Help with College Applications

If any pupils or their parents/carers require help with college applications please email Barbara.moir@sds.co.uk and I can either email them or call them to talk them through it.

I will try to contact our UCAS applicants who have not responded to their offers in case they loose them and likewise our college applicants. I have access to both track systems.

Barbara Moir Careers Adviser, Dalkeith High School

Update from the Headteacher 25 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,
I hope that everyone in the family is well and that you are all finding ways to fill the hours while you are staying at home.
The campus remains open to offer care for the children of key workers employed in the health service and other vital industries.  I am very grateful to the staff who are looking after the young people who are using the ‘hub’ facility and providing them with a calm, reassuring environment at a time of uncertainty.  There are, of course, lots of engaging learning experiences taking place, and an opportunity for young people to form positive relationships with others in the school community that they may not have known up until now.
Online learning through Show My Homework seems to be going relatively smoothly.  Mr Gordon is available to assist with any difficulties you may encounter; the best way to contact him is being emailing the school using the email address on the school website.  Learning materials are also available on the website.
We have now received information from SQA which we posted on Twitter and Facebook yesterday evening.  I have attached the statement that came from SQA and have summarised the main points below:
The main points are as follows:

 

  • Only Nat 5 Coursework already submitted to SQA by the 18th March will be marked by SQA
  • Other Nat 5 Coursework plus all Higher & AH coursework due to be picked up in April & May is not to be submitted by Centres
  • Centres will be asked to provide Estimates to SQA which will inform certification – completed coursework not being sent to SQA can still be considered as part of a suite of evidence when deciding on estimates

 

I do believe that this is the only action that is available to the SQA in the current unprecedented times.
I will continue to update you on matters as they arise but in the meantime I hope you and the family to stay safe and well.
With very best wishes,
Allyson Dobson

Coronavirus update from Midlothian Council

From Midlothian Council.

We have just been informed, Sun 22 Mar, by John Swinney, Depute FM of updated advice to local authorities in relation to S4-S6. As a result of this advice, S4-S6 pupils should NOT go into school for any reason. An exception is vulnerable S4-S6 pupils who access Complex Needs Provision. They should follow individual arrangements already in place for them with their school. Instead, where possible, S4-S6 pupils, should finish their course work at home and schools will make arrangements to provide further guidance and support to S4-S6 pupils in due course. Schools, as of tomorrow, Mon 23 Mar, will be working with staff to plan this support. Further details will be coming from SQA about how pupils’ quals and achievements will be graded in the light of this latest decision announced today by Mr Swinney.

Link to announcement

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-scotland-51987906

CORONAVIRUS – Update 20/3/2020

Dear Parent/Carer,
I am writing to you following the announcement by Scottish Government that all schools will close on Friday, 20th March in response to the escalating Covid-19 outbreak.
Emergency provision will be in place to protect the following national interests and groups:
S4 to S6 pupils
Schools will remain open to S4 to S6 pupils to allow them to complete coursework and assessments for national qualifications.  All pupils in this group should report to school as normal on Monday.  Given the decision has now been taken to cancel this year’s SQA exams, it is vital that all senior pupils attend.  In the absence of the exam diet, it will be critical that coursework is completed to allow for teachers’ professional judgements of estimated grades to be made and submitted to SQA.
S1 to S3 pupils
Children of key workers (for example, NHS,social care, police, staff providing learning/childcare for other key workers) will have access to learning and childcare to allow their parents/carers to continue to participate to the national response to Covid-19.  This will be delivered on a hub basis with the campus being the location that Dalkeith High School pupils who fall into this category should attend.  Please contact the school to check if your role is covered by the criteria set out in the guidance given by government. Any eligible pupils should attend school as normal on Monday.
Complex needs
The Enhanced Complex Needs Base will remain open.  Families will be contacted directly by staff to discuss individual arrangements.
Vulnerable young people
School will continue to maintain protections and support for children who may be particularly vulnerable in the current circumstances.  Pupil Support Leaders will contact families regarding this available support.
School transport will be available to pupils in the above groups as normal.  Pupils are advised to bring packed lunches into school as it is not possible to say at this time what catering will be available.
Free school meals will be available for those pupils who are entitled to them with arrangements being made by Midlothian Council to distribute these accordingly.  Further information will follow in due course.
S1 to S3 pupils who will not be attending school should access learning through Show My Homework.
I have attached some information from SQA and other partner agencies for your consideration.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and understanding through this most challenging of times.  It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to the majority of our pupils in S1 to S3 for an indefinite period of time.  However, I am positive that this time will pass and I look forward to leading a full and bustling school when we open our doors to all once more.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school for clarification on any of the above information.
With very best wishes,
Allyson Dobson
Allyson Dobson
Headteacher
Dalkeith High School
2 Cousland Road
Dalkeith
EH22 2PS
0131-654-4701

Careers Adviser

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the closure of the school, Skills Development Scotland cannot deliver careers services face to face, but they are still there to help.  Your child can contact their school Careers Adviser, Barbara Moir, for careers information, advice and guidance at barbara.moir@sds.co.uk or visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk

You can still access career service support.  Call your local centre to speak to one of our qualified advisers.  Your nearest Skills Development Scotland Centre can be contacted at 0131 663 7287.

You can also find careers service support for parents / carers online at www.myworldofwork.co.uk and www.mykidscareer.com

Many thanks

Barbara Moir

Careers Adviser