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Head Teacher Update 16/1/21

Dear Parents and Students

Our first week of Online Learning is now complete and I want to thank everyone for the way they have responded to what is an extremely challenging situation. Our teachers have worked incredibly hard to produce materials and present them to you online. I am so proud of our staff and the work they are doing to make things go as smoothly as possible. I am also proud of our students, for the way they have engaged with the learning, and grateful to our parents for the patience and perseverance they have shown.

This update contains information about Online Learning, S2 Course Choice, Staffing, and the latest news from the SQA. It also provides an opportunity for parents to let us know how things are going and to request a contact from the school to provide support. (more…)

North West News and Events January 2021


Accessing Office 365 through PS4 and XBox One

Great news (I think). Students can now access online learning through their Xbox or PS4.

To access Office 365 on PS4 you:

  1. Go to the PlayStation browser icon (it is WWW with dots around it)
  2. Press the PlayStation logo on your controller.
  3. Go to library and find options for games and applications.
  4. Go into applications and you will find the internet browser.
  5. Type in Office 365 and log in like you would at school.

To access Office 365 on your Xbox One:

  1. Plug in a keyboard via the USB slot. ( …
  2. Go to my games and apps.
  3. Find Microsft Edge and select it.
  4. Type in Office 365 and log in as you would in school.
  5. You can access your work as well as use key packages such as: …
  6. To move the cursor you can use the gamepad or plug in a USB mouse

This information will also be posted on our Online Learning Page.

Edinburgh Guarantee Opportunities Bulletin

Please click on the link below to access information and the latest career opportunities for our young people in Edinburgh. You can keep up to date with all the latest information regarding career opportunities in our Pupil Support Leaders section of the Web Site.

Edinburgh Guarantee Schools Bulletin

The URL for the new Edinburgh Guarantee Opportunities website is


North West News and Events 7/1/21

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Head Teacher Update 8/1/21

Dear Parents and Students

We are looking forward to re-connecting with students next week, even if it is just online for now. I am writing today to give you an update on some of the things we have been working on, in school and at home, to get ready for our online learning starting next week.

Online learning

As you know, learning will be online for the remainder of January, at least. Therefore, we need to make sure that everyone is ready, knows what to expect and knows how to access their learning. During online learning, our two-week rotas will continue and students will follow their timetables as normal (starting on 11th January with week 2). We will continue to have three double periods per day, although the timings have been changed slightly, as detailed below. (more…)

Head Teacher Update 5/1/21

Dear Parents and students

First of all I should like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well.

Government announcements over the weekend, detailing further measures to restrict transmission of COVID-19, require schools to update their plans for the term ahead. As previously communicated, the new term will begin for most young people, with online learning, on Monday 11th January. However, we now know that online learning will extend at least until the end of January.

The school has identified a small number of young people who meet the criteria for in-school provision, which for those students will begin tomorrow – we have communicated with the families involved.

Later this week, I will provide further update regarding our online learning provision and the implications of recent changes for SQA assessment.

Thanks and best wishes.

Stephen Rafferty

Head Teacher