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Oxford Explained: Oxford University to visit North Berwick

Published: Wednesday 7th February 2018

‘Oxford Explained’ covers all aspects of student life and the admissions process for Oxford including course choice, the college system, tutorial teaching, admissions tests and interviews.

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Is your child eligible for free school meals?

Published: Tuesday 16th January 2018

Is your child eligible for free school meals, and if so, have you registered?

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Haddington Education Consultation now open

Published: Monday 8th January 2018

A new consultation on education in Haddington is now open.

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Haddington Education Consultation opens in January

Published: Wednesday 20th December 2017

On Monday 8 January 2018 a consultation on education in Haddington will open.


Pupils win bikes for school in festive competition

Published: Friday 15th December 2017

Well done to Max!

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Update on new additional secondary school in the Wallyford Area

Published: Monday 4th December 2017

East Lothian Council has announced a new date for the establishment of a new, additional secondary school in the Wallyford area.

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New early learning and childcare centre opens in Prestonpans

Published: Tuesday 28th November 2017

A new Early Learning and Childcare Centre in Prestonpans has opened its doors to its first intake of children.

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Is your child in primary 7?

Published: Tuesday 28th November 2017

If you child is in Primary 7, now is the time to think about his or her transfer to secondary school in August 2018.

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Report celebrates success of East Lothian’s education service

Published: Tuesday 21st November 2017

A recent report highlighting the successes of East Lothian Council’s Education Service has been supported by councillors at a meeting of its Education committee today.

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New extension open at North Berwick’s Law Primary

Published: Thursday 16th November 2017

Pupils at Law Primary in North Berwick are enjoying learning in their new school extension, thanks to an ongoing schools investment programme by East Lothian Council.


Yester Primary receives prestigious eTwinning Quality Label

Published: Friday 10th November 2017

Yester Primary awarded prestigious European awards

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Ross High awarded Rights Respecting School status

Published: Wednesday 8th November 2017

Ross High School in Tranent has become the first secondary school in East Lothian to be awarded a level 2 Rights Respecting School award by UNICEF UK.

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Is your child due to start school in August 2018?

Published: Thursday 2nd November 2017

The council is now making arrangements for the enrolment of pupils to the first year of primary education in August 2018.

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Early Learning and Childcare plans approved

Published: Wednesday 1st November 2017

A plan that sets out how East Lothian Council proposes to deliver increased early learning and childcare provision has been approved by councillors.

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North Berwick Consultation

Published: Tuesday 24th October 2017

A consultation regarding North Berwick Nursery School, and the school catchment areas of Dirleton and Law Primary Schools, is now open on the consultation hub.

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Construction work begins on new Wallyford Primary School

Published: Wednesday 11th October 2017

Pupils from Wallyford Primary School were joined by Deputy First Minister John Swinney at a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction work on their new school.

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Yester pupils say 'watch your waste'!

Published: Tuesday 10th October 2017

Pupils create dog fouling posters

Launch of Parental Engagement Strategy

Parental Engagement Strategy launched

Published: Thursday 28th September 2017

A new strategy that commits schools to supporting and engaging parents in their children’s education was launched by East Lothian Council this week.

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Education Scotland inspectors praise Haddington school

Published: Wednesday 20th September 2017

Inspectors have praised the strong leadership of the head teacher at St Mary’s RC Primary School and Nursery Class, as well as the quality of its learning, teaching and assessment.

Exam results are on the up in East Lothian

East Lothian pupils achieve success in SQA National Courses

Published: Tuesday 8th August 2017

East Lothian pupils are continuing to achieve success in SQA National Courses.

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A trip to the Palace for East Lothian’s Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants

Published: Tuesday 25th July 2017

Hundreds of young achievers from across Scotland were invited to The Palace of Holyroodhouse on the 6th of July, including several award winners from East Lothian.

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Young people help the homeless with essentials rucksacks

Published: Friday 30th June 2017

Social enterprise initiative supports homeless

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Prestonpans Head Teacher Sheila Laing awarded SCEL Fellowship

Published: Monday 26th June 2017

Sheila Laing, Head Teacher at Prestonpans Infant School, has been awarded a fellowship by the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL).

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Report gives positive insight into school leavers’ destinations

Published: Wednesday 14th June 2017

An increasing number of school leavers in East Lothian are going on to further education, training or employment.

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New anti-bullying policy marks commitment to foster respect for all

Published: Tuesday 13th June 2017

The Education Committee of East Lothian Council today approved ‘Respect for All’, a new anti-bullying policy.

Girls take part in the 'Girls in STEM' event at Queen Margaret University.

Event encourages East Lothian girls to explore STEM careers

Published: Wednesday 31st May 2017

50 girls from East Lothian secondary schools participated in a ‘Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics’ initiative at QMU last week.

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Singer gives motivational speech to young pupils

Published: Tuesday 23rd May 2017

KT Tunstall inspires young pupils at Knox Academy

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Plans for new Wallyford Primary School approved

Published: Wednesday 10th May 2017

A planning application for a new primary school in Wallyford has been formally approved at a meeting of East Lothian Council.

