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Music and drama strong (and based in what was once the girls' loos - check out the plumbing in the store cupboard); not totally soundproof practice rooms: 'We can hear what they are working at,' said the head of music. Stunning girls' chamber choir which plays regularly to local acclaim. Built in 1859, this Scottish baronial-styled building with its crow-stepped gables was described thus at the time: 'Its healthful locality and commanding view of extensive and beautifully romantic scenery cannot be surpassed, if at all equalled, by any such public building in Scotland'...

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What the school says...

Morrison's Academy has a rich history and long tradition of successful academic teaching. A team of dedicated professionals, who cherish traditional values yet are flexible enough to place them within a modern context, guarantee a high-quality education.

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Rector and principal

Since 2015, Gareth Warren, previously depute rector at George Watson's College. Degree in pharmacology and PGCE; taught chemistry at several UK schools and was head of science at an independent school in Bermuda for three years.

Academic matters

School follows Scottish curriculum: good take-up for Advanced Highers and remarkably good results all round (65 per cent A grades in 2017). Outstanding results in Highers across the board (59 per cent A grades in 2017). The traditional bias towards science is slightly fading in favour of arts-based courses. Sciences perform consistently well, also maths; National 5s (64 per cent As in 2017) ditto accountancy, goodish art and design, not really much language take up, humanities OK. No obvious terminal cases; human biology popular at Higher level and results indicate that it is obviously either better...

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Special Education Needs

The school caters for those pupils whose needs can, on the whole, be met in the mainstream classroom with their peers. At the present time, we offer provision, to pupils with specific learning difficulties (mild/moderate dyslexia and dyspraxia) as well as pupils with mild emotional and behavioural difficulties. A small proportion of our identified pupils respond to measures that may include individual or small group work with an additional support needs teacher. This provision is provided in the Primary School where intensive teaching is offered to focus on Literacy and Numeracy needs. In Secondary, the vast majority of pupils will be taught in mainstream classes differentiated to suit individual need.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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
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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