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‘Context is critical’ for new leadership plans

The head of one of Scotland’s highest-performing schools warns that, despite its success, their uniquely autonomous model is not a one-size-fits-all solution

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It is the only mainstream state school in Scotland that is free from council control, receiving its funding in the form of a grant, direct from the Scottish government. It is also one of the highest-performing schools in the country – and one of the few in the state sector that covers the primary and secondary years, all the way up to S6.

Jordanhill School in Glasgow consistently tops the exam league tables and, if a family wants to secure a place for their child, they have to apply pretty much the moment they are born, says headteacher – or rector, as he is known in the school – Paul Thomson. ...

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