Dunedin School

Dunedin School

Charity information

Dunedin School

Dunedin School provides unique secondary education to 20 children from Edinburgh and Lothian who by reason of behavioural, personality or other associated problems, require specialist education

Founded 1997

  • Mission statement

    Dunedin School has provided exceptional teaching services to a small number of young people between the ages of 10 and 18 from Edinburgh and Lothian whose special individual needs cannot be met by mainstream education. These youngsters are educationally fragile and socially vulnerable.

    Up to 20 pupils at Dunedin School benefit from being in a small school, operating around the needs of the individual pupil and taught in small groups.
    Many pupils arrive with an experience of failure which can be the result of learning difficulties, medical concerns, family breakdown or due to their own personal social, emotional or behavioural problems including bullying.
    Many present such difficulties as:

    • School phobia
    • Social communication disorder e. G. Aspergers Syndrome, autism
    • Specific learning disorders e. G. Dyslexia, dyspraxia
    • Chronic health disorder e. G. Epilepsy
    • Behavioural difficulties arising from domestic trauma or dysfunction.

    Since its establishment, Dunedin School has been one of very few choices for children in need of alternative schooling. There is a constant waiting list. The educational psychologists who refer pupils to Dunedin School are very supportive of the school and are keen to help us to further develop our work.

    Although the ultimate aim of Dunedin School is to help our pupils return to mainstream education, we recognise that this is not going to be possible for most. We therefore provide a programme of education and development for each pupil to enable them to achieve of their best in both academic terms and preparing them for life after school.

  • Aims

    Dunedin School aims to:

    • Special education for children who are educationally fragile.
  • Overview

    Established: April 1997

    Board members: 8

    Full time staff: 1

    Part time staff: 12

    Volunteers: 6

    Phone number: 0131 672 2638

    Address: Liberton Bank House 5 Nether Liberton Lane Edinburgh EH16 5TY

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