Midlothian Response to Depute First Minister’s Statement 23rd June 2020


You may be aware that John Swinney, the Depute First Minister has, this afternoon, made a statement in the Scottish Parliament about all children and young people returning to school on 12 August. The Depute First Minister indicated that the Scottish Government’s planning assumption is now to have all pupils returning to schools 12 August, if it is safe to do so. He has also indicated that this will be conditional and dependent upon scientific and health advice. Clearly, our schools are delighted at the prospect of welcoming all of our pupils back to school in August with the knowledge that it is safe to do so.

 Midlothian Council’s local delivery plans to deliver a blended learning model will remain in place as a contingency and essential preparation in case they are needed. We would like to assure you that all Midlothian schools have a robust blended learning plan ready to be implemented should that be the requirement.

We are now urgently considering the implications of this announcement on our plans for August. It is clear that final decisions on a full return will not be confirmed until during the summer holidays. We are awaiting further specific guidance and will be in touch with you again as soon as we can.   We continue to work on the assumption that staff will return to school on the 10 August 2020 and pupils will return on the 12 August 2020.

We appreciate that this is a fast changing situation and you will be keen to know what this means for your child/children. As this change has to be achieved safely, it inevitably remains conditional and dependent upon ongoing scientific and health advice, therefore we are committed to continuing to share information with you as soon as we can, including during the summer holidays.

Beeslack High School Transition Programme

Beeslack High School has prepared online transition activities.

Pupils are encouraged to explore the website and to complete some of the subject activities on 10/11th June – what would have been the transition visit days.

The access is to be flexible for families throughout the month of June as we know family circumstances are different for everyone.

So please, go at a pace that is right for you and enjoy learning about Beeslack!

The following link will take you to Beeslack’s Transition Programme:


LHS Transition Programme 2020

On Tuesday 9th June, Lasswade High School’s virtual P7 Transition Programme officially begins. The Programme runs until Friday 12th June but as you will see, the Programme is flexible and it can be accessed at any point after Tuesday by P7 students.

To support P7 students and families and also get everyone excited,  two videos have been created to help you along the way. Please have a look as they will help P7 students to prepare for the experience. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch using the dedicated email address: transition.lasswade@mgfl.net

Please click on the link below to take you to LHS P7 Transition pages: