Woodlands school still Green!!

We delighted to have renwed  our Eco-Schools Green Flag status for the third time in a row. Well done Woodlands and partners.


Dear Allour

Please find attached details of the ASN/Disability Sports Camp we are running in partnership with Scottish Disability Sport and Lothian Disability Sport during the summer break. There will be a different focus sport each week of the camp these include; Swimming, Basketball, Athletics and Dance.

The sessions will be delivered by experienced club coaches and sports governing bodies and supported by members of the Active Schools, SDS and LDS teams as well as volunteers.

The camps are separated into four disability specific groupings – Learning Disability and Autism (primary), Learning Disability and Autism (secondary), Physical Disabilities and Sensory Impairments.  Camp age range is P4-S6.

Each session will have a maximum of 12 children and we are working on a staffing ratio of 1:3. The swimming sessions will have increased staffing where required. Staffing ratio’s are such that we are unable to offer personal care.

The camps cost £18.00 for 4 sessions. Sign up details are within the attached brochure.

These camps are open to everyone to sign up however we are keen to work with those families you believe would be most in need and ask for your support to identify these children and young people.

We are able to waiver costs for those families who would be unable to meet camp costs. Please ask them to contact me and i will assist with sign up.

Any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Active Schools ASN Sumer Camp Brochure

Kind Regards

Jill Coleman


Dear Parents and Carers,
National Thematic Inspection – good news!
I wanted to share some good news with you. Some of you may know that we were invited to participate in one of Education Scotland’s National Thematic Inspection visits back in November. As a result, Woodlands has been featured in the final report, (published this week), as an example of good practice.
While he was here, the inspector observed learning and teaching, and met with teachers, PSAs and learners. He was very positive and said it was very obvious to him that our practice was embedded. Here is the link to the report:

We are particularly pleased that Education Scotland recognised the impact of our approach to outdoor learning (in the broadest sense) on our learners’ health and wellbeing. What good news for the start of a new half-term.



Dear Parent/Carer

From 31 January, 5-21 year olds living in Scotland will be eligible for free bus travel across Scotland with a valid National Entitlement Card. You can apply for 10 January 2022. However, in light of high levels of COVID-19 transmission, the Scottish Government is asking that you only apply to the scheme at this point if it is essential* that you, or your child, travel while restrictions are in place. All other eligible applicants will be proactively encouraged to apply at a later date.

*There is no prescribed list of what constitutes essential travel – it will differ for different children, young people and families. But it might include travel for education, training, work, care or health reasons.

Even if your child already has a National Entitlement Card or Young Scot National Entitlement Card,  they must apply for a new or replacement card to travel by bus for free.

You can visit theTransport Scotland websiteto find out how to apply and more.

Staying Safe

Please follow the latest Scottish Government COVID19 guidanceat all times.

Please also see links below to a couple of videos with step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a NEC and free bus travel through These first videos look at the process for a parent/carer applying for a new card for their child aged 5-15, and for requesting a replacement card with travel for a child who already has a NEC.

Kind regards



Family Fund

As you will know, winter can be a particularly difficult time for families raising a disabled or seriously ill child, and many families in this situation will be looking for extra help over the coming weeks.

At Family Fund we provide grants for essential items such as clothing, computer equipment, domestic appliances and sensory toys, and we have provided grant support to more than 5,000 families already this year.

Thanks to funding from Scottish Government, we are still in a position to provide grant support to hundreds more families in Scotland.

We are accepting applications now, but we need your help.

If you have a newsletter or event aimed at families raising disabled a disabled or seriously ill young person aged 17 or under, please help us to reach out to them by including the message below.


Family Fund – a charity that provides grants to families raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person – is calling for more families in Scotland to apply for a grant before February 2022.

Thanks to funding from the Scottish Government, we have grants available for essential items such as clothing, computer equipment, family breaks, domestic appliances or sensory toys and play equipment.

To find out more about Family Fund, what grant items are available, and who is eligible to apply, visit:

Please note that our funding is limited to this financial year, so we are encouraging people to apply by mid-February.  Also, although we will be processing applications as quickly as we can, in most cases grant items will not be received until after Christmas, so we are deliberately not marketing this opportunity as a Christmas campaign.

Any support you can give to ensure that eligible families are able to take advantage of this funding would be gratefully received and please also let us know if there are other ways we can work together.  For example, we can supply posters or leaflets, hold digital events, or attend your in-person events to explain more about Family Fund and the support we offer.

