James Gillespie's High School A GSG School
- James Gillespie's High School
- Head: Donald J Macdonald
- T 01314 471900
- F 01314 667035
- E admin@jamesgil…es.edin.sch.uk
- W www.jamesgille…es.edin.sch.uk
- A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 12 to 18
- Boarding: No
- Local authority: Edinburgh, City of
- Pupils: 1121
- Religion: Non-denominational
- Review: View the Good Schools Guide Review
What the Good Schools Guide says..
Predominantly 60s-type classroom blocks, relieved by swards of green and mature trees with a singular clock in the middle of the campus which, despite thousands spent on renovation, will never work properly as the hands were found to be too...
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What The Good Schools Guide saysPredominantly 60s-type classroom blocks, relieved by swards of green and mature trees with a singular clock in the middle of the campus which, despite thousands spent on renovation, will never work properly as the hands were found to be too long. Short lunchbreak, 45 mins, so few lunch clubs - pupils mainly go to the local cafés and carry-outs. Massive music...
Since January 2012, Mr Donald J Macdonald BSc MBASQH Dip Ed (50s), previously head of Liberton High (school's exceptional progress under his watch resulted in an invitation to 10 Downing Street). Has taught science at a range of Scottish schools including Knox Academy and Portobello High. Married, with two daughters; lists golf, fishing and Scottish malt whisky amongst his many interests.
Class size 30 (20/25 for practical subjects), setted early for maths in the September
Special Education Needs
All children and young people have entitlement to an educational experience of the highest quality. We are committed to the effective inclusion of all pupils in the life of the school. The Special Educational Needs of any individual pupil can be described as whatever is necessary for that young person to gain access to a broad and balanced curriculum. For most pupils most of the time the source of support will be the class room teacher. The Learning Support Department offers assistance in a number of ways: publishing annual advice giving information about the needs of particular pupils together with a strategies pack offering advice on how to deal with various difficulties; direct teaching in subject classes or in a tutorial setting; support by Learning Assistants in class; working co-operatively in classes and in consultation with subject teachers to help make the curriculum accessible for all pupils; organising the Befrienders scheme where sixth year pupils support first years in a variety of classes; working with parents, Guidance, subject and other professionals to assess needs and to set and monitor targets; and administering the SQA special exam arrangements for those with specific learning difficulties.
|Condition||Provision for in school|
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder||Y|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class||Y|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty|
|MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment|
|Natspec Specialist Colleges|
|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|