Author Archives: Forrester High School

Head Teacher Update 28/6/22

Dear Parents and Students

I am writing to let you know the arrangements for the end of term. The summer holidays will begin at 12:00noon on Friday 1/7/22. We will have a slightly shorter day and an extended break to say farewell to some of our staff who are leaving us for pastures new.

I would also like to take this opportunity to formally thank Mr Brown, Ms Groves, Mrs McNinch and Dr Hayhurst for their fantastic service to the school and local community and to wish them all the very best.

I will write a further update towards the end of the week (or thereafter) to summarise some of the outstanding achievements and work of students and staff. Meanwhile, please see information below regarding some of the supports available over the summer holidays.

Thanks and best wishes

Stephen Rafferty

Head Teacher (more…)

North West News and Opportunities 23/6/22

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Please see attached this week’s bulleting with news from:

  • World Music day at West Pilton Neighbourhood Centre
  • News from Lauriston Farm
  • Big news from Corstorphine Community Centre
  • What’s going on at Granton Hub
  • Ithrive wellbeing sessions
  • Bangholm Sports and Outdoor Centre  news
  • Funding news and opportunities

North West News and Opportunities 14/6/22

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This week’s bulleting contains news from:

  • Ferry Blend Choir
  • Picnic in Victoria Park
  • LifeCare Café reopens with Val McDermid
  • Granton Castel Midsummer picnic
  • What’s on at Fresh Start
  • What’s on at North Edinburgh Arts
  • COVID sense
  • NHS Resources for parent and carers – Dealing with anxiety and Worry
  • Funding and vacancies

P7 Parents Information Evening Slides

We were delighted to welcome our P7 parents to school last night. There was a great turn-out, despite the weather (and despite competing with the football). Thank you for supporting this event – we are really looking forward to working with you and your young people.

Please find below the presentation slides.  

P7 Parents Information Evening June 2022

Stephen Rafferty

Head Teacher

North West News and Opportunities 9/6/22

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This week’s bulleting contains news from:

  • Picnic in Victoria Park
  • Scotland Loves Local awards
  • News on construction beginning on net zero homes in Granton
  • Mental Health Digital Resources info session
  • Health in Mind classes
  • Consultations
  • Free courses in Scotland
  • Corstorphine Community Centre volunteering
  • Equality Safe and Mental Health – Thrive Edinburgh event
  • Corstorphine Business Community
  • Vacancy at Pilton Community Health Project
  • Edinburgh4Community funding – register today

Head Teacher Update 8/6/22

Dear parents and students

The holidays are fast approaching and we have a lot to cram in between now and the 1st July, when school breaks for the summer.

P7-S1 Transition

Tonight, we welcome our P7 parents for an information evening prior to next week’s P7 to S1 transition visits. A huge amount of work has gone into preparing everyone for the three-day visit both here and in the primary schools. There have been opportunities to visit school for various events and we are really looking forward to getting everyone together for the first time.

Celebrating Success and Award Ceremony

Tomorrow afternoon, we will celebrate some of the successes of the year with an award ceremony for all our prize winners. This event has been scaled down this year, due to COVID, and may look quite different going forward.

Parent Council (Parent Forum) Annual General Meeting 14/6/22

Our Parent Council are hosting its Annual General Meeting in school next Tuesday from 7:00pm. All parents are included in our Parent Forum and are warmly invited to attend this meeting. The meeting will be face to face with the opportunity, if preferred, to attend online.

During this meeting, office bearers are appointed for the following school year (Chair, Deputy, Treasurer and Secretary).

If you would like to attend this meeting in person or online, please let us know using the survey linked below:

Anxiety Supports for Parents and Carers

The Early Intervention team at CAMHs have added two new Anxiety Resources to help parents support their child or teenager, the new leaflet is attached here:

You can also find all the resources on the CAMHS NHS Lothian website – Online Resources (

New Resources include:

A relaxation booklet for children

A Self Help Guide for parents on supporting their child with anxiety 

Part 1 : Understanding and Talking about worries

Part 2 : Anxiety Traps

Part 3 : Overcoming Anxiety

Part 4 : Looking After Yourself and Further information  

These are added to the previously available resources which were developed by CAMHS and Psychological Services:   

Parent’s Anxiety Workshops Recorded information sessions. These are also available in BSL.  

Part 1: Understanding Anxiety   

Part 2: Supporting your child with anxiety

Computerised CBT for parents on Supporting their Child/Teen with Anxiety a module course you can work through at your own pace via the platform Silvercloud at  this is free to sign up using the Access code: Lothian

The flyer also highlights some useful websites and resources and links to the adult mental health website Home – Wellbeing Lothian

Finally, thank you for your continuing support with getting students into school on time and in as close to dress code as possible. There has been a great improvement in both of these over the last few weeks.

Thanks and best wishes

Stephen Rafferty

Head Teacher

North West News and Opportunities 2/6/22

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This week’s bulletin includes:

  • Jubilee Street Party  – Netherby Rd
  • Celebrating Western NN individuals distribution list Cramond
  • Public engagement invitation – Dowies Mill Weir Fish Pass
  • News from Granton Waterfront
  • Parenting Smart with Place2Be
  • Paths for All news
  • Almond and Western Voluntary Sector Forum activities directory in West Edinburgh
  • Green Team training opportunity
  • VOCAL Carers week info
  • Funding and vacancies