Plans in place for Peebles High School pupils after Christmas break

Published: Thursday, 19th December 2019

Plans to ensure the continued face-to-face teaching of Peebles High School pupils after the Christmas break have been finalised, along with arrangements for the upcoming prelim exams.

Following a significant fire at the school on 28 November, temporary arrangements have been in place, with all pupils receiving face-to-face teaching in alternative venues in Peebles and Galashiels from 9 December until the end of term today (Thursday).

Arrangements for week commencing 6 January

When pupils return on Monday 6 January the current interim teaching and transport arrangements will remain in place, with S1-S3 pupils accommodated within Peebles. The S4-S6 year groups will be taught in Galashiels from 6 to 9 January until prelim exam leave starts on Friday 10 January.

Prelim exams

We are also pleased to be able to confirm that all prelim exams for Peebles pupils will take place within Peebles High School’s new games hall complex, which was unaffected by the fire, from Monday 13 January to Friday 31 January. This includes all those exams which were scheduled to take place prior to the Christmas break and which were postponed following the fire.

Drop-in curricular and pastoral support will be made available in Peebles High School throughout the exam leave period for S4-S6, which runs until Friday 31 January. There will also be study spaces available at West Linton Primary School and St Ronan’s Primary School in Innerleithen for any students in S4-S6 for the duration of the study leave..

Transport arrangements

As of Friday 10 January transport arrangements will return to normal.

Return to Peebles site

We are working towards all pupils returning to the Peebles High School site as soon as possible, with works on site continuing over the Christmas break.

Chief Executive, Tracey Logan

“Although work has started on the Peebles High School site, there remains a significant amount of progress required before we can safely accommodate pupils back within the high school for full time education.

“This includes repairing and reinstating essential services and putting in place temporary toilets and additional teaching space.

“As a result, we have decided to keep the current temporary arrangements in place after the Christmas break as we work to finalise plans for getting all pupils back in to Peebles High School.

“This an absolute priority for us and a significant number of staff from right across the Council are working towards that aim. Teams will be working throughout the holidays and we will continue to keep pupils, parents and staff updated and confirm post-January arrangements as soon as possible."

Winter weather arrangements

Contingency plans have been put in place for winter weather should this occur when the temporary arrangements are in place, and should these need to be activated we will communicate with parents through normal channels, including our website, social media channels, Radio Borders and Groupcall.

Updates continue to be made available at www.scotborders.gov.uk/phsfire.