14 January 2021
Loss of a student
It is with great sadness I have to inform parents, carers, staff and pupils of the unexpected death of one of our senior pupils. This is non Covid related. Our sincere condolences go to the boy’s family and friends.
I know this news will be extremely distressing for many of our young people and indeed our whole school community, including you.
Midlothian Area Commander, Arron Clinkscales, On behalf of all at Midlothian Police, we would like to offer our sincere condolences to family and friends at this tragic time.
Please remember when we get shocking and terrible news, it can take time to process it. People do this in different ways. The best support at a time like this usually comes from those closest to you. Give yourself time and space to take this in and to talk to others in your family or to friends. At first, it can feel like there is nothing to say except to express the shock and sadness. It is important to talk about how you feel with others when you need to.
Sometimes you may want to speak to someone else outside of your closest family or friends. Pupils can contact the school to speak to a member of staff here, or their house team. There are other supports in Midlothian available such as the Mypas School Counselling Service which pupils can discuss with their Guidance Teacher.
In Midlothian, there are other agencies for young people who offer a range of supports:
MYPAS – www.mypas.co.uk – 0131 454 0757 – MYPAS offer a range of health and wellbeing services for young people including a daily digital drop-in.
Y2K – http://youth2000project.com/ – 0131 454 9805 – is a small, youth-led, community project working with young people (11-18) in the Mayfield, Easthouses and surrounding areas.