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Sport important, ditto music, and drama. Sixty pupils in P1 (three forms: age 5) and iPads for all to Geits (11/12 – who are based in Henderson Row at senior school in dedicated space), certain amount of Milly Molly Mandy waffle in prospectus about ‘each stage providing a firm basis for learning at the next level’. Forget the la-la land speak. This is a thunderingly good school, combining the best of 21st century thinking with well…

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What the school says...

The Junior School incorporates a busy and popular nursery, housed in a 2008 built building designed by award winning Edinburgh architect, Richard Murphy.
The school maintains the traditional values whilst embracing the best of the new educational initiatives and is sector leading in the use of e-Learning. A highly skilled team of teachers are able to teach in a variety of different styles to meet the needs of each different learner. Specialist teachers committed only to the Junior School teach Art, Music, Science, PE and Games and IT. We have a Modern Foreign Languages specialist who teach throughout the School from Nursery up.
The leafy campus in Arboretum Road is a wonderful environment and the extensive grounds are used to their maximum potential.

An additional all weather playing surface was created in summer 2008 for hockey, netball and tennis and also provides a wonderful all weather play area for the upper primary children. The McTavish Wing, a new classroom block also designed by Richard Murphy, was officially opened in September 2013. This provides 5 modern, bright classrooms and a stylish Library and Learning Resource Centre.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since August 2017, Barry Welsh. Read geography at Loughborough University; a PGCE at Sheffield University. Previously worked at Harrow, then Fettes College. Also worked in Canada, becoming deputy head of Shawnigan Lake School there. Moved back to Edinburgh in January 2017 to take on the role of senior deputy rector at Edinburgh Academy, soon after becoming rector.

Loves mountaineering; in 2005 he summited Cho Oyo in Tibet, followed by the summit of Everest in 2006.

Headteacher since 2011, Gavin Calder MA PGCE SQA (40s), a borderer. He came to EA Junior School having taught his way round the independent junior school sector: Robert Gordon's, Loretto, and, most recently, head of Lomond (junior school, we presume) in Helensburgh. Having worked with SCIS on a number of junior...

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Special Education Needs

The School has a centrally located base with two members of staff qualified to provide additional support for learning. Many children receive additional support which may vary from a few weeks booster to a longer term programme, depending on the reasons for the requirement. Children with special gifts or talents are also monitored and where appropriate additional support is given.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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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