Emergency school closures

Schools closed for severe weather and emergencies

When schools and nurseries are closed due to an emergency, we will publish a list of those closed here. If a school is not mentioned on the list of closures it is open as usual. If a school has a nursery attached, please assume that if the school is closed the nursery is also closed, unless we state otherwise.

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Liberton Primary School closed due to fire

Liberton Primary School remains closed after the fire at the school on Wednesday 5 February with pupils returning to lessons on Wednesday 19 February. 

Update Tuesday 18 February – drop-in sessions, open evening and updated FAQs (see below)

Drop-in sessions are being arranged for parents to visit pupils’ classrooms at the receiving schools towards the end of next week.

The school is also planning an Open Evening for parents which will take place at Castlebrae High School in the week beginning Monday 2 March.

More details on these events will be published on the school website.

A dedicated e-mail address is being set up so parents can send specific questions relating to the decant arrangements.

Update Monday 17 February – contact details and FAQs re. school meals

If parents need to contact the school please note the school number and e-mail address remain the same: 0131 664 2337 and [email protected]

Transport and P7 arrangements

Transport arrangements are in place to take pupils and staff both to and from the three receiving schools every day.

Staff will be managing transport and pupils should report to the main entrance next to the car park where they will be directed to their designated gathering point.

Nursery pupils

Morning placement pupils should arrive at Liberton Primary School by 8.15am at the latest and they will return at 12.20pm (on Fridays they will return at 11.30am).

Afternoon placement pupils should arrive at the school at 12.15pm and they will return at 3.40pm.

Primary pupils

P1, P2 and P1/2 should arrive at the school no later than 8.40am and they will return at 2.45pm (on Friday they will return at 12.15pm).

P3 to P6 should arrive at Liberton Primary School no later than 8.40am each day and they will return at 3.15pm (on Friday they will return at 12.25pm).

On the first day, Wednesday 19, parents will be able to line up with their children to see them off if they wish. All the coaches have seat belts which pupils must use and the nursery ones have booster seats too.

These plans are in place from Wednesday 19 February.

Update Friday 14 February – Breakfast Club, After School Club and personal items

Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club which was based in the Gym Hall will now be located in the Treetops Building. This can be accessed by Joe’s Path which is the path from the main car park. The times remain the same.

After School Club

The After School Club which was based in the Gym Hall will now be located in Inch House. The times remain the same.

Collection of personal items

Some pupils’ personal belongings have been recovered from the building following the fire. The majority of these are from the After School Club although some other items have been saved.

We will recover other personal belongings once we have further access to the building.

Parents who want to view and collect these items should come along to the Gym Hall on

  • Friday 21 February between 9am to 2pm

Items may have smoke or water damage and not be useable in their current state. We will hold anything not claimed this week for a short period.

Primary 7 update

We can confirm that P7 pupils can return to their normal classrooms in the Treetops Building on Wednesday 19.

P7 pupils should report to their classrooms via Joe’s Path which is the access from the main car park by 8.50am as normal.

We have created a set of frequently asked questions which will be updated on a regular basis.

Contingency arrangements for pupils and staff

The priority has been to ensure that the whole school returns to the site of the primary school as safely and as quickly as possible. To allow for cleaning up operations and installing temporary buildings a short-term transfer of the whole school is necessary as work continues to make the entire school site safe.

We anticipate pupils and staff will be able to return to the primary school after the Easter holidays but in the meantime the following arrangements have been made

  • Prestonfield Primary School will be taking all nursery children, P1A, P1B and P1/2
  • Castleview Primary School will be taking P2A and P2B
  • Castlebrae High School will be taking P3 – P6
  • P7 pupils can return to their normal classrooms in the Treetops Building on Wednesday 19. Pupils should report to their classrooms via Joe’s Path which is the access from the main car park by 8.50am as normal.

Liberton staff will be setting up their classrooms on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 February with pupils starting lessons on the Wednesday 19 February.

Senior staff from Liberton Primary School visited the schools and Inch House and will continue to work with teams from across the Council to finalise the contingency plans.

The Liberton Primary School Association is being kept up to date on progress. Further updates will be issued to parents and posted on our website and social media channels.

Download the latest Liberton Primary School fire frequently asked questions - PDF

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Comment from Paul Ewing, Head Teacher at Liberton Primary School

"This has obviously been a deeply upsetting time for the school and our pupils. I want to thank our staff, families and friends who have rallied round since the fire and all the messages of support from across the whole school community.

We will be working closely with the four venues in finalising arrangements for our pupils and staff. I know everyone will be working together to ensure that our Liberton school family is supported.”

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