It is the overall aim of Lomond School to provide a high-quality all-round education, both to local families and to parents who may wish to take advantage of the Boarding provision. Lomond provides an extensive academic curriculum and the vast majority of school leavers go on to Higher or Further Education. Nevertheless, we cater for a range of ability levels and do not operate an academically selective policy. Prospective parents may, however, be advised that a vocational education would appear to be more suitable for their child.
In order to ensure that pupils can access the academic curriculum, are correctly placed in the right year-group and in suitable sets for the main subjects, and that pupil needs are appropriately met, the school wishes to obtain as much relevant background information about pupils as possible. To that end, they are either expected to spend a morning in school for an informal assessment (J1-T2) or to sit an entry paper (S1-S3) in English and Mathematics, usually in mid-January. Standardised national multi-choice question papers on Maths and English are used for entry purposes. We appreciate that circumstances dictate a more flexible approach on occasion. More senior pupils (S4-S6) have information about their public and internal examinations taken into account and the most recent set of school reports or a testimonial from their last school is helpful too.
Where a youngster has a specific disability, it is important that the school is informed prior to the relevant entry procedure so that appropriate support can be considered. Equally we do need to know of any learning support requirements or health issues in advance so that appropriate assistance can be given.
Assistance with fees is available up to a maximum 100%. Details of this programme can be found in the Fee Assistance section.
Once a place is confirmed, further details are provided with reference to induction arrangements and are contained in a Parents' Handbook issued before starting.