13 January 2022
From 31 January 2022, 5–21 year olds living in Scotland will be eligible for free bus travel across Scotland with a valid National Entitlement Card. You can apply from 10 January 2022. However, in light of high levels of COVID-19 transmission, the Scottish Government is asking that you only apply for the scheme at this point if it is essential* that you, or your child, travel while restrictions are in place. All other eligible applicants will be proactively encouraged to apply at a later date.
*There is no prescribed list of what constitutes essential travel – it will differ for different children, young people and families. But it might include travel for education, training, work, care or health reasons.
Even if your child already has a National Entitlement Card or Young Scot National Entitlement Card, they must apply for a new or replacement card to travel by bus for free.
You can visit the Transport Scotland website to find out how to apply and more.
I have included links to a couple of videos with step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a NEC and free bus travel through getyournec.scot These first videos look at the process for a parent/carer applying for a new card for their child aged 5-15, and for requesting a replacement card with travel for a child who already has a NEC.
- How to apply for a card for your child:https://youtu.be/Ev_sEjprEDE
- How to request a replacement card with free bus travel:https://youtu.be/M7OgYZ3Fh5s
Free school meals and clothing grants
Find out if you can get free school meals and help towards schoolwear costs at the City of Edinburgh Council.
Our school lunches provider is Edinburgh Catering Services.
Please click here for additional information.
Please click here for information on closures in severe weather.
Emergency closures – text messaging system
In emergency situations/school closures text messaging will be used to update parents. For this reason it is very important that we have your most up to date mobile ‘phone numbers so we can contact you. Please let the school office know straight away if you change your number.
As we continue to try to improve our communications with you, it would be helpful to have an email contact for you. Please note this will not be used for emergency closures, at this time.