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One parent told us about bringing their boys to the junior school after a stint abroad, fearful that their patchy education would require remedial help. But staff took six weeks to assess them and turn them around. 'They seemed to really “get” our children and be able to solve the situation without resorting to too much overbearing intervention. Far more subtle and sensitive than we’d expected.' Science and maths are a particularly strong suit (we're still recovering from witnessing an experiment on a Sainsbury’s sausage)...

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Since 2014, Simon Mills. One family describes picking up their children on their first day at Robert Gordon’s College during a good going north east gale. Out of the corner of their eye they saw a figure assiduously picking up bits of paper blowing around the quad, then stepping forward with a big smile and introducing himself as the headmaster. That, they say, is Simon Mills to a T.

Mr Mills took over Robert Gordon’s College in 2014, after a highly successful period as the head of Lomond School in Helensburgh. Born in St Andrews and educated at the High School of Dundee, Glenalmond College then Cambridge, he appears charming, thoughtful, approachable and seemingly very popular with staff and pupils alike. What the parents see is somebody who cares...

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