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The Edinburgh Academy







The Edinburgh Academy,爱丁堡中学 42 Henderson Row, Edinburgh EH3 5BL
Tel: 0131 556 4603 Fax: 0131 556 9353
Website: www.edinburghacademy.org.uk
• BOYS, MIXED SIXTH, Boys 3–18, Girls 16–18; Day 3–18, Boarding (full & weekly) 8–18
• Pupils 840, Upper sixth 80
• Termly fees £2301–£2901 (Day), £4129–£5952 (Boarding).
• Enquiries/application to the Rector

What it’s like
Founded in 1824 (Sir Walter Scott was one of the founding spirits). The senior school buildings include the handsome original hall, and the playing fields are a short walk from the school. The Academy is well known as a civilised establishment which provides an extremely thorough, broad education. It is non-denominational within the Christian tradition; there are monthly school services and boarders attend the local church. The Academy has a tradition of academic excellence – it achieves high standards of scholarship and very good examination results while providing for the whole person. The creative subjects – drama, art and music – are particularly strong, with performances and exhibitions being held regularly for the general public in the city. High standards are also attained in sport and games of which there is a wide range including fives, fencing and curling. There is a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and considerable emphasis on outdoor pursuits (it has its own field centre in the Highlands). The CCF contingent is strong and the Pipe Band were recent Scottish champions. It has a good record in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Much use is made of Edinburgh’s cultural amenities and there is an interesting programme of visiting lecturers.

School profile

Pupils & entrance

Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 840 pupils (805 boys, 35 girls), 825 day, 15 boarding. Upper school 10–18, 460 pupils (430 boys, 30 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 3, 5, 10 and 12 and 16. Own entrance exam. No special religious requirements; overseas pupils should immediately be able to receive all teaching in English. Small state school entry at 11 and 12; 20% new intake to sixth form.

Scholarships, bursaries & extras
6 pa scholarships, value 50% day fees (25%–75% boarding fees if needed): academic, art, music (including 2 sixth form, 1 for state primary entrant, others at entry at 10 or 12). 2 bursaries to allow children of academicals to board; others to help existing pupils through unforeseen changes of financial circumstances. Parents billed for textbooks; maximum extras usually £150 per term.

15+% are doctors, lawyers; some in media or creative arts; 15+% in industry or commerce. 60+% live within 30 miles; up to 10% live overseas.

Head & staff

Rector: John Light, in post since 1995. Educated at Sedbergh and at Cambridge University (modern languages) and Manchester Business School. Previously Headmaster at Oswestry, Housemaster at Sedbergh and Assistant Master at Haileybury, Uppingham and Glenalmond. Also six years in industry, mainly in Germany.
Teaching staff: 59 full time, 7 part time plus 11 part time music staff. Annual turnover 5%. Average age 43.

Exam results

GCSE: In 2003, 60 pupils in upper fifth: 93% gained at least grade C in 8+
Highers and A-level: 56 in Higher, and 79 in A-level year. 22% left with 30+ points, 21% with 24–29; 25% with 18–23; 18% with 12–17; 13% with 6–11 points.

University & college entrance
88% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on to a degree course (21% after a gap year or foundation course), 4% to Oxbridge. 2% took courses in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 30% in science & engineering, 8% in law, 50% in humanities & social sciences, 10% in art & design. Others typically go on to FE, work experience or foreign pupils return home.

GCSE, Highers, A-levels. 20 subjects offered (including classical civilisation and business studies; no A-level general studies). 34% take science subjects, 39% arts/humanities and 27% both.
Vocational: Work experience available; also SQA modules in computing.
Special provision: Learning support services for pupils with specific learning difficulties who are otherwise able to cope with the curriculum.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered at GCSE, Higher and A-level; French or German compulsory from age 11 to GCSE. Regular exchanges (some for up to 1 year) and visits to France and Germany.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1-2 lessons/week in Years 7–9) and across the curriculum, eg graphics skills, spreadsheets. 50 computers for pupil use (8 hours a day), all networked and with email and internet access.

