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Week 1 = done!

I can’t believe that the first week of the year is over already, we’ve all been so busy it has just flown by! Our new P1s have settled in and enjoyed their first assembly today. This promises to be an extremely exciting year in P1 as Mrs Lansdowne and the P1 team implement an Immersive Learning Environment which continues the core aim of learning through play as the children experienced in Nursery. You can read more about this in Mrs Lansdown’s blog post here. It’s been a quiet week in the Nursery as our returning Nursery children have settled back in but it will be back to business as usual next week as our new Nursery starts arrive, which we’re all very much looking forward to!

Remember to follow our website and keep an eye on your child’s class area to keep up to date with everything we get up to as the year progresses.

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

Welcome back!

Tomorrow is the big day! All the staff have been busy for the last two days discussing how to make the 2018-19 school session the best yet at Abbeyhill and we’re looking forward to welcoming all of our pupils into school in the morning so we can get started! Why not have a read of our School Improvement Plan to see what will be happening?

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

Happy holidays!

I’ve only been back at Abbeyhill for a month but what a month it’s been! We’ve had Health Week, Sports Day, various trips, the P7 show and barbecue (including the annual water fight) plus a playground tidy up and Summer Garden Party organised by the Parent Council. New P1s have been welcomed with a Teddy Bear’s Picnic and parents have been given all the information they need (I hope) to get them through this milestone.

This school session has seen lots of change at Abbeyhill and it was lovely to come back from maternity leave to find out about everything that has been happening. Next year promises to be exciting as well with further playground developments in the pipeline and the addition of a ‘cooking classroom’ thanks to a successful bid for a Food for Thought grant. New community partnerships have been forged and we look forward to welcoming staff from Santander to help develop part of our grounds. Play based learning will be further developed in P1 and we have a fantastic team raring to go with our new P1s in August. Established partnerships continue to flourish and nowhere is this more evident than in our involvement with the Colony of Artists festival which will be on 22nd and 23rd of September this year. Artists in Residence work with our children all year to provide enriching experiences and the festival is a wonderful opportunity to showcase their work.

Of course, none of this would happen without the fantastic staff, children, parents and partners at Abbeyhill and I thank each and every one of you for all that you do for the school; a special thanks goes of course to Mrs Gracie who led the school while I was off.

Have a wonderful summer holiday and I look forward to seeing you all in August. To our P7s who left us today, good luck as you embark upon this next stage of your life and don’t forget us at Abbeyhill!

Sally Ketchin

Head Teacher

Standards and Quality report 2016-17

Dear families,

Hopefully you will enjoy reading our Standards and Quality report for the past school session which also includes our ‘next steps’ for the 2017-18 session.

Abbeyhill Standards and Quality Report for Families June 2017

Our full School Improvement Plan for the year ahead is available on request from the school office (0131 661 3054 /

Kind regards,

Sally Ketchin
Head Teacher



Spring term…the story so far!

We’ve been very busy at Abbeyhill so far this term, as always. We’ve started to build on the experience we had helping to launch the Edinburgh Adapts plan in November and small groups of children have been working with me to develop ideas for a few themes for the City Vision 2050. It’s a bit of a brain bender to think that far into the future but we’ve had some good ideas around ‘Community Safety’ and ‘Digital and Technology’. We’re hoping to make them into a video!
We’ve had our most successful Walking Bus yet with 30 children and parents taking part at the end of January; the theme was ‘tartan’ to coincide with Burns’ Day. It’s a lovely, sociable way to start the day and encourages sustainable travel to school so we will keep running them regularly. Less children do now travel to school by car which we’re pleased about and is hopefully down to a combination of factors such as our focus on sustainability and the environmental impact of various types of travel, road safety and of course the fact that Abbey Street is closed to non-permit holders before and after school as part of the School Streets/Safer Routes to School initiative. Our P7s had a ‘Bikeability’ session this week which saw them take to the roads and increase their confidence about doing so. Lots more bikes have been seen in the bike shed since!

Our Artists in Residence programme is also flourishing with other schools now showing interest in what we do. We’re continuing to work with the Talbot Rice and Collective Galleries and it’s easy to see the benefits that the children get from working with professional artists both in school and in formal gallery spaces. We’ve also struck up a new partnership with the Edinburgh Art Festival and look forward to developing it over the next few years. Of course, all the work the children are doing will be exhibited at the Colony of Artists festival on 23rd/24th September – put the dates in your diary!

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s been happening in school so remember to check our website regularly and follow us on Twitter @AbbeyhillPS to keep up with all things Abbeyhill!

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher