Category Archives: Head Teacher Update

Head Teacher Update 17/4/21

Dear parents and students

I hope everyone has managed to keep themselves safe and to enjoy the good weather during the holidays. As I write this update, I am looking forward to the summer term, and to the continuing easing of restrictions and opening up of normal life. The summer term will run from Tuesday 20th April until Friday 25th June. (more…)

Head Teacher Update/Spring Newletter 2021

Head Teacher Update 27/3/21

Dear Parents and Students

Next week is the final week of our phased return and, although it has been great to see everyone, it has been the most complicated period, so far, for students, parents and staff. There is no doubt that the requirement for 2m distancing, the need to prioritise senior phase students preparing for National Assessment, while maintaining an online learning offer, has put an additional burden on everyone. In trying to meet all of these competing aims, it is likely that the experience over the final three weeks of term has not been ideal for anyone. (more…)

Head Teacher Update 12/3/21

Dear Parents and Students

I Look forward to welcoming students and staff back to school next week. Everyone should now know the times they are due to be in school up until the Easter holiday. A huge amount of work has been done, in preparation for Monday, and I am grateful to the teams across the school for their hard work in getting us to this point. Having sent out detailed plans earlier this week, today’s update will be brief, with just a few short pieces of information. (more…)

Head Teacher Update 10/3/21

Details of the next phase in our return to school

Dear Parents and Students

I am writing to let you know the details relating to the next phase of our return to school. In last week’s update, I explained that the requirement of a 2m physical distance, and other guidance set by the Scottish Government, restricts the number of students who can be in school at any given time. Taking all of these factors into consideration, we have developed the following plan for attendance in the three weeks leading up to Easter. (more…)

Head Teacher Update 6/3/21

Dear Parents and Students

The First Minister announced the next phase in the return to face-to-face learning with a statement to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 2nd March. Since then, schools across the country have been working with local authorities to interpret what is being expected of us and to plan the safe return of students. Yesterday, you should have received a letter from Andy Gray, Chief Education Officer, alerting you to the move towards blended learning for all students from Monday 15th March. This letter is also available on the City of Edinburgh Council Website.

The move to blended learning is the most complicated change we have had to implement, and we are working to produce a plan which meets the guidelines and principles set by the Scottish Government. These include: (more…)

Head Teacher Update Sunday 28/2/21

Dear Parents and Students

When we broke for the Christmas Holidays on 22nd December, we expected to see everyone back at school on the 18th January. We have now completed 6 weeks of online learning and I know that students, parents and staff have been finding it hard to keep the momentum going. It was, therefore, heartening to welcome back some senior students last week. Senior students will continue to attend lessons (albeit in small numbers) to complete aspects of their course work, that cannot be done at home, in preparation for practical assessment. Unfortunately, the range of activities we are able to offer is restricted in some subjects, such as PE, and we hope that this will be relaxed as we move into the next phase. (more…)