The staff and students of Drumduan Upper School have been busy over the Easter break as they prepare to move to their new school premises on Drumduan Hill, overlooking Forres and with spectacular views of Findhorn Bay.
Since first opening its doors in August 2013, Drumduan Upper School has been housed in temporary accommodation at Moray Art Centre. At its new location, Drumduan will share spacious woodland grounds with Moray Steiner School, bringing to fruition a long-term vision of creating an integrated educational environment for ages 3-18 years in Moray.
Whilst essential infrastructure is in place at the new site, the students and staff will initially be housed in high quality temporary buildings, until the architect-designed eco-school buildings are constructed.
Taking up residence in Forres marks an important new phase in Drumduan Upper School’s development, in a year that has seen the school receive an extremely positive report from HM Inspector of Schools and with Education Scotland working with Drumduan to share the school’s innovative practices more widely.
Last September, the school inspectors spent two days at the school and were delighted by what they experienced there, awarding the school four Very Good indicators and praising pupils and staff for their positive attitude to “the practical, real-life approach to their learning” offered at Drumduan.