Published: Monday, 30th December 2019
It is anticipated that all Peebles High School pupils will return to the school over the 3 and 4 February following the fire at the end of November.
We have confirmed that we are planning for all S4-S6 to return to Peebles High School on Monday 3 February after their preliminary exams finish on 31 January.
We are also planning for all S1-S3 pupils to return back to Peebles High School on Tuesday 4 February. S1-S3 pupils will be asked to work from home on 3 February to ensure that the return to the High School site is managed in a safe and practical way. Work will be provided to all S1-S3 pupils on the Show my Homework app and Glow.
Some areas of the site will remain out of bounds due to fire damage or recovery work on site, however pupils will be safely accommodated in unaffected areas of the main building, with additional temporary classroom space being put in place and new timetables created.
Prior to Christmas, we confirmed that all prelim exams would take place on the Peebles High School campus from Monday 13 January to Friday 31 January.
When pupils return from the Christmas break 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.
All locations being used for temporary teaching, with the exception of the Drill Hall which will be retained as a back-up venue, will be returned to Live Borders and community use from 31 January.
Chief Executive of Scottish Borders Council, Tracey Logan
“Although work continues, we are now fairly confident that, all going well, all pupils will be able to return to Peebles High School over the two days of 3rd and 4th February. This still depends on a number of factors but with the help and support of a huge range of staff and partners, we are very optimistic that we can achieve this.
“I am delighted that we are in such a positive position so quickly given the scale of the challenge. We will continue to work on the details around these plans and will keep pupils, parents and staff updated as we make more progress.”
“The support of our partners Live Borders and CGI, numerous contractors and the local community has been invaluable.
“I’d also like to publicly thank all my staff who have worked so hard since 28 November to get us to this position.”
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