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  • Dollar Academy
    Dollar
    Clackmannanshire
    FK14 7DU
  • Head: Mr David Knapman
  • T 01259 742511
  • F 01259 742867
  • E rector@dollaracademy.org.uk
  • W www.dollaracademy.org
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 5 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Clackmannanshire
  • Pupils: 1220
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £12,105; Boarding £26,478 - £28,008 pa
  • Open days: Visits can be arranged to suit at any time of the year.
  • Review: View the Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Very sound – this large, solid, co-ed school provides education in the best Scottish 'get on with it' tradition, facing the 21st century with the clear expectations and values of an earlier age, mercifully untouched by most of the excesses...

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What the school says...

Founded in 1818, Dollar Academy has a proud heritage and an outstanding academic reputation. Great quality teaching produces exceptional results. Dollar Academy pupils are highly successful in winning places at top universities. Specialised courses and industry placements support applications in Medicine, Law, Engineering and Business, and almost 50% of leavers each year successfully go on to study these subjects.

Dollar's focus is on developing the range of skills required to successfully meet the challenges of university and beyond. Pupils are cared for with genuine kindness and provided with a full and varied programme of activities. There is plenty of opportunity to try something new, with over 70 different sports, art, drama, music and cultural activities on offer.

The boarding houses at Dollar offer comfortable, stylish accommodation, more akin to a family home than a traditional dormitory. Senior pupils have their own bedrooms with many having a beautiful view across the sports pitches to the Ochil Hills. There are three separate boarding houses; pupils can board from the ages of eight to 18, on a full-time or weekly basis.
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Sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Very sound – this large, solid, co-ed school provides education in the best Scottish 'get on with it' tradition, facing the 21st century with the clear expectations and values of an earlier age, mercifully untouched by most of the excesses of the 60s. 'Robust teaching and meritocracy' are important here. Up there with the best of the merchant schools, though possibly 'not quite so trendy'...

Rector

Since September 2010, Mr David Knapman BA (maths) MPhil (40s), previously deputy head of Hampton School in London, where he still has a foot on the property ladder. At Hampton he established a non-nonsense reputation but was also notable for his work with charities and the local community. Educated at Morrisons, ‘doon the road’, followed by Sheffield and Exeter. Married to Brigitte with two sons (younger one in the school). His

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Special Education Needs

The school has a Support for Learning department, but most children cope adequately on a normal timetable. A small number of children receive extra support either in class or by extraction. We try to integrate pupils into classes as much as possible. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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