Dear All

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,

I am writing to you today to inform you of a couple of calendar changes resulting from the changes to arrangements for holding parents/carers events in school.

Please see the attached letter which clearly outlines the proposed changes to allow us to hold our first in person parents and carers events for over two years following the Spring break.

Important date changes Senior Choice and parents carers evening Sen S, Gen S and Gen R

As always please let me know if you have any further questions.

Kind regards



Dear Parents/Carers

On Friday 18th March we will be supporting ‘Red Nose Day’ as part of the national fundraising event. We hope this will be a fun way to raise money for a very good cause and we would like the whole of Woodlands to be involved.

Learners who choose to take part are encouraged to wear something red on this day.  It would be very much appreciated if  parents and carers who would like to support this cause could make a donation through parent pay (ideally), details of how to do this will follow. Alternatively, learners could bring in a small donation for the charity on the day, learners should give this to their class teacher at morning registration.

You may also be interested to know that we have so far raised over £250 for our last fundraising event for the SSPCA (and still counting).

Many thanks for your continued support.

Kindest regards


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 Parents and Carers,

I do hope that you have had a restful and enjoyable half-term break.  It is good to be back at school and I am looking forward to an exciting half-term ahead. Some of you may already know that I am just returning from an extended absence from work, so please do bear with us as it will take me a little while to catch up on correspondence etc.

I am writing to you today to inform you of a couple of calendar changes resulting from the general staffing pressures that we have experienced at Woodlands over the past half-term. As a result, we will need to move the upcoming Parents Evening for General L, Senior O and Senior B to Thursday 17th March.  Thank you for your understanding with this.

In addition, the Parents information evening for all S3, S4 and S5 pupils re course choices will be moved to Thursday March 31st.

Covid Update: As things stand, we are expecting Covid guidance to change as guidelines are relaxed. Once we have received confirmation of the new guidance, we will share any changes with you.

Kind regards


Happy New Year message from Angelina Lombardo


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. 😊
Dear Parents/Carers
Further to my email of 4th March, I am now very much looking forward to welcoming all of our learners back to school full-time from Tuesday 20th April.
I also wanted to confirm that the timing of the school day from 20th April will revert to the timings in place prior to the Christmas break.
Therefore, with covid guidelines and restrictions still in place, the transitions to transport will begin at 3.35pm on Mondays to Thursdays and at 12.25pm on Fridays.
As always, if you have any further questions regarding this please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards


Dear Parent/Carer

I wanted to write to you to confirm Woodlands’ offer to learners in light of the Scottish government’s most recent announcement on Tuesday 2nd March. It is expected that all children in secondary schools (including special schools) will return to school full-time following the Easter break (returning on Tuesday 20th April).

Meantime we will continue to deliver our blended learning offer of 2 days of face-to-face learning and home/remote learning for all of our learners as we have done since the return to school in January. We would encourage our young people to engage with the material as much as possible and to seek support if they need it. Please find support on using “Teams” on the school website.

However, I want to remind you all that we do not want families to feel under pressure and would just ask that families do what suits their child and their own family’s circumstances. As always, please don’t hesitate to ask should you require support with any aspect of your child’s education/home learning.

We are looking forward to welcoming back all our Woodland’s learners full-time in April and we are excited at the prospect of a busy, vibrant and enjoyable Summer term – and are ever hopeful that we are edging closer to more ‘normal’ ways of working with each passing week.

Take care and stay safe

Warmest wishes



Corona virus updates

Woodlands team just getting the car park cleared to welcome the young people.

Woodlands Got Talent 2020 wee taster.

Halloween Baking contest 2020

1st place Sam Elliot – Spooky face cake
2nd place Millar Cole – Pacman cake
3rd place Joshua O’Brien – Pumpkin & cupcakes

Runners up: Julia Douglas Witches surprise and Ben Evett Spooky Biscuits
Well done to all amazing bakers.
Parent council made £370 with Halloween raffle!!!!! Thanks so much to all who contributed.
Parent Council



Dear Parents/carers

Our school supporting the Eat Them to Defeat them campaign to enourage our learners to eat more vegetables. It’s an award-winning approach and is proven to make eating vegetables more fun. The campaign has been created by Veg Power in partnership with ITV, Channel 4 and Sky and is well-supported by celebrities and chefs.

At Woodlands it has been spearheaded by Kim Haggart our Kitchen Supervisor who has liaised with teachers and learners across the school to ensure we are maximising the potential for the campaign. Kim is also working partnership with George Anderson’s who are generously providing vegetables for the school throughout the campaign.

Please look out for the reward charts and sticker packs in school bags. To find out more and for great recipes, and expert tips pleaes to to

Thank you in advance for your support with this initiative.

Kind regards


Woodlands Christmas Fair 2019

Please by a raffle ticket and get a chance of wining this amazing basket!

