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Accident on Milton Road

We would like to reassure parents who have heard reports of the accident on Milton Road this morning that no pupils were involved.

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:


You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view PDF files. Click here to download it if it is not installed on your computer.

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.

Christmas Concert

The school’s Christmas Concert will be on Thursday 8th December at 7pm. Tickets are available from the school office and must be purchased in advance. Click on the image below for more information.

xmas-thumbSee the trailer below!

S3 iPad launch

ipadWe are extending our 1:1 Digital Learning approach to our present S3 year group with the issue of iPad minis to all pupils in the year group. The launch for pupils and parents/carers will take place on Thursday 1st December, from 6 – 8pm.

For more information, see the documents below.

Letter – Invitation to launch (PDF)
1:1 FAQs (PDF)
Home School Agreement (PDF)

Parent Council Meeting, Monday 21st November

The next meeting of the Parent Council will be at 7pm on Monday 21st November, in the school library.

Click HERE to see the agenda.

Measles infection in Lothian

Measles cases have been confirmed in Lothian over the past month in teenagers and young adults.

Please do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms suggestive of measles infection.


The symptoms of measles include fever, lethargy, runny nose, conjunctivitis, cough and a red, blotchy rash which starts at the head spreading over the chest and limbs. The rash generally fades within ten days. 

If your child has developed symptoms suggestive of measles, you should keep your child at home and contact your General Practitioner for further advice by phone (or NHS24 if out of hours on tel. 111).

This is very important in order to avoid the spread of measles to other people.

People with measles are infectious from around five days before the rash appears until four days after the rash appears and should self isolate at home during this time.


The best protection against measles is two doses of MMR.

NHS Lothian Health Protection Team October 2016