Barrhead High School

Barrhead High School

Infobox UK school
name = Barrhead High School

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type = Public, Secondary
religion = Multi-Denominational
head_label = Head Teacher
head = Morag S Towndrow
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street = Aurs Road
city = Barrhead
county = East Renfrewshire
country = Scotland
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enrollment = 700 +
gender = co-educational
lower_age = 11
upper_age = 19
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free_1 = 92.7% (2004/2005)
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Barrhead High School is a secondary school situated in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, in the Greater Glasgow area. The school is over 25 years old and Mrs MS Towndrow is the current head teacher, recently succeeding Mr Dykes. The school focuses on its School of Ambition ethos in teaching, and its close relationship with the community of Barrhead.

Associated Primary Schools

Also known as "feeder" schools, they include:
* Cross Arthurlie Primary School
* Carlibar Primary School
* Auchenback Primary School
* Springhill Primary School


Junior School

The S1-S4 pupils have a set uniform which must be worn by the pupils during school time and also in some extra-curricular events.
* White shirt
* Junior school tie
* Black school jumper
* Black trousers / skirt
* Black shoes
* School blazer

enior school

The S5 and S6 pupils have a set uniform which must be worn by the pupils during school time and also in some extra-curricular events. Although regulation is less strict, it is expected that the senior school set an example to younger years.
* White shirt
* Senior school tie
* Black school jumper
* Black trousers / skirt
* Black shoes
* School blazer

Head Boy & Head Girl

The head pupils are decided by 'democratic' vote; any S6 pupil can run an election campaign prior to a ballot vote. All teachers can vote for a male candidate and a female candidate. The male and female candidates with the most votes achieve the titles of head pupils. The votes for session 2008/09 resulted in Calum Cunningham as Head Boy and Emma Quinn as Head Girl.


The school is subdivided into departments, each with their own subjects. Some (such as English, Computing and Drama) have specific SQA courses with awards; others are more personal subjects with no awards (such as Religious, Personal Social and Health, and core Physical Education).

The departments are divided as follows:
* Language And Communication
** English
** Modern Languages
*** French
*** German
* Social Subjects
** Geography
** History
** Modern Studies
** Social Subjects
** Travel & Tourism
* Creative Arts
** Drama
** Art
** Music
* Business, Technical & ICT
** Business
*** Business Management
*** Administration
** Technical
*** Product Design
*** Graphic Communication
*** Craft & Design
** ICT
*** Computing
*** Information Systems
*** PC Passport
* Mathematics
* Science
** Biology
** Chemistry
** Physics
* PE & Health
** Physical Education
** Home Economics
** Hospitality
* Religious, Moral & Philosophical Education
* Learning Support
** XL

Notable Alumni

Douglas Henshall Actor 1977-1982

Christine McGourty Journalist 1977-1983

Alex McLeish Former Scotland Manager

Gregor Fisher Actor

External links

* [ Barrhead High School's page on Scottish Schools Online]

A non-demoninational secondary in East Renfrewshire.

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