The school provides a wide curriculum of examinable and non-examinable subjects. The school’s flexible approach to learning allows pupils to develop at their own pace and can adapt to a pupil’s specific needs. In addition, the high staff-to-pupil ratio and small-group teaching also caters for the individual’s needs.
The timetable is carefully constructed to provide a curriculum that suits each individual as closely as possible and caters for learning needs. The teaching groups are carefully considered to create a calm learning environment in which the pupils can reap maximum benefit. Groups are formed through negotiation with all staff and, although a group usually comprises pupils working at similar levels, the ability to co-operate as a group is also important.
Staff work with pupils to try to build confidence, fill in gaps in learning, and to help them to re-engage with learning. In S1 to S3 pupils normally follow a broad, general curriculum, based around the principles of Curriculum for Excellence, covering most aspects of the eight curricular areas:
• Expressive Arts
• Health and Wellbeing
• Religious and moral studies
• Social studies and technologies
Towards the end of S3 and from S4 onwards, pupils can begin to work towards National Qualifications, although pupils are only presented for National Qualifications and examinations if it is appropriate and at a suitable level.
The school will enter pupils for Nationals 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and Highers. Freestanding units are also offered in most subjects and at a variety of levels. These can be in addition to, or as an alternative to, external examinations.
• Computing and Information Technology
• English and Literacy
• Environmental Science, Biology and Chemistry
• Health and Food Technology and Hospitality
• Mathematics, Applications of Mathematics and Personal Finance
• A Modern Language
• Modern Studies
• Comparative Religions
• Current Affairs
• The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
• Life Skills
• Personal and Social Education
Tuesday and Friday afternoons are usually reserved for activities such as badminton, walks or the gym. In addition, pupils have many opportunities throughout the year to take learning outside the classroom through visits to museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas, zoos and other places of educational interest.
The school is always looking to establish links with organisations that can help us enrich our curriculum, and in the last few years, we have worked with The Lyceum, Drake Music, The National Trust and Edinburgh College.
Every pupil has access to instant and constant support. While each pupil is cared for by all staff, the school operates a tutor system which means that each pupil is allocated to a particular member of staff who is responsible for their overall pastoral care.
Staff work closely with outside agencies, for example Educational Psychologists, Social Workers and any other professionals who play a part in caring for each child.
Every pupil at the school has the opportunity to attend a planning or review meeting at least once in the year, and for more senior pupils who are preparing to move on from school, these meetings are often more frequent.
Autumn Term: £489 x 14 = £6,846
Spring Term: £489 x 12 = £5,868
Summer Term: £489 x 9 = £4,401
Total year: £17,115
These fees are based on the number of weeks in the term.
It may be necessary to charge extra if a pupil is receiving individual tuition, or is attending a course at another school or college for which a fee is charged to Dunedin.
There is no distinction between primary and secondary fees.
The fees may be paid by standing order.
Extras may be charged for stationery, textbooks, exceptional outdoor activities and other items required for their courses together with SQA unit and examination fees.
Visiting the School
We welcome all interested parties to visit the school to see first hand how we operate on a daily basis. We particularly encourage any prospective pupils and parents to come along and meet our staff and see the premises to gain an insight into the unique educational experience we offer.
If you would like to arrange a school visit or have any queries please contact our school office via phone or email.
Pupils are referred to Dunedin, in the main, by educational psychologists and staff of both state and independent schools in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
For further information, please get in touch.