General News

Published: 28 May 2021

With pupils now back into their regular classes, we should have lots of great work to show you and exciting developments to report on the run up to the summer break.

Over the last few weeks, we have been running a recruitment campaign in school for a number of pupil jobs.  Following interviews on Friday, I am delighted to announce the appointments of:

  • Beau Mangan as School Facilities Assistant
  • Iona Fraser as School Grounds Assistant
  • Daniel Murray as School Admin Assistant

Congratulations to them and a very well done for their superb interview preparation and performances.  Very professional indeed!

More congratulations to Daniel Murray who on top of his admin role, has become a Children in Scotland Inclusion Ambassador.  Amazing.  If you would like to know more about that organisation, please look here.


Our links with Our Community Kitchen are well known, and the kitchen garden is nearing completion and ready for planting.  I want to just “plug” the Community Kitchen’s 50/50 Club, which is a great way to support them.  This from Elaine Gayle (founder / manager):


The person with the winning number in April received £300!


This is a monthly cash prize draw where you can buy a unique number for £5 per month. 50% of the income generated makes up the monthly prize and 50% goes to OCK to help us to continue our work.  You can buy as many numbers as you like and the more numbers sold, the bigger the prize! Help us to fundraise and win cash prizes at the same time!

You can choose your own individual numbers from the ones still available, which will be your unique numbers that you can keep. The winning number will be chosen randomly by a much loved and respected local lady Jan Wilson, using an app named Random UX.  The winning number will be announced on the last Friday of each month.


For more information or to apply to join please email

Published: 26 May 2021

East Lothian Instrumental Music Service currently employs 19 highly qualified Instrumental Instructors and provides Instrumental tuition to pupils in both primary and secondary schools across the authority. Pupils are offered the opportunity to learn brass, woodwind, strings, percussion, piano, guitar and pipes with our experienced and inspiring Instructors. All our instructors are fully PVG checked and carry out regular safeguarding training. 

All tuition is offered from Primary 4 onwards, with the exception of percussion tuition, which starts from S1.

The Instrumental Music Service have created a 90-second showcase of their work.

The service aims to:

  • provide equal opportunities of access for all pupils to experience the expressive and creative qualities of music through learning to play an instrument
  • to help as many pupils as possible to realise their full musical potential through the playing of an instrument

Download the Instrumental Music Service Information Booklet 2021/22

New and returning pupils

Registration is now open for all pupils who have previously undertaken East Lothian Council instrumental music tuition. New pupils can also register to start lessons in August 2021 using the below online form.

Please ensure you read the following before completing the online registration form: Information for Parents/CarersGuidance NotesTerms and Conditions and Privacy Statement.

Published: 17 May 2021

We all acknowledge that the last 14 months has been incredibly challenging for everyone and especially for our young people, with COVID-19 restrictions limiting their ability to meet up with friends. As restrictions are gradually eased, we all welcome the increased opportunities that young people have to spend time with each other and to socialise. We want to ensure that young people are able to do so in a safe manner which does not adversely impact on them or people living in our local communities. We know that the vast majority of young people behave responsibly, with respect for others and the environment. Full details are availalbe in the letter issued from East Lothian Council and Police Scotland on Monday 17 May 2021.

Published: 14 May 2021

As you will be aware we are intending to move to our new timetable on 14 June 2021. Students in S2-S5 have, this afternoon, been sent an email giving details of the current subject choices that they have been allocated.

We operate a ‘free choice’ system in order to try and give as many pupils as possible their first choice combination of subjects, however this can never be 100% successful for a variety of reasons.

The vast majority of pupils have received their first choices or their reserve choices. In cases where this has not been possible, pupils have been spoken to by a DHT or Pupil Support Leader.

Further changes to coursing may be necessary, but we aim to keep this to a minimum and House Teams will speak to pupils where this is necessary.

If you have any issues regarding your choices please complete the details using the Course Choice Changes Google Form by Thursday 20 May 2021 at 3.30 pm.

Published: 11 May 2021

The following statement was released by The National Qualifications 2021 Group on Monday 10 May 2021.  It is appreciated that you may have concerns regarding the levels of disruption to your learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the effects this will have on gathering the evidence that your teachers or lecturers need to determine provisional results for National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher.

Flexibility in gathering learner evidence

Provisional results in 2021 will be based on teachers and lecturers using assessment evidence of your knowledge, skills and understanding of the course. For teachers and lecturers to do this, you will need to complete tests or assessments set by your school, college or training provider.

The key difference between the formal SQA exam diet, which was cancelled for 2021, and the assessments that you will take in your school, college or training provider is the flexibility around how and when assessments take place. This means that, as far as possible, there should be maximum opportunity for you to complete the required learning and be given the best chance to succeed in your course assessments. See below for more information about what to do if you feel this is not the case for you.

The flexibility available to teachers and lecturers this year means that the opportunities for gathering evidence do not need to be based on a single assessment. Schools, colleges and training providers are being encouraged to make use of this flexibility in gathering the right quality of assessment evidence that shows your knowledge, skills and understanding of your course.

Schools, colleges and training providers also need to provide additional assessment arrangements, as they would under normal circumstances, for those learners who are disabled or have identified additional support needs.

