Portobello High School

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Portobello High School
Portobello High School - geograph.org.uk - 106350.jpg
Portobello High School taken from Arthur's Seat.
Ope Et Consilio
Location
Duddingston Road
Edinburgh, Scotland EH15 1NF

United Kingdom
Coordinates55°56′54.82″N 3°7′26.95″W / 55.9485611°N 3.1241528°W / 55.9485611; -3.1241528Coordinates: 55°56′54.82″N 3°7′26.95″W / 55.9485611°N 3.1241528°W / 55.9485611; -3.1241528
Information
School districtCity of Edinburgh
Head teacherPeigi Macarthur
Enrollment1450 [1]
HousesAbercorn, Brunstane, Crighton and Duddingston
Color(s)         Blue and yellow
Newspaper'Re: Portobello'
Website
 
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Portobello High School
Portobello High School - geograph.org.uk - 106350.jpg
Portobello High School taken from Arthur's Seat.
Ope Et Consilio
Location
Duddingston Road
Edinburgh, Scotland EH15 1NF

United Kingdom
Coordinates55°56′54.82″N 3°7′26.95″W / 55.9485611°N 3.1241528°W / 55.9485611; -3.1241528Coordinates: 55°56′54.82″N 3°7′26.95″W / 55.9485611°N 3.1241528°W / 55.9485611; -3.1241528
Information
School districtCity of Edinburgh
Head teacherPeigi Macarthur
Enrollment1450 [1]
HousesAbercorn, Brunstane, Crighton and Duddingston
Color(s)         Blue and yellow
Newspaper'Re: Portobello'
Website

Portobello High School is a large secondary school in Portobello in the east of Edinburgh. With 1450 pupils it is one of the largest state schools in Edinburgh and Scotland. The headteacher is Peigi MacArthur.

Contents

Building

The building of Portobello High School is 8 floors high (not including the ground) with numerous extensions and additional annex buildings, including 2 gymnasiums, swimming pool, music department and 4 school house areas across an L-shaped 2 storey building, one half of which doubles as a dining area. A 2 storey temporary unit has also been erected in part of the school playground, housing 4 classrooms for maths.

Replacement school

In early 2006 City of Edinburgh Council engaged professional consultants to conduct a feasibility study on possible sites for the redevelopment of Portobello High School. This led to a statutory educational consultation, as well as a public consultation, on three possible options.[2]

Option A[3] proposed redeveloping the school on its existing site, augmented by the adjacent site of St John’s RC Primary School. Option B[4] proposed redeveloping school on part of the golf-course area of Portobello Park. Option C[5] proposed redeveloping school on part of the playing field area of Portobello Park.

The resulting report[6] of the consultation recommended option C and this was approved by the Council in December 2006.[7]

Protracted difficulties in identifying sufficient funding to progress all the schools intended for the next phase of redevelopment (the Wave 3 Schools) resulted in a prioritisation process in late 2008.[8] Portobello High School was identified as the most urgent priority,[9] and in December 2008 the City of Edinburgh Council committed £41M to the redevelopment of the school on the site identified by the 2006 consultation.[10]

A design team was appointed in early 2009[11] with a Planning Application for the new school made in 2010. Planning permission was granted in early 2011 after an extensive pre-planning consultation programme. On 16 September 2011 Balfour Beatty were announced as the preferred choice to be awarded the contract to build the new school. Balfour Beatty delayed signing the contract until legal action was resolved relating to the place where the school will be built.[12] In September 2012 the Portobello Park Action Group (PPAG) won its case to prevent building a new school on common land in Portobello.[13]

References

  1. ^ PHS Website, Portobello High School, http://www.portobello.edin.sch.uk/, retrieved 6 December 2010 
  2. ^ http://www.porty.org.uk/pdf/schools_report.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.porty.org.uk/pdf/phs_onsite.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.porty.org.uk/pdf/phs_golf.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.porty.org.uk/pdf/phs_p_park.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.porty.org.uk/pdf/council_rep.pdf
  7. ^ http://cpol.edinburgh.gov.uk/getdoc_ext.asp?DocId=92652
  8. ^ http://www.porty.org.uk/pdf/wave_3_update_oct_08.pdf
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ http://cpol.edinburgh.gov.uk/getdoc_ext.asp?DocId=122797
  11. ^ http://www.porty.org.uk/pdf/phs_newsletter_2.pdf
  12. ^ "Balfour Beatty set for Portobello High School construction contract - News centre - City of Edinburgh Council". Edinburgh.gov.uk. 16 September 2011. http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/news/article/643/balfour_beatty_set_for_portobello_high_school_construction_contract. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "BBC News - Campaigners against building new school on land in Portobello win appeal". BBC Online. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-19570676. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 

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