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  • Queen Victoria School
    FK15 0JY
  • Head: Mr D Shaw
  • T 01786 822288
  • F 01313 102926
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 10 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Stirling
  • Pupils: 265; sixth formers: 30
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Boarding: Funded by the MoD but a parental contribution is expected for some expenses.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

A very firmly Scottish school using only the Scottish curriculum. Military music is king of the activities curriculum. QV pipes, drums and dancers (PDD) are renowned throughout Scotland and perform in the Edinburgh military tattoo and all over the world. Every pupil must learn one PDD skill. Marching is also compulsory and during our visit pupils joining after S2 (year 10) were doing daily catch up marching practice. One of the few schools where pupils really do look smart and seem to enjoy it. Formal dress is real...

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2016, Donald Shaw, previously senior academic and depute head. Began his teaching career at Inveralmond Community High School in Livingston, West Lothian, where he was promoted to principal teacher of mathematics with whole-school responsibility for raising attainment. In 2006, he moved to the post of head of mathematics here and in 2012 he became senior and academic depute head. In his spare time, Mr Shaw is a keen runner, cyclist and hill walker.


Applications deadline 15 January and admissions board sits in Feb/March. School is full but tries to keep a few places for emergency postings/compassionate need etc. Purpose is to take orphans and needy (in that order) and parents meet the high powered, but 'not too scary', admissions panel, while children are assessed for academic and emotional suitability.

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Special Education Needs

Although the school is selective, this does not preclude children with Special Educational Needs from achieving a place. There is a small but experienced SEN teaching staff at QVS, who ensure that they have the requisite training to deal with SEN requirements as they arise. Nov 09.

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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