This page is for parents and carers and will include information on transitions at all stages.

Welcome to Balerno High School

P7 Transition

We invite P7 parents to learn a bit about our ethos and culture and experience a little of what your children will experience in S1 through watching the Sway Presentation below.  We know that your child moving to high school can be daunting for them and for you and we hope that, although we cannot currently invite you to visit, the presentation will provide some reassurance.

Please click on the link below to access this in your own time:

Welcome to Balerno High School
Welcome to Balerno High School
Go to this Sway

In October 2020 we also invited parents to attend short presentations from each faculty head.  The recordings of these are available below.  These sessions will allow you to hear more about the curricular experience your child will have through S1 and the opportunities that are open to them as they move through the school.

Moving From Another School

If you have recently moved house and are seeking a place in a year group please apply using the City of Edinburgh Council Placing Request form and send this directly to the school’s admin account.  If we are able to offer a place we will contact you for further discussion.

On arrival, we will ensure that your child meets their ‘buddy’ or ‘buddies.’  These are pupils who are in some or all of the same classes as your child and can show them around, introduce them to teachers and ensure that they know the basics such as where to get water, what to do in the canteen and so on.

Your child’s Pupil Support Leader will contact you within the first few weeks of their arrival at our school to let you know how they are settling in.  If you have any concerns prior to this, please do contact the school directly.  Moving school can be challenging and we want to support as best we can.

Moving Year Groups

For many children, moving up a year and receiving their new timetable is an exciting time.  Others may worry about new classes, new teachers and new expectations.  We endeavour to work closely with pupils and families to provide the right support at each transition.  Please contact your child’s Pupil Support Leader if your child needs some additional support to transition successfully into the next year group.

Leaving School

This can be a daunting process for many young people.  Through PSE, the Pupil Support Team provides information on the range of options available to young people: apprenticeships, college, university, training, employment and other sources of support for when the decision is not straightforward.  We work closely with Skills Development Scotland to ensure that your child is supported to make the right choice for them and to help them research, connect with and apply to opportunities.  We continue to monitor their early progress in their next step through our links with SDS.  We strongly encourage your child to accept the on-going support SDS continue to provide after they have left school.

Sometimes, this transition requires additional practical and emotional support.  We link with a range of agencies who can support with this so please contact us if this is an area of concern for you/your child.  We are keen to emphasise that our support does not end with the signing of a leavers’ form.