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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 / admin@abbeyhill.edin.sch.uk)

Kind regards,

Sally Ketchin
Head Teacher



Abbeyhill Festivities 

What an amazing term we’ve had at Abbeyhill! December alone has been incredibly busy; our Parent Council organised the Winter Talent Show which was a fantastic evening and enjoyed by everyone. It made us all proud to see how confident the children were in front of a large audience and in an unfamiliar venue. We’re hoping it becomes an annual tradition! We’ve also had a whole school trip to the pantomime at the Brunton Theatre, the P7 ceilidh, which was a magical evening as always, and the P1 Nativity (which was tinged with sadness as it’s the last one that we’ll do at the London Road Parish Church which is due to close in January 2017). P6 ran a very successful market stall at the Stockbridge Market at the beginning of the month, selling handmade wreaths and candles (see our Twitter feed @AbbeyhillPS for photos). They made £500 so well done to the P6 fundraising committee as that brings their total for the session so far to £1000 with all the money raised going towards their P7 camp in October 2017. Still to come this week, we’ve got family film night, Christmas parties and a Christmas singalong before term ends on Thursday – there’s no winding down here!!

No matter where you are this Christmas, whether you celebrate or not, from all of us at Abbeyhill we wish you a happy and safe holiday and look forward to seeing everyone when term starts on Tuesday 10th January. 

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

New term!

Welcome back to school for the summer term. The weather has been beautiful this week and we have been taking full advantage of this with packed lunches on the grass outside and an outdoor assembly today! It’s also fantastic to have the scaffolding down around the main building and to be able to access our whole playground again. I thought the trim trail might give way under the weight of almost the entire school on Tuesday as they all rushed to play on it!

The summer term is always very busy with trips, sporting events and end of term celebrations. The key dates for your diary will come out to you via letter but don’t forget that the school will be closed for the May bank holiday on the 4th May and agin on the 7th May as the school is being used as a polling station. We will be closed again on 18th May for Victoria Day and the end of term is at 12 noon on 26th June.

Next week we have an information event on 29th April for parents who would like to hear all about the online reporting system we are trialling this year, ‘Learning Journals’. Dave Clark, the creator or Learning Journals will be here to tell you all about it and answer questions. I look forward to seeing lots of parents there!

Latest news

We’ve been back from the February break for nearly a week and lots of children have been enjoying our new breakfast club which opened on Monday 23rd February. Breakfast Club is run by Scoosh, our After School care providers, and is open from 0730 each day serving breakfast in the Dinner Hall and providing care until the bell goes at 0855. If you would like to use the Breakfast Club there is no need to book, just turn up! We have lots of working parents who have commented that having a club would make life easier in the morning so hopefully we’re helping your mornings to run more smoothly! Breakfast Club is priced at £2.50 per day.

We still have a lot of work going on in the main building where we are having all of our windows replaced. This is a big job, not only because of the amount of windows we have but because of the size of them! I’m pleased to say that the contractors are more than half way through the job and are on schedule to finish by the Easter holidays. All the classrooms have now been completed so thank you to all the classes who had to move whilst their room was done; this caused disruption but everyone worked hard to ensure that it was minimal. The girls toilets which have been under repair since I started at Abbeyhill in August are just about to open as well which will be fantastic.

Over the February break we had a new security system installed which means that staff access the buildings using a swipe card rather than entering a code. This is not only easier but also more secure as there were always eagle eyed children who delighted in telling us that they had memorised the codes! The buzzer has been removed from the back of the main building so all visitors must now come to the front door on Abbey Street.

Looking ahead, we’ve got lots of exciting things happening before the Easter holidays start on 2nd April such as World Book Day next week, Red Nose Day and a P6 & P7 community clean up so keep checking the website and follow us on Twitter @AbbeyhillPS to keep up with all our news!

Keep us up to date!

Dear families,

I very much hope that current snow warnings come to nothing but be aware that in emergency situations/school closures text messaging will be used to update parents so please ensure that you keep your contact details up to date with us. Emergencies such as school closures due to adverse weather happen very rarely but it is important that we can get hold of you quickly if we need to.  Please let the school office know straight away if you change your number!

S Barker, Head Teacher