Edinburgh City Council School Closures (Wednesday 8 December)

Submitted by edg on Tue, 7 Dec '10 8.23pm

Edinburgh City Council said earlier today that schools should be open tomorrow (Wednesday 8 December).

"All but a small number of Edinburgh's schools are to open fully on Wednesday," the Council said in a release.

With temperatures dropping to around -11C in Edinburgh tonight and roads turning treacherously icy, Lothian and Borders police have been telling motorists to make only essential journeys.

The Council has cancelled all school lets and evening classes until next week due to the freezing conditions.

For those parents who have longer school trips, the Council advises:

"Parents should make their own judgement about whether to send children to school as we understand that it may be very difficult to make the journey.  We want to see as many pupils as possible at school but absence because of snow difficulties will be recorded as authorised."

The Council is also urging pupils and parents to get kitted out with warm boots and clothing.

"We are getting reports that some pupils are not dressing appropriately for the weather. Temperatures are forecast to drop very low over the next few days so we would advise that pupils should be wrapped up warm, even if they get transport or only cover a short distance to school."

Home to School contract bus companies will provide transport for registered students, weather permitting. Lunches will be provided in all schools except the following - St Catherine's, St Ninian's, Craigentinny, Buckstone, Granton, Gilmerton. Pupils at these schools should bring packed lunches.

The current situation (on Tuesday) is:

Secondary Schools

All secondary schools will be open to all pupils except Liberton High which is open to S4-S6 only and Balerno where 4th year is on study leave.

N.B. Queensferry High expected to open but continue to check for further updates.

Primary Schools

The following primary schools will be closed tomorrow:

  • Murrayburn Primary
  • Prestonfield Primary
  • Ratho Primary

The following primary schools will be open but please note the following:

  • Dean Park Primary - annexe closed, no nursery class
  • Gracemount - no breakfast club
  • Roseburn Primary - no nursery class
  • St Catherine's - no nursery class
  • St Cuthbert's - no language class
  • St John Vianney - no nursery class, no breakfast club
  • St Mark's - no nursery class

Special schools

The following schools are fully open to pupils:

  • Gorgie Mills
  • Wellington
  • Panmure St Ann's

The following schools are only open to pupils whose parents feel they can safely drop them off and collect them at the usual time. Pupils cannot be transported as usual due to bus access issues.

  • Braidburn
  • Kaimes
  • Pilrig Park
  • Prospect Bank
  • Redhall
  • Rowanfield
  • St Crispin's
  • Woodlands
  • Oaklands will remain closed to all pupils.


All will open except Kirkliston Nursery.

Community Centres

The following community centres will be closed tomorrow:

  • Bingham
  • Jack Kane
  • Inch

 School lets and adult education

All school lets have been cancelled until next week.

All day adult education classes will go ahead as planned. All evening classes across schools and community centres have been cancelled until next week because of plunging evening temperatures.

Further information

Severe weather updates

Edinburgh Transport