Currently, Midlothian has 6 secondary schools, 32 primary schools (19 of which have nurseries) and 2 stand alone nursery schools. Our special school, Saltersgate, provides support for children with a range of physical, social, emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties. The schools range in size from our smallest primary school with around 20 children to our largest secondary with over 1200 pupils. We have a diverse range of school catchments, from rural to urban settings. We are fortunate to have a growing number of new build schools, with 15 of our primary schools and 1 secondary having been built within the last 10 years and several new builds planned.
Lasswade High School is the largest secondary school in Midlothian with a roll of approximately 1400 students and growing. The school’s catchment area covers the towns of Bonnyrigg, Loanhead, Rosewell and surrounding villages. The school also receives several placing requests as a result of its strong reputation from within and beyond Midlothian.
Bonnyrigg is a small town in Midlothian a little over six miles south east of the centre of Edinburgh. It forms the south eastern part of a larger settlement created when it merged with Lasswade. In more recent times Bonnyrigg has thrived because of its proximity to Edinburgh.
The brand new Scottish Futures Trust £37m Lasswade High School incorporates a new community hub with library, leisure centre, nursery, computer hub, conference suite, swimming pool and state of the art sports facilities. Phase 2, completion of external works, will see a new multi-use games area comprising grass and all-weather football, hockey and rugby pitches and completion of extensive car parking.
The school is extremely well resourced with ICT equipment. Every classroom has access to interactive whiteboards and projection facilities and the school is well equipped with i-Pad technology and wi-fi. The school is proud to have maintained an Eco Schools Green Flag for over 10 years. The school places a high value on teacher participation in extra-curricular activity and also on its extensive school trip programme.
The High School has a School Leadership Team consisting of a Headmaster and four Depute Headteachers. The school presently has seven House Pastoral Principal Teachers. There are over 130 teaching and support staff in 12 Curriculum Area Departments. Each Curriculum Area benefits from its own Principal Teacher leading curriculum development, teaching & learning developments, attainment & achievement initiatives and supporting positive behaviour. The school benefits from highly successful Additional Support Needs staffing and resources, including a Principal Teacher of Support for Learning, Department Teachers and experienced Learning Assistants all positively recognised and highly praised by HMIe Education Scotland.
The school also has an extremely supportive and vibrant Parent Council. There are several placing requests outwith the catchment area and a number of senior school international students. As stated above, we have a partner school in Shanghai and teach Mandarin as part of the Modern Languages curriculum.
Closing date: 17/12/2017
The Lasswade Centre (Education)
The Lasswade Centre Eskdale Drive