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With no competitors in the city, and few within driving distance, the High school retains rather a stuffy image although behind the big pillars, the school is working hard to change that. Unashamedly academic (think lots of doctors and dentists), but also fun, especially under current headship. Even the tarmac playground is being landscaped to soften the school’s appeal. Lovely, bright, well-equipped nursery - and what a genius idea to create it beside the sports pavilion, a 10 minute drive from the...

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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 MA (history from St Andrews) PGCE. Engaging, reassuring and committed, she is the school’s first female rector. Entire teaching career at the High School, rising through the ranks: ‘I don’t think I ever planned to become the rector, but the chance to become custodian of the school I love was too hard to resist.’

Teaching was always on the cards: ‘I was always the big sister at home and I was the agony aunt at school - the bossy one!’ Parents love her: ‘She has everybody’s concerns at heart’, ‘always listens to feedback’ and ‘always trying to improve and progress the school’.

She’s faced big challenges since taking over post Covid, with ‘long overdue’ redundancies and readjustments having caused a stir. But most...

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Special Education Needs

While we do cater for a lot of the listed learning difficulties, our capacity to cater to these varies depending on the individual needs of the child and the severity of their condition. We address each of these on a case-by-case basis. 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 Aspergers). 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, e.g. Junior/Secondary; Form 2/3 subject choice; Prelim and SQA exam arrangements; Form 5/6 UCAS applications.

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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