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A brand new ‘state of the art’ campus completed in August 2016. New Buildings named ‘Malala’, Liddell (after the sprinter Eric Liddell) and Spark. Dame Muriel Spark is the school’s best known FP. The school is situated in the heart of the beautiful and vibrant City of Edinburgh, Scotland. Its catchment area includes Edinburgh castle and Holyrood Palace. It is a modern culturally diverse comprehensive High School, educating pupils aged 11 to 18 years of age. In January 2015 Tatler magazine described the school as the best State school in Scotland followed in November 2015 when the school was named in the Sunday Times Good Schools Guide as State School of the Year (2015) for Scotland.

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Since 2012, Mr Donald J Macdonald BSc MBASQH Dip Ed (50s), previously head of Liberton High (school's exceptional progress under his watch resulted in an invitation to 10 Downing Street). Has taught science, physics and maths at a range of Scottish schools including Knox Academy and Portobello High. Married, with two daughters; lists golf, fishing and Scottish malt whisky amongst his many interests.

Academic matters

Class size 30 (20 for practical subjects), setted early for maths in the September of their first year, second year setted for English. Three separate sciences for all from the third year onwards. No classics, but French, German, Spanish and Urdu, a growing number also learn Gaelic (a feeder school where pupils do all subjects in Gaelic). All languages are taught up to Advanced Higher level. Newly introduced psychology popular. School...

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Special Education Needs

All children and young people have entitlement to an educational experience of the highest quality. We are committed to the effective inclusion of all pupils in the life of the school. The Special Educational Needs of any individual pupil can be described as whatever is necessary for that young person to gain access to a broad and balanced curriculum. For most pupils most of the time the source of support will be the class room teacher. The Learning Support Department offers assistance in a number of ways: publishing annual advice giving information about the needs of particular pupils together with a strategies pack offering advice on how to deal with various difficulties; direct teaching in subject classes or in a tutorial setting; support by Learning Assistants in class; working co-operatively in classes and in consultation with subject teachers to help make the curriculum accessible for all pupils; organising the Befrienders scheme where sixth year pupils support first years in a variety of classes; working with parents, Guidance, subject and other professionals to assess needs and to set and monitor targets; and administering the SQA special exam arrangements for those with specific learning difficulties.

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
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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