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Law Primary School pupils celebrate sporting success

Published: Tuesday 9th May 2017

Pupils at North Berwick’s Law Primary School are celebrating two major sporting achievements this month.

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New consultation now live

Published: Wednesday 1st March 2017

We want to hear your views on the Levenhall Nursery School Consultation.

Thousands of children to benefit from school upgrade plans

Published: Tuesday 21st February 2017

Work on four new schools and a number of extensions will be supported by £97 million from East Lothian Council’s new budget.

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Prestonpans Tree competes for European Tree of the Year

Published: Tuesday 7th February 2017

A copper beech tree known as 'The Ding Dong Tree', which is in the grounds of Prestonpans Primary School, is representing Scotland in the European Tree of the Year Competition.

Chalk and Walk

Take your chalk for a walk!

Published: Friday 11th November 2016

New initiative for pre-school youngsters in North Berwick area

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Is your child due to start Primary School next August?

Published: Friday 14th October 2016

If your child is five years of age before the end of February 2018 he/she is eligible to attend primary school.

Celebrating 60 years of school crossing patrols

More East Lothian pupils walking to school

Published: Wednesday 15th June 2016

Numbers of pupils driven to school on decrease

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Council strives for consistent reading attainment in schools

Published: Wednesday 1st June 2016

Raising attainment in reading.


Pupils have their say on education services

Published: Wednesday 1st June 2016

Students at East Lothian schools provide their views on school and community.

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Positive steps for school leavers

Published: Wednesday 1st June 2016

School leavers finding range of options to pursue.

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Teens Launch Superhero Anti-bullying Campaign

Published: Monday 23rd May 2016

A group of enterprising teenagers has launched a superhero-themed anti-bullying campaign to promote kindness and friendship to children aged four to seven across East Lothian.

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Pupils Take Centre Stage to Recruit Head Teachers

Published: Tuesday 17th May 2016

Pencaitland and Prestonpans primaries on film

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Schools Consultations - Musselburgh and Wallyford areas

Published: Tuesday 3rd May 2016

We Want to Hear Your Views

Sign up for Pencaitland Primary roll of honour

Published: Tuesday 26th April 2016

40th anniversary contacts sought

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Pupils advertise for new Head Teacher on film

Published: Friday 22nd April 2016

Innovative approach used to support Head Teacher vacancy


Baby PEEP classes restart in Haddington

Published: Tuesday 12th April 2016

Enjoy fun activities with your baby and support their learning too.

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CBBC Searching for Best Junior Bakers

Published: Monday 11th April 2016

Junior Bake Off is looking for Britain's best young bakers between 9-12 to apply for the programme

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Interested in Returning to Teaching?

Published: Wednesday 30th March 2016

Moray House School of Education offers a refresher course for primary and secondary teachers.

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Minister sees puppet scheme in action

Published: Wednesday 16th March 2016

Nursery children show communications skills in innovative project

Modern apprentices with Chief Exec and Colin Forbes

Reception celebrates Modern Apprentice Week

Published: Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Apprentices attend council reception to mark Modern Apprentice Week

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Reading is Braw Campaign Takes to the Streets

Published: Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Reading is Braw campaign launches with pupils reading around the block

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Building Construction Skills for the Future

Published: Wednesday 24th February 2016

Business breakfast discusses Construction Skills Academy due to open in East Lothian this year

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Longest Serving Head Teacher Retires

Published: Wednesday 17th February 2016

Fiona Waddell retires after 36 years' teaching in East Lothian

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Last Chance for Education Awards Nominations

Published: Thursday 28th January 2016

People urged to submit nominations for 2016 Scottish Education Awards before deadline

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One Year of Free School Meals

Published: Tuesday 5th January 2016

After a successful year of implementation, the Scottish Government is providing an additional £53.9 million to enable councils to continue offering free school meals for Primary 1-3 pupils.

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Education Maintenance Allowance Threshold Increase

Published: Wednesday 9th December 2015

From 1st January 2016, the Education Maintenance Allowance Threshold will increase


East Lothian and Cardiff schools become pen pals!

Published: Tuesday 27th October 2015

New project encourages writing skills


LEAP across the globe!

Published: Tuesday 29th September 2015

West Barns welcomes Australian school principal

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Attendance matters!

Published: Friday 11th September 2015

Musselburgh Area Partnership and local schools launch new attendance initiative

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Students gather to kick start their Academies programme

Published: Tuesday 8th September 2015

East Lothian students join latest intake for South East Scotland Academies Partnership

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International Mud Day

Published: Friday 26th June 2015

Young children - and adults - invited to enjoy mud play in Neilson Park

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School pupils produce Commonwealth Games memories book

Published: Wednesday 17th June 2015

Pinkie St Peter's pupils share Commonwealth Games memories

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Walk this way!

Published: Friday 12th June 2015

Local pupils choosing healthier options of getting to school

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'Hero' pupil praised at special school assembly

Published: Friday 6th March 2015

P7 pupil surprised with award at schools assembly

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East Lothian’s Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) ready to pass on the message

Published: Friday 3rd October 2014

On Friday 3rd October a new batch of Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO) from East Lothian primary schools had their induction at Port Seton Community Centre.