If you need any additional assessment arrangements, and do not feel they are being provided to you, or you feel that your opportunity for generating evidence is being restricted please speak to your teacher or lecturer in the first instance. Schools, colleges and training providers have established processes in place and will advise you on what to do should you remain unhappy with the outcome of those discussions. This may include, for example, at a later stage, further discussion with your headteacher/centre manager or engagement with other local processes beyond the centre, if necessary.

Summary of steps taken to address disruption to learning

A number of steps have been taken to support teachers and lecturers and to help ensure as many learners as possible can generate the assessment evidence required to decide their provisional results. This includes:

  • removing assignments and reducing content in many National Courses
  • giving schools, colleges and training providers more time to submit your provisional results
  • enhancing the e-Sgoil E-learning offer to support learners who for a variety of reasons have experienced extreme disruption to their learning
  • offering a small number of learners, who have completed their course but who have been unable to complete all the required evidence, the option to receive their Scottish Qualifications Certificate at a later date.

What to do next

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Published: 04 May 2021

A new Covid-19 testing centre aimed at identifying positive cases among people showing no symptoms of the virus will open in Musselburgh on Friday, 30 April 2021.

Almost 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but can still be infectious and pass on COVID-19 to loved ones, friends and others in the community. By getting tested – even if they feel fine – people from across East Lothian can help break chains of transmission in their local area.

The new community testing facility, funded by the Scottish Government, located at the former Stoneyhill Community Centre, opens from 12 pm - 6 pm on Friday, 30 April 2021. It will be open again from 11 am - 6 pm on Saturday. Thereafter the opening hours will be (Tuesday - Saturday) 11 am - 6 pm. No appointment is required.

The address is: 5 Stoneyhill Farm Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RN

The facility, which is open to all East Lothian residents without symptoms, is expected to stay open for several months and is complemented by the deployment of mobile test units across several local communities. Getting tested is quick and easy and staff are on hand to help those attending.

People can also order free lateral flow home test kits test themselves twice-weekly. More information on the Scottish Government website.

Sharon Saunders, Head of Communities, East Lothian Council:

“The launch of this new facility for the people of East Lothian is another significant step in helping build on progress to suppress the spread of COVID-19 across our communities and move to an even less restrictive way of life.

“It’s great news that more and more people have been receiving vaccinations. But the reality is that the COVID-19 does still present a significant risk and, it’s possible to have and be spreading the virus without knowing it. Getting tested – even if you’ve received your vaccination – means you can find out if you are positive, and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others, by self-isolating.

“Please do your bit to help to reduce transmission of the virus.

“We only want people to get tested at this facility if they have no Covid-19 symptoms. This is really important, so if you have any of the main Covid-19 symptoms – a fever (high temperature), a new, continuous cough or loss of taste and/or smell – please book a test immediately at a different location via NHS Inform: Test and Protect"


What happens at the test?

  • The facility at Stoneyhill and the mobile units are safe and secure and follow the strictest hygiene and cleaning guidelines. Staff will support and guide you throughout your visit.
  • When you attend a site please ensure that you are wearing a face covering and continue to follow physical distancing guidance.
  • The test you are taking is called a lateral flow test. You will be asked to register using your mobile phone. If you don’t have a phone, you will be assisted to register....
Published: 23 April 2021

In recent weeks, all East Lothian secondary schools have collaborated together with Education staff from East Lothian Council to plan key aspects of the shared approach to SQA assessment for this school year. This approach has been used to ensure consistency and high standards in the application of assessment across all East Lothian schools, and to ensure equity for all pupils in the submission of provisional grades to SQA in June. Full details are available in the letter issued from our Depute Head Teacher on Friday 23 April 2021.

Below is a document detailing provisional results and subject assessment weightings -

Published: 20 April 2021

I hope that you have managed to enjoy some of the lovely sunny weather over the Easter break. I wanted to write to you to provide a further update as we begin the summer term. We are all really looking forward to welcoming all children and young people back to our schools full-time on 20 April 2021. With infection rates of Covid-19 continuing to fall nationally, the reopening of schools to all learners feels like a positive step for all of us.

While schools remain safe, Scottish Government guidance is clear that there are measures that must be in place to continue to suppress transmission of the virus. Many of these measures will be familiar to you and your child, especially for those learners who had already returned to school before Easter. Children who are shielding have been advised to stay at home until 26 April 2021.

Lesley Brown, Executive Director Education and Children’s Services has written to all parents/carers detailing information on:

  • General Procedures within Primary/Secondary Schools
  • Ventilation
  • Reporting cases of COVID-19
  • Home to School Transport
  • Senior Phases and Transitions
Published: 17 April 2021

East Lothian Council provide free home to school (HTS) transport for pupils who live more than two miles away from their local primary or secondary school.

New arrangements have been put in place from 20 April 2021 to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all passengers, drivers and escorts. These arrangements apply whether you travel on a contracted route, public service using a smart card, or in a taxi. Transport provision has reverted to August 2020 system. Additional buses are in operation as primary and secondary pupils can no longer share transport, even if they are from the same family group. Bus times may also have changed and for some secondary schools buses are doing double runs to account for the 1m social distancing restraint on capacity.

Published: 01 April 2021

What is a provisional grade? Provisional grades are the grades we will submit to SQA on 25 June, based on all of the ‘demonstrated attainment’ evidence we have for each pupil. These grades will only become final grades once the SQA has confirmed them and these will be the grades that each candidate receives on their SQA certificate on Tuesday 10 August 2021. Full details are available in document issued on Thursday 1 April 2021 from our Head Teacher.