Please see below Covid19 letter from our Chief Education Officer, Andy Gray which has gone home to all families across Edinburgh.

Headteacher Update week beginning Monday 25th May

Dear Parents and Carers

I’m sure that most of you will have seen and heard the government update and plans for schools returning in education. At this stage, unfortunately, I do not have any definitive news that I can share with you other than to let you know that I am liaising with the Woodlands team so that we can be fully prepared when we receive further communication from the local authority about this. It looks likely that the staff team will be back in school in June and that learners will return on August 11th. I will, of course, update you on the details as soon as I am able to do so.

As you are already aware, we are having to change the way that we prepare our learners for next steps and transitions will look very different this year. What I can tell you is that we will be sending transition packs out to all Woodlands learners in June. I am hopeful that we may be able to offer more to our leavers and to those learners who are due to join us in August. We are currently exploring ways that we can make this as helpful and supportive as possible for all of our learners. I will, of course update you all as soon as I am able to.

We are very eager to ensure that our leavers and new S1 learners are properly prepared for next steps and, it goes without saying that we are excited at the thought of welcoming all of our learners back to Woodlands in August. At the moment, we don’t know exactly what that might look like, however, it is likely to be a ‘blended learning’ arrangement which is a mix of part-time attendance in school and remote learning. All of this is, of course, subject to change so I will keep you informed every step of the way.  

I’d like to say thank you once again to all our parents and carers who have supported learners to complete work on Teams this week or who have supported them to send in photos and videos of home learning activities. We have been really impressed with the level of engagement and the work that is being submitted. We know that it is not easy to juggle this with all your other responsibilities. If you do have any queries about any aspect of your child’s home learning I would advise you to with your PT Support for Pupils in the first instance (email addresses below) or, you may, of course, contact me at any time.

I hope that by now we are all in agreement that the most important thing during lockdown is your own health and wellbeing and that of the children and other members of your household so I’d like to remind you that there is no pressure to do anything other than what you can do and what works for you, your children and your household. When we are all back in August we can get back into familiar routines of learning but for now, as I have said before, please remember your best is good enough.

As always, I send the very best wishes of the whole Woodlands Team to all of our learners and families, we are really missing you all. I am excited at the prospect of being back in Woodlands, but of course, it isn’t the same without the big smiles and personalities of our learners. 

Hopefully, we are at least much closer to the day our learners can be back in school, meantime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there is anything that I, or any member of the management team can do to support you.

Best wishes

Angelina

You can contact the SLT team at the following email addresses:

Angelina.lombardo@woodlands.edin.sch.uk

Sara.Beckett@woodlands.edin.sch.uk

Karen.Byrne@woodlands.edin.sch.uk

Kevin.Smith@woodlands.edin.sch.uk

Leah.Anderson@woodlands.edin.sch.uk

Elaine.Gow@woodlands.edin.sch.uk

Headteacher’s Message

Welcome to our website where you will find information on our school aims and values,  our educational provision in its widest sense and our many achievements

Woodlands School opened in 2008  and is a  Special School in Currie, Edinburgh, providing personalised education for secondary-aged learners with a wide range of learning disabilities.  The school is set in an attractive campus, in a beautiful wooded area named Roley’s Wood, which we share with Currie Community High School.

Our school has a roll of 80 learners. Our classes have a maximum of 10 learners but most are smaller to better meet individual needs. Every class has at least one Pupil Support Assistant. Our excellent accommodation provides a tailored learning environment for our learners.

Our school emblem is an acorn which symbolises our nurturing and achieving environment, allowing our young people to grow into strong individuals with a sense of belonging.

Our aim is for all learners to develop confidence , respect and skills for life.

Mrs Angelina Lombardo, Head Teacher

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