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.

We made it!

It has been as busy as ever over the past couple of weeks in Braidburn. We have taken part in a huge number of activities with many of our partner agencies. A few highlights have been:

Five of our pupils have taken part in a concert alongside Oxgangs Primary School at Firrhill. This was a lovely evening of music. Some of the songs had even been written by our pupils.

George Heriot’s School
Our Student Leadership Team attended Heriot’s end of session assembly in Greyfriars Kirk. Students from George Heriot’s School have fundraised tirelessly for Braidburn School and gifted us a Smartboard and a cheque for over £3400. We have been absolutely bowled over by the generosity of the George Heriot’s community. As we look ahead to next session, we are excited about the opportunities of working alongside George Heriot’s for pupils from both schools.

Barnardos Pilot Project
Six of our pupils have been involved in an incredibly exciting project with our neighbours, Barnardos. They have explored a number of topics including relationships and transitions for young people with disabilities. A gallery of their work is now on display the Barnardos Scottish Headquarters.

Fischy Music
Our Secondary Department spent a morning at Colinton Parish Church enjoying a Fischy Music Concert. This was a great event where we were joined by friends from a number of other local schools.

The most recent Nursery Newsletter has been completed. Please click here to read.

Leavers’ Assembly
Most impressive was our Leavers’ Assembly on Thursday. This is always a very emotional but exciting part of the school year where we say goodbye to our most senior students. Our school hall was jam packed with pupils, families, friends, partner agencies, former students and supporters. They did a wonderful job of presenting their journey through school and their excitement about the next stage of their life. We were grateful to the Head Boy from Firrhill High School who agreed to be our photographer! Thank you also to Nick Blair for his entertaining and thoughtful speech to our leavers.
Our end of session awards and trophies were also presented to pupils who have made such fantastic progress this year.

We wish you a wonderful Summer and look forward to catching up on Monday 17th August.

Tesco Bank Art Competition

Picture38Vicky in Esk Class was awarded special merit for her painting in the Tesco Bank Art Competition! Her beautiful work was inspired by the wind and is now on display in the National Art Gallery. Vicky attended a special award ceremony to collect her prize. Well done, Vicky!

Great Braidburn Bake Off!

2015 has seen the introduction of the first annual Braidburn Bake Off! The theme was Treasure Island and linked with a theatre visit that the whole school enjoyed. This gave us a great opportunity for interdisciplinary learning. Mrs. Heath’s Enterprise Class came up with the idea and spent time creating posters, advertising the event and preparing for the judges. Pupils and staff were encouraged to come up with ideas for their “showstoppers” to great effect. As you will see from the photographs, the event was more successful than anyone anticipated. In the Pupil Bakes category, Forth and Don Class won the award for presentation with their “Treasure Island” and Jamie Bingham won the taste prize with his “Coconut Island”. In the Staff Bakes category, Jackie Barton took 1st place for presentation with a stunning “Pirate Ship” and Eilidh Nolan came 1st in the taste section with her “Hidden Treasure” piñata cake.
We have a very talented (and rather competitive) group of bakers at Braidburn which means only one thing, The Great Braidburn Bake Off will be back in 2016, so dust off those aprons!
Ready, Steady…. Bake!

Pleaseclick here for a flyer regarding the Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club ‘Launch Day’ where the club will be promoting their new Running Bikes.

The open day is scheduled for Saturday 20th June at Meadowmill Sports Centre, East Lothian, EH33 1LZ from 1pm to 3pm. All young people aged 8-18 with a disability are welcome to come along and try the bikes and take part in some athletics.

We have been trialling running bikes here at Braidburn and they have been a great success!

Working Together

Recently Braidburn has been working alongside George Heriot’s School to raise funds for a Smartboard. Both schools have been selling wrist bands with our logos on them. We were lucky to have representatives from Heriots at our Secondary assembly on Friday and they collected some of the money that we’ve raised.