Many thanks for your help – and please do not hesitate to get in touch on the contact details below if you require any further information on Family Fund’s activities in Scotland.  Please note that this is contact for partners, and that families should contact Family Fund through the website

Salena Begley MBE

Parent Engagement Manager, Family Fund



In 2011 Scottish Government launched The Scottish Strategy for Autism and every local area was required to create a local autism plan. As the Strategy comes to an end we would like to find out how people’s lives have been impacted by the Edinburgh plan. We have drawn up short questionnaires to help us evaluate what has been offered locally in response to the Edinburgh 10-year plan. Information shared will be looked at by a multi-disciplinary group working together to develop future plans and supports for autistic individuals and their families/ carers in Edinburgh.

These questionnaires are just one way that feedback will be gathered. The intention of the group is to seek the views of a wider audience, including autistic children and young people, through a range of approaches to ensure that future planning is informed by research evidence, practitioner knowledge and lived experience.

Please select a link from below to complete the questionnaire relevant to your personal situation:

  1. Parent/ Carer of an autistic child or young person in City of Edinburgh Council provision –
  2. Parent/ Carer of an autistic child or young person enrolled in independent school or being home educated –
  3. Autistic adult or parent/ carer of an autistic adult –

Apologies if you have received this email more than once. It is not expected that anyone completes this more than once, however some autistic parents of an autistic child or adult may wish to complete a questionnaire from each perspective.

Submission is anonymous and responses will be accepted until 18th May 2021.

Thank you in advance for your time and help.

Nicola Hammond-Evans


Dear parents/carers
Please find attached suggested protocol and a ‘how to’ guide for the upcoming parents evening on Thursday this week.
I am aware that this will be a learning curve for all of us and it is only to be expected that there may be some glitches so please bear with us. I’m sure this is something that will improve over time as we all get used to this new way of working.
As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call.
Kind regards,


Break the Cycle Virtual Challenge
We’re taking part in the Break the Cycle Virtual Challenge with Social Bite and Sir Chris Hoy by doing daily school walks with an aim of collectively achieving 60 miles! By taking part, we will be Breaking The Cycle of homelessness by raising £1million to help build two new Social Bite Villages in two new cities in the UK. The key target cities are Glasgow and London.
All donations towards this worthwhile cause will be gratefully received at our fundraising page:
Many thanks, the Woodlands Walking Team. 😊

Corona virus updates


Woodlands Got Talent 2020 wee taster.

Halloween Baking contest 2020

1st place Sam Elliot – Spooky face cake
2nd place Millar Cole – Pacman cake

Parent council made £370 with Halloween raffle!!!!! Thanks so much to all who contributed.
Parent Council

Woodlands Beats festival 2017


Woodlands got Green!!

We delighted to be awarded the Eco-Schools  Green Flag status. Well done Woodlands and partners.

Green flag


Free online safety workshop for parents and carers

Muddled by Minecraft or rattled by Roblox? NSPCC and O2 are running an hour-long interactive workshop with tips, tools and advice on how to keep your child safe online. Talking about online safety with your child doesn’t need to be difficult –build your confidence to have those important conversations, get to know your child’s online world and learn where to go for help and advice.
The workshop will take place at Currie Primary School on Wednesday 7th February at 6.30pm Don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Make sure you RSVP by responding to

Our Young Artists

Be on the lookout for amazing artwork around Edinburgh this Christmas!
Fantastic news from the Expressive Arts department – we have 3 amazing winners in this year’s Christmas Art Competitions!

Congratulations go to Alec Burrow (Gen R) for his winning entry in the ‘Edinburgh Winter Windows’ competition run by Arts and Creative Learning, City of Edinburgh Council in partnership with Underbelly. This year’s theme is Edinburgh City Vision: How will Edinburgh look in 2050 and what will Christmas be like in the future. Alec’s successful ‘Christmas Fairy’ design has been made into a large light box for display outside St Giles Cathedral. Other winning entries will also be on display all around Edinburgh. These windows will be lit from behind illuminating the areas in a magical way! Thousands of visitors to Edinburgh’s Christmas and the City will see and enjoy the work throughout the festive period. Alec will be presented with his prize at a special ceremony at the Scottish National Gallery in November.


Congratulations also go to Molly Walker (S1) and Sean Brennan (S2) who have designed their own out-of-this-world Christmas characters which will be displayed on the side of the special Christmas Tram travelling in and out of Edinburgh this festive season and viewed by thousands in the city centre!


Edinburgh’s Christmas and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, together with Arts and Creative Learning and Edinburgh’s Trams invited pupils to use their imagination to draw a picture of who they think might travel by tram to Edinburgh’s Christmas or Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. The results are fantastic and you will be able to see the colourful tram travelling around Edinburgh for until Hogmanay. Can you spot Sean’s large purple creature or Molly’s small exquisite creation?

To celebrate the success of these amazing pupils, their designs will be made into cards, key rings and fridge magnets, for sale in school to raise funds for the Sick Kids Hospital. More details will be available soon/