Sustainability – Course Information


Mr W. Gray (PT)

The Rooted in the Community Project – Cultivating futures and community growth

The Rooted in the Community project equips our pupils with:

  • A National Progression Award in Horticulture
  • A John Muir Award
  • A Skills Development Portfolio through Forest Schools

Pupils work within Midlothian to promote social and environmental sustainability, while creating strong links between the school and the wider community.

Our ‘Rooted in the Community’ brochure will be available in August.


SQA Horticulture

A hands-on vocational course equipping pupils with the skills required to pursue a career in the modern horticultural industry. Pupils acheive a National Progression Award in Horticulture which qualifies them to gain employment in both the public and private sectors. The course also facilitates further study at one of Scotlands premier rural colleges.

Click the link to download college prospectuses:

Below is an excellent site outlining the amazing range of careers on offer in the Horticultural sector.

John Muir Award

An extensively recognised environmental award which contributes to the wider achievement portfolio of our pupils. The award promotes educational, social and personal development through engagement in nature conservation.

Forest Schools

Forest schools allows young people the time and space to develop their skills through an understanding of themselves and others. Sessions support pupils as they build self awareness, resilience, emotional literacy and problem solving skills through hands-on outdoor activities and experiences.



After School Gardeners’ Club 

An opportunity for our SQA Horticulture pupils to show off their skills to family and friends.

Community Gardeners’ Network

Bringing together local people who share a passion for strengthening community through Horticulture.

Our community gardener newsletter will be available in October.

Industry Links

Connecting to local businesses through work experience opportunities and on site visits.