Severe weather update - Schools and Children & Families services

All but a small number of Edinburgh's schools are to open fully on Thursday.

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 there as possible 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 at St Catherine's where pupils should bring a packed lunch.

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 are set to open for S1-6 on Thursday except the following:

Liberton High - open to S3-S6 pupils for the rest of the week - if your child is not attending (with exception S1-2), you should notify the school. All Liberton pupils should attend on Monday 13 December.

Primary Schools

The following schools will be closed:

Murrayburn Primary

Prestonfield Primary

Ratho Primary

The following schools will open but please note:

Davidson's Mains Primary - no nursery class

Roseburn Primary - no nursery class

St Cuthbert's - no language class

St John Vianney - no nursery class, no breakfast club

Dean Park Primary School - no after school club at Balerno High this week

Special Schools

The following schools set to are fully open:

Gorgie Mills


Panmure St Ann's



Pilrig Park

Prospect Bank


St Crispin'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:



The following school is closed:


All nursery schools and child & family centres are set to open except Kirkliston which will be closed.

Community Centres

The following community centres will be closed tomorrow:



All other community centres are operating normally but with a limited programme. Please call centre for details.

Adult Education

Daytime adult education classes and those delivered in community centres in the evening are operating normally. Evening classes in schools are cancelled for the remainder of the week.

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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