12 and 2pm and/or 4pm and 6pm.

We still have limited availability for some courses beginning August/September 2020 but the event is equally suitable for next year’s leavers and guidance staff/parents requiring further information.

Attendees can:

*   Chat to lecturers about full-time courses starting in August.

*   Discuss your options if you have not met the conditions of your offer.

*   Chat to our Student Support Team about funding and other support available.

Your pupils can keep an eye on our website for registration to open.  We hope this will be within the next week.     www.cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk/clearing2020

Enjoy your summer holidays.

Kind regards,


Schools Marketing

Events Team (Ann, Karen, Eveline)

Brand & Communication

Update from the Headteacher – Midlothian’s response to Depute First Ministers Statement 23 June

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am sure that you will have been as surprised by yesterday’s announcement by John Swinney, DFM, as I was.  I am sorry to say that I do not have any further information to share with you at this point but will keep you fully informed as events unfold.


Midlothian Council has released a statement on its website



Thank you for ongoing patience and support throughout a period of rapid change.

Thank you,

Allyson Dobson, Headteacher