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Two splendid Georgian houses strategically joined together at ground and basement in Edinburgh’s posh Queen Street. Some original ceilings still visible, with 12 classrooms of random size, some with spectacular views to the north over the Firth of Forth, state-of-the-art computers (email access for all), student common room and study centre. Learners are expected to take a certain amount of responsibility for their studies. The answer to many a parent’s prayer.  Huge number of subjects on offer…

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Fabulous city centre location. Small classes. Individual tuition. Experienced teaching staff. Friendly atmosphere. UCAS support. Homestay accommodation.

Basil Paterson Middle School & Tutorial College offer an alternative to students in secondary education. Our college atmosphere offers a sense of independence, and support and individual attention help students through the transition between school and what lies ahead. With both Scottish and English exam boards available, students can study intermediate (level 2), Highers, Advanced Highers, GCSEs and A Levels, either full-time or in flexible tuition classes. ...Read more

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Claire Samuel.

Academic matters

Edinburgh's oldest and most famous tutorial college, founded in 1929 to offer ‘bespoke education for all’, comes under the umbrella of the Oxford Intensive School of English (OISE) empire. The answer to many a parent’s prayer. Huge number of subjects on offer: Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers and National 5s; plus GCSE and A levels with all three English exam boards. College is an accredited exam centre for SQA, Edexcel, OCR and AQA, plus Cambridge Specialist exams.

Edinburgh is rich in tutors, and a team of part-timers cover almost every subject under the sun. Maximum class size six, many individual lessons. Flexi-tuition popular, college is open till 6.30pm, students top up existing grades, study subjects incompatible with the customary five column choices. Most follow the well-worn path to further...

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Special Education Needs

Our Tutorial College offers student-centred individual tuition as well as tuition for examinations in small classes of up to 6 students. Our tutors are familiar with teaching students with a variety of learning difficulties and can work with them on an individual basis. We are experienced in presenting students who require special arrangements (readers, scribes etc.) for examinations. Being a small college we are able to offer a caring, supportive environment for students with particular learning difficulties. Our premises in Queen Street have facilities for students who require wheelchair access. We share our facilities with our English Language School which specialises in teaching English to overseas students. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
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
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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