The arts

Music: 30% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be taken. Musical groups including orchestras, choirs, dance, concert, wind bands, chamber music groups, pipe band. Member of National Youth Orchestra of Scotland; member of Edinburgh Youth Orchestra.
Drama: Drama offered in the curriculum. Major programme of school and house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 25 take GCSE, 20 Higher, 15 A-level. Design, pottery also offered.

Sport & activities

Sport: Rugby compulsory for 4 years, cricket for 2. Optional: football, cross-country, squash, swimming, fives, hockey, athletics, shooting, curling, sailing, tennis, skiing, judo, golf, fencing, badminton. Recent Scottish Schools or national age group honours in athletics, cricket, squash, fencing, rugby, hockey, skiing and basketball.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. CCF compulsory for 1_ years at age 14. Community service optional in sixth form. Regular whole-school fund-raising. Up to 15 clubs, eg science, literary, art, politics, Scripture Union, Scottish country dance, chess.

School life

Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses (Divisions). Prefects (Ephors), head boy and girl, head of house and house prefects – Ephors appointed by Rector after nomination by pupils and staff.
Religion: Non-denominational morning prayers for whole school; school services once a month; compulsory local church attendance or monthly services for boarders; weekly RE teaching period for all.
Social: Regular joint drama productions, debates, Burns Suppers, reel club with St George’s Girls School. Organised trips and exchange systems
with schools abroad. Pupils allowed to bring own bike to school (car may be parked nearby with permission). Meals self-service. School shop (books and stationery). No tobacco or alcohol allowed.

Graded punishments. Parents of pupils failing to produce homework more than once might expect detention; pupils caught smoking cannabis on the premises may expect automatic expulsion.

12 have own study bedroom, younger pupils share. 1 resident qualified nurse, plus 1 matron. Dining room. Pupils can provide and cook own food. 2 weekend exeats and half term each term. Visits to city allowed. Weekly and flexi-boarding available.

Alumni association
is run by Mr R S Cowie, Secretary, Edinburgh Academical Club, c/o the Academy.

Former pupils
Magnus Magnusson; Gordon Honeycombe; Paul Jones; Lord Cameron of Lochbroom; Giles Gordon; David Caute; Admiral Jock Slater; Sir Iain Vallance; Iain Glen; Nicky Campbell., drama and art are strong and good standards are continuously achieved. Facilities for sports are first-rate and a wide variety is available; again, high standards are attained and the College has produced many representatives at county, regional and national level. Girls are expected to attend Prayers (in the Anglican tradition) every morning and services every Sunday. It is also closely associated with local community services and many girls participate successfully in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

School profile

Pupils & entrance

Pupils: Age range 11–18; 867 girls (235 day, 632 boarding).
Entrance: Main entry ages, 11, 12, 13 and 16. Own exam used (pupils should be fluent in English before being accepted); for sixth-form entry, own sixth-form exam and GCSE grade A in sixth-form subjects. No special skills or religious requirements although the school is run on Christian lines. State school entry 10% main intake (plus few to sixth form).

Scholarships, bursaries & extras
23 pa scholarships, value 10%–50% fees: academic, art, music and sport (most awarded at 11, some at 13, 16 or other ages). Variable number (40+ pa) of bursaries to present pupils, to scholars and needy applicants. Parents not expected to buy textbooks. Average £150 per term extras.

30% live within 30 miles; 27% live overseas.

Head & staff

Principal: Mrs Vicky Tuck appointed 1996. Masters degree in applied European studies. Previously Deputy Head at City of London School, Head of Modern Languages at Bromley High and French and Italian Teacher at Putney High; also PGCE Course Director at Institute of Education; Member of the Institute of Linguists.
Teaching staff: 116 full time, 84 part time (including peripatetic). Annual turnover 5%. Average age 43.

Exam results

GCSE: In 2003, 113 pupils in fifth year: 99% gained at least grade C in
8+ subjects. Average GCSE score 72 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 146 in upper sixth: 18% passed in 4+ subjects; 98% in 3 subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 430.

