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Have a very merry and safe Christmas everyone!!🎄


Dear Parent/Carer,

There has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

Children who have been in direct contact with the confirmed case have been contacted and will be staying at home for 14 days.

The school remains open and if your child has not been contacted then they should continue to attend school if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19

  • If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 they must not come to school. They should stay at home from when their symptoms started, self-isolate, and get tested for COVID-19. Find out more on NHS Inform. The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
    • a new continuous cough and/or
    • a high temperature and/or
    • a loss of, or change in, taste or smell (anosmia).
  • All other household members of your child (including yourself) must also stay at home and self-isolate as well until the result of the test is received. The household should then follow the advice that will be given with the test result.
  • If the test is positive, your child should remain in self-isolation for at least 10 days from the date their symptoms started, and the rest of the household must remain in self-isolation for the full 14 days from the day when your child first had symptoms:
  • Household members should not go to work or school. No one should visit your house. No one should leave your house to go to shops, public areas, or use public transport. See website below for more information.

  • Staying at home for 14 days will help stop the spread of coronavirus
  • If someone else in the household goes on to develop symptoms of COVID-19 in this 14 day period, then they should continue to self-isolate and arrange to be tested.
  • If your child’s test is negative, they can come out of isolation and return to school if they are well enough to do so (as per standard school illness policy), and they have not had a fever for 48 hours. The rest of the household can also come out of self-isolation and return to their usual activitives.
  • It is important that anyone with one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms gets tested, so that anyone who tests positive knows to continue to stay at home (with their household) and self-isolate. This will help stop the spread of coronavirus.

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child develops symptoms you can seek advice from NHS Inform.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19. Do:

  • regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues straight in the bin and wash your hands.

Further Information

For School related Coronavirus FAQs:

For general Coronavirus FAQs and information:

Yours sincerely

Alison McCallum

Director of Public Health and Health Policy





For more information, click on the link below.

Virtual fun day programme 

08/10/2020 – a message from Andy Gray, Chief Education Officer

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Support for Families in North West Edinburgh 

Local Support for Parent and Carers. For up to date information on the support available for Parents and Carers in any part of Edinburgh contact the Lifelong Learning Parent and Carer Support Team by emailing: or text 07860736129 and the team will call you back.

Click on the link below for more information

Support for Families NW Autumn 2020


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A big hello to all our lovely Pirnie families. I know how hard it has been for you during this Covid lockdown. But you have always been on our thoughts. It has been so good to talk to some of you on the phone and hear about your well-being from our amazing staff, who have been in contact by phone and while delivering lunches.

We thought we’d finish with a bit of fun and hopefully laughter. We have engaged the award winning entertainer ‘Tricky Ricky’ for you on YouTube.

I hope you enjoy his magical performances – one for nursery to P3 and the other P4-7.

Wishing you a relaxed summer and looking forward to seeing you all on August 12th.

Mrs Ryan Gillespie

Intro :

Show 1  Nursery – Primary 3 :

Show 2 Primary 4 – Primary 7 :


The council would like us to share this letter with all our families:





To order new school uniforms please click on this link:

All orders have to be in by 20th July to guarantee delivery by the start of term. If the parents have any queries they can e-mail the company direct on

If you have any old school jumpers, you are welcome to donate them to Pirniehall so that other children can use them. You can drop them off at the school on Tuesdays and Fridays lunch times


Unfortunately there has been no access to school this week, so staff have been unable to create worksheets for the trolley on Friday. We hope to have access soon and post a new date next week. Books will still be available to borrow this Friday.


Dear Pirniehall families,

We hope you are all keeping safe and well. The teachers have very much enjoyed calling home and discussing your children’s learning.

You have told us that many of you would like to have access to worksheets (for literacy and numeracy) and reading books for your children.

We have listened to you and will now be organising  a trolley of  books and printed tasks. This trolley can be accessed when packed lunches are being distributed on Tuesdays and Fridays in the school playground between 12 noon and 1pm.

This will begin on Friday 22nd May.

Staff will be in contact again at the beginning of June, when you will be able to discuss any further support you need with home learning.

We miss seeing all our children and families and look forward to being back at Pirniehall.

Mrs Ryan Gillespie


Education Maintenance Allowance – Young people who are in receipt of EMA and who are unable to meet their agreed attendance requirements due to Coronavirus / Covid-19 will continue to receive their EMA payment as per the existing payment schedule. Young people awarded an EMA after 01/03/20 will be eligible for payments without a signed learning agreement, backdated to the start of lockdown. Any payments prior to this will be subject to the normal approval from schools. For further information please see our website:

School allocations for P1 and S1 places in August 2020 – We aim to deal with all late placing requests received up to 03/05/20, including second choice applications, and write to you in the last week of May 2020. Applications received after 03/05/20 will not be dealt with until the end of June 2020. For further information please see our website:

Free School Meals / Clothing Grants – applications for 2020/21 for the term starting in August 2020 have not yet opened. We will update our website and put a message on social media as soon as applications open.

