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  • St Columba's School
    Duchal Road
    Kilmacolm
    Inverclyde
    PA13 4AU
  • Head: Mrs Andrea Y Angus, BSc
  • T 01505 872238
  • F 01505 873995
  • E secretary@st-columbas.org
  • W www.st-columbas.org
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Inverclyde
  • Pupils: 700; sixth formers: 56
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £2,975 - £11,690 pa
  • Open days: October, November, March, April
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

During our visit, one lot were tucking into chopped up banana, sliced strawberries and hummus (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 and vibrant. Astroturf pitch near senior school for hockey and tennis, though most rugby games are played on local park opposite the junior school, which has a vast games hall, tactfully curtained off for little ones so they're not overwhelmed, and a fearsome-looking fitness room...

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What the school says...

St Columba's, founded in 1897 and set in the picturesque village of Kilmacolm, is one of Scotland's leading independent day schools. The School has an enviable reputation for academic excellence and in most years 97% of its pupils go to university either straight from school of after a gap year. A team of committed and experienced staff guides pupils through a varied curriculum to reach one of the consistently highest levels of academic attainment in Scotland.

The academic development of pupils is balanced effectively with strong pastoral care and extra-curricular activities which allow pupils to develop as confident individuals and to experience success across a range of disciplines. The range of clubs and societies include sport, music, debating, public speaking, chess, drama, dance, outdoor education, community work and charitable fundraising. St Columba's pupils were the first in Scotland to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Leadership Award.

The School places considerable emphasis on the care and well-being of all of its pupils. Our pupils are direct, quietly self-confident and articulate. Our team of dedicated staff nurture such timeless values as loyalty, responsibility, service, duty and integrity.

In recent years we have invested in new resources. We have also invested in our staff and the School is recognised as a Gold Investor in People. We are also proud to have attained Eco School Green Flag status and to be the recipients of the healthyliving Award.

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

Rector

Since September 2017, Andrea Angus, previously head of senior school at Robert Gordon's College. Maths degree from Edinburgh and PGCE from the University of Wales in Cardiff. Spent 12 years at the Mary Erskine School, where she was also educated, in roles including head of maths and director of studies.

Head of junior school since 2011 is 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.

Academic matters

Early years youngsters roughly divided into two groups. During...

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Special Education Needs

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]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
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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