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What the Good Schools Guide says...

Still a warhorse of a school, doing an impressive job for Dundee and its surroundings. The fine tradition of Scottish education is alive, well and living (independently and at a price) in Dundee. New developments eagerly awaited. Pupils mill about, open, friendly, and happy to talk about their work. Some corners/staircases a bit dark and 'schooly' but most bright and clean, though...

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What the school says...

The High School of Dundee is one of Scotlands leading independent schools and is among the oldest in the United Kingdom. Pupils are encouraged to adopt the traditional values of hard work, self-discipline and respect for others.

We believe that every child has individual talents and unique potential and our entire educational process is based on the understanding that children need to have their potential recognised and nurtured. The High School provides a learning environment where every child can grow in confidence within stable and encouraging surroundings.

In its 770-year history, the High School has established a thriving community of past and present pupils and their families, with strong links to the wider community across Dundee and Tayside.

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support Department works closely with the school management and class teachers to provide additional support for pupils with general or specific learning difficulties, sensory impairment, medical needs, or with English as a second language. The nature of the support can range from minimal and short term to complex and long term. The staff in the Department work with pupils both in the Junior and Senior School. Learning Support (LS) staff employ a number of inter-related strategies to support pupils by: working in collaboration with other staff to ensure that the curriculum is challenging yet accessible to all; working in co-operation with colleagues to deliver the curriculum as effectively as possible and helping individual pupils. LS staff monitor and assess pupils with specific learning difficulties/dyslexia; provide varying degrees of curriculum support and assessment arrangements and support the development of literacy skills as well as paired reading and before school spelling clubs. Additionally, supported study facilities are available after school. When a need has been identified we liaise with parents. Additionally we liaise with parents, school staff and external agencies, where appropriate, at the stages of transition: Junior/Secondary, Form 2/3 subject choice, Prelim and SQA exam arrangements, Form 5/6 UCAS applications. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
BESD - Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulty
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
Visual Impairment

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