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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. Cunning junior rugby/football goal makes Heath Robinson look like Einstein. But what fun. Head has common sense attitude. Small enough school to…

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Since 2005 Rod Grant BA PGDPSE (early 40s). Came from Hutcheson's where he was principal teacher of English, responsible for literacy. His original brief at Clifton Hall stretched through primary to S1. School had already started an all through policy, but had anticipated adding pupils year on year. Grant admitted to being a tad ‘unsettled’ but has no thoughts of leaving, nor of expanding beyond 400. During our discussion it was difficult to keep his eyes straying from assorted young playing random hockey in the walled garden outside his office window.

From Prestwick in Ayrshire (where he has a second career as a 'property developer' – he lets out his flats there), educated at Merchiston, read English at Edinburgh, but abandoned this to join his brother in a wine bar...

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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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