Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Head Teacher Update 5 - May 2016

HT Update – Monday 9 May

Dear Parent/Carer 

Senior School 

Senior pupils have now started their exam leave and a timetable has been issued which will enable pupils access to staff at Liberton High School throughout this period. All pupils are encouraged to make full use of this and where required, come into school to meet with staff in preparation for final exams. 

Very Important:

Many pupils still have outstanding units to pass. The school is making every effort to contact pupils and parents. However, pupils must also take a level of individual responsibility to ensure that all courses are complete. Any pupil or parent in any doubt should make immediate contact with the school through the normal channels. 

Meaningful May activities are planned for pupils who have no external exams e.g. all National 4 subjects or are sitting only 1 National 5. These begin on Monday 16 May with a compulsory week for all pupils based at Liberton High School. After this activities will be on offer for the remaining two weeks and pupils will be able to sign up for activities in which they wish to participate. More information will follow via e-mail, text and the school website.

SQA Update

Please follow the link to read the SQA Statement on Edinburgh school closures:


Junior School 

Most of our staff are now based at WHEC and this has enabled us to deliver a much more comprehensive timetable to all S1-3 pupils. This has certainly been a very positive step forward. 

All departments are working to combat the loss of time during the school day. A range of work will be issued to pupils and we would ask for parental support in ensuring that this work is completed at home when issued. All pupils in S1-2 should bring diary planners to school every day so that work set for home can be recoded in them. S3 pupils will record work on their iPads.

Lunchtime Arrangements

As of Tuesday last week pupils with permission from parents were allowed out of the school grounds at lunchtime. We have been signing pupils in and out of the building, however, so many requests have come in that this is proving to be very time consuming and delaying pupils at lunchtime. As of Wednesday this week pupils will be allowed out at lunchtime without signing out. Any parent who does not wish their child to leave the building at lunchtime should contact the school before Wednesday. Please note this is a change to previous arrangements. 

As always, should you require further information or support please contact staff on 0131 664 7514 (Liberton High School) or 0131 442 2201 (Wester Hailes Education Centre) or by email: admin@gracemount.edin.sch.uk.

Kind regards

Ross Hunter
Head Teacher