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Benefiting from a 3G Astro pitch, Balerno has an impressive sporting record and is home to a football academy for Heart of Midlothian (Hearts), providing an environment where pupils can combine their studies and footballing education up until the age of 16, plus the new school of rugby. One of the top PE depts in the city. International outlook for a Scottish suburban school, with European exchanges to places such as Copenhagen...

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Headteacher

Since August 2016, Neil McCallum. BEd in physical education from Moray House School of Education, part of the University of Edinburgh. From Greenock, just outside Glasgow, his teaching career has predominantly been in Edinburgh. Formerly PE teacher at Forrester High and head of PE then depute head at James Gillespie’s High.

Plans for the future include updating the building and potential expansion to accommodate anticipated increased pupil numbers. During his time as head he is proud to have established a partnership with Hearts Football Club (its academy is in the school) and launched the school of rugby in conjunction with Currie Rugby Club.

Came across as an exceptionally nice man. ‘Friendly and supportive.’ Highly regarded by pupils; one told us: ‘Mr McCallum has made a real difference...

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