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An inclusive school with a broad intake. Despite its leafy image, Balerno embraces a socially disparate catchment. Teaching is stimulating, if the lesson we took part in is anything to go by. Lots of well-informed S2 students, demonstrating verbal and personal assurance as well as an aptitude for scientific and historical research, acting as well-informed prosecution and defence in a mock trial. PE is one of the top depts in the city. Participation levels are high with elite level performance in…

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Headteacher

Since August 2016 Neil McCallum, previously depute head teacher at James Gillespie's. BEd in PE from Greenock Academy; taught PE at Forrester High, and was head of PE at James Gillespie's before promotion to depute head.

Academic matters

An inclusive school with a broad intake. Despite its leafy image, Balerno embraces a socially disparate catchment. Support for learning is run by a team of two specialists plus some really dedicated learning assistants, and school is looking to integrate it with the guidance system. There are three support for pupils leaders, alongside the support for learning leader. Scribing, individual sessions and withdrawal from class all available, plus comprehensive tutorial support, use of ICT (laptops available) and extra time in exams. Extra help from dedicated staff for the relatively few non-native English speakers. All teaching areas with smartboards...

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