Industrial Action: Wed 24th Sept – School OPEN

We have received notification that members of Unison, GMB and T & G Unite will undertake industrial action against the proposed Local Government pay offer. This action is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 24th Sept 2008.

It is likely that non-teaching members of staff may undertake strike action. While this dispute does not involve teaching staff, the industrial action may impact on the service we deliver to pupils.

Pupils should attend school as normal on Wednesday, please be aware that lunches are unlikely to be provided except for those who are entitled to free meals. Pupils should bring a packed lunch which can be consumed in the Dining Hall.

Contingency plans have been put in place to ensure that pupils are able to access the school as usual. Please ensure that your children are sent to school on Wednesday 24th September.

East Lothian Food Festival – Winners again!!

East Lothian Food FestivalCongratulation to Ashley Buchanan and Christie Sinclair on winning the East Lothian Food Festival “Young Chef of the Year” on Friday afternoon.

They worked extremely hard and thoroughly deserved their win.

This is the fourth year in a row that Preston Lodge have won the competition. The Home Economics department is really proud of their achievement.

Well done!

Read the East Lothian Courier article here.

Accelerated Reader programme at Preston Lodge…

Accelerated Reader is a literacy programme being rolled out at Preston Lodge High School during the 2008-09 session. As the most widely used reading software in the world, it’s aim is to build a culture of reading throughout the school and make reading practice more effective for every student involved.

Based around modern technology, the programme sees pupils reading books pitched at their own reading level – and at their own pace. On completion of the book, the pupil sits a computer-based comprehension quiz that allows the software to analyse their understanding of the text they have read. The software generates a comprehensive report that allows staff to help the pupil decide what the next step for them may be in terms of progress through the reading scheme.

A pilot study was held in Preston Lodge during session 2007-08 involving a number of (then) S2 pupils. This cohort undertook 5 week blocks of Accelerated Reader and, by the end of the pilot, were shown to have made significant progress in their personal reading levels. The decision to roll the programme out to all new S1 pupils in 2008-09 was made and every first Year pupil in Preston Lodge this year will have blocks of Accelerated Reader timetabled into their curriculum.

In addition, the previous participants in the Pilot Study will be given the chance to continue their own progress now that they are in S3 and a new S2 cohort will also be given the opportunity to join our literacy programme.

The school hope that parents and carers will support this venture by encouraging their child’s participation in the programme and reading at home. You can download or read the  Accelerated Reader Parents’ Guide this will provide further insight into this programme and answer any questions parents and carers may have. The school Learning Support department can be contacted at any time should there be any further unanswered queries about Accelerated Reader.

The Accelerated Reader Programme at Preston Lodge has been devised and introduced by the Support for Learning department in conjunction with the English department and the school librarian. Please contact Mrs V Hoban ( in the Learning Support department for further details.

Parent Guide Book

School Trips Abroad – June 2009

Every year Preston Lodge has a number of foreign trip experiences for pupils. These trips usually happen in the last week of term before the summer holidays. In June 2008 we ran trips to Chamonix (France), Strasbourg (France) and Valkenburg (Netherlands).

In June 2009 we hope to offer trips to Chamonix, Rhineland and Valkenburg. Each of these trips offer a different experience for the young people but all are great fun!!

For more information on these trips, have a look at the Information Leaflet which gives a summary of each trip including costs and dates.

To see photos and videos from the trips in June 2008, click on the “Foreign Trip” category on

Thank you – 2000 Club

The Preston Lodge High School 2000 Club would like to thank its members for their support in the past year – raising a total of £3776 to support school events and activities

Last session, as well as sponsoring the 2008 Prize-Giving ceremony, the 2000 club has provided a number of items to improve and enhance the facilities of the school. These have included

  • New crockery for the Home Economics Dept, to use in Hospitality events.
  • Picture frames for the Art Dept and to display the fantastic work produced by students around the school
  • Three LCD Televisions which will be mounted on the walls in Pupil Social Areas.
  • Funds to allow the publication and printing of the PLus magazine
  • Information racks for the waiting area.
  • Funds to help with the maintenance of the garden.
  • New team strips for our Basketball teams

As you can see all of these make a direct difference to the environment within Preston Lodge and the experience of our young people.

The 2000 club currently has around 130 members – parents, staff and friends of the school. As the number of pupils in the school rises to over 1000 this year, just think of what increased membership of the 2000 club could achieve for our young people.

Joining is very easy and being a member is even easier !!

  1. You pay £2.00 per month for a number (you can buy as many numbers as you like)
  2. At the end of each month three numbers are drawn from a hat.
  3. These numbers win 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.
  4. Every month half of the money raised (that month) is paid out as the three prizes.
  5. As more people join the prize money increases, currently the prizes are £80, £48 and £32
  6. You can join by completing the application form and returning it to the school office.
  7. It can all be done Standing Order,

If you want to support then download the application form here.

If you would like more info please contact Viv Donaldson at the school office:

Preston Lodge High School goes global!