Severe weather update - Schools and Children & Families services

All but a small number of Edinburgh's schools are to open fully on Wednesday. Adult education and other updates here too.

Our aim is to open as many schools as possible so we can provide our service. 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.

Home to School contract bus companies will provide transport for registered students. This is of course subject to change if the weather impacts on the service.

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.

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.

The current situation:

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.

NOTE -  We are expecting Queensferry High to open but please continue to check for further updates.

UPDATE 9pm Tues - Queensferry High should be open on Wednesday.

Primary Schools

All primary schools will open except:

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

Nursery Schools and Child & Family Centres
All will open except Kirkliston Nursery.

Special Schools

The following schools are fully open to pupils:

Gorgie Mills


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.



Pilrig Park

Prospect Bank



St Crispin's


Oaklands will remain closed to all pupils

Community Centres

The following community centres will be closed tomorrow:

Jack Kane

Adult Education

All day adult education classes will go ahead as planned.  All evening classes across schools have been cancelled until next week because of plunging evening temperatures.  Keep an eye on programme details on the adult education website.

School lets

All school lets have been cancelled until next week.


All staff should continue to report to work. If staff cannot report to their usual place of work then they should go to the nearest City of Edinburgh Council school.  If staff are experiencing difficulties getting to work they should contact their Head Teacher.

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