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‘Broad ethnic spread,’ says the school, keen on playing down its traditional middle-class image  – hence extended and very popular nursery hours and 8.00am breakfast for seniors. Pupils are pleasantly self-confident and polite – occasional touch of arrogance or uncouth youth but not more than teenage adolescence. Music all-singing and dancing. Superlatives abound. Trips and tours of course, pipe band. Any pupil learning an instrument can play in concerts 'even if it is only three notes and child has been learning the trombone for three weeks'...

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What the school says...

The Edinburgh Academy first opened its doors to pupils in 1824. Its Founders were motivated by the utmost educational ideals, giving the school a motto that reflected their aspirations - 'Always Excel.' Its objective is for each child to be the best that he or she can be. This is supported by continuous investment in school facilities, ensuring an environment of the highest standards.

Today, the fully co-educational Academy still stands for excellence, welcoming pupils from nursery age to 18. The smaller size of the Academy allows a focus on the needs of the individual pupil and a choice of Standard Grades, Highers, GCSEs and A Levels is available. Pupils also benefit from a full programme of co-curricular activities. Here, particular strengths lie in sport and music, both offering excellent opportunities and affording a number of pupils national-level achievement.
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Since August 2017, Barry Welsh. Studied geography at Loughborough and did a PGCE in geography at Sheffield. First teaching post at Harrow; after a year off to drive overland to Australia, made the move to Edinburgh as head of geography at Fettes, where he also coached rugby and cricket, was involved in D of E, ran the third form outdoor trip and became housemaster. During this time he climbed two 8000m peaks: Cho Oyu in Tibet and Everest. Next post was deputy head of Shawnigan Lake School, on Vancouver Island in Canada, in charge of all aspects of school life. Returned to Edinburgh as senior deputy rector here in January 2017, taking on the role of rector two terms later.

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School has now discontinued GCSEs and A levels except for art in the latter...

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Special Education Needs

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