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  • Lomond School
    10 Stafford Street
    Helensburgh
    Argyll and Bute
    G84 9JX
  • Head: Mrs Johanna Urquhart
  • 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: 313; sixth formers: 83
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £9,200 - £12,750; Boarding £22,000 - £29,500 pa
  • Open days: Virtual open day scheduled 21 November 2020
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Brace yourself… don’t expect pupils to be humming and hawing to decide between hockey or rugby here. This editor loved the focus on embracing a sense of adventure (how exciting for young kids and young adults): sailing, skiing, climbing and orienteering are all part of the curriculum. Mix of international boarders as well as some from the Western Isles and military families from the nearby naval base. Low turnover of staff with some serving as long as 40 years...

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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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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 2014, Johanna Urquhart, who grew up in Loch Lomond. Previously depute head (academic) at George Watson's College and Breadalbane Academy. She has a degree in maths and statistics, and a masters in education, specialising in leadership and management. Previous roles as maths teacher, head of maths and depute head in the state and independent sector on Scotland’s east coast – she says working in Helensburgh ‘feels like coming home’.

She visited Lomond before applying for principal’s post and ‘fell in love with the school’. Her own two children attend. We found her friendly and with a businesslike approach; pupils describe her as ‘fair’, ‘efficient’, but ‘not afraid to give a telling-off if misbehaving’.

No capital development is planned but her focus is on developing the school’s philosophy...

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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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