Braeview Academy arrangements for pupils during and after October holiday

Braeview Academy arrangements for pupils during and after October holiday Image

As the end of term approaches, families of Braview Academy pupils are being advised that their children will return to Baldragon Academy (S1-2) and Craigie High (S3-S6) when school resumes on Monday October 22.

A meeting for families will be held at the North East Campus, Lothian Crescent, on Wednesday October 24 at 6.30pm. Parents will be updated on progress that is being made by the council to return pupils to the Braeview Academy site following the major fire in September.

A date has yet to be confirmed for the return to the Braeview site.

Work is progressing for the use of the remaining practical subject areas at Braeview for Design Technology, Sciences, Drama, Art and Design and P.E. 

The school is working closely with council engineering staff to provide portable cabin style accommodation, which will replace the classrooms and other areas located in the damaged part of the building

Learning and teaching areas will be equipped with appropriate fixtures and fittings and IT. A dining hall area will serve hot and cold meals.

Meanwhile, an October study school will take place during the holiday fortnight (beginning October 8) for S4-6 pupils.

Those studying SQA courses will benefit from a range of extra learning and study morning and afternoon options at Craigie High School during both weeks of the holiday.

Subjects are to be offered at a variety of levels and include English, Computing, Computer Games Development, Business Studies, P.E, Hospitality, Geography, Modern Studies, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, French, Art and Design and Drama.

Pupils will be taken by bus from Braeview Academy to and back from Craigie High, to attend the sessions, which are detailed on the school website.

Pupils were consulted on the idea and are looking forward to benefiting from the opportunity.

Head Teacher Lesley Elder said: “I am very impressed, but not at all surprised by the commitment of our staff to promoting the attainment of the pupils, during what has been a challenging time for everyone.

“The very strong sense of school community continues to be expressed by staff and pupils through the use of the social media hashtag tagline #WeAreBraeview.” 

Councillor Stewart Hunter, city council children and families service convener, said: “I would like to praise Lesley Elder and her staff for the hard work that is ongoing to maintain the education of these young people in the face of these difficult circumstances.

“The wider school community has really pulled together to help, as have organisations and businesses across the city.

“There is a determined effort ongoing across council service departments to ensure that these young people can return to the school site as soon as possible.

“The meeting with parents after the holiday will give them a chance to hear updates from the head teacher and staff and give them the opportunity to ask questions about their children’s education.”

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