Category Archives: Head Teacher Blog


There are so many fantastic things happening in our school just now and that is all thanks to our amazing staff, children and families.

Our Parent Council have already met and started the ball rolling as they look at ways to support our school. We have ordered some fabby new planters for the front of the school and the classes will be startiing ‘greening’ us asap!!!!!

We have to say a huge thank you to everyone in our school community fro helping to keep us safe and sound. The increasing rate of infections is a worry so the fact that everyone is socially distancing, following the one way system and arriving at school at the right time is great. By working together we can keep each other safe!

Please look out for a survey – which we will send by paper and by email about access to wifi and devices ( by this we mean tablets, computers and even some game consoles) as we want to be super prepared fro anyone having to self isolate or any change in school attendance rules.

You may see staff wearing a face covering as we have been asked to do this whenever we are working within 1m of a young person fro longer than a few minutes. Children are welcome to wear a face covering at any time in school as long as they are able to take it off, store or dispose of it safely and without assistance.

Homework! Starts after the September weekend. The children have been practising in class – checking the Blog, logging in to our learning platforms and writing their answers on paper! Some families have not yet returned READING POCKETS, HOMEWORK FOLDERS! Please can we get them back by FRIDAY 18th SEPTEMBER – the reward for anyone who returns these is 3 HOUSEPOINTS!

Have fun BUT Stay Safe Online

Please take some time to look at the advice and support being offered by Thinkuknow. They have ideas to stay safe when you are gaming or using popular social media sites.

Many parents may not feel confident about how or what their child is doing online and how they can make sure they are safe. There is some really sensible and easy to follow advice here. There are videos and cartoons you can watch with your child so they can understand how to be safe too.

This one is about gaming

There are pointers to guides about popular games your child may be playing or want to play, but you may have concerns. This is one for roblox.

There are activity packs for children aged under 5 to teens. You can find links to organisations that can help you if you are worried about what your child is doing online. It can be hard to say no and switch off devices but as parents you have a duty of care whether it is outside in the street or virtually in a game or chat room.

I hope that the information here will help everyone to speak and agree the best way for everyone to enjoy using IT but keep safe.

Stay safe and be kind to each other, Mrs Jessop

Support for Families

Advice about Finances and Benefits

CHAI -Community Help and Advice Inititiative can answer questions about housing, benefits and other issues. Their website is and their telephone numbers are 0131 1009/2100 or 0131 453 6410.

City Of Edinburgh Council Webpage

By clicking on the yellow coronavirus banner you can access information about many different services.

Support for You Section on the City Of Edinburgh Council’s Webpage has supports for staying active and mental health as well

NSPCC Support for Young People

You may have seen our Virtual Assembly on Facebook for P4-7, featuring special appearances from Ant & Dec and David Walliams– it can be viewed on Facebook here This complements our face to face assembly and could be great starting point for some learning and support for children.

The Contacting Childline video embedded in the film can be viewed separately here 

This week we have launched ‘The Buddy Zone’ linked specifically to the Childline Under 12’s page, some details below;

On all of the class blogs and Head Teachers Blog, as well as the Twitter feeds (@royalmileps) you will find links to activities and virtual outings, to zoos, the botanical gardens etc. that you can use throughout the summer. (If you enjoyed the zoo why not go again?)

Active Schools Virtual Clubs and Activities and @ActiveschoolsED you can find virtual summer sports clubs and fun challenges you can do at home.

Happy Holidays!

Dear Parents and Carers, young people and families,

I cannot believe the end of session has arrived. It has certainly been a strange last term for everyone and we have all had to find new ways to work together and stay connected.

We are still waiting for the final decision about August but please be assured that we have plans, contingency plans and contingency contingency plans all worked out so that we can send you information as soon as we are advised by City of Edinburgh to do so. It is important to follow the guidance as we take the route map out of lockdown and listen to reports in the news and particularly check the CEC website.

A big thank you to all the staff at Royal Mile, school and Nursery, for their commitment and dedication to keeping everyone busy with great learning activities and some opportunities for fun!

Thank you to the office team, who have helped keep communication moving, delivered food parcels and ipads, queued at post offices and maintained a cheerful disposition!

Thank you to all the families at Royal Mile who have supported the school and helped their children to engage with learning. For all the email messages, blog comments and photographs that have made us smile and feel connected, thank you.

This evening I will be saying farewell to Primary 7 and wishing them all the best at High School, thanks to CYP and Zoom.

Then tomorrow I will be in school to finish off a few office jobs and take a last walk round. In August it will look very different without the scaffold and the builders.

In the meantime, please stay safe and well. Enjoy the sunshine and take care.

Mrs Jessop


It was great to see so many of you at the zoo!

I hope you didn’t make the mistake I did and eat all your sandwiches before you got off the bus! There were some advantages – the penguins didn’t smell so fishy and the monkeys didn’t spend the whole time with their bottoms facing me!

I hope that some of you manage to go in person and see the animals soon.