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This magical inner-city school can boast of almost every important 17th century Scottish architect – finishing with the court favourite, Robert Mylne (and the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts). Claims to be the longest-inhabited school building in Scotland. Magnificent Pugin chapel revamped by James Gillespie Graham in 1837; pupils still sit on backless benches. New sports complex (Energy Zone), deep down in the Grassmarket itself, knocks spots of most we have seen. Brilliant conversion in the bowels of the former art school: must have cost a bomb...

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Although our Open Morning is held at the end of September/October each year, you are most welcome to visit the School on a normal school day. To make an appointment please contact the Admissions Office.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since January 2018, Lesley Franklin, previously junior school head, who has worked at the school for over 20 years. German degree from St Andrews and teaching qualification from Reading. Experienced hockey coach. She is married to Angus and they have two daughters.

Junior school head since January 2018 is Alastair G Morrison BA PGCE (40s), previously head of Feltonfleet School. Has returned to his roots: spent 12 years as deputy head and director of sport at Fettes College Preparatory School and before that, three years as class teacher of Edinburgh Academy Junior School.

Senior School Head is Paul Fairclough, previously deputy head at Sedburgh School in Cumbria and before that Wellington Collage and Leicester Grammar.

Academic matters

Junior school in three sections: early years encompasses 3-5 years, middle primary...

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Special Education Needs

Not a squeak from this mousie - but there's a good tale to tell of its SEN provision. SEN details added by us.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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
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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