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Parent comments generally very positive about academic achievements: ‘There are plenty of kids who come out with five As at Highers.’ Annual swimming gala, ‘fun and intense’, hosts races and relays for each of the three house teams. Olympic swimming champion Ross Murdoch (former pupil) came back to support the event in 2016 and pupils raced against him – kindly, ‘he let them in’. Opportunity for S3 girls to take part in Strathclyde University’s week-long course...

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Head teacher

Since 2013, Elaine Bannatyne (40s), previously depute head at Bearsden Academy for seven years and principal teacher of guidance prior to that. Has also been assistant principal teacher of guidance and PE teacher at Greenock High in Inverclyde. BEd from Edinburgh then straight into teaching. Three summers at the International Summer Camp Montana in the Swiss Alps, leading and counselling young people in a range of sport activities.

‘Accessible’ and with an ‘open-door policy’, she is serious about meeting the needs of all pupils, the academic who need to be challenged, those who will blossom vocationally and those with support needs. One pupil said: ‘She is passionate about creating an inclusive school and improving vocational skills’. And Higher results have improved under her leadership, too, with ‘steady increases in...

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Special Education Needs

No comment. Frightened of being exposed as seriously SEN friendly? Perhaps - they are extraordinarily welcoming for such a highly academic school.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
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
Hospital School
Mental health
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

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