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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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Since 2014, Cameron Wyllie (50s) MA PGCE, Dip Ed. Wyllie joined Heriot's from Daniel Stewart’s and Melville College in 1991, as head of English, and was head of senior school from 2002: a shoo-in, he was here as a boy and we couldn’t be more pleased. We hate to use the expression ‘a safe pair of hands’; but this is precisely what he is. Though, that having been said, the abrupt half term disappearance of previous head seemed to have had no impact on the school (silly appointment in the first place; governors should be shot: possibly too ill-informed and unwieldy a gang). (‘Was there a crisis?' ‘Didn’t notice’, said our charming guides). Principal runs Heriot’s with a raft of deputies et al; including heads of senior and junior school, which is further subdivided...

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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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