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The class we visited was having a ball - expressively reading aloud. Children happily busy in every corner, though an older group caught in a lull had time to talk maturely about the imminent French trip and their huge array of hobbies. We spoke at length to head of music, whom we have known since he was in (very) short trousers. He is ecstatic, both about the school itself and about the future development. Departments are cunningly grouped in a collection of buildings, some quite grand...


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What the school says...

The High School of Dundee is one of Scotlands leading independent schools and is among the oldest in the United Kingdom. Pupils are encouraged to adopt the traditional values of hard work, self-discipline and respect for others.

We believe that every child has individual talents and unique potential and our entire educational process is based on the understanding that children need to have their potential recognised and nurtured. The High School provides a learning environment where every child can grow in confidence within stable and encouraging surroundings.

In its 770-year history, the High School has established a thriving community of past and present pupils and their families, with strong links to the wider community across Dundee and Tayside.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since January 2020, Lise Hudson BA PGCE. The school’s first female rector. Degree in medieval history from St Andrews, followed by a PGCE from Cambridge. She has spent her entire teaching career here, joining as a history teacher in 1990, becoming head of guidance in 2008 and deputy rector in 2016.

Julie Rose BEd is in charge of junior years and nursery.

Sam Watson MA is in charge of senior years.


By assessment at all stages, including cognitive ability, with two-thirds coming into seniors from juniors. Main entrance points in August for P1, P5, S1, S3 and S5 but given international demand and national interest pupils are welcome to join at all times of the year and in all year groups where spaces allow if pupil up to academic...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support Department works closely with the school management and class teachers to provide additional support 'mild to moderate specific learning difficulties' (dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, mild Asperger's). The nature of the support can range from minimal and short term to complex and long term. The staff in the Department work with pupils both in the Junior and Senior School. Learning Support (LS) staff employ a number of inter-related strategies to support pupils by: working in collaboration with other staff to ensure that the curriculum is challenging yet accessible to all; working in co-operation with colleagues to deliver the curriculum as effectively as possible and helping individual pupils. LS staff monitor and assess pupils with specific learning difficulties/dyslexia; provide varying degrees of curriculum support and assessment arrangements and support the development of literacy skills as well as paired reading and before school spelling clubs. Additionally, supported study facilities are available after school. When a need has been identified we liaise with parents. Additionally we liaise with parents, school staff and external agencies, where appropriate, at the stages of transition: Junior/Secondary, Form 2/3 subject choice, Prelim and SQA exam arrangements, Form 5/6 UCAS applications. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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