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Queen Margaret University students benefit from first ever Ryder Cup Bursary Scheme

Published: Friday 26th September 2014

Five students from Queen Margaret University in Musselburgh, East Lothian, are amongst the first in the world to receive financial support linked to the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland.

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90 East Lothian school pupils sign up for pioneering academies project

Published: Monday 8th September 2014

School pupils, including 90 from East Lothian, will begin a programme of learning which will help prepare them for employment in some of Scotland’s most important growth industries.

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East Lothian pupils get active to get to school!

Published: Monday 1st September 2014

East Lothian pupils and parents have been praised for their efforts to leave the car at home and opt for greener and healthier ways to travel to school.

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Traffic restrictions around schools during term time

Published: Tuesday 19th August 2014

Reminder to parents: Vehicle bans around Dunbar Primary, King's Meadow Primary, Haddington Infant School and St Mary's RC Primary during term time.

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School students' exam work recognised

Published: Friday 8th August 2014

Cabinet Member for Education & Children's Services praises students' efforts


Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award winners

Published: Wednesday 9th July 2014

Local youngsters receive award at Palace of Holyroodhouse

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90% of East Lothian’s young people leave school for positive destinations

Published: Monday 23rd June 2014

East Lothian Works and 16+ team are key


Dirleton BioBlitz and Garden Party

Published: Friday 23rd May 2014

Weekend of wildlife activities in Dirleton 31st May - 1st June.

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Council welcomes Musselburgh Learning Community inspection report

Published: Tuesday 13th May 2014

Education Scotland issue Inspection Report on Musselburgh Learning Community

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School and University jointly celebrate John Muir

Published: Thursday 24th April 2014

Stoneyhill primary and QMU, Musselburgh mark John Muir Festival with drama

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Primary School management review agreed

Published: Friday 14th March 2014

Principal Teacher posts retained following review

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The Travelling Museum of British Invention comes to East Lothian!

Published: Friday 22nd November 2013

100 British inventions and discoveries all packed into a single bus

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Volunteers wanted to make a difference in children’s lives

Published: Thursday 5th September 2013

Volunteers wanted to serve on Children's Panel

Commonwealth Games Art Project

Local pupils invited to submit artwork for 2014 Commonwealth Games

Published: Thursday 2nd May 2013

Local pupils may have artwork selected for display in athletes village

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Infant school to re-open after power cut

Published: Monday 20th August 2012

Haddington Infant School will re-open tomorrow (Tuesday 21 August) after being closed today due to a power cut.

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Pupils get help with garden

Published: Tuesday 3rd July 2012

PC Dougie Smith has been working with pupils from Musselburgh Grammar School as part of the school's Memorial Garden Project.

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School pipe band launched

Published: Thursday 21st June 2012

Preston Lodge High School has launched its own pipe band.

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Budding boffins excel at festival

Published: Thursday 21st June 2012

Four promising young scientists from Preston Lodge High School recently bagged second place in a national science competition.

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Pupils star at movie premiere

Published: Tuesday 22nd May 2012

Pupils from Dirleton Primary School arrived at Edinburgh’s famous Film House in limousines on Friday 18 May to attend the premiere of a movie they produced and paid for themselves.

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School wins royal recipe contest

Published: Tuesday 15th May 2012

Four pupils from Pencaitland Primary School went on a trip to Holyrood Palace after their class won a competition to cook a meal for the Queen.

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A musical learning experience

Published: Wednesday 28th March 2012

Pupils at Windygoul Primary School have been working with Charades Theatre Company to stage Burke and Hare, a musical about the infamous 19th century Edinburgh body snatchers.

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Local school children help bury a piece of history

Published: Friday 9th March 2012

Musselburgh school kids have buried a time capsule in a new health centre for the benefit of future generations.

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Parent power creates a science extravaganza

Published: Monday 5th March 2012

Dunbar Science Festival will run over two days this year, Saturday and Sunday 10 to 11 March.

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Pupils plant birthday orchard

Published: Friday 2nd March 2012

As part of its centenary celebrations, Dirleton Primary School has established a community orchard with help from a local farmer.

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Booking open for education conference

Published: Tuesday 7th February 2012

The Enquire conference is an annual gathering of key people involved in additional support for learning across Scotland.

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Cathy's poster top with crossing guides

Published: Tuesday 31st January 2012

A Law Primary School pupil has won a design award for a road safety poster.

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Ormiston Primary School gets top report

Published: Monday 23rd January 2012

Ormiston Primary School receives an oustanding assessment by the Schools' Inspectorate.

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Keeping the wheels turning

Published: Friday 9th December 2011

Dunbar Primary School is top for cycling in Scotland.

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Special school painting unveiled

Published: Friday 2nd December 2011

Specially commissioned painting to mark school centenary unveiled.

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East Lothian continues to achieve above the national average in SQA exams

Published: Monday 23rd November 2009

Another good year for East Lothian pupils sitting SQA awards

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