Al­byn School

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Al­byn School, founded in 1867, is lo­cated in the west end of Aberdeen with its sports fields at Mill­tim­ber. It is an in­de­pen­dent co-ed­u­ca­tional day and board­ing school of 650 pupils aged from 5 to 18, along with a nurs­ery for 120 chil­dren aged 2 to 5. In 2018, the TO­TAL French School amal­ga­mated with Al­byn, cre­at­ing a hy­brid cur­ricu­lum for pupils based on the Mis­sion Laique Fran­caise (MLF). It of­fers both the Al­byn and hy­brid cur­ricu­lums.

Be­ing the only board­ing school in and around Aberdeen, Al­byn has opened up many op­por­tu­ni­ties for fam­i­lies in the oil in­dus­try, and for those who live fur­ther afield, to have their chil­dren board full-term, weekly or flexi term.

The small classes and highly qual­i­fied staff cre­ate both a strong sense of com­mu­nity and aca­demic suc­cess which has al­lowed pupils to progress in their fu­ture en­deav­ours. Univer­sity places have been at­tained at the likes of Ed­in­burgh, St An­drews, Glas­gow, Ox­ford and Cam­bridge. In 2018, two pupils achieved row­ing schol­ar­ships to Yale Univer­sity and Prince­ton Univer­sity in the US.

Al­byn pro­vides the pupils with a choice of over 100 co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing 28 weekly mu­si­cal groups and over 30 sports teams.

Pupils em­bark on ex­pe­di­tions to In­dia, Peru, Africa and Mount Ever­est, along­side sports, mu­sic and ac­tiv­i­ties week trips to var­i­ous dif­fer­ent in­ter­na­tional coun­tries in­clud­ing Switzer­land and Ice­land. In the next few months, pupils will travel to Bei­jing and China, Prague and France.

New sub­jects, ini­tia­tives and tech­nol­ogy have pro­gressed the pupils greatly. They are in­tro­duced to new tech­nol­ogy, new lan­guages, prob­lem solv­ing and the arts from an early age. As the pupils get older, they have ac­cess to top of the range com­put­ers with the lat­est CAD soft­ware, Pho­to­shop, a 3D prin­ter along with a record­ing stu­dio and Google Chrome­books just to men­tion a few.

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