Senior Referendum Debate

Group PicThis morning all senior pupils gathered in Preston Lodge’s very own independence debate. The Better Together campaign were represented by Local Labour MP Fiona O’Donnell and Youth Speaker Alan Grant. The views of the Yes campaign were put forward by Blair Jenkins OBE and Youth Speaker Miriam Brett.

Better TogetherThe opening statements from both sides were well received. Fiona O’Donnell reminded the students that it is their generation who will ‘suffer the consequences of this vote’ and urged them to vote no to protect ‘the most successful political union anywhere in the world’. Alan Grant added to this his belief that the ‘impulse’ to separate from the UK does not fit in with 21st century values.

Blair Jenkins also stressed the importance of voting, urging the pupils to ‘take that Yeschance and vote yes’ and protect public services. Miriam Brett explained that she was voting yes for three reasons: for a fairer democracy, to protect the Welfare State and the ability to reject nuclear weapons.

Questions from the audience ranged from concerns about the protection of the Barnet formula if there is a no vote, the ability to tackle Scottish health problems and key issues of economy and the welfare state.

Today’s event has sparked a continuation of the debate amongst senior students who for the first time in political history will be able to vote as 16 and 17 year olds on the 18th September. Preston Lodge would like to extend its thanks to Alan Blackie for chairing this mornings debate.

Austria Ski Trip 2015

August Payment now due!skiing

If you have not done so already, can you please ensure that the total amount you have paid towards this trip is £485 by the end of August, or certainly by early in the first week of September please.  If you are unsure of your current balance please see Mr Kidd.

Note:  If paying by cheque, please make them payable to “East Lothian Council”

Apprenticeship opportunities within TSB

Apprenticeship opportunities within TSB.

Location: Pollock G53 5EU(1 vacancy),  Edinburgh EH2 2DS (1 vacancy), EH16 5PB (1 vacancy), EH6 8LT (1 vacancy), East Kilbride G74 1LE (1 vacancy), Glasgow G25TU (1 vacancy), G11 6SA (1 vacancy), Motherwell ML1 1JS (1 vacancy), Livingston EH54 6HR (1 vacancy), Swansea SA7 9DH (12 vacancies)

Apprenticeship qualification: Professional Bankers Award, CBI (Chartered Bankers Institute) Level 2 or 3.

Minimum qualification requirements: 5 GCSEs grades C or above including English and Maths or equivalent qualifications.

Salary: £13,950/annum

Vacancy Description   

This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to start a career in banking, allowing you to gain a qualification and experience whilst earning a wage!

- Creating genuine rapport with customers and gaining a full understanding of their needs in order to provide relevant and exceptional customer service.

- Effectively use information available during each customer call to ensure that the products they hold and services they access continue to support their financial journey.

- Create real value for our customers, increase customer loyalty and ultimately contribute to the success of our business.

- Build and maintain an expert knowledge of all applicable TSB products and services, including a full understanding of all related features and benefits.

- Deliver a simple, efficient and straightforward customer experience that aims for resolution of the customers query on the first call.

Ensure the customer is clear on what has been achieved on each call and that they are aware of any next steps.

- When transferring a customer to other areas of the business, ensure this service is seamless, avoiding the need for customers to repeat themselves.

- Take responsibility for improving customer retention.

- Undertaking on call and after call administration activity that ensures records and paperwork are fully up to date and accurate and that the outcome agreed with the customer is delivered.

- Acting as a positive ambassador and role model for TSB, doing the right thing for customers and the business, applying “Treating Customers Fairly” principles into all activities, always acting with honesty and integrity and in line with defined policy and procedure.

- Promote and recommend the full range of TSB servicing channels, such as internet banking.

- Ensure that customers are made aware of and have full access to the complete range of service delivery channels.

- Ensure that all customers are dealt with in accordance with all compliance and regulatory requirements which aim to protect our customers as well as the reputation of TSB.

- Being proactive in preventing business loss and damage to reputation.

- Regularly reviewing own performance against business objectives and taking personal responsibility for self-development by addressing any knowledge or skills gaps.

- Proactively identifying issues that are preventing us from us providing excellent customer service / sales opportunities and escalate these via the relevant channels for resolution.

- Ensuring an excellent customer experience at all times by actively seeking and acting on feedback from customer satisfaction surveys, customer conversations, peers and managers.

To apply please email CV to, with subject heading of ‘TSB2014’ and preferred location, or contact on 0330 060 3244 for further information.

For further information in regards to qualifications and apprenticeship vacancies, please visit:

If interested please see your guidance teacher.

Referendum Debate for S5/6

The referendum debate for S5 and S6 pupils takes place this coming Friday the 29th August. S5/6 should arrive in the hall for 9.20am for the debate to start at 9.30am.

We have managed to secure a top notch panel which includes

Fiona O’Donnell MP and Alan Grant (Youth Speaker) for the Better Together Campaign
Blair Jenkins OBE and Miriam Brett (Youth Speaker) for the Yes Campaign
Alan Blackie who was the former Head of Education for East Lothian Council has agreed to chair the debate for us.

BBC Scottish Referendum Debate

Are you aged 16 or 17yrs?
Do you want to be part of the biggest debate ever staged and broadcast in Scotland?

The BBC have invited 50 pupils from every school in Scotland who are eligible to vote in the referendum to attend a debate at the Hydro in Glasgow on Thursday 11th September. The debate will be broadcast not just in Scotland but throughout the UK across the BBC TV network and on Radio 1.

The debate starts at 2.30pm and finishes at approximately 5.30/6pm. Students selected to attend will be transported by coach to the event and will be returned to school at about 7/7.30pm. If you would like to be considered for one of the places available please complete the online form by the 25th August. Any questions please speak to Mr Lanyon or Mrs Russell.

Hydrodebate Form

Computer Club for Girls

Would you like to learn how to mix music, arrange a fashion show, create a celebrity magazine or create your very own website?  Then come along to CC4G every Tuesday after school from 3.45pm – 4.30pm in C27.  CC4G is open to all girls in S1-S3.  See Miss Webster if you have any questions.

Calling all S6 Entrepreneurs

Are you interested in experiencing first-hand the setting up and running of your own company in school over the course of the year?  It is your company – you elect the Board of Directors from amongst the members, raise share capital and market and finance a product or service of your own choice, in doing so learning about all aspects of business such as market research, finance, sales, production or service provision, customer service and HR as well as enhancing your CV and your personal statement.

Young Enterprise is open to all S6′s regardless of whether you have studied Business Management.

Interested, come along at interval on Monday 25 August to C18.  If you can’t make the meeting or want further information, please see Mrs Scott in Business Education.

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The Opportunity Enhancement Trust are currently looking to fill a vacancy in our Highland League reporting staff.  This position is open to all (but preferably students from S3 to S6 and in particular, those with an interest in sports reporting or simply an interest in football, but with no clear idea of their future vocation).  The reporter will be given free access to matches at which they are reporting and will receive guidance with regards their written submissions. 

If interested see your Guidance teacher for more details