Hyndland Secondary School
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The school provides secondary education for children from the local area, although there are many children from other areas of the city. The school is part of the Hyndland New Learning Community, which consists of the school, its feeder primaries and other local children's services, and of which the former Headmaster, John F Alexander, was the Principal. Hyndland is also the only school in Glasgow where wearing uniform is not required on a day-to-day basis.
In 1887, the Govan Parish School Board opened the Hyndland School on Hamilton Crescent (which became Fortrose Street in 1931) in Partick, designed by William Landless. In 1912, the school moved to a new building on Clarence Drive, now known as the Airlie Building, which it shared with Hyndland Primary School. In 1930, expansion led to a second building being added back-to-back with the Airlie Building, fronting onto Lauderdale Gardens and in 1997, the school's catchment area was extended to take in part of the former Victoria Drive Secondary area.
The previous building became Hamilton Crescent Supplementary School in 1912, Hamilton Crescent Advanced Central Public School in 1927, and Hamilton Crescent Junior Secondary in 1940 until 1972, when Hyndland Primary School was relocated to the building in what was by then known as Fortrose Street.
Hyndland, Broomhill, Thornwood and Whiteinch Primary Schools serve as feeder primaries to the school. Some pupils of Broomhill Primary also have the option of going to Jordanhill School as a result of the increase in capacity between that school's primary and secondary departments. Pupils who did not attend any of these schools may apply to Glasgow City Council to be admitted to Hyndland by way of a placing request.
The school is housed in two separate buildings at either end of a small playground. The Lauderdale and Airlie Buildings, each named for the street it faces, are linked by a brick-built "link corridor", constructed as part of Glasgow City Council's public-private partnership scheme of school refurbishments, Project 2002. There is also a large floodlit synthetic pitch across the road from the Lauderdale Building. The campus lies adjacent to Clarence Drive.
The school was refurbished as part of the council's Project 2002 scheme, when a further twenty-six classrooms, an enlarged cafeteria and an indoor games hall were added to the facilities. A local group linked to the school subsequently obtained a National Lottery grant to upgrade facilities in the lecture theatre, which is now the Airlie Community Theatre, equipped with sound and lighting technology allowing plays to be produced in the school. It is also available for use by the community.
Notable former pupils
- Jean McFadden, Former Leader of Glasgow City Council
- Professor Sir John Arbuthnott, Microbiologist
- Linda Fabiani, Member of the Scottish Parliament
- Jamie Hepburn, Member of the Scottish Parliament
- Eddie Thompson, Businessman and former chairman of Dundee United Football Club
- Ray & Archie Fisher, British Folk singers
- "Hyndland Secondary School". Hyndland-sec.glasgow.sch.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
- "Hamilton Crescent Public School". Glasgow City Archives, Department of Education. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
- "Classic leader for hard times". Times Educational Supplement. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- "Sir John Arbuthnott in Burke's Landed Gentry". Burke's Landed Gentry. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
- "Biography: Linda Fabiani". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
- "Biography: Jamie Hepburn". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
- Wilson, Brian (20 October 2008). "Obituary: Eddie Thompson". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
- "Obituary: Ray Fisher". The Independent. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2012.