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Well above average: no particular bias, but with around 50 per cent of all pupils leaving after National grades (most go to Dundee College) it is a little difficult to give an accurate picture. Smashing results for those who do stay on to sixth form – way above national average. Mass of instrumentalists, music strong and popular with ceilidhs and rock concerts (including FPs) – huge charitable input, 'everything and anything'. Choirs, bands, orchestras. Founded in 1885 and 'the oldest public school in Dundee', moved to the handsome granite building in 1931, school then added on a hotchpotch of flat-roofed excrescences in the '60s. Complete £32m rebuild on same site finished in 2016...

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head teacher

Since January 2016, Barry Millar (40s), previously head teacher at Perth Grammar School. A former pupil of Harris, he also taught at Menzieshill (now merged with Harris) for 12 years as a PE teacher, a guidance teacher and latterly as acting depute head.


Always full. Pupils come from five main feeders with a couple of dozen placement requests annually. Certain amount of logistical movement. Standard rules about addresses and siblings.

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Special Education Needs

Harris Academy has a Support for Learning department to help all pupils fulfill their potential. In addition there is a Resourced Location which caters for pupils with autistic spectrum disorder. There are pupils in each year group S1 to S6. The provision has been designed specifically to meet the needs of the young people. In the six years it has been open, the school has managed to rise to the challenge of inclusion for all the young people, and has benefited greatly as a result.

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 Y
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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