Park Mains High School
|Park Mains High School|
Erskine, Renfrewshire, Scotland
|School district||Renfrewshire Council|
|Head teacher||Michael Dewar|
|Color(s)||Blue and black|
|Website||Park Mains High School|
Renfrewshire Council granted a new multi-million pound rebuild of Park Mains High School which opened in August 2012 and saw the demolition of the old school building
Head Teacher since 1995, Robert Fawkes retired in August 2008 and was replaced by Michael Dewar, previously the head teacher of Auchenharvie Academy, Ayrshire.
New School Building (2012-present)
The new building which was completed and opened in August 2012 breathes a fresh new life into the school. The building offers a larger, brighter space for the pupils to feel in a social hub whilst still being in a controlled learning environment. One key feature of the school is the central 'street area' flooded with natural sunlight and creating a more encouraging and peaceful school space. The schools new Sports Complex boasts an enormous multi-use games hall and gymnasium. In the fitness suite several pieces of equipment have built in TV channels and the room has 2 flat-screen tvs blasting out the latest charts hits.
Along with the move to the new building, the school initiated a smarter uniform to help improve the ethos of the school. This required blazers for all S5 and S6 pupils, and girls to wear skirts of approved length.
All the staff and pupils at Park Mains High School will continue to keep up the appearance of this multi-million pound building for many years to come.
Old School Building (circa.1970-2012)
The school was built in the 1970s and after many attempts it was announced in June 2009 that there will be a £33 million pound rebuild of the school on the existing playing fields.
The original building was split into 5 blocks;
C-Block (level 2-front office, level 3-Maths/English, level 4- English/Modern lanuages, level 5-music/ssocial subjects)
B-Block (level 1-canteens 1&2/the milling area/year areas, level 2-liabrary/pupil support/ year areas, level 3- staff room/history/learning support)
A-Block (level 1-science/technical, level 2-physics/chemistry/biology, level 3- maths/art & design, level 4- RMPS/Home Economics)
PE/Theatre (theatre foyer/Auditorium/ gymnasium/dance studio/games hall/fitness suite/offices)
ICT Block (Computing/business studies/administration)
The old school took 7 months in total to completely demolish, this time was spread over the following;
August - Demolition of Technical Block and the PE Gyms
September - Theatre, A-block and ICT now all destroyed as well as bothof the Link Corridors
October - Removing rubble, Demolition of the Front Office and C-Block begins
November - C-Block and office completely gone, just B-Block left
December - B-Block is demolished in less than a week and the whole stone fortress is finally gone
Once the building was entirely gone the demolition team started on ground works by removing all the rubble in the truck loads and digging up the whole car park, the steep sloping concrete playground was completely reformed into gravel and the layout for the new pitch was laid. By February the pitch was underway and a new path was installed where C-Block used to be.
The site of the massive old building is now a multi-use sports pitch with a running track and a public walk path up over a grass hill.
Pupils are assigned to a Guidance group in their first year at Park Mains. The guidance groups are named after Scottish Rivers, Cart, Calder, Endrick, Gryffe, Kelvin and Leven. Pupils remain in these groups until their departure from the school.
Park Mains High serves the following local schools:
- Bargarran Primary School
- Rashielea Primary School
- Barsail Primary School
- Inchinnan Primary School
- Bishopton Primary School
- Langbank Primary School
On several occasions, the school has been known to take in pupils from St. John Bosco Primary School and St. Annes Primary School who tend to lead on to their main connection Trinity High School in Renfrew.
Notable former pupils
||This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability or notability policies. (July 2013)|
- Dougie Vipond, Deacon Blue drummer and TV presenter
- Wendy Alexander, Former Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
- Gordon McCance, Member of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers
- Douglas Alexander, Shadow Foreign Secretary
- Kenny Inglis, Composer & Music Producer
- Kirsty Mitchell, Actress/Model
- Derek Lilley, Former Footballer (Morton, Leeds, Hearts, Bury, Oxford, Dundee Utd, Livingstone, St Johnstone, Stirling Albion and Forfar Athletic)
- Ross Renton, Liberal Democrat Politician, former director of Endsleigh Insurance and chair of NUS Services.
- Stephen Aitken, Former Footballer (Morton, Stranraer), now Manager at Stranraer FC.
- Brian O'Neil, Former Footballer (Celtic, Nottingham Forest, Aberdeen, Wolfsburg, Derby and Preston)
- Eileen Catterson, Fashion model and former Miss Scotland
- Peter Leven (footballer) Glasgow Rangers,Kilmarnock,Chesterfield,Mk Dons,Oxford Utd and Scottish International
- Allan Pollard Chief Executive Officer Trust House Limited