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‘Broad ethnic spread,’ says the rector who, along with head of junior school, is keen on playing down traditional middle-class image of the school – 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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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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What The Good Schools Guide says

Rector

Since 2008, Mr Marco Longmore MA PGCE, schooled at Milburn Academy in Inverness, thence history at Edinburgh (and medieval history at that) followed by PGCE at Moray House. Splendidly dry sense of humour.

Has done the rounds of the Edinburgh schools: after seven years both at Heriot's and Watson's (head of history and mod studies) he came to The Academy (as it is known in Edinburgh society) from Alleyn’s School in Dulwich (bit of a change there) where he was senior deputy head. Runs school – two sites – with head of junior school and a clutch of senior deputies and deputy rectors thrown in. Geits (11 year olds) are based in a ‘dedicated area’ in senior school campus and not at junior school on Arboretum Road as might be expected....

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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
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
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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