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Applying to College 2017 Presentation

The following presentation is information to help any individuals who are looking to apply for courses at Edinburgh College for courses to start in August 2017. The information consists of details about Open Days, choosing courses & how to apply using the online application on the Edinburgh College website. If any individual is hoping to apply for a course that is not at Edinburgh College and would still like some help with this, they can speak to the School Careers Advisers Martin Brynes & Joyce McAree, who are based in the Careers Interview Room in the School Library.

See below for the presention.

Applying to College 2017

Home Energy Project

University of Edinburgh research participants needed

Changeworks has partnered with the University of Edinburgh to deliver IDEAL, a cutting edge research project exploring how smart technology can help save energy in the home. They are looking for Edinburgh households (EH1-17) with gas combi boiler heating to participate.
The benefits include:

  • Gaining insight into your home energy use
  • Receiving a free android tablet used to display energy use information
  • Receiving tailored advice from University of Edinburgh experts
  • Hopefully saving money on gas and electricity bills

For more information visit
To get involved email your name, address, and contact details to, or call 0131 539 8610.

IDEAL Poster

IDEAL Leaflet


New School Handbook

You can download the school handbook in PDF format by clicking on the image below:


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Intermittent Phone Fault

Please be advised that we are currently experiencing an intermittent fault that is affecting some of the  school telephone lines and answering system.   This has been reported and engineers are working to fix as quickly as possible.

If your query is urgent, you can e-mail us at

This mailbox will be monitored more closely during this time. We thank you for your patience.

Prelims 2017

Shortly after next term begins, exams in all subjects will take place between Monday 16th and Friday 27th January with most coinciding with the times of the normal school day.

In a small number of subjects ‘exam booster’ sessions have been scheduled before Nat 5 exams, providing an opportunity to re-visit the structure and timings of these exams before entering the exam hall. Exam boosters have proved very successful in other schools, helping students to feel calm and reassured before sitting their exams. Should they be well received by students at Portobello High School, they could be used more widely during the May exam diet.

Click here to view the letter to students.

Click here to view the National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Prelim timetable.