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The school offers a huge range of subjects to achieve in. All the traditional ones eg Latin and classics, French, German, Spanish but also, more unusually, design and manufacture, graphic communication, politics and psychology. Very high uptake of STEM subjects and large numbers go on to study veterinary and general medicine. ‘We’re really, really busy!’ One P7 happily told us. There is another strand to the academic high notes that defines Heriot’s. Have you ever heard of teaching philosophy to nursery children? Critical thinking, even? Neither had we, but this is part of…

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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

Principal

Since 2018, Lesley Franklin MA (German) from St Andrews, PGCE from Reading. Taught in primary schools in England and Scotland, joined Heriot’s in 1995 and moved through the ranks from class teacher depute, to deputy head to head of junior school before becoming principal.

Strong views on the importance of values of kindness and giving. We got the impression that she doesn’t spend much time in her office, but rolls her sleeves up and gets out there. Clearly not into the ‘cult of the head’. As one teacher told us, ‘She is an enabler rather than grabbing the glory for herself. She really believes in her staff and pupils. I wouldn’t have achieved what I have without her support.’ Not as charismatic as the previous head, according to some parents, but...

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Special Education Needs

Heriot's has an all through Support for Learning department which means that our staff know the children very well and transitions are fully supported. Our early intervention programme identifies any early gaps and follows up with a tailored programme that works in partnership with parents. We have an in-house Educational Psychologist who initiated this early learning programme and continues to develop and extend it. We are one of the very few schools who offer this. Our team of nine work with pupils 1:1 and in small groups. We also provide cooperative teaching in language/English and Maths from P1 up to S3. We focus closely on skills development – providing support with spelling, reading and numeracy. We have a part-time speech and language specialist and a specialist teacher who works with young people affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder, supporting them socially, emotionally and academically. The SEN department works closely with class and subject teachers. We offer frequent training events to keep all of our staff up to date with current legislation and best practice.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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