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Head takes pride in running a successful Scottish primary - based on the philosophy of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence but with specialist teaching – 'ideal preparation' – allowing pupils to feed the Edinburgh private sector well ahead of the field. 'Four years ahead in French,' one school complained; 'No apologies for letting children work to their capabilities,' says Becher. Family is important here: houses are known as families, with houseparents rather than captains; but, just to complicate matters, there are…

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What the school says...

The Compass School remains East Lothians only independent primary school providing quality education for boys and girls from pre-school to Primary Seven. Children attending the school enjoy its friendly and caring environment in which they can feel secure and happy and in which they are encouraged to succeed, developing confidence, skills and ability. Its small class sizes allow each child to enjoy a very high level of individual attention, with each child being encouraged to give of their personal best and take pride in their work at all times.

The School offers a comprehensive and wide-ranging curriculum, with French and swimming being taught from the age of four. There is a strong emphasis on developing sound skills in English language and Mathematics with which to access other subjects. Science, History, Geography and Latin are taught as specialist subjects from Primary Five upwards.
The School also makes significant use of digital technology in learning, and has been awarded two major national awards in recognition of this work.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 1997, Mr Mark Becher (pronounced Becker) MA PGCE (40s), educated Queen Margaret's Academy Ayr, Dundee University, (modern history) and PGCE at Craigie College of Education in Ayr (aka the University of the West of Scotland). Previously head of sport and primary teacher at The Mary Erskine and Stewart's Melville Junior School, and primary teacher at Edinburgh Academy. A ‘keen distance runner’, he teaches sport, Latin and history and runs school with a deputy (associate assessor of HMI, whom we did not meet; she was out on assignment) management team and part-time bursar.


Children can (and do) join at any time – after an informal assessment - and begin at any stage of the school year. Not selective.

Can apply for 'financially assisted places' at any entry stage; specific bursaries for forms...

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