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'We’re a small school, in a national park setting, with an ambition to go global,' says rector. He believes it’s not just about 'farming and changing beds,' although both are very viable ways of making a living. It’s the beating heart of the community and seems to be central to most that goes on in Callander and for miles around. One parent who had a child playing at national level was particularly impressed with the support they had received...

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Since 2013, Marc Fleming, BA (applied consumer studies), SQH. He was previously depute head of Dalziel High and prior to that taught home economics at Galashields Academy and the Community School of Auchterarder. Quietly charming but surprisingly passionate, he is a lover of the hills and outdoor spaces and is keen to promote this within the school. The school covers one of the biggest rural catchments areas in Scotland and is the only secondary in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

Academic matters

McLaren High School seems to run a tight ship. Following the Scottish system, it offers a broad general education from S1 to S3, followed by senior phase S4 to S6, when pupils knuckle down and sit national qualifications from National 3s to Advanced Highers. A recent newspaper table put it as 34 out of...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
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
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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