Borders schools update

Borders schools update

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and partners continue to deal with the impact of the ongoing severe weather.

The emergency bunker remains open with the latest updates on roads and other services being provided on the Council’s website and social media channels.

A Yellow (Be Aware) warning for snow and ice remains in place through until 11.55pm on Monday for almost the whole of the Borders. Some further snow showers are possible however this is expected to be at higher levels with any showers at lower levels turning to sleet/rain.


A phased return approach is being taken for schools which focuses on ensuring the safety of pupils at all times.

Secondary schools

· All Secondary Schools will be open on Monday 5 March for S4-S6 ONLY.

· A specialised timetable has been put in place for senior pupils to support them in preparation for the forthcoming exam period.

· School transport for S4-S6 is expected to be available on main routes only. A further update on secondary school transport will be provided in the morning.

· Parents can drop off pupils in main town areas only (rather than trying to access schools).

· We are hoping all secondary schools will open for S1-S3 by Tuesday but more information on this will be provided.

Primary schools

19 primary schools will remain fully closed tomorrow. These are predominantly rural schools:

· Ednam

· Morebattle

· Sprouston

· Yetholm

· Cockburnspath

· Reston

· Lilliesleaf

· Yarrow

· Fountainhall

· Heriot

· St Margaret’s, Hawick

· St Margaret’s, Galashiels

· Channelkirk

· Westruther

· Gordon

· Broughton

· Newlands

· Walkerburn

· Eddleston

Enhanced support centres will be closed tomorrow. Those pupils on shared placements have an individual resilience plan and know where they should attend when resilience schools is invoked.

Other Primary Schools

Resilient Schools will be invoked for the following list of Primary Schools tomorrow. This means that primary schools are ONLY OPEN FOR THOSE WHO CAN WALK i.e. LIVE WITHIN 1.5 MILES.

SOME primary schools are only PARTIALLY open for some classes, full details are listed below.

Important safety message for parents

· ALL pupils who are walking to school MUST be accompanied by adults on FOOT

· ALL primary school pupils must also be COLLECTED by an adult on foot. Pupils will not be dismissed until they are collected by an adult on foot.


Hawick High School Cluster

Burnfoot- p4-p7 open (no nursery and no p1-3)

Denholm- fully open

Drumlanrig-fully open

Newcastleton-fully open

Stirches- fully open

Trinity- fully open

Wilton- fully open

Jedburgh Grammar Cluster

Ancrum- fully open

Howdenburn – open p2-p7 and nursery (no p1)

Parkside-open p2-p7 and nursery (no p1)

Selkirk High School Cluster

Kirkhope- p1-7 open (no nursery)

Knowepark- fully open

Philliphaugh- fully open

St Joseph’s – fully open

Galashiels Academy Cluster

Balmoral- p4-p7 open (no p1-3 and no nursery)

Burgh- p1-p7 open (no nursery)

Clovenfords- p1-p7 open (no nursery)

Glendinning – fully open

Langlee- p3-p7 open (no p1-3 and no nursery)

St Peter’s – p3-p7 and nursery open(no p1-2)

Stow – p5-p7 and nursery open (no p1-4)

Tweedbank- p1-p7 open (no nursery)

Earlston High School Cluster

Earlston- p3-p7 open (no p1-2 and no nursery)

Lauder- fully open

Melrose- p1-p7 open (no nursery)

Newtown- open p4-p7 and morning nursery (no p1-3 and afternoon nursery)

St Boswells- fully open

Peebles High School Cluster

Halyrude – p1-7 open ;additional needs support base closed

Kingsland- p1-p7 open (no nursery)

Priorsford – fully open

St Ronan’s – p1-p7 open (no nursery)

West Linton- p2-p7 open (no p1 and no nursery)

Kelso High School

Broomlands – fully open

Edenside- p4-p7 and nursery open (no p1-3)

Berwickshire High School Cluster

Duns – p2-p7 open (no p1 and no nursery)

Chirnside- p4-p7 and nursery open (no p1-3)

Coldstream- p6 and p7 open (no primary 1-5 and no nursery)

Greenlaw- fully open

Swinton- fully open

Eyemouth High School Cluster

Ayton- fully open

Coldingham-p1 p7 open (no nursery)

Eyemouth –p4-p7 and nursery open

Any parent who brings a child to school where we have not indicated that the school is open, or able to accommodate a particular class, will be asked to return home with their child.

School Meals

School meals will be provided tomorrow, however menus may vary.

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive explained: “In assessing Borders schools for tomorrow, there have been a large number of factors which have had to be considered and assessed fully to ensure the safety of pupils.

“This includes reviewing access to schools with large accumulations snow, staffing levels, access routes, fire exits and evacuation spaces. We have also undertaken a full review of other hazards such as overhanging icicles.

“While we have opened some schools, parents should still be satisfied that they can get their child to and from school safely. We will also be closely monitoring the weather through the night, and if anything changes in terms of any schools in the morning – further updates will be provided through local radio, our website and our social media channels.”

Date of Publication: 4th March 2018