Auchmuty High School

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Auchmuty High School
Established 1957
Type Secondary
Headteacher Alan Pithie
Location Dovecot Road
Scotland Coordinates: 56°11′46″N 3°09′29″W / 56.196°N 3.158°W / 56.196; -3.158
Local authority Fife’s Education Service of the Fife Council
Staff 80 teaching (approx.)
Students 1,200 (approx.)
Colours navy, white, turquoise
School tie colours striped navy, white, turquoise junior tie, navy with school badge senior tie
SEED Number 5406439
Auchmuty High School showing the 1957 building
The new building of Auchmuty High School completed summer 2013.

Auchmuty School is a state secondary school in the town of Glenrothes in the Fife council area of Scotland. Opened in 1957, it was the first school for secondary education in the area. It quickly outgrew the original building and additions were added about 1970. The planning and construction of a completely new Auchmuty High School, beside the old, began in 2011, with doors opening to pupils before the summer of 2013. The old school has been demolished with plans to develop playing fields for recreational sports in its place.


The school was opened in 1957, the first school for Secondary education in Glenrothes, then a New Town. The first pupils arrived in April 1957, despite the fact the school was still not completed.

In 1966, it was planned to make all of the Glenrothes schools (including Glenrothes & Glenwood) comprehensive schools, phasing out the system of Junior/Senior schooling. In 1967, it became a Junior High School.

The original 1957 building was becoming unable to cater for the increasing numbers of pupils joining the school, and so plans were set down in 1970 to extend the school, to meet the needs of all the new intake. Work started on the extension, today's quadrangle building, in 1972.

When all work was completed, the school went through a redevelopment stage. In 1977 it was renamed Auchmuty High School, the name it still holds.

In May 2011, the local council approved plans for a full rebuild at a cost of 33 million pounds. While the council was concerned by the cost of the project, partial funding from the Scottish Futures Trust combined with the perceived poor physical condition of the school spurred approval of the plans.

With the old buildings remaining in use until the new ones were completed, the construction began on the playing fields beside the A92 and Queensway roundabout. After completion, the old buildings were gradually demolished and new playing fields are planned to be built in place. Since there will be no playing fields available on the school campus during the construction period, students will use nearby council fields at Dovecot and Lomond.[1]

Destinations of school leavers[edit]

Destination of school leavers 2009/10[2]
Auchmuty High School Fife average Scotland average
Total pupils 1,241 - -
Leavers in 2009/10 256 - -
Higher Education 29% 33% 36%
Further Education 43% 37% 27%
Training 4% 4% 5%
Employed 7% 12% 19%
Unemployed 17% 13% 12%

House system[edit]

In 2006, the old Guidance System was replaced with a more up-to-date House System. The four original houses: Balfarg, Conland, Kilgour and Pitcairn, were replaced with five new houses: Wemyss, Balgonie, Ravenscraig, Glamis and Balmoral.

Notable alumni[edit]

Head Teachers[edit]

Name Began Ended
David Thomson 1957
Jim Cormie
Donald Robertson
John Alford 1977
Graham Garvie 1977 1990
Alex Kelly 1990 2005
David Wilson 2006 2009
Alan Pithie 2010 2014

David Wilson resigned in February 2009, after being arrested in December 2008 on charges of possession of child pornography. He pled guilty to the charges in late October 2009. There is no evidence that any students from the school were involved.[3]


  1. ^ Smith, Craig (26 May 2011). "Glenrothes councillors approve plans for Auchmuty High School". The Courier; D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Glenrothes Area Economic Profile p.11." (PDF). Fife Council. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  3. ^ Wade, Mike (31 October 2009). "Headmaster of Auchmuty High School guilty of child porn charges". The Times; Times Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 

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