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City of Edinburgh Council response to JGHS deputation concerning capacity issues

19 March 2021: The Parent Council has received a response to the deputation it made to the meeting of the Education, Children and Families Committee on 2 March 2021, which raised concerns about the lack of provision of additional classroom accommodation for 2021/22.  

Parent Council Deputation (2 March 2021)

City of Edinburgh Council response (18 March 2021)

At the Council Committee meeting it was agreed that further investigation would be carried out to ascertain whether additional accommodation for August 2021 would still be a possibility, even at this point in the school year. 

It was also agreed that consortia arrangements to share senior level courses between schools would also be looked at.

The response deals in part with these issues, but the Parent Council will be considering whether further steps should be taken to pursue the points raised in the deputation.


All Parent Council documents relating to the S6 capacity issue and plans for flexible digital learning in 2021/22 can be found on the Useful Files page

Useful Files

FutureScot EduTech Webinar

10 March 2021: FutureScot is hosting an EduTech Webinar on Wednesday 17 March at 12.30 pm – The Power of Video in BGE and Senior Phase Education.

Register to attend the webinar here

Remote or ‘blended’ forms of digital teaching and learning are fast embedding themselves across the curriculum. Through this webinar FutureScot will explore the balance of provision, in terms of what constitutes digital teaching and learning pedadogy, and to move the conversation on from being solely about live delivery of timetabled activities: in practice, that means a focus on how traditional classroom learning can be ‘repackaged’ into consumable and highly engaging content media, ‘on demand’ at any time.

Speakers:

  • David McKee, Quality Improvement Education Officer (Digital Learning), The City of Edinburgh
  • Michael Wilkinson, Managing Director UK, ClickView
  • Amy Hollier, Director of Blended & Online Learning, Heart of Worcestershire College
  • Joan MacKay, Head of Curriculum Innovation, Education Scotland
  • John Stuart, Lead Officer, East Renfrewshire Council

Much progress has undoubtedly been made in the last 12 months, in response to a public health emergency, but we need to better understand what is working locally in schools – at primary and secondary level – if we are to make to learn the lessons of the pandemic and effect longer-term change in education. This free to attend webinar will help inform the national policy context in the run up to and during FutureScot’s EduTech Conference, on 13 May 2021.

FutureScot

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.

Capacity issues at JGHS

5 February 2021: Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting hosted by the Parent Council on Tuesday 2 February 2021 on capacity contingency proposals and to all those who put forward comments and questions before, during and after the meeting.

Link to recording of meeting on YouTube

It is clear that there are significant concerns about the plans and in particular about the fact that the Council has ruled out additional classroom accommodation, on the lack of specific communication on the proposals to S5 pupils and their parents, and on the potential effect on next year’s S6 pupils, both from a social and an educational point of view.

The Parent Council has written to the school, Council officers and councillors to highlight these concerns and asked for an early response – see below. Any replies will be posted here when received.

JGHS PC comments on capacity contingency proposals 5 February 2021

Parents submitted a number of comments and questions, prior to the meeting on 2 February 2021, a summary of which can be found below:

Capacity Contingency Plans – Parental feedback and questions 25 January 2021

Parent Council meeting to consider S6 capacity issues

29 January 2021:  On Tuesday 2 February 2021 the parent council will host a meeting considering proposals to deal with school capacity problems in 2021/22. 

The meeting will be held online at 7pm; the link for the meeting will circulated via school email next week.

Parents have already submitted a number of comments and questions, a summary of which can be found below:

Capacity Contingency Plans – Parental feedback and questions (25 January 2021)

Further details and links to other documents can be found at the 18 January entry below.

This meeting will be of particular interest to those parents with students in S5 as the proposals will particularly affect those going into S6 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 jghscouncilcomms@gmail.com by 6pm on Sunday 24 January.

Parent Council meeting on 15 December 2020

4th December 2020:  The next meeting of the James Gillespie’s High School Parent Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 15 December at 7pm, and will focus on exams and assessments.

The meeting will be held on MS Teams, and we will send out the link via the school email.

If you have any questions in advance of the meeting, please send them to the Parent Council email  and we will try to include them in the update.

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.

Upcoming Parent Council meeting on 22 September 2021

17 September 2021: We would like to invite you to the next Parent Council meeting which will take place online on Tuesday 22 September at 7 pm. We will email out the MS Teams link on Monday 21 September from JGHS Admin team. 

We will hear from:

  • Donald Macdonald, (HT) – Overview
  • Jeff Warden, (DHT) – Digital Learning
  • Deirdre O’Brien, (DHT) – Learning and Teaching
  • Ian Porter/Ben Lewis (DHTs) – Pupil Support
  • Ian Porter/Ben Lewis (DHTs) – PE update
  • Bob Shankland (DHT) – SQA update

Questions & Answers via the Q&A typed chat facility in Teams. If you would like to raise any issues or ask any questions ahead of the meeting please email us by 2 pm Monday 21 September and where possible these will be included in the presentations.  

Email the Parent Council at jghscouncilcomms@gmail.com