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This is a high school in the old-fashioned sense - strong discipline and work code, good results, masses of extracurricular activities - which also doubles as a local centre with adult learning classes and much use of the sports facilities. You can't get much better for nowt. Clubs for almost everything, often curriculum related: maths, chess, whatever. Pupils wanting to follow more esoteric subjects can often be accommodated in other Edinburgh schools (‘we go by taxi’). Music strong: full-blooded orchestra (‘only full school orchestra in Edinburgh’)...

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What the school says...

Based in the west of Edinburgh, The Royal High School is one of the oldest schools in Scotland and has a strong sense of history, but we pride ourself on being very much a school of the 21st Century. We are a non-denominational 6 year comprehensive, with pupils drawn from 4 catchment primary schools: Blackhall, Clermiston, Cramond and Davidsons Mains. A significant number of placing requests are received each session. Year groups are capped at 220 and the school roll peaked at 1250 this session.

The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) comprises the Rector, three Depute Rectors and the Business Manager. The current teaching staff complement is 86 FTE.

The school was refurbished in 2004 and enjoys a high standard of accommodation. The facilities are used extensively outside of normal school hours by the school, the RHS Club and the community. There is an excellent extra-curricular programme, with partner clubs and staff offering a range of opportunities in which young people can participate.

The school has positive links with parents, local businesses and the local community, good examples of which are the Parent Council and Parent Staff Association (PSA). Meetings are well attended and discussions are always lively and informative.
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Since 2014, Mrs Pauline Walker BSc PGCE (40s), educated in the maintained sector, followed by Heriot Watt; previously head of Gracemount High School. Studied maths and computing (a ‘computing geek’ married to a computing engineer); buzzy, fun and good at reading upside down. At ease, both with the school and herself – well, if you come from Gracemount... SEN – systems in place; physical handicap – systems in place; bullying ... this is proper CEO stuff and parents to whom we spoke were/are delighted with the ‘new rector’.

Certain amount of revamping the curriculum, tinkering with the timings; new outdoor classroom (‘fairy glen’ – you can’t spot it from outside); forest school on wish list. School day now starts 8.32am (first lesson 8.40; teaching day now extended to seven 50...

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Special Education Needs

We aim to give pupils the opportunity to achieve their potential by working together with pupils, teachers and parents within national guidelines to develop a curriculum which is flexible and accessible to all pupils. We seek to liaise with all agencies and with parents and staff to ensure an appropriate support strategy for pupils.

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]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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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