Broughton High School News & Events

Unauthorised Use of School Pitches

The school has become increasingly aware of members of the public of all ages using the school pitches. Group sports activity is an offence under current government guidance. We therefore ask that the pitches are not used for any group activities and reserve the right to inform Police Scotland of non-compliance.

Covid-19 Confirmed Positive Case

Message from Headteacher and NHS Lothian 

As you may already know, we are aware of a person in the school who has tested positive for COVID-19. We have been working closely with NHS Lothian Health Protection Team and following all national guidance.  

A number of people have now been contacted because they have been in close and sustained contact with the case and the tracking process is now complete. 

These contacts will need to self isolate and appropriate guidance and advice has been given. 

If you have not been contacted and your child remains well, you should continue to follow the school’s existing arrangements for your child i.e. remote learning for most children. The school remains open to specific categories of children e.g. children of key workers as approved by the school.

Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures are in place in line with national guidance. The school is safe and remains open. 

If you have any concerns in the meantime, or if you need to book a COVID-19 test because your child has developed symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste) please visit the NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scotwww.nhsinform.scot or for non-clinical advice call 0800 028 2816.  

Please note that a test should only ever be booked if you or your child has these specific symptoms. 

Remember to stay at home if anyone in the household has symptoms of COVID-19. 

For further information you may find this Frequently Asked QuestionsFrequently Asked Questions document useful : 

https://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Parents/Schools/Pages/default.aspxhttps://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Parents/Schools/Pages/default.aspx 

CEC Website Link: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schools-learning/returning-school-august-2020/1https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schools-learning/returning-school-august-2020/1

Best wishes

John J Wilson, Headteacher

Racial Intolerance

We are aware of reported concerns about racial intolerance in Edinburgh. I wish to reassure all members of our community that Broughton High School takes inclusion in all of its facets very seriously, and we seek to uphold inclusive principles as one of our core values. Broughton High School is proud to be exceptionally diverse, both socio-economically and culturally, and we celebrate the fact that 57 different languages are spoken in our students’ homes. We are proud of every one of our young people. 

Should any student feel that they have been mistreated on grounds of race they should report this to a member of staff or a member of the pupil council.

 John J Wilson, Headteacher

Free School Meals Entitlement

The entitlement to free lunches for all students attending the Hub school ended on 22 February.  Only pupils who qualify for free school meals will still be able to collect a free packed lunch.  Any pupils who do not qualify for a free school meal but wish to purchase a meal from the school kitchen can do so.

Asymptomatic Testing Update

From today (22 Feb) all students in the senior phase who are in school to complete practical work can pick up their testing kit at the end of the day from the School Office.  If over the age of 16, they can sign the Consent Forms themselves.  If they are under the age of 16, they must have a consent form signed by their parent/guardian, which were emailed to all parents last week with full information.  

Please note these kits are only available to students who are attending school over the next few weeks to complete practical work.  All tests must be completed at home, with results recorded by individuals on the website supplied in the instructions.   Please also notify the school if your child tests positive.

 

Covid Asymptomatic Testing Programme 

From Monday 22 February the NHS Schools Asymptomatic Testing Programme comes into effect as part of the package of COVID-19 risk reduction mitigations in schools across Scotland. 

Note that testing is voluntary. No-one who is permitted to come to school will be prevented from doing so just because they do not wish to participate.  However, we are strongly encouraging all school staff and senior phase pupils who are attending school to participate wherever possible, in order to contribute to the wellbeing of the school community.   

Further information, along with the consent form which is required to be completed, is here.

Help Your Child With S2/3 Subject Choices

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is offering parents and carers an online opportunity to find out more about how they can help their child make their S2/3 subject choices for the Senior Phase. Scotland’s National Skills Agency has organised the virtual session on Thursday 25 February which will also give parents and carers information about accessing a wide range of SDS support. 

Careers advisers Joan Duncan and Gemma Smith will be providing expert advice for parents and carers of young people in S2 and S3.  

Joan said: “Thinking about what options to choose at school can be daunting for young people and their parents and carers. As well as this session, SDS also has a Subject Choices toolSubject Choices tool on SDS’s My World of Work website which helps pupils explore where options choices can take them.  

“It gives young people and their parents and carers the opportunity to explore job profiles, industries, Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships, refine their search by what someone is most interested in and use the tool as many times as they like to find out more about different options. There are other tools to try and the more tools you try, the better career suggestions we can give.” 

This virtual event, which is from 6.30pm until 7.15pm, will also have a question and answer session.   To take part please register here.here. 

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