Williamwood High School
|Williamwood High School|
Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, Scotland
|Head Teacher||John Fitzpatrick OBE|
|Colours||Black, blue, gold
Williamwood High School is a school in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, Scotland, with a roll of around 1800 pupils. It was originally opened in the 1930s as Eastwood Senior Secondary School, located on Seres Road in the Williamwood area of Clarkston. In 2006 the school relocated to a new site at Eaglesham Road on the outskirts of Clarkston, about three miles from the original site. The new school is state-of-the-art and has been named as one of Scotland's most advanced schools.
The school consistently achieves very highly in Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education inspections and always rates extremely highly in the Scottish league tables. It has a high success rate for admission into the elite Russell Group of universities with many pupils going onto the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews among other leading British universities. The school also has an impressive Oxbridge admissions rate, especially in recent years with many applications being made. In 2010 and 2012, the school was named the top state school in Scotland in terms of academic results; being second in 2013. Moreover, the school always holds the prestigious position of being within the top five state schools in Scotland with results that rival many of the country's top private schools. For example, Williamwood has established far greater results over the years than the local private school, Belmont House School, and for this reason the school proves extremely popular among parents and is, therefore, considerably oversubscribed each year.
Old and new
The older building, which opened as Eastwood Senior Secondary School in Seres Road, Williamwood in the 1930s, was becoming old and impractical. Several other schools in the area such as Netherlee Primary School were modernised, however Williamwood remained untouched. Over time various extensions and additions, including new PE facilities and exterior portakabin buildings as extra classrooms, were added. It was announced in 2003/2004 that a new school would be built under the PPP scheme by the private company HBG. Once built, they would take control of the school ensuring it was well maintained, replacing any broken fixtures, and ensuring the running of the school building.
In August 2006 the new £29 million school opened. It features over 70 classrooms, each fitted with interactive whiteboards. The school has excellent sports facilities including astroturf pitches and running track, a video editing suite, and high standard drama studios. The new school was officially opened by The Right Honourable Jack McConnell MSP on Monday 11 December 2006.
The unoccupied former building was damaged by fire in February 2007. Former headteacher John Fitzpatrick was awarded the OBE in 2011 for services to education, whilst at Williamwood.
There are 12 departments in Williamwood High School. Each has a principal teacher who has overall management for the department. The departments are:
- Art and Design
- Business Information Communications Technology (BICT)
- Design and Technology
- Food and Textile Technology
- Modern Languages
- Physical Education
- Performing Arts (Music, Drama and Dance)
- Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies (RMPS)
- Social Subjects (Geography, History and Modern Studies)
The student body takes an active role in school activities, most notably with those students who stay for a sixth year. A committee of management is formed as a result of elections in June; in which 6th year students and teachers vote for a number of "Pupil Deputes" and the Head Boy and Head Girl. Each pair of Pupil Deputes (usually a boy and a girl) are assigned a specific area of responsibility, for example: school public relations; yearbook; graduation prom; etcetera. Meetings of the 6th year committee of management are chaired by the Head Boy and Girl. Selected sixth year pupils are responsible for managing the school's Twitter page, @WilliamwoodHS.
- Official School website containing up to date news about the school.
- Williamwood High School's page on Scottish Schools Online
- Scotlands first five star school