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New Portobello High School, Legal Update

A Petition for Judicial Review was served to the Council in August. It aims to prevent the new Portobello High School being constructed on Portobello Park. A court date of 9 December was allocated but at the Council meeting on 22 September we were asked to try to resolve the legal matters before then.


We have communicated with the petitioners through their agents and submitted our answers in response to their petition. However, the petition has not been dropped and so we lodged a motion asking for it to be dismissed due to the delay in bringing the action.


This matter was initially considered by the Court on 15 November when it was established that Court diaries cannot accommodate full consideration of all matters before the original allocated date (9 December). It is also now clear that the legal arguments are complex as the basis of our position is very different to that of the petitioners.


There is a requirement for a second day in Court but no further court time is available this year. These important issues need to be resolved quickly and efficiently and in practical terms it is sensible for all matters to be heard together, on two consecutive days. It has been agreed by the parties to reschedule the hearing to allow for this. The Court has identified that the Petition can be heard on 5 and 6 January 2012.


The Council remains confident in its legal position.


Billy MacIntyre

Head of Resources; Children and Families

Careers Convention, Thursday 23 February 2012

All S2, S4, S5 and S6 pupils are invited to the Careers Convention running throughout the afternoon and evening of Thursday 23 February 2012.  To enhance the programme, we are looking to provide a ‘speed dating’ opportunity for pupils where youngsters could speak briefly to parents, from a range of employment backgrounds, about the world of work within their chosen career pathway.


We are looking for parents who would be willing to be part of a team to offer this service between 6.00pm – 8.00pm.  If you can help to support us, please contact Mrs Williamson, DHT, or contact the school office on

Request For Work Experience/Internship Opportunities

We strive to provide all of our pupils with the best educational experiences within school and to fully prepare them for life beyond school.  This is particularly important given the very difficult economic climate that our youngsters will face.  Curriculum for Excellence also requires schools to work more closely with local partners to help to equip our youngsters with the skills for learning, skills for work and skills for life.


As part of this preparation for the workplace, we would like to be able to offer our pupils in S5/6 the opportunity to take part in long term work placements or internships from June 2012.  Please contact Mrs Dobson, DHT, if you think you might be able to offer one or more of our pupils the opportunity to work with you in your place of work for one or two afternoons per week, or if you would simply like to find out more about the proposed scheme.  Contact should be made using

Industrial Action, Wednesday 30 November 2011

All education establishments in Edinburgh will be closed to children and young people on Wednesday 30 November. This decision has been taken by the Council because of the planned widespread industrial action by a number of public sector trade unions that day.


Marilyn MacLaren Convenor of Children & Families said: “The health and safety of our children and young people is our highest priority and as we have significant information which leads us to believe that many teachers and staff across the Council are likely to be involved in strike action, and with regret we have taken the decision to close all Council schools, pre-school, community centres to children and young people and adult learners on Wednesday 30 November. While we recognise that closures such as this causes difficulties early notification gives parents and carers time to make alternate arrangements for the day.”


There are, however, opportunities for your child/children to continue to learn by studying at home or using some of the following websites:


All establishments will be open as normal on Thursday 1 December.

Edinburgh Schools Football Squad

Congratulations to Ryan Smith, Ethan Nicholson, John Fleming and Harvey Blackie from our U15 football squad who have been selected to play for the Edinburgh Schools U15 Team. This is a fantastic achievement for the boys! So far the boys have had two competitive matches and they have all performed extremely well helping to guide the team to two convincing victories. Their next match is due to be played on Friday 25th November, away to Aberdeen.


Congratulations also to Ryan Malcolm and Zach Szemis who have been selected for the Edinburgh Schools Senior Team. Well done to both boys who underwent a series of very competitive trials, before finally being chosen to represent Edinburgh. So far the boys have had one competitive match against Ayrshire and both boys were influential in contributing to a 4-2 victory for the team. The boys’ next game is on Thursday 24th of November, at home to West Lothian. The game will be played at St. Augustine’s High School, 4pm kick off.