Head Teacher's Welcome

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the web pages of the Edinburgh Academy Junior School. We are based on a beautiful campus in leafy Inverleith and have invested significantly in our facilities in the last five years but it is the children and staff who make this school such a special place to be.

Ours is a school with a keen sense of history and it has always been our aim to innovate while retaining at our heart the belief that every child deserves the best possible opportunity to develop their unique talents as fully as possible.  To ensure this, we pay great attention to detail both in and out of the classroom; from ensuring relevance to the real world in our Maths syllabus through to maintaining our commitment to linking healthy eating to good study habits.

It is our hope that each child’s primary years will be filled with great happiness and a sense of wonder. To this end each member of our team is committed to the creation of an atmosphere of ordered freedom in which each child flourishes and performs to the best of their ability.

Care, love and emotional security underpin the Junior School experience and I am always happy to meet with parents to discuss how they can be part of this as we seek to meet the needs of future generations of young people.

I am proud to be the Head of this school and I love the fact that our size means that all of the children take part in all areas of school life- not just those with particular aptitudes. I firmly believe that as a school we are big enough to matter but small enough to care and I make it my goal as Head to really get to know every child well as they progress through the school.

Hopefully these pages will answer many questions about life in the Junior School but static words and pictures cannot replace the feeling to be gained from a visit. Please feel free to come and meet us either at one of our Open Days or at a more convenient time.

Gavin A Calder
Head Teacher


Junior School

Formerly known as ‘the Prep’, the Junior School has inhabited its current site since 1960 with the Early Years Department moving from Denham Green House in Trinity to the new ‘Denham Green’ in the mid 1980s.

The Junior School embraced co-education in 2007 and there are similar numbers of boys and girls amongst the (roughly) 500 children who make up the Junior School and Nursery.

The size and openness of this site, coupled with the exceptional staff, makes it an exceptional place to be a Junior School child.