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  • Lomond School
    10 Stafford Street
    Helensburgh
    Argyll and Bute
    G84 9JX
  • Head: Claire Chisholm
  • T 01436 672476
  • F 01436 678320
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.lomondschool.com/
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Argyll & Bute
  • Pupils: 334; sixth formers: 72
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £11,100 - £15,900; Boarding £27,500 - £38,700 pa
  • Open days: October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

The school’s small size works to the pupils’ advantage in terms of pastoral care. The mantra, ‘Every child is known’, is genuine. ‘It’s like a family, really’, one pupil told us. The term ‘sector leading’ gets bandied about a lot in schools, but hold onto your hats, we think Lomond School is genuinely ahead of the pack academically. Yes, they follow the Scottish curriculum up to National 5s, but after much soul searching they’ve decided to…

 

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What the school says...

Means-tested bursaries are available to assist access and the good social breadth of the school is a real strength. The majority of pupils are local whilst the boarders add an international dimension to the school. We have a very modern, co-educational boarding house with strong pupil to staff ratios and a homely atmosphere. Pupils study for Scottish examinations including National 4 and 5, Intermediate 2, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications. The vast majority of the Sixth Form go on to study at university with a good number reading medicine, science related subjects, business and law. The school is extremely friendly and pupils of all abilities show significant added value in their learning. The co-curricular areas of sport, music, drama, art, service and adventure are all extremely important and have a high priority in the life of this busy school. The following scholarships are available for applicants of Junior 5 age and upwards: Academic, Sport, Creative Arts, Music and the David Arthur All-rounder. ...Read more

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Curricula

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

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Sports

Rowing

Sailing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Principal

Since 2024, Claire Chisholm, previously deputy head academic since 2015. She studied English lit, history and languages at Glasgow and her PGDE at Strathclyde. She was a teacher, then head of English, at St Andrews High School, Clydebank, then head of English, drama and media at Peter the Apostle High School where she later took up deputy headship.

Chatty, colourful and full of west coast charm, she is a welcoming breath of fresh air on a mission to transform curriculum, learning and teaching and clearly has an impressive command of her educational remit. We couldn’t find a parent with a bad word to say: ‘Warm’, ‘fantastic asset’, ‘all-round good person’. ‘She’s certainly got the drive and leadership to take it forward,’ said one.

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Special Education Needs

Two full-time learning support teachers give assistance to individuals who require it. Most who require help have mild difficulties-dyslexia, dyspraxia and so on. Voice recognition technology is being trialled to assist some pupils.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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
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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