The Support for Learning Department aims to help pupils with educational additional support needs achieve their full potential and become confident and effective both in learning in the classroom and in exhibiting this learning in examination situations.


The Department supports individuals whose first language is not English, pupils with a long-term specific learning difficulty and those with a short-term knowledge/skills gap.

Specialist support and teaching

The department is staffed by a team of six committed, enthusiastic and highly qualified teachers each of whom brings their own particular subject strengths to the department.

Much diagnostic assessment is carried out within the department, including computerised tests such as LASS (Lucid Assessment System for Schools) and Lucid EXACT (a more specifically examination-focused program). Referral on to an Educational Psychologist can be arranged.

In EAL (English as an Additional Language), pupils are encouraged, when ready, to sit an appropriate Cambridge ESOL examination. These examinations are internationally recognised and more information is available at cambridgeesol.org

At IB level, EAL pupils may study the English B course at Standard or Higher Level, with most choosing the latter. English B covers a wide range of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, with a focus on the surrounding British/Scottish culture. This course is also an option for students who have chosen the Career-related Programme.

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