As we enter December it is as ever an extremely busy time in Schools and in our own Family lives. Some updates below to help keep you informed;

Term dates – We have the term dates from Council for 25/26 and for 26/27. We as Head Teachers feedback our thoughts to the authority to help align holidays with coursework deadlines for SQA and to minimise half weeks around times like Christmas. All views are welcome through this link Term Dates 2025/26 and 2026/27 by Tuesday 26th December 2023.

Family Engagement – CHANGED DATE DUE TO S1 PANTO TRIP – Apologies, we have had to change the date of this event to THURSDAY 14th DECEMBER – same time, same place. A number of parents have got in touch saying they would like to do both events. 

If you can come, please fill in the form below by Monday 11th December. Hope to see you there.

Family Craft Event for S1 Parents – Thursday 14th December 5.30-6.30pm – We are holding a family craft event for S1 parents, to support out Leith Community during the Christmas period.

Come along and design your own coasters and watch them being created in our laser printer.  Create some amazing stocking fillers and meet other S1 Parents.

If you would like to come along, please click on the link below and fill out the form by Monday 11th December.

Any questions, please email  Depute Headteacher.

Assessment window 1 / Prelims – We have progressed through week 1 and our young adults have handled the process of using the exam hall with maturity. We continue next week then we move into the important phase of feedback to plan what is going well and what our next steps should be.

Vaping children – This came from Council colleagues to share with Families….

Dear parents and carers – The UK Government are currently consulting on the additional steps which they can take to create a smokefree generation by tackling youth vapingCreating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping: your views – GOV.UK (

This consultation seeks feedback on the proposed measures, to inform future legislation. On youth vaping, there are a number of options proposed, to ensure the UK Government and devolved administrations take the most appropriate and impactful steps, building on existing evidence.

The consultation closes on 6 December 2023 and you can respond via the online survey.

Rag Bag collection – See an update from Sheila Ralston, Home Economics Teacher….

Our next Rag Bag Collection is on the 3 December. The ‘Rag Bag’ recycling scheme has been developed to provide regular fundraising for schools in the UK and funds at Leith Academy go towards supporting the Breakfast Cafe’

The scheme increases awareness about textile recycling and by increasing recycling rates we can help the environment by ensuring less material goes to landfill.

If you are having a pre Christmas clear out the Breakfast Cafe would benefit from any of the following items.

  •  Wearable Clothing
  •  Paired Shoes
  •  Handbags
  •  Belts

Any donations are welcome and can be dropped off in the Home Economics Department collection box. There is also a supply of bags to put any items in. Thank you.

Musical performance!! – Central Edinburgh Music Service Concerts – Last week a selectin of ensembles performed with about 30 of our pupils from S1-6 taking part in across the Leith cluster Wind Band and the Edinburgh Schools Rock Ensemble. It was a great night of music, and our pupils did us extremely proud on all fronts. In addition to this, Kenya Hamilton (S4) and Ace Duncan (S6) were comperes for the evening. Tonight, Mya Hart (for a second week in a row) and Juliette Grant will be representing Leith in the Central Edinburgh Schools Choir. Super work!

Have a nice weekend as we enter the Christmas run in.

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