St Columba's School A GSG School
- St Columba's School
- Head: Mr David Girdwood
- T 01505 872238
- F 01505 873995
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- W www.st-columbas.org
- A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 11 to 18 with a linked junior school
- Boarding: No
- Local authority: Inverclyde
- Pupils: 715
- Religion: Non-denominational
- Fees: £11,185 - £11,245 pa
- Open days: November
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- Linked schools: St Columba's Junior School
What The Good Schools Guide says..
Huge waiting lists, academically outstanding, very middle class, thoroughly sound rather than setting the world alight! 'Still a local school' with local attitudes and virtually no ethnic mix. Victorian values, terribly popular, and may be the reason that houses in...
What the school says...
St Columba's, founded in 1897 and set in the picturesque village of Kilmacolm, is one of Scotland's leading independent day schools. The School has an enviable reputation for academic excellence and in most years 97% of its pupils go to university either straight from school of after a gap year. A team of committed and experienced staff guides pupils through a varied curriculum to reach one of the consistently highest levels of academic attainment in Scotland.
The academic development of pupils is balanced effectively with strong pastoral care and extra-curricular activities which allow pupils to develop as confident individuals and to experience success across a range of disciplines. The range of clubs and societies include sport, music, debating, public speaking, chess, drama, dance, outdoor education, community work and charitable fundraising. St Columba's pupils were the first in Scotland to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Leadership Award.
The School places considerable emphasis on the care and well-being of all of its pupils. Our pupils are direct, quietly self-confident and articulate. Our team of dedicated staff nurture such timeless values as loyalty, responsibility, service, duty and integrity.
In recent years we have invested in new resources. We have also invested in our staff and the School is recognised as an Investor in People. We are also proud to have attained Eco School Green Flag status and to be the recipients of the healthyliving Award.
You are most welcome to visit the School to see for yourself all that St Columba's has to offer. ...Read more
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What The Good Schools Guide saysHuge waiting lists, academically outstanding, very middle class, thoroughly sound rather than setting the world alight! 'Still a local school' with local attitudes and virtually no ethnic mix. Victorian values, terribly popular, and may be the reason that houses in boring old Kilmacolm (and this editor once lived there) change hands at a premium, and, to quote a local landowner...
Since 2002, Mr David Girdwood DL BSc PGCE MEd SQH (50s); educated at Alva Academy followed by St Andrews, Jordanhill, Stirling and Edinburgh universities; previously 'taught chemistry for 15 years' at Stewarts Melville, now a governor. His solicitor wife works in Glasgow, two daughters at university (one doing a PhD). The rector first visited St Columba’s as part of an HMI team and was 'enchanted that pupils gathered for assembly should be so numerous that Transitus...
Special Education Needs
|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|
|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|