Breadalbane Academy is an all-through school, catering for pupils from age 2 to 18, with a very wide catchment, from the stunning wilderness of Rannoch moor in the west to the bustling towns of Dunkeld and Pitlochry in the east. The school also has a Gaelic Medium provision in the primary which will extend into the secondary in session 2018/19 and we therefore welcome applications from Gaelic speakers.
Located in the scenic town of Aberfeldy and towered over by the Highland Perthshire mountains, our school has one of the most spectacular school settings in the UK. Its location makes it an ideal gateway to the Scottish Highlands, despite being just over 30 minutes commute from the City of Perth. Perth in turn has excellent motorway and rail links to Edinburgh and Glasgow, which can both be accessed in about one hour.
The Academy has a long and distinguished history dating back to the 19th Century, which is complemented by our current high levels of attainment. We consistently perform strongly in SQA examinations and this is reflected in the fact that approximately 50% of our pupils progress on to Higher Education.
As well as a strong track record of academic excellence, Breadalbane Academy has also had a long tradition of offering experiences designed to encourage wider achievement and develop well-rounded individuals. We offer many extra-curricular activities which include teams in football, basketball, rugby, netball and hockey, and offer one of the most successful Duke of Edinburgh programmes anywhere in Scotland. Our aspirations for outdoor education have been boosted by the appointment of an outdoor learning instructor who will support the school in guaranteeing an outdoor learning experience for all pupils from age 5 to 15. We has also appointed a Wider Achievement and Equity Officer whose role will be to promote a growth in wider achievement opportunities for all pupils.
We also have a strong record in science and technology and pupils in S2 recenty won the national Salter Award for Chemistry. Our F24 Club, where pupils design and drive a racing car, has also experienced significant success in national competition. We are national leaders in the development of school based vocational qualifications and were awarded the Scotland-wide LANTRA award for vocational education in 2017. The Rural Skills class has also featured on the BBC Beechgrove Garden programme, where our provision was celebrated as an example of national good practice.
In our most recent HMIE inspection the school was grading ‘very good’ in three out of five categories and ‘good’ in the remaining two. The school was particularly praised for its positive ethos underpinned by excellent staff-pupil relationships. These attributes were again picked up by a recent Nursery inspection (February 2017), which praised our nurturing environment and quality of leadership.
Our state of the art Community Campus opened in December 2010 and provides an exceptional learning and working environment for pupils and staff, making ours one of the best equipped schools in Scotland. Our facilities boasts a 25m swimming pool, an all-weather astroturf playing surface, a recording studio, a dance studio, and excellent ICT resources, which have recently been boosted by a considerable investment in hardware and software.
Our school values statement ‘belonging, believing, aspiring, achieving’ stresses our commitment to creating an inclusive environment in which all children are encouraged to develop the self belief they need to flourish personally and academically.