Peebles High School Fire Update

Latest update: 12.15pm Thursday 16 January

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Summary

We greatly appreciate the support and patience of parents and pupils in what is an extremely challenging and complex situation. We are making good progress with a range of necessary arrangements and your ongoing co-operation is greatly assisting with that.

Arrangements post-Christmas break

  • The interim arrangements for face-to-face teaching will continue after the Christmas break
  • S1-S3 pupils will continue to be taught in various venues in Peebles
  • S4-S6 pupils will continue in Galashiels until study leave starts on Friday 10 January
  • All prelim exams will take place at Peebles High School's new sports hall complex
  • We anticipate all pupils being back on site over two days on 3 and 4 February. Information now available.

Damage to the school

  • We have released images and drone footage of fire damage at PHS. This gives a flavour of the extent of the damage caused by the fire.
  • People continue to be warned to stay away from the site for their own safety. Please note that it has been secured with security staff, CCTV and that regular police patrols are in place.
  • Police Scotland’s Chief Superintendent, John McKenzie, said: “We are aware of youths who have entered the building, placing themselves at risk. This is a hazardous and unsafe environment for anyone to be in. We would ask parents and carers to assist us; talk to your child about the potential dangers and the consequences as this could make a difference to their safety. We will take action against anyone found within the site."
  • Chief Inspector, Stuart Reid, said: “I cannot stress enough how dangerous this area is just now and the fencing has been put up for everyone’s safety. People should stay away from the area and we will be carrying out patrols to reinforce this message. Anyone caught within the school or tampering with the fence will be dealt with appropriately. The school is out of bounds, and I would ask anyone who witnesses anyone in the grounds to call us at the time on the 101 number, or 999 if it is an emergency.”