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Many students play in national ensembles and quite a few win awards (an S2 pupil recently came first in the North American Solo Drumming Championships). During our tour, talented young musicians were practising for Glasgow Musical Festival. The healthy eating menu for a state school is pretty impressive. On our visit Mediterranean pizza, tuna and mascarpone pasta and firecracker chicken were on the lunch menu. The first school in East Dunbartonshire to be awarded gold as a Unicef rights respecting school. The kids we spoke to couldn’t be prouder...

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Since February 2017, Barry Smedley, BEd in PE from Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh. Started off as PE teacher and previously posts include principal teacher at Knightswood Secondary School and deputy head at Bishopbriggs Academy. ‘With a growth mindset’, his goals are to maximise pupils' potential. He says: ‘Attainment is excellent. We were the top performing school in East Dunbartonshire this year [2019] and had the school’s best ever results in its 51-year history.’

The school motto, Gaelic Neart Tre Ealos, means ‘Strength through knowledge’ and the head is ambitious to take this further and build on the school ethos to ‘develops strength of conviction, strength of purpose and strength of self.’ The HMIE inspection report of 2010 recognised the school ethos and welcoming environment as a strength....

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Special Education Needs

Douglas Academy staff as a whole, and Support For Learning Staff in particular, aim to provide an appropriate teaching and learning experience to enable each student to fulfill their potential. Support is offered in terms of suitable pupil tuition, co-operative teaching, resource allocation, consultancy, liaison and staff development. Support is offered for all pupils including needs of both the more-able child as well as pupils with general or specific learning difficulties. Support for Learning provide appropriate staff development on a range of initiatives (featuring social communication, developmental coordination disorders and English as an Additional Language during the 2005/06 session) in order to raise awareness of best practice.

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
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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