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Head since 2008, Mr George F Cooper (40s), who neither wants to talk to us, nor to 'give any more details': he comes from Ayr Academy, where he was depute head and was previously head of English. Now on swish new site. Work ethos is important here, ditto homework, and homework diary must be signed by parent or guardian but pupils can complain 'to their Guidance teacher if they feel that they are unable to…

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Since 2008, Mr George F Cooper (40s), who neither wants to talk to us, nor to 'give any more details': he comes from Ayr Academy, where he was depute head and was previously head of English. He was – to quote our informant – 'at Ayr for many many years' and came to Bearsden Academy in the footsteps of the legendary Mike Doig, who turned the school around, following a period of some unsettlement. Cooper faced a serious challenge a few years ago when the school moved to a new site on the perimeter of St Andrews Primary, on the old college site, a term later than planned.

Academic matters

School takes National 5s, Highers and Advanced Highers. German and French but no Spanish, and three separate sciences; maths and English results 'consistently strong'. Pupils are...

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Special Education Needs

We have limited facilities for pupils with physical disabilities owing to the nature of the building and the extensive campus. However, we provide good curricular support for pupils with additional support needs such as dyslexia or dyspraxia and we currently have several pupils with communication disorders on the autistic spectrum. Our four special needs auxiliaries provide strong support for individual pupils according to their particular needs. We have also had excellent success with our bilingual pupils, many of whom gain qualifications in their first language.

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 Y
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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