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If you have a vision of secondary education as a linear, largely shared academic experience with national exams strategically placed along the way, think again. Oban High school probably more than any other secondary school we have visited has fully embraced the idea of the Curriculum of Excellence and shaping an education to each individual child. Apparently the superior performance of the school’s rugby squad (the girls have twice won the Scottish bowl) brought the Scottish Rugby Union to their door...


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Head teacher

Since 2008, Peter Bain MA MSc PGCE. Since 2019 executive head of both Oban High School and Tiree High School. Married to Theresa, local college manager, with two teenage children. Educated at Musselburgh Grammar, he had to support himself through a history degree then a masters in historical research at Edinburgh University after his parents died suddenly. After 10 years spent rising to a managerial position in business retail, he recognised a calling to teach and again self-funded himself through a PGCE at Jordanhill College in Glasgow.

Despite a late start in teaching, his progress has been impressive; he taught in six different schools and left a depute headship at Eyemouth High School in Berwickshire to become head at Oban. He believes his 'business and management experience' have been a...

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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 Y
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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