Broughton High School, Edinburgh

Coordinates: 55°57′37.58″N 3°13′17.36″W / 55.9604389°N 3.2214889°W / 55.9604389; -3.2214889
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Broughton High School
29 East Fettes Avenue


Coordinates55°57′37.58″N 3°13′17.36″W / 55.9604389°N 3.2214889°W / 55.9604389; -3.2214889
MottoFortiter et Recte
Local authorityCity of Edinburgh Council
HeadteacherJohn J Wilson
Staffapprox. 110
HousesNapier, Adam, Scott & Raeburn
