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  • International School of Aberdeen
    Pitfodels House
    North Deeside Road
    Pitfodels, Cults
    AB15 9PN
  • Head: Dr D Hovde
  • T 01224 730300
  • F 01224 865558
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Aberdeen City
  • Pupils: 355
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £10,550 - £10,935 + £2,100 capital fee pa
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

We are (un)reliably informed that the new build (which is fantastic) cost £51 million - and it looks it! Wow! Wow! Wow! Head is delightful, outgoing and friendly; he runs the school with a pair of principals and positively bounced this editor round...

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What the school says...

The International School of Aberdeen specialises in offering an internationally recognised co-educational pre-kindergarten through secondary school education for students of all nationalities.

ISA's programme of studies has been developed to meet the needs of itsstudent body by utilising the best examples of international curricular models. We feature small classes, individual attention, a caring and supportive environment, academic challenge, and the globally recognised International Baccalaureate Diploma programme. ...Read more

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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since January 2017, Sarah Bruce, previously middle and high school principal. Qualifications in kinesiology and education, with an MEd from the University of Toronto; taught PE for two years at the Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan (as did her predecessor), before joining Havergal College in Toronto, progressing from health and PE teacher to head of upper school. Moved to Aberdeen in 2013, initially as upper school learning support and middle school science teacher.

Academic matters

School nominally follows the IB, but they also cover High School diplomas. Most pupils do the IB diploma; average point score 34 in 2016. Pupils get Advanced credit for having taken the IB, but it is by no means suitable or even needed by all. Fair mish-mash. Massive amount of to-ing and fro-ing; over 35 nationalities are represented in the student...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
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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