Welcome to Braidburn School

Situated in the south-west of Edinburgh, Braidburn School provides a supportive learning environment for learners with additional support needs aged 2½ to 18 years old.

Braidburn benefits from on-site multi-disciplinary therapy and medical teams in addition to our education staff. This helps our learners achieve their full potential.

John Byrne Award

This year, our S6 class entered the prestigious John Byrne Award. The competition is quite a challenge but encourages students to think about their own values. It then asks these young adults to express those values through a painting, a poem, a play – or any other creative output of their choosing. Young people in the Almond Class chose to express themselves through a fantastic poem which you can watch below.

Bright Start Playgroup

At Braidburn school we have been running a successful Bright Start playgroup in our nursery playroom since 2008. Playgroup is a lovely informal session where families and children can meet and chat with one another in a supportive environment, with skilled staff. There are 3 Bright Start playgroups organised across Edinburgh (full details are in the leaflet).

The playgroups are run by qualified staff from Braidburn and Oaklands Schools and the Visiting Teaching and Support Services who have wide experience in working with children with additional support needs. The group welcomes families who have a child, aged 0-3, with significant complex disabilities.

There are links, where appropriate, with other professionals, including Therapists and Psychologists.

Please click here for more information and contact details.


Edinburgh Leisure at offering free swimming lessons this summer at Glenogle Swim Centre. The lessons are for young people in S1 to S6 with a physical, sensory or learning difficulty (including those transitioning from primary to secondary this year).

Click here for more information!

ASDAN Awards

Students in the senior phase (Tweed, Spey & Almond) at Braidburn benefit from the opportunity to gain a huge variety of nationally accredited courses. Young people usually work towards SQA qualifications, but some also achieve ASDAN awards to recognise their hard work and determination in school. This morning during assembly we were delighted to present some of our pupils with ASDAN certificates for this session. Well done, keep up the hard work!