Global Day of Action on Climate Change

We understand that some young people attending East Lothian schools may wish to take part in the Global Day of Action on Climate Change tomorrow, which includes a rally in Glasgow. We want to  support our young people as global citizens to have their voice and to be able to express their views on important matters such as climate change. The safety and wellbeing of our young people is of paramount importance to us. We would therefore ask that any young person who wishes to attend this event first discusses it with their parent or carer before notifying the school of the intention to be absent for this event.  Given that the young person will not be on school premises at this time, and therefore not the responsibility of school staff,  they will be marked as having had an unauthorised absence. Please note that an unauthorised absence will have implications for payment of the Education Maintenance Allowance for this day.

World Book Day

Thanks to everyone who entered the Library’s World Book Day Competition. We had a great response and almost everyone managed to guess correctly! The librarian popped the correct entries into a Lucky Dip Box and the winner was Lucas Bowerbank. Congratulations Lucas – you can collect your prize from the Library!

Remember – World Book Day tokens are still available to collect from the Library. All you need to do is take it to a bookshop and swap it for one of the TWELVE World Book Day books or use it to get £1 off any full price book instead.”

Also, just letting you know the library will be closed from lunchtime today Monday 11 March and will reopen on Thursday 14 March.

Software Development Graduate Apprenticeship Career Information Event

Software Development Graduate Apprenticeship Career Information Event
University of Glasgow, Thursday 28th of February 2019 from 5 to 6pm
Book your place here
Join us at the University of Glasgow to find out about our exciting new Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Engineering. Food and refreshments will be provided!

Teachers, pupils and parents are invited to join us at the University of Glasgow to hear about our unique Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Engineering which offers students the opportunity to gain their University of Glasgow degree while earning a salary and gaining invaluable industry experience.

This event will include:
• an introduction from Professor Quintin Cutts MBE, leader of the Centre for Computing Science Education at the University of Glasgow
• an overview of the Graduate Apprenticeship programme from Dr Matthew Barr
• a presentation from Sarah Anne Rooney, Employee Development Programme Manager at the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), who are one of our growing list of partner employers.

There’ll also be a chance to talk to other staff and students from the School of Computing Science, and we’d be delighted to show you around the campus.

If you have any queries, please contact Dr Matthew Barr

Dental Insight 2019

We are the Dundee Dental Insight Team!  After three successful years, Dundee Dental School are opening their doors again to potential undergraduate applicants who are hoping to gain further insight and experience into the world of DENTISTRY

What is Dundee Dental Insight?This unique 3 day programme gives S5 school pupils the opportunity to shadow current dentistry students within the dental hospital, gain hands on experience in the phantom head room and labs and receive talks about the application process with current students reflecting on their experiences of applying to dental school.  In this current academic year the programme will be running from 3rd-5th June 2019.


To be eligible the pupil MUST:

  • Be a S5 secondary school pupil studying in Scotland at the time of the programme
  • Be on track to achieve the minimum entrance requirements to study dentistry at the University of Dundee which can be found at
  • Provide a suitable reference from a teacher stating why this pupil would be a good candidate for this course which should be emailed directly at
  • Show a keen interest in attending dental insight and motivation to study dentistry. The pupils will be asked the following questions on their application form in order to assess their suitability for the insight programme:

    1.     Why do you want to study dentistry?

    2.     What do you wish to gain from the dental insight programme?

How to apply

Applications will be opening on Sunday 10th February at 6pm and will close on Sunday 17th February at 6pm. Pupils who are not successful but do meet requirements will be placed on a waiting list.  

To  apply,  pupils  must  complete  an  application  form  which  can  be found  at (please note this link will not work until we open applications on the 10th February) AND must send a reference from a teacher by the deadline stated above.  References are the responsibility of the school pupil to ask their teacher to send a reference.  The Dundee Dental Insight team will not contact teachers to ask them for a reference, the pupil must arrange this and ensure it arrives by the deadline.  Any references arriving after Sunday 17th of February will not be considered, and applications rejected.

Additional information 

·      There is no charge for the programme itself but please note that travel and accommodation will not be provided. We are currently the only dental school in the UK to offer this programme so it’s not to be missed!

Scottish Seabird Centre

The Seabird Centre is re-opening in Easter after a refurbishment and is looking for people to work in our café, boats, gift shop and Discovery Centre teams. We are looking for capable, enthusiastic people who are confident communicators and available for the summer. For school pupils, we are happy to discuss their availability.

