Parents of pupils moving or transferring here mid session or outwith the arrangements outlined below should telephone the school and ask to make an appointment with Mr Russell McFee (Depute Rector). Mr McFee will then arrange to meet parents and pupils, arrange a tour of the school, clarify and complete all enrolment procedures and arrange a mutually convenient starting date.
Our Guidance and Pupil Support staff will ensure all new pupils are supported in settling in quickly.
Welcome from the Rector
Dear Parent or Carer,
It’s my pleasure to welcome you to Charleston Academy. I hope that this website along with the extensive information available in our school prospectus provides you with all of the information that you need about our school.
At Charleston Academy we emphasise an ethos of challenge, encouragement and enjoyment with a focus in doing so on our Core Values of Respect Others, Work Hard, and Challenge Ourselves. We want all our young people to realise their full potential in all aspects of school life. We are very proud of the wide range of learning opportunities and pathways we provide for our young people. This is supported by an extensive programme of wider-curricular activities.
We stress the importance of a purposeful and ordered working atmosphere, where our young people are safe, valued and secure. We aim to develop successful partnerships with parents and our wider community for the benefit of all of our young people. In doing so we acknowledge your continued support and the hard work of our committed parent council and our successful and developing partnerships.
We try to set and maintain high standards so that our important values of respect and responsibility are understood by our young people in their widest context. This allows us to work well together to ensure successful learning and achievement for everyone at Charleston Academy.
You are welcome to get in touch with us about any matter relating to your child’s education here or the wider school and we always welcome your suggestions and comments.
Our catchment area covers the entire western side of Inverness, from the Caledonian Canal and includes Kinmylies, Scorguie, Clachnaharry and Leachkin. Beyond the city, our school catchment includes the towns and villages of the Aird: Bunchrew, Lentran, Kirkhill, Beauly, Kiltarlity, Aigas, Glenstrathfarrar, Struy, Abriachan, and Dochgarroch.
A detailed map of the rural part of our catchment is available HERE.
Transfer from Primary
There are well established procedures to ease the transfer from primary to secondary school. Most new pupils transfer from one of our associated primary schools: Beauly, Dochgaroch, Kirkhill, Kinmylies, Muirtown, Teanassie, or Tomnacross. Pupils who live in our area but attend Bishop Eden, St Jospeh’s, and Bun-Sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhirnis are also able to transfer here without a placing request.
We begin our transition process in February, and to help allay any fears or apprehension, we have a two-day visit by all Primary 7 pupils coming to Charleston Academy in June. There is also an opportunity for all parents of Primary 7 pupils to meet senior staff from Charleston Academy during an information evening on one of these days. Details about these arrangements will be sent to parents of Primary 7 pupils via our associated primary schools.
If children live outside our catchment area, then parents must first complete a Placing Request Application.
Highland Council have produced a Placing Request Leaflet, which explains the application process and the appropriate contact details for submitting the form.
Parents whose children are in our associated primary schools as a result of a placing request are reminded that they have to make an additional placing request if they wish their child to attend Charleston Academy. Parents who move out of our catchment area but wish their children to remain at the Academy also need to make a placing request.