A message from us to you.

11.05.2020             New Newsletter from Education Scotland

Key messages

  • Have a look at the first issue of the Scotland Learns: Parents and Carers Newsletter. The first issue contains learning activities for Literacy and Numeracy, support on wellbeing and a focus on the theme of food. You will also find hints and tips, advice for engaging young people with autism in their learning and a creativity challenge.
  • To receive this weekly, go to our Sign Up page, complete your details and tick the Scotland Learns- Parents and Carers Newsletter option.  Don’t forget to click subscribe at the bottom.  Doing this will ensure you receive a weekly email directly to your mailbox to let you know when a new newsletter is available.
We are very much focused on supporting practitioners, learners, parents and carers during the uncharted period of learning at home. This newsletter is specifically for parents and carers and provides hints and tips for helping children learn from home, learning activities, as well as puzzles and challenges for children and young people. The activities don’t require lots of materials and the tasks are designed to encourage children’s creativity and independence

Dear Pirniehall Families,

We hope you are all well. We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone. Many of the places you would normally to go to for help are close due to covid-19. We have created a list of supports for families in your local area with updated the contact details. We hope you find this useful.

We are missing seeing all our families and look forward to us being together again.

In the meantime, stay home and keep safe.

From the Pirniehall Staff

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Local support in NWE – PDF


Pirniehall are working with Spartans to provide support through food parcels/packed lunches within the community. If you would benefit from weekly packed lunches, you can confidentially contact Pirniehall Primary at: or private message the school facebook page with your name and number of people within your household.

Please share this message with anyone you think could benefit from support.


For parents and carers of children returning to nursery after the summer holiday:

Dear Parent/Carer
You may be aware that the Scottish Government has made the very difficult decision to postpone the statutory entitlement of every child to receive 1140 hours of funded Early Learning and Childcare from 1.8.2020. Edinburgh Council were on track to provide this entitlement for all eligible children and has been phasing in a plan over the past two years. This has included provision in local authority settings, private providers, childminders and independent nurseries.
As part of this provision, new local authority nursery buildings were being constructed to accommodate the large numbers of spaces required to ensure that all our children received their entitlement. A recruitment drive was also underway in order to staff settings.
The impact of the corona virus has meant that our plans will not be ready for August 2020; the new nursery buildings will not be completed and the staff will not all be recruited in time to provide everyone with 1140 hours of ELC.
Therefore, I am writing to inform you that it will be necessary to amend our plans for the implementation of 1140 placements. I know that some parents will be very disappointed by this news as you might already have incorporated this entitlement into your childcare plans for August.
We will look at the allocation of places and confirm what we are able to allocate to you for August. There will also be information posted on our website shortly that indicates the flexibility of access to places across the city so that parents can make informed choices for their child.
Ensuring the quickest delivery of 1140 funded entitlement to all Edinburgh`s children will be a priority once we have managed through these difficult times. I know that parents, although disappointed will understand and I will endeavour to keep you informed at the earliest possible time. I appreciate that school staff will be stopping for the Easter break but we will be in contact with parents as soon as possible.
In the meantime, please keep safe and I wish you and your family well.
Yours sincerely
Lynn Paterson

Senior Education Manager


Free School Meals provision due to school closure

As a result of school closures due to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, a payment will be made to families of children who will no longer receive Free School Meals.

This applies to all children from primary 1 to secondary 6 who received a School Clothing Grant between June 2019 and March 2020.

The payment will be £22.50 per child per fortnight and will cover the last two weeks of term and the two-week Easter break. It will be made directly into the bank account your School Clothing Grant was made.

This arrangement will be reviewed during the Easter break based on advice from Scottish Government on likely timeframes for school closures. We will contact you again to confirm future arrangements.

Yours sincerely

Jane MacIntyre

Transactions Team Manager

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Free School Meals school closure


Good advice for parents with children who have additional support needs.

Coping with Covid isolation for children with ASN


Mrs Ryan Gillespie is in contact with the Maximise team who support our families in school. The team are an asset and are so good at what they do. They want to continue to help our families at this difficult time-please get in contact if you need advice.

They have sent the following message for all parents. See below.

‘The Maximise team continues to support families whilst the Maximise schools are closed and are able to offer telephone appointments for advice and employability.  If you think that you need assistance from this service please contact CHAI on the following number: 0131 442 2100

Also available – Free Advice on a range of Parenting Topics through Parentline: A Helpline, Email and WebChat Service’


Dear Parents/Carers,

In these ever changing times we are going to do our very best to keep in touch with you. Each week staff will be uploading learning ideas for you and your child on our school website. See details below.

Stay safe and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Mrs Ryan Gillespie (HT)

· Teachers will be posting weekly homework grids on the school website so that children can work from home.

· Each class has a page on the school website where they can access their work.

· Homework grids will be posted on Monday mornings before 11am. Pupils have been given a jotter and pencil to complete their work in.

· There will also be a ‘Whole School Learning’ page where you can access spelling lists etc and teachers will be recommending learning websites and apps.