Arbroath High School

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Arbroath High School
Motto Altiora Petamus
Type Secondary School
Rector Bruce Pandrich
Location Keptie Road
DD11 3EN
56°33′43″N 2°36′11″W / 56.562°N 2.603°W / 56.562; -2.603Coordinates: 56°33′43″N 2°36′11″W / 56.562°N 2.603°W / 56.562; -2.603
Local authority Angus Council
Staff 79
Students 917[1]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Bruce, MacGregor and Wallace
Colours Green      Yellow     

Arbroath High School is a modern six-year, all-through comprehensive situated on the west side of Arbroath, Angus, Scotland.[2]


The new building was opened in 1985 to serve the west side of Arbroath and outlying areas, such as the villages of Arbirlot, Carmyllie and Colliston.

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.[3] 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 began life as a grammar school, but became and remains a state comprehensive school. Its old building now houses the Arbroath campus of Dundee and Angus College.

The school faced a scandal in 2014, when the newly appointed Rector, Gillian Rew, was suspended due to accusations of misbehaviour on a senior residential excursion, an incident reported widely in the media with much pupil and parent backlash in support of the Rector. In September 2015 it was confirmed Rew had been dismissed from her position despite no charges being pressed.[4][5][6]


The current Rector (head teacher) of the school is Bruce Pandrich.

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: Bruce, MacGregor and Wallace.


Grammar school[edit]


  1. ^ "Arbroath High School". 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Arbroath High School | Angus Council". Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  3. ^ "Leisure Services - Arbroath Sports Centre - ANGUSalive". Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  4. ^ "Female headteacher sacked from Scots school over allegations of drunken antics on trip with senior pupils". 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Drunk Arbroath High head ‘had improper contact’ with pupils". Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  6. ^ "Ex-principal's teaching 'impaired' after 'improper contact' with pupils, hearing finds - The Courier". The Courier. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 

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