University & college entrance
100% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on to a degree course (some after a gap year), 21% to Oxbridge. 18% took courses in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 18% in science & engineering, 63% in humanities & social sciences, 1% in music. Some take eg art foundation courses during their gap years.

GCSE, AS and A-levels. 25 subjects offered (including Greek and Latin).
Sixth form: 17% take science and maths A-levels, 43% arts/humanities, 40% both. General studies not taken. Key skills integrated into sixth-form subjects, plus discrete units in IT for new entrants.
Vocational: Work shadowing available.
Languages: French, German, Spanish and Italian offered to GCSE and A-level.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson/week) and across the curriculum, eg data capture in physics and biology, current economic and political information from the internet. 250 computers for pupil use (11+ hours a day), all networked and with email and internet access, plus a fully supported laptop scheme. All pupils take GCSE or key skills level 2 IT

The arts

Music: 65+% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be taken. Many musical groups, including 16 chamber groups, 6 choirs (including gospel), 2 symphony and 2 string orchestras, 2 flute choirs, jazz band, wind band, contemporary music group and early music consort. Several groups in finals concerts of National Schools Chamber Music Competition.
Drama: Drama offered (as part of curriculum and as an extra). GCSE and A-level drama, LAMDA, Guildhall exams may be taken. Number of productions, including musicals, Edinburgh Festival show and house drama competitions. Further courses in lighting and sound, public-speaking and debating, video production and film appreciation.
Art & design: 36% take GCSE, 13% A-level. Art history, ceramics, sculpture, etching and silk-screen printing also offered. Museum and gallery visits organised; also painting weekends. Girls regularly gain entry to top schools of art and architecture.

Sport & activities

Sport: Hockey, lacrosse, netball, gymnastics, dance, tennis, swimming, athletics, rounders, multi-gym compulsory. Optional: riding, polo, yoga, fencing, judo, self-defence, squash, aerobics, badminton, basketball, volleyball, cricket, rugby, football, dry-slope skiing, rowing, windsurfing, golf, sailing, orienteering, mountain biking, climbing, land yachting, abseiling. National representation in lacrosse; county representation in all major sports. Past national hockey champions; national netball and lacrosse finals; successful in local, regional, county hockey and netball tournaments.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Active community service programme in sixth form; much charitable work, biennial fête raising money for local charities. International links with schools in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand. Expeditions to South America, Africa. Over 30 clubs, eg history of art, history, debating, IT/web page design, Platypus (junior philosophy), Christian Union, classical, photography, adventure club, electronics, code breaking, art, music.

School life

Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Senior prefect, prefects elected by the school; all girls have some house responsibilities. School Forum.
Religion: Daily act of worship, attendance at Sunday religious worship compulsory for boarders, except in sixth form.
Social: Joint choral events, drama productions, debates, dances, house parties etc with other schools. French exchange to Annecy annually; other trips to Paris (art trip), sports tours, cruises, cultural holidays; expeditions to eg South America, Africa. Some formal meals; self-service in sixth-form houses. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.

Pupils failing to produce homework once could expect a mild reprimand; anyone caught smoking cannabis on the premises would be dismissed. Any form of bullying or discrimination is unacceptable.

All sixth formers have own study bedrooms; 25% of younger pupils in dormitories of approx 6. Boarding houses of approx 65; separate sixth-form houses. Resident qualified nurse. Exeats at half-term, two weekends, plus Sundays after Church. Visits to the local town allowed by all year groups weekly, senior girls daily.

Alumnae association
is based at the Guild Office, c/o the school.

Former pupils
Bridget Riley (artist); Katherine Hamnet (dress designer); Penelope Walker (opera singer); Sue Lloyd-Roberts (broadcaster); Cheryl Gillan MP; Fiona Mactaggart MP; Clare Spottiswoode (OFGAS); Clare Marx (first woman orthopaedic surgeon); Amanda Wakeley (dress designer); Rosie Boycott; Rachel Lomax (Deputy Governor, Bank of England).