IMPORTANT P7 Parents Update: Open Morning

The Open Morning scheduled for Tuesday 23rd January has been cancelled for P7 only due to Mr Kingsbury being absent. This does not affect any other years and the Open Morning will go ahead as scheduled for all other classes.

Pencaitland Parent Council AGM Report

Following the recent AGM of Pencaitland Primary School’s Parent Council, you can view the Chair’s and Head Teacher’s reports by visiting this page.

Parent Council News

The Parent Council  have 4 vacancies they hope to fill.  If you are interested in joining, you can get in touch with the chair (Carol Snow) by emailing

The Parent Council are also looking for a clerk.  If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Val McIntyre at East Lothian Council or 01620 827 228.

Christine Galvin the current clerk would also be happy to chat about the role with anyone who is interested.

All about the role of the Named Person…

Some background on the Named Person legislation which has already been piloted in Highland region and is now being rolled-out across Scotland.

Although some revisions are expected, Headteachers in East Lothian are being given training in preparation for this role. Health Visitors will have the same role for children aged 0-5 years.

SOURCE: The role of the Named Person

Source: children and young people get all the help and support they need from their parent(s), wider family and community, but sometimes they may need a bit of extra support.

Children and young people from birth to 18, or beyond if still in school, have access to a Named Person to help support their wellbeing as part of the Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) approach.

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Pencaitland Primary Living History

Over the coming weeks the Living History team hope to capture for posterity the experiences of people over the previous 40 (or even more) years that the school building in the Glebe has been in use by the local community in and around Pencaitland.

To jump to a specific recording just click the name below

Wendy Davidson
Elaine McCormack
Denise Brown
Jim Gillies
Alec Robertson

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PPS 40th Anniversary: Sending Time Capsule Treasures or 2016 Snapshots

An official invite to the new school opening in 1976.
An official invite to the new school opening in 1976.


To make it as easy as possible to send in your digital memories for the 40th Anniversary Digital Time Capsule, we’ve created the email links below. Just click the link which most closely matches what you want to send in and it should open up your email software to allow you to send in your attachment. Just one per email please.

You can send in any of the following:

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The Pupil Placement Timeline

At last night’s regular Parent Council dad and PC member Colin Henderson shared a document he recently put together which greatly simplifies and explains the inner workings of how East Lothian Council’s education team go about placing kids into schools across the county.

In an effort to help parents better understand this process we are reproducing the guidance Colin put together along with his helpful diagram.

Pupil Placement and Classroom Organisation

East Lothian Pupil Placement Process
East Lothian Pupil Placement Process – click above to view

The following information has been put together by the Pencaitland Parent Council as a brief overview for parents. It seeks to outline the ELC pupil placement process as a simplified guide and does not replace or supersede any of the councils existing processes.

The process of allocating pupil placements and setting class organisation is started early in the school year in preparation for the following year. Several factors are taken into consideration and each school has a responsibility to provide an accurate update to the Education Department, who then have to consider other potential demands on places in the school, such as new housing, families moving into the area, school capacities. All this information informs how many places will be available in primary and secondary schools for that year. A brief overview is shown in the diagram.

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