Jordanhill School

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Jordanhill School
Motto Ad summa nitor
Established 1920
Type Independent school
Laboratory school
Religion Non-denominational
Head Dr Paul W Thomson
Founder Jordanhill College of Education
Location Chamberlain Road
Jordanhill
Glasgow
G13 1SP
Scotland, UK Coordinates: 55°53′04″N 4°20′02″W / 55.884578°N 4.333758°W / 55.884578; -4.333758
Students 575 Secondary, 462 Primary
Gender Co-educational
Ages 4–18
Houses Crawford, Montgomerie, Smith and St. John
Colours
                       
Oversight Scottish Government
Website www.jordanhill.glasgow.sch.uk

Jordanhill School educates children from age 4-18. It is located on Chamberlain Road in Glasgow, Scotland. It was formerly run by Jordanhill College of Education as its demonstration school, and was previously known as Jordanhill College School. [1]

Uniquely among mainstream Scottish schools, it is funded directly by the Scottish Government, rather than through the local authority, in this case Glasgow City Council. It is nominally categorised as a non-denominational school, although at the end of each term the school attends the local Church of Scotland for a brief service, and some assemblies involve hymn singing and bible readings.

The school consists of a primary department and a secondary department. In the primary, P1 & P2 have three classes of twenty-two pupils each while P3-P7 have two classes of thirty-three. Pupils in upper Primary spend up to 60% of their week working in the Secondary department. The secondary school takes in an additional thirty-three pupils in S1 to bring the number per year up to 99.

The school is state-funded by direct grant from the Scottish Executive, and is non fee-paying. The school catchment area encompasses predominantly owner-occupied housing in West Glasgow. The school regularly records among the best exam results in Scotland.

The school was inspected in 2005 by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education.[2]

History[edit]

The college was an out-of-town location that sought to merge two teacher training centres that were heavily influenced by education training pioneer David Stow, a Glasgow merchant. These were the Free Church Normal Seminary and the Dundas Vale Normal Seminary, two of the earliest teacher training colleges in Scotland. This merger was a government-sponsored initiative of 1905, when it was decided that teacher training should be taken away from the church and placed under the control of a provincial committee.

The site of the college - and now the school - was on the old Jordanhill Estate grounds. The old Jordanhill House was demolished around 1915, with the Glasgow Provincial Committee buying the land to build their new college, though the plot had been for sale since 1911. The school buildings were completed in 1921,[3] although the school was founded a year earlier, in 1920.[4] Notable headmasters include Andrew Walker (1891–1974), who led Jordanhill College School from 1936 to 1956, having earlier served from 1921 to 1932 as a mathematics and science master and - initially - the only teacher in the new secondary department, formed in 1921 with just twenty pupils. His successor, William T Branston (1915–1984), at the time of his 1956 appointment was the youngest headteacher in Scotland and whose tenure - Branston finally retired in December 1980 - saw successive challenges, from sustained upheaval in Scottish school curricula to a serious bid to shut Jordanhill College School down in 1969. (It survived, the controversy concluding in December 1970, with the school adjusting readily to non-selective and non fee-paying status; but it would not be its last fight for life.)

A former naval officer and veteran of the Second World War, committed to good works from amateur dramatics through the YMCA (he chaired the Glasgow organisation) to the Scottish National Orchestra Chorus and influential lay service in the Church of Scotland, William Branston was to most pupils an 'astonishingly remote, God-like figure'. He enforced regular religious observance - such as morning assembly - and the school was noted through the 1970s for its rigid uniform code (which survives, and has become increasingly strict under the present rector) and highly conservative, rote-learning traditional teaching methods, notably in arithmetic and English grammar, which do not.

The school remained under control of the College until 1988, when it switched to its current directly-funded status. This move caused considerable controversy at the time, with various other options considered (including becoming a Council-run establishment or, indeed, a fee-paying school). In the end a combination of a spirited "Save Our School" campaign spearheaded by Branston's successor, Alistair Cram and ingenious political machinations led to the school becoming directly funded by the Scottish Office (and later the Scottish Executive). Cram resigned in 1988, and in 1989 'College' was dropped from the school name, at the insistence of Jordanhill College.

In 1993 the college itself merged with the University of Strathclyde, with the Jordanhill Campus serving as home to the Education Faculty.[5]

Rectors[edit]

  • E.J.V Brown (1920–1923)
  • Tod Ritchie (1923–1931)
  • William Montgomerie (1931–1936)
  • Andrew Walker (1936–1956)
  • William Branston (1956–1980)
  • Alistair Cram (1981–1988)
  • William Bedborough (1989–1997)
  • Paul Thomson (1997–present)

Modernisation[edit]

Jordanhill School has recently been recognised for integrating IT in education by Becta with an 'ICT in Practice Award'. It has also been recognised as a 'Centre of Excellence' for the use of interactive whiteboards.

The school is in the process of modernising its estate. An all-weather pitch was completed in August 2007 and a Refectory extension in October 2007. A new teaching block opened in May 2008 providing custom built facilities for Art, mathematics, Modern Languages and Social Subjects.

Another addition in recent years is the Macmillan Building, a small building behind the school; housing a classroom used for RE and additional sports changing facilities. In early 2005 the school acquired the former Laurel Park games hall on Anniesland Road, in partnership with the Glasgow Academy.

Drama[edit]

The school has enjoyed a wide range of operatic and dramatic productions, usually carried out by the 6th year pupils. Between 1947 and 1998, an annual end of year musical took place including performances of productions such as HMS Pinafore, The Pirates Of Penzance and West Side Story.[6]

Miscellaneous[edit]

The school's Latin motto, beneath its coat of arms is "Ad summa nitor", which translates to "Strive for the highest". The school uniform consists of dark trousers for boys (brown shorts were obligatory in the Primary Department until 1977, when the option of 'longs' was ceded to Primary Seven boys) a brown skirt (or pinafore for primary girls) for girls, a white shirt (the option of cream was permitted into the early 1990s) and a brown blazer. Girls are not allowed to wear trousers and blazers are compulsory for all pupils, regardless of weather, making them unusual for a Scottish state school. The tie is yellow, brown and green for everyone except the seniors who have a brown tie and pupils achieving excellence in extra-curricular activities (for example representing their country at their chosen sport) who may be awarded a green Honours tie. All pupils are required to wear the uniform when they are inside the school or its grounds, at lunchtime and when travelling to and from the school.

The school briefly featured in the 1990s cult British Film, Trainspotting.

Jordanhill's Senior Management Team consists of:

  • Rector Dr. Paul Thomson;
  • Depute Rector Mrs. Christine Robertson;
  • Depute Head Teacher (responsible for Senior Secondary) Mr. John Anderson;
  • Depute Head Teacher (responsible for Junior Secondary) Ms. Susan McDade;
  • Head of Primary Mrs. Irene. Matier;
  • Depute Head of Primary Mr. Robin Paton.

The railway station closest to the school is Jordanhill railway station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jordanhill School". Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education: Jordanhill School Report, 22 March 2005
  3. ^ Donnelly, Max (1987) "Jordanhill - A Historical Sketch" (2nd ed) (Glasgow: Self-published (printed at Strathclyde University))
  4. ^ Jordanhill School History page
  5. ^ http://www.strath.ac.uk/Departments/JHLibrary/archives/
  6. ^ http://www.jordanhill.glasgow.sch.uk/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/2011/a_history_of_jordanhill_school_1920-1995.pdf History Of Jordanhill School by Iain A D Mann characters

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