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Became a centre of excellence for music in 1979 and boasts a first orchestra of 'almost professional standard', plus an outstanding chamber orchestra, senior wind band and second orchestra - very full (60+), which often has first year pupils playing, as well as non-music specialists. Superlative new build in old school grounds with magical views of the Campsies to the north. Regular success across the board at National grades, music specialists take both National and Higher music without fuss and, 'effortless'. Specialists take…

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Acting headteacher

Barry Smedley is holding the fort whilst Seamus Black is on leave.

Head since 2008, Mr Seamus Black MA (50s), educated at St Xavier School, Coatbridge (a local-ish lad, then), read Italian and French at Glasgow University and came to the old Douglas Academy for a year - 'to get to know the traditions', having been previously deputy head of Shawlands Academy. He still teaches when he can and is often 'out and about' - a wandering head, he keeps a beady eye and is incredibly proud both of the new school and of the 'high quality' of his staff and 'pupil attainments'. Keen on parent involvement, he runs the school with a management team of seven, including the head of music. He also talks incredibly quickly and is very...

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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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