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Sport important, ditto music, and drama. P6 (11 year olds or thereabouts) join the Junior Award Scheme Scotland (akin to the D of E) working towards bronze, silver and gold awards – the latter two in the senior school. Trips,...

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The Junior School incorporates a busy and popular nursery, housed in a 2008 built building designed by award winning Edinburgh architect, Richard Murphy.
The school maintains the traditional values whilst embracing the best of the new educational initiatives. A highly skilled team of teachers are able to teach in a variety of different styles to meet the needs of each different learner. Specialist teachers committed only to the Junior School teach Art, Music, Science, PE and Games and IT. We have a French specialist and assistant who teach throughout the School from Nursery up and Mandarin is now taught from Primary 5 (approx. 9 years).

An additional all weather playing surface was created in summer 2008 for hockey, netball and tennis and also provides a wonderful all weather play area for the upper primary children. The McTavish Wing, a new classroom block also designed by Richard Murphy, was officially opened in September 2013. This provides 5 modern, bright classrooms and a stylish Library and Learning Resource Centre.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Sport important, ditto music, and drama. P6 (11 year olds or thereabouts) join the Junior Award Scheme Scotland (akin to the D of E) working towards bronze, silver and gold awards – the latter two in the senior school. Trips, tripettes, visits to museums plus residential camps, both at home and abroad. Exciting stuff...


Since 2008, Mr Marco Longmore MA PGCE (50s) schooled at Milburn Academy in Inverness, thence history at Edinburgh; followed by PGCE at Moray House. Splendidly dry sense of humour. Done the rounds of the Edinburgh schools: seven years both at Heriot's and Watson's (head of history and mod studies) and came to The Academy (as it is known in Edinburgh society) from Alleyn’s School in Dulwich, where he was deputy head. Runs school – two sites – with head of junior school...

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Special Education Needs

The School has a centrally located base with two members of staff qualified to provide additional support for learning. Many children receive additional support which may vary from a few weeks booster to a longer term programme, depending on the reasons for the requirement. Children with special gifts or talents are also monitored and where appropriate additional support is given.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers 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
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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