Arbroath High School
|Local authority||Angus Council|
|Houses||Bruce, MacGregor and Wallace|
Arbroath High School is a modern six-year, all-through comprehensive situated on the west side of Arbroath.
The school was built in a residential area not far from the town centre. As well as the facilities normally associated with schools, it has priority use during the day of Arbroath Sports Centre, containing a full-sized swimming pool, squash courts, gymnasium and games hall. The general public make use of these facilities outside school hours. Extensive playing fields are adjacent to the school as well as an all-weather floodlit astroturf pitch.
Arbroath High is the larger of two secondary schools in Arbroath, the other being Arbroath Academy, which serves the east end of Arbroath and surrounding areas. Intake is from eight associated primary schools – Arbirlot, Carmyllie, Ladyloan, Colliston, Inverbrothock, Muirfield, St Thomas’ and Timmergreens. A small number of pupils enter from other primaries in the surrounding areas.
The school faced a scandal in 2014 when the newly appointed rector, Gillian Rew, was suspended due to accusations of misbehavior on a senior residential excursion, an incident reported widely in the media with much pupil and parent backlash in support of the rector. As of September 2015, it was confirmed Rew had been dismissed from her role despite no charges being pressed.
The current Head Teacher of the school is Bruce Pandrich.
At present, the school has an overall staffing complement of approximately 79 in nine curricular groups, each organised by a principal teacher. The groups are English, mathematics, modern languages, the sciences, social subjects and RME, expressive arts, health improvement, technology, and support for learning. In addition, there is a principal teacher for "raising achievement". Pastoral care (pupil care and support) is overseen by five principal teachers, each with a team of ten or eleven tutors in a vertical house system consisting of three houses.
- Andy Webster, footballer
- Marion Angus (1865–1946), poet in Braid Scots and standard English
- Sir William Duke
- James Falconer, Liberal MP from 1909–18 and 1922–4 for Forfarshire
- Michael Forsyth, Baron Forsyth of Drumlean, Conservative MP from 1983–97 for Stirling, and Secretary of State for Scotland from 1995–7
- Sir John Kirk (explorer)
- Cargill Gilston Knott, mathematician, seismologist, and expert of earthquakes in Japan
- Allan MacDonald, Australian politician
- George Robert Milne Murray, botanist
- Peter Mills, RAF Chaplain-in-Chief
- Andy Stewart (musician), who sang Donald Where's Your Troosers?
- Mike Weir, SNP MP since 2001 for Angus
- Kathleen Whyte MBE
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