In return we offer: jobs where no two days are the same, work in a 5-star visitor attraction in small enthusiastic teams, a free familiarisation boat trip and we pay above the minimum wage. All this, in North Berwick, a lovely seaside town!

It might be helpful to note that we ask for a CV with covering letter. This is so we can see which position the applicant thinks suits them best. For information, the Seabird Centre ensures that all applicants receive a response to their application.

More information can be found here:

University of Glasgow Sutton Trust Summer School – 7-12 July – applications now open

The University of Glasgow is running a new free one-week Summer School this year, in partnership with the Sutton Trust. It will run from 7-12 July 2019 and is open to pupils who have just completed S5 and are continuing on to S6. It is a residential Summer School, with pupils living in University accommodation for the week. All meals will be provided and taken in University refectories and the Students’ Unions.

There are 100 places across four broad subject streams:

  • Medical Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Arts and Humanities

Further details of the courses are below.

Pupils will meet existing undergraduate and postgraduate students and academic staff within their areas of interest, and attend workshops on: subject choice; applying to university; the UCAS system; student finance; student welfare and support, and academic and study skills. Evening activities will be organised such as: cinema evening; sporting and student club evenings; tours of Glasgow and the University campus.

Pupils will also have the opportunity to complete our online Academic Skills module. Successful completion of the Sutton Trust Summer School and Academic Skills Module could lead to an adjusted offer of entry being made if a pupil subsequently applies to the University of Glasgow, as part of our contextualised admissions system of adjusted offers of entry for applicants from widening participation backgrounds.

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on Thursday 28 February. Pupils must apply via the Sutton Trust website at: .

Pupils will be asked if they meet eligibility criteria, which are a bit broader than the widening participation criteria we normally employ, opening this opportunity up to more pupils. The eligibility criteria are:

  • Eligible for free school meals
  • Attend a school with a below average Higher point score and/or low rate of progression to higher education
  • Live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression to higher education and/or a high level of socio-economic deprivation
  • First generation in family to attend university
  • Have achieved at least five A or B passes at National 5

Pupils are not expected to meet all these criteria, but should indicate on their application, those they think are applicable to them.

Regardless of the above criteria, priority will be given to pupils who have care experience or are estranged and living without family support.

Pupils will also be asked to list a teacher as a reference – the teacher will be expected to verify the pupil meets some or all of the criteria listed.

More information on the individual courses and eligibility can be found both on the Sutton Trust website and the University of Glasgow Widening Participation webpages:

A few more details regarding the content of the subject streams:

  • Medical Sciences: Life Sciences; Medicine; Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine.
  • Engineering: Aeronautical; Civil; Electronics & Electrical; Mechanical; Biomedical, and Product Design.
  • Social Sciences: Politics; Business & Management; Accounting & Finance, and Economics.
  • Arts & Humanities: English Language and Linguistics, Archaeology, History of Art, Beginners German and Music.

Free RSPCA Workshop

Free RSPCA Workshop in PLHS

The RSPCA will be in PL on Wednesday 6th February and have offered a free one hour workshop to senior pupils who are interested in animal welfare.  If you are interested could you write your name on the sheet in Guidance (on Mrs Wilson’s desk).

Pupils are given the opportunity to investigate and analyse a real Scottish SPCA case. They can take on the roles of a Sheriff, Procurator Fiscal, Scottish SPCA inspector, Defence Lawyer or Vet.  Animal Advocates gives an insight into the challenges of tacking animal cruelty and provides opportunities to discuss careers in the field of animal welfare.

FAO S5 and S6 students

The Scottish Government would like to invite all S5 and S6 pupils to participate in an online survey. The online survey will not take more than 7-8 minutes to complete and will allow you to share your views on your career decisions and your perceptions of the building standards profession.

The survey will help the Scottish Government’s Building Standards Division to review the existing career paths and look at the potential for new opportunities within the building standards profession. This is being undertaken to support the Year of Young People 2018. Ultimately, the results of the survey will be used to inform a careers strategy.

This research is being conducted by Pye Tait Consulting on behalf of the Scottish Government’s Building Standards Division.

The survey link is:

As an incentive to participate, there will be an Amazon Voucher prize draw (details are outlined in the survey). In line with the Market Research Society Code of Conduct please be assured that all responses will be treated anonymously and respondents will not be identified.

If you have any queries about this survey, please contact Clare Vokes or Michael Oberreuter at Pye Tait Consulting, via or (telephone 01423 509433).

Thank you,
Pye Tait Consulting (on behalf of The Scottish Government)