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Schools and Nurseries to Close (at end of day on Friday)


This letter was emailed to all parents/carers today.


18th March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Following the Coronavirus outbreak, the First Minister has today announced that it is her expectation schools and nurseries in Scotland will close to pupils at the end of this week.

The Education Secretary is expected to provide more detail in a statement tomorrow (Thursday) about the arrangements for this, as well as providing information about SQA exams and what this means for key workers.

East Lothian Council has been putting robust plans in place to handle the implications for our services resulting from the Coronavirus. This work continues as a matter of priority across our local authority schools and nurseries, following the First Minister’s announcement regarding closures in Scotland. We are developing our plans to manage this as best we can, including maintaining access to free school meals for children who are eligible.

This will clearly be a very challenging time for all of us and I appreciate that families will be concerned about the provision of education during the period ahead.

The council has a firm focus on dealing with the challenges presented and supporting you at this difficult time.

We will provide more information about this after the Education Secretary’s statement tomorrow.

Lesley Brown

Chief Operating Officer (Education)







The Cockenzie Code

Recently in their PALs (Pupils as Leaders) teams, pupils shared ideas about how we demonstrate our values through positive behaviour at Cockenzie Primary School. There was a whole school vote which resulted in ‘The Cockenzie Code’.

School Review Feedback

As you know we have a team in from East Lothian Council this week to conduct a school and nursery review.    I would like to thank the Review team for their supportive approach.

A report will be issued and shared with all parents/carers in the near future but for now what I can share with you is that each member of the review team said how ‘blown’ away’ they were with the children here.

To summarise briefly

Key Strengths:

  • The school values of curious, positive, successful and respectful are embodied within all interactions.
  • Children who are happy, kind and are engaged in their learning.  They are a credit to their school and their families.
  • Staff who are highly committed to the life and work of the school.
  • The focus on nurture, restorative approaches and inclusive practices which has led to a positive shift in the climate and ethos of the school.

Areas for Development:

  • Continue to develop data informed approaches to improvement in order to identify priorities and plan appropriate interventions to improve outcome for learners.
  • Continue to improve the quality and consistency of teaching and learning to impact positively on attainment.

I am one very proud Head Teacher.

Have a lovely break.

Ms B 🙂


It is Dyslexia Awareness Week 2019!

This week is Dyslexia Awareness Week 2019, in Scotland.

It is estimated that 1 in every 10 people have Dyslexia. Dyslexia can affect anyone, regardless of culture or background.

Here at Cockenzie, we take steps to ensure all of our learners feel positive about themselves and achieve success.

For further information and support check out;

As always, our staff are here to answer questions and offer support however we can. Please do get in touch.

CPS Calendar Photoshoot on Monday!

Our whole school calendar photo-shoot (photographs by Alexandra Hill) is happening on Monday.

Please all come to school dressed ready to go! Remember the weather, so feel free to bring school uniform to change into after.

Birthday month themes:
January – Burns, tartan, Scottish flag

February – Valentine’s – love hearts, pink/red etc.

March – St Patrick’s Day – Green, Irish flag colours, 4 leaf clovers etc.

April – Commonwealth Games – sporting wear, country flag colours etc.

May – Gala Day – fishermen, crowns/robes, dresses etc.

June – Wimbledon – white, shorts/t-shirts, tennis theme

July – World Cup – International football colours/strips

August – Festival – bright colours, music/drama theme etc.

September – Harvest – autumn colours, farmer style clothes, overalls

October – Halloween – no scary masks please

November – Poppy/Remembrance – red/black, poppies

December – Christmas

Remember, please spend no money on an outfit