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During our visit, one lot were tucking into chopped up banana, sliced strawberries and humus (interesting mixture) plain yogurt and water (followed by a lesson in teeth-brushing); some were drawing their dreams – two drawers to a large piece of paper; one or two were playing with magic sand. Jolly...

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At St Columbas the warm and welcoming atmosphere helps pupils to settle in easily. The School places considerable emphasis on the care and wellbeing of all of its pupils. This creates an environment in which all pupils are known individually and are motivated to achieve to the best of their abilities.

The Junior School aims to provide a learning experience which produces confident and enthusiastic learners. At the heart of this is our understanding of the way in which children learn and our belief that for a child to fulfil his or her potential there must be a happy and secure atmosphere. At lunchtimes and after school, learning continues, along with fun and friendship, at a variety of activities.

An important part of our philosophy is that parents and school work in partnership, and we encourage parents to visit the Junior School to share their talents and take part in curriculum workshops and information evenings. We believe that the combination of a family atmosphere and high standards of work and behaviour make a happy and successful Junior School.

You are most welcome to visit the School to see for yourself all that St Columba's has to offer.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2002, Mr David Girdwood BSc PGCE MEd SQH (50s); educated at Alva Academy followed by St Andrews, Jordanhill, Stirling and Edinburgh universities; came from Stewart's Melville, where he 'taught chemistry for 15 years', and is now a governor.

Head of Junior School since 2011, Mrs Alison Duncan MA PGDE, SQH, (30s) previously depute head at St Columba’s for a year and head of year at Stewart's Melville junior school; a Fifer, educated at St Columba’s RC in Dunfermline, she read Russian and German at St Andrews and briefly taught German in Fife. Tidy minded, warm, bubbly and friendly: believes children should be resilient and self confident. Husband an engineer.


No longer scads of waiting lists throughout; nursery bulging, and currently waiting lists for 8, 9 and 10 year olds.

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Special Education Needs

Nov 09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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