Stonelaw High School

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Rutherglen Academy)
Jump to: navigation, search
Stonelaw High School
Established 1970
Type Secondary School
Religion Non-Denominational
Head Teacher Brenda McLachlan
Location 140 Calderwood Road
G73 3BP
Scotland Scotland
Local authority South Lanarkshire
Staff 91 FTE
Students 1,141
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–18
Houses Dryburgh
Website Stonelaw High School

Stonelaw High School is a non-denominational state high school located in Rutherglen, Scotland near the city of Glasgow.


Stonelaw High School is a leading Scottish school delivering the new National 4/5 qualifications introduced by the SQA.Stonelaw ensures the pupils leave as great individuals ready to face the world and be a credit to Stonelaw but most importantly themselves. It was established in August 1970 as a four-year school based in the former Rutherglen Academy building at the corner of Stonelaw Road and Melrose Avenue. Eventually Stonelaw High became a six-year school and was relocated to new premises on Calderwood Road, Rutherglen (1998). The current head teacher is Brenda McLachlan who took over from Brian Cooklin in 2012. On 18 September 2012 the school was evacuated due to a chemical spill, no one was injured.Stonelaw was awarded sports hub status on the 05/11/13, by MSP Shona Robison - Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport.

There are around 100 FTE staff members at Stonelaw.The school's SMT is led by Brenda McLachan.


Grammar school[edit]

Prior to 1970 a selective secondary education system existed in Scotland that involved two grades of secondary schools: Senior Secondaries, like Rutherglen & Hamilton Academies, and Junior Secondaries, like Gallowflat (mentioned below) and Gateside in nearby Cambuslang. At the heart of this selective system was an exam called the 11-Plus taken by all children in the last year of primary school. Those who passed the 11-Plus went to one of the Senior Secondaries (six-year schools) while all others attended one of the Junior Secondaries (four-year schools).

Senior Secondary pupils were expected to stay on at school until aged eighteen and proceed to some sort of tertiary education at university or college. Whereas Junior Secondary pupils had to leave school aged fifteen for jobs and/or apprenticeships, which were quite easy to come by in those days. Before 1972, fifteen was the minimum school leaving age in Scotland.


However, school session 1969-1970 saw the last of the 11-Plus. So, when Stonelaw High School first opened it was, like all Scottish state secondaries today, a comprehensive school. Comprehensive schools accept every secondary-age child regardless of his/her academic abilities, except children with special needs. These are catered for by schools like Rutherglen High, now attached to the new Cathkin High School in Holmhills Community Park, Cambuslang (opened 20 October 2008).

Stonelaw High School was first formed by merging some of the pupils already at Rutherglen Academy with pupils from Gallowflat Junior Secondary. But only those existing Academy pupils who had attended primary schools in Rutherglen were retained at the new Stonelaw High. Other Academy pupils who had been at primary schools in Cambuslang, Carmunnock and Burnside largely went up to the brand-new (1970) Cathkin High School then at the corner of East Kilbride Road and Western Road Whitlawburn (demolished 2009). Unlike Stonelaw, this new Cathkin High had all mod-cons, including a swimming pool. Subsequently, Stonelaw pupils wishing to do Highers or Certificates of Sixth-Year Studies (CSYS) - these being pre-university qualifications - transferred to Cathkin High for their last two years.

Stan Laurel (1890–1965) attended Stonelaw High School when it was called just Stonelaw School, as chiselled above the Melrose Avenue door of the current building, now a block of private flats called Academy Gate. Rutherglen Academy operated from 1925 until 1970.

Former teachers[edit]

  • Norman Buchan, Labour MP from 1983-90 for Paisley South
  • Adam McNaughtan, Scottish folk singer, noted for his songs on post-War Glasgow. Amongst his works are The Buildings and The Jeely Piece Song, a humorous song about tower blocks and Where Is The Glasgow That I Used To Know?, which was quoted by Prince Charles at the opening of the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival.

House system[edit]

The school operates a house system. The four houses Dryburgh, Jedburgh, Kelso, Melrose, named after local avenues which are in turn the names of abbeys in the Borders.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school has many extra curricular activities and clubs including football, volleyball, a table tennis club, a cricket club and a soul band. They also have a junior band and senior band with full brass, woodwind and percussion sections. The music department also hosts a choir, brass ensamble and a recently started Samba band.


There is also a very successful Fair Trade Group ran by Mrs Gilchrist which is held in the Humanities Faculty.The group sell a range of fairly traded merchandise.All the profits go to educate aids orphans in South Africa.

Duke Of Edinburgh Award

The school runs the Duke Of Edinburgh Award scheme, Mr J Moonan (Head Of IT & Business Faculty) is in charge of the scheme.The award is based upon making young people better citizens for the future teaching them valuable skills such as team work this will help them in what ever path they choose to go down when they depart from Stonelaw, the whole scheme compliments the core values of curriculum for excellence.


Rutherglen Academy[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°49′16″N 4°11′47″W / 55.82111°N 4.19639°W / 55.82111; -4.19639