Consultation on Local Police Plan

21 September 2022: Edinburgh Police Division are developing local policing priorities for 2023 to 2026.  A forward looking Local Police Plan will be published in April 2023.

The views of the local community are fundamental to ensure their priorities align with local needs.

They are inviting the community to contribute to development of the Local Police Plan by completing the “Your Police 2022-2023” survey.  They are keen to get as many opinions as possible, so please consider adding your input.

Your Police 2022-2023 – Police Scotland – Citizen Space

If you have further questions you can contact the South East Community Policing Team by email or visit their website:

Email Community Policing Team

South East Community Policing Team

Edinburgh EIS Local Elections Hustings

27 April 2022: In the run up to the local council elections, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) will be hosting an opportunity to ask representatives from the main political parties about their priorities for education in Edinburgh. 

Online Any Education Questions next Tuesday 3 May 2022 at 6.30 pm (via Zoom)

Please come along to show our politicians that schools and children matter!

Click here to register
Please Note:

  • All attendees will be given the opportunity to submit questions in advance, so that we can try to ensure that we cover the full range of concerns.  The EIS will email those who register with more information about this, as well as sending them the zoom link etc
  • EIS are trying to secure BSL interpreters, but cannot guarantee that they will be able to have this in place.  They aim to set up captioning.  If there are other things they can do to make the meeting more accessible, please get in touch with then directly (via
  • *They have invited spokespersons from each of the parties represented at Holyrood/who are part of COSLA.

Supporting mental health and emotional well-being

These past months have been very challenging for many of us, and our children. The CAMHS-resources website has been created by an NHS professional in the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust to make it easy for young people, parents, carers and professionals to access the wealth of helpful resources across the internet to support their mental health and emotional well-being needs.

You can access a range of downloadable self-help guides and information – some are aimed at adults but the ideas and suggestions in them can still be relevant for young people and parents.

CAMHS resources website

CAMHS downloads page

Deputation to City of Edinburgh Council about capacity at JGHS

26 February 2021: The Parent Council has submitted a deputation to the meeting of the Education, Children and Families Committee on 2 March 2021, raising concerns about the lack of provision of additional classroom accommodation for 2021/22 for consideration by Councillors.

JGHS parent Council Deputation to Education, Children and Families Committee

If you would like to support the deputation, please contact members of the Committee to let them know:

Contact Education, Children and Families Committee members

Since submitting the deputation, we have also received a reply to our letter to the school (below) which restates the Council’s position that additional accommodation will not be made available in 2021/22 and provides further details on how the school thinks FDL will work. 

Headteacher response to Parent Council letter of 5 February 2021

The Parent Council will continue to pursue the points raised in the deputation next week to underline the parents’ preference for ensuring accommodation is in place for next year.

Upcoming meeting of the Parent Council 2 February 2021

18 January 2021:  The next parent council meeting will take place on Tuesday 2 February 2021 at 7 pm. 

We will email out the MS Teams link via the school email.

This meeting will look at the specific issue of capacity contingency plans for the 2021-22 session in light of delays to the refurbishment of the Darroch building due to Covid. The meeting will hear from school staff involved and the Council officers with whom they have been working:

  • Donald Macdonald, Head Teacher
  • Laura Stewart, DHT (Equity and Rising Rolls)
  • Lorna French, Schools and Lifelong Learning Service Manager (City of Edinburgh Council)
  • Crawford McGhie, Senior Manager Estates and Operational Support (City of Edinburgh Council)

The school has provided the following background documents:

Survey of Advanced Higher pupils, December 2020

Capacity Parent Council update document, January 2021

An outline of proposals was presented to the Parent Council in November 2020 – the presentation is available below.

JGHS Contingency Planning 2021-2022 November 2020

The section relevant to the capacity issues starts at 18.53.

View the November 2020 meeting on YouTube

The Parent Council is gathering in and collating questions, which should be sent to by 6pm on Sunday 24 January.

Updates from Edinburgh City Council

18 November 2020

NE/SE Parental Engagement Locality Group

The Edinburgh City Council NE/SE Parental Engagement Locality Group met on 3 November 2020.

The Teaching, Learning and Assessment presentation delivered to the meeting, and the minutes are which took place via Microsoft Teams on 3rd November is now available

Teaching, Learning and Assessment presentation

NE/SE Parental Engagement Locality Group meeting minutes

Edinburgh City Council consultations

Edinburgh City Council is seeking parents’ views in two consultations. 

One is a formal consultation on the Council’s budget (closing date 10th Dec) and is available here. and the other is an informal consultation on Gaelic-medium secondary education (closing date 11th Dec) and is available here.

Budget consultation

Gaelic-medium secondary education consultation

Parent Council Annual General Meeting on 14 October 2020

8 October 2020:  We would like to invite you to the next Parent Council meeting which will be our AGM and will take place online on Wednesday 14 October at 7pm.

The MS Teams link will be sent on Tuesday 13 October by the JGHS Admin team. 

The proposed agenda is below.

  • Chair’s Report and update – Ailsa Macintosh, chair
  • Treasurer’s Report  – Ros Ingle, treasurer
  • Election of PC Committee members and post holders        
  • Head Teacher Overview – Donald Macdonald    
  • Update for S1 parents/carers – Ben Lewis, Deputy Head Teacher      
  • Questions & Answers via the Q&A typed chat facility

We very much hope you will be able to join us.

Welcome back to school!

13 August 2020: A very warm welcome back to school after so long away, and a special welcome to new families joining us this year. 

Please find some information from our HeadTeacher, Donald Macdonald

Break and lunchtimes

  • Limited break time snacks and school lunches will be available.
  • S1s must stay on the school campus; all other pupils may visit local shops at breaks of lunchtimes. Queuing in local shops is likely to be a slow process.
  • School lunches are offered at a fixed price of £2.70. Exceptionally, cash may be used but we would prefer that the cashless technology is used. S1s will received their PIN codes soon.
  • Lunches will be provided on a ‘grab and go’ basis with appropriate distancing and one way queuing in place.It is strongly recommend that all bring packed lunches.

All pupils on free school lunches will be provided with a lunch in the dining room.Pupils must all bring face coverings (or masks) with them to school.

Face coverings and hand sanitiser

  • Face coverings (eg. masks) are mandatory in local shops, on public transport and in some areas of the school. (Staff will advise pupils on this)
  • Pupils with respiratory conditions will be supported in wearing masks throughout the day.
  • The school will not be providing masks to pupils other than in a situation where a pupil is displaying C19 symptoms.
  • Pupils should have clothing that is suitable for Edinburgh in August.  (eg. Thunderstorms and sunny spells are to be expected throughout August).
  • Pupils may find it helpful to bring their own hand sanitiser. This will help in avoiding any issues with allergies to the gel that we provide and will also reduce queues at hand sanitiser units.