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Scotland’s only Jesuit school, it was was designed to transform the lives of Irish Catholics immigrating to Scotland to escape the effects of the potato famine. Staff were particularly nice and welcoming, one teacher telling us a charming anecdote of his long association with the school and how his parents met there and later married. From primary 2, they are taught Spanish or Italian by native speakers...

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Head master

Since October 2016, Matthew Bartlett, previously head of Dover Grammar School for Girls. Educated in the state sector, and trained as a chartered accountant before becoming a teacher. First generation of his family to go to university: and Cambridge at that. Taught largely in Manchester and north west. Head of History at Nottingham High and deputy headmaster at St Bede’s College, for eight years.

Wanted to get back into Catholic education and St Al’s is the only Jesuit School north of the border. He says: ‘I fell more in love with it with each visit; it’s better than I ever imagined.’

Mr Bartlett is very jolly and fills the room with his bubbly personality. He was warm and welcoming on our tour. This kindness appears...

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Special Education Needs

Eight members of staff are involved in the specific delivery of learning support. They are directed by two specialist staff, one in the senior school and one in the junior school. Learning support is based primarily in the classroom, the department striving first and foremost to work with the classroom teachers in an advisory capacity in order to provide maximum support to pupils with difficulties. As far as possible the emphasis is on enabling all pupils to follow the mainstream curriculum of the school. Other strategies are adopted as required.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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