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Location of this close-knit, middle-sized school couldn’t be more apt in Glasgow’s West End, with its vibrant mix of students, hipsters and professionals. KA’s laidback, modern approach and ‘supportive atmosphere’ is appealing to parents who wouldn’t normally consider independent schooling. While watching handball at 2012 Olympics, pupils were inspired to set up a handball club; now one-third of the Scottish and GB junior handball teams are made up of Kelvinside pupils...

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Since 2016, Ian Munro (30s), born in Aberdeen, partly state school educated at Hazelhead. In S3 moved to George Heriot’s School, ‘which was quite hard at first’ but changed his school life for the better. BSc zoology, followed by a PGCE biology, both from Edinburgh University. Never resting on his laurels and with a passion for learning, gained a masters from Cambridge with distinction in educational leadership and school improvement, and recently completed leadership course with Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Formerly teacher (biology) and head of year at Heriot’s and deputy head at Shiplake College. Most inspired, however, by his time at Gordonstoun (head of biology), with its much more holistic approach and where pupils don’t feel pressured to achieve five As.

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