Tell us your views

The council is sharing detailed information on its school buildings with a new website giving a full picture of its estate at individual school, cluster and East Lothian level.

The website – – brings together information on the condition, suitability and capacity of existing schools and the council is keen to hear the views of families, communities and learners.

This is part of the development of a Learning Estate Investment Plan for East Lothian. The plan will set out the council’s investment priorities for its schools to make sure that all facilities support high quality teaching and learning equally across the county, and to outline the investment needed for this to happen. It will also consider how school buildings support community use.

To share your feedback you can:


The feedback will be analysed alongside the results of the online questionnaire that was held in February and presented at a future council meeting. For more information, including dates of event in your area and a link to the questionnaire, visit

The pre-consultation will close on 10 December 2021.

Edinburgh and Lothians Schools Film Competition 2020 & 2021

Back in early 2020, P5 (now P7) made some short films which were entered into the Edinburgh and Lothians Schools Film Competition.  Unfortunately, due to Covid lockdown, the competition didn’t take place in 2020.

Films made in 2019/20 have been joined by films made in 2020/21 into one competition, the results of which were announced on Sunday.

There were 4 categories:

Most Impactful Film

Most Entertaining Film

Most Creative Film

Best Genre Film

plus the

Jury Selection Award for Best Primary School Film

We had 2 nominations in Most Entertaining Film:
The Performance and The Invisible Boy.

We had 2 nominations in Best Genre Film:
Kidnapped and The Handbag


Most Entertaining Film Winner:
The Performance

Jury Selection Award for Best Primary School Film: Impossible Mission 7


Well done to all involved.

All films can be seen in the film archive at:

The online awards ceremony can be seen at:

South Of Scotland Transport Survey for Young People

The Workforce Mobility Project would like young people to complete a short five minute survey. This is a great opportunity to highlight the transport and digital barriers and challenges which impact you and your families.

This survey is for all young people, and is asking about all forms of transport, from walking, public transport, personal car use and all points in between. It is also important to hear the voices of young people who might otherwise be ignored, such as young people with disabilities, and their experience of transport in the area.

This survey is for all young people, and is asking about all forms of transport, from walking, public transport, personal car use and all points in between. It is also important to hear the voices of young people who might otherwise be ignored, such as young people with disabilities, and their experience of transport in the area.

Continue reading “South Of Scotland Transport Survey for Young People”

Pencaitland Primary School – Parent Council

Spring is coming –

– and so are the Spring and Summer term dates for Parent Council meetings.

Please contact your class rep if you would like to join any of these meetings – you will be very welcome , or if you would like any matters raised / clarified / discussed. Meetings are being held on Zoom this year.

Monday 15th March 7:30 pm

Monday 10th May     7:30 pm

Monday 14th June    7:30 pm – AGM

Current reps are – Sarah Campbell, Jessica Macdonald, Emma Pearce, Kim Wells, Catherine Ramsay, Erica Burberry, Loreen Pardoe, Paula Baillie, Lydia Macdonald & Papiya Russell. Annie Rankine is also a co-opted member.

You can also email directly.

Connect (formerly SPTC) Annual General Meeting 2021

Connect AGM & Annual Lecture

Save the Date: 18th March 2021.

All parents and carers of children in PPS are invited to the Annual General Meeting and celebration of Partnership Schools in Scotland.

It is free to join Connect and access all the resources housed on website – and, once possible again, through attending events organised and hosted by Connect in different areas.

Over the past year, Connect have adapted and offered a regular and specific programme of events online, collected the views of parents and carers and then shared this to Scottish Government through avenues open to them and tailored their offer of events to meet needs shared by parents, carers and parent councils.

Connect Members! Join our online Annual General Meeting on 18 March 7.30-8pm, followed by an online event to mark the end of our unique Partnership Schools Scotland pilot, supported by Skills Development Scotland (8-9.15pm). We’ll be sharing some really important findings from research by Stirling University, carried out in 2020, into parental engagement and its positive impact on schools that are bucking the trend, plus stories from the Partnership schools.

To attend the event, register as an individual (PPS PC is a member) and book through Eventbrite using the link above.

Christmas Cheer

Christmas Carols and Songs

You are invited to join Pencaitland Community Choir celebrate the festive season with Christmas Songs and good cheer.

Christmas Songs and Tree Lighting

We can’t all meet in person this year, and we can’t all enjoy singing together at the annual Tree Lighting event, or around the village and care home, but we did want to connect and join together in a cheery Christmas Chorus – all across the village and beyond.

Don’t worry about how good you can carry a tune, no-one else will hear you, so come along join in the fun. (Only one ticket needed for each household, if using 1 device – maybe grandparents will want to join in too.)


All you need to do is,

reserve your family space by booking on Eventbrite (event is on zoom),

get comfy,

wear your xmas jumper or have jingle bells at the ready –

then join us at 4pm on Sunday 13th Dec. for the virtual Tree Lighting and Christmas Chorus.



Consultation on Free Bus Travel for under 19’s


As you may be aware, the Scottish Government plan to launch a new national travel concession scheme to provide free bus travel for young people under the age of 19. They anticipate that legislation to underpin the scheme would be required to be laid in Parliament in early 2021 and the scheme would come into effect later in 2021.

For the next six weeks (until Monday 7th December), Transport Scotland are running a consultation in regards to this scheme to gather information on the most appropriate ways to provide this free travel to best suit young people. They are hoping the consultation will reach as many members of the public as possible, especially to those who will be impacted by the proposals, including children and young people, their parents and carers and people who work with children in a paid or voluntary capacity.

The consultation can be found on

More information on the proposed scheme can be found on