Check our Xmas CHALLENGE!!                Christmas card Challenge 2019


Woodlands Beats festival 2017

This year again the music departments at Woodland School and Currie High School joined in a Christmas carols singalong session. By a beautifully decorated tree over 40 learners from both schools performed various Christmas carols and songs accompanied by CCHS students and their music teacher Joe Halliday. It’s such a pleasure to make music together during that special time of year!


Woodlands got Green!!

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

Green flag

Summer Fair

The school’s summer  fair raised £1040.19  and £177 from plant sale for Prom Fund. Well done to everyone who helped!

Learning Journals are now live.

All parents/carers who provided us with a signed permission slip and an email address should have received an email with login instructions.

If you have not yet received this email – please contact Claire Cooper by email :


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/


Dear Woodlands School

Congratulations on achieving the GOLD sportscotland School Sport Award, our highest award level.

The Gold Award is recognition of your school’s ongoing commitment to self-evaluation and continuous improvement and for putting young people at the forefront of the decision making, planning and implementation processes around sport and physical activity in your school.

Great credit should also be given to all of you for ensuring that sport and physical activity plays an integral part in the life of your school. The Gold Award also highlights that your school has shown excellent practice across the core areas of the award and I have no doubt that you will continue to carry on this commitment to increase young people’s opportunities and engagement in physical education, school sport and leadership and provide clear pathways to life-long participation in sport and physical activity.

On behalf of sportscotland I would like to thank all of the staff, pupils and partners for your time and effort to achieve the Gold School Sport Award and congratulate you again on this fantastic achievement.

Kind regards

Stewart Harris

CEO, sportscotland

2017 Fringe Schools Poster

It was the 2017 Fringe Schools Poster prize-giving celebration and exhibition launch at Dynamic Earth. Pupils from all over Scotland were present to receive awards and prizes and to see the exhibition of all shortlisted and winning artwork. The three winning designs were unveiled which will be used for the cover of this year’s Fringe Festival Programme – to celebrate its 70th anniversary. It was a great night with drinks and nibbles, crazy hula-hooping, face painting and fun art activities led by the competition’s champion artist, Jon Bishop. We are all very proud of Leon and it was great to see his artwork displayed with all the other artwork.

Ms Ann Russell

Art Teacher

Sponsored Sports Week June 2017


We cannot say a big enough thank you to everyone who supported us during our ‘Sponsored Sports Week’. During this week of fun physical challenges, we also worked to raise funds and awareness for much needed research into the physical causes of the disease Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Learners and staff completed activity packs which helped us understand more about the nature of this debilitating and life-changing disease. Thanks to the generosity of the Woodland’s school community, we raised an outstanding £572 for the charity ‘Invest in ME Research’. A massive and heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated.

Miss Fialca

Exciting news in Creative Arts at Woodlands

In March, pupils from Woodlands School took part in the annual Edinburgh Leon P.Festival Fringe Poster competition to create an image to represent the Festivals 70th anniversary.  The winning entry will be used for all Edinburgh Fringe Festival publicity and appear on the front cover of their catalogue.  One pupil design from Woodlands has been shortlisted and chosen to be included in the Fringe Schools Poster Exhibition alongside the winning poster, regional winners and other special shortlisted entries from around Scotland.

This is an amazing achievement for Leon Pryde in 2L.  His colourful design was chosen from thousands of pupil entries from all over Scotland.

The Fringe School Poster Exhibition will be held at Dynamic Earth from 6th June to 28th August where both winning entries and shortlisted designs will beon display.  This is a free exhibition and showcases some of the most exciting artwork that is presently being created in Scottish Schools.

We are very proud of Leon and can’t wait to see his design in the exhibition at Dynamic Earth. Well Done !!

Ms Ann Russell

Art Teacher

S1 learners help sick Kids!

On Monday 20th February S1L pupils travelled to the Sick Kids Hospital to present a cheque for £100, fundraised through the sale of Christmas Cards that the pupils designed before Christmas.  Pupils met with staff from the Sick Kids Friends Foundation and had a look around the visitors Centre.   This is an amazing achievement by the pupils and they were excellent ambassadors for Woodlands School.  Well done to everyone!

Woodlands School has a new winner! 

Congratulations to Andrew Moffat (S1L) one of the 12 lucky winners in the Edinburgh Winter Windows competition 2016. From over 200 entries, Andrew was chosen to be among the lucky winners who will have their designs displayed in Princes Street Gardens over the festive period. The displays are 1 x 2 meters in size and will light the way to Santa ’s Grotto in the East Gardens. Look out for Andrew’s beautiful design when you visit the Winter Wonderland over the coming weeks.

We are all very proud of Andrew’s achievement.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016

Poster Competition