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Clifton Hall is a magical Bryce house, complete with impressive oil paintings and the odd bit of antique furniture, in 54 acres of child-inspiring grounds. Strong focus on preparing the young for the real world; and pushing creativity, practical nuts and bolts as well as the academic. Team games on every available speck of green greeted our arrival. What fun. Head has common sense attitude. Small enough school to…

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Since 2005, Rod Grant BA PGCE PGDPSE (50s). Previously at Hutchesons’ where he was principal teacher of English, responsible for literacy.

From Prestwick in Ayrshire, educated at Merchiston, read English at Edinburgh, but abandoned this to join his brother in a successful wine bar venture. Returning to academia, he completed his degree at the OU, doing his PGCE at Paisley and cutting his teeth at a state primary in nearby Broxburn.
Married to Helen who teaches in the junior school. Four children, one still at Clifton Hall.

Now in his 16th year as the headmaster of Clifton Hall, Rod Grant is one of the longest serving heads in Scottish independent schools. Since his arrival it’s fair to say the school is thriving, with numbers quadrupling over...

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Special Education Needs

Our Nursery entry is not selective. Being in partnership with West Lothian and Edinburgh City Council enables some support from them as required. However, from J1 children with special needs are supported by the school and, for planned one to one support in our support for learning department. The combination of small classes and well motivated pupils and parents means children with mild difficulties may fare very well, without much additional support. 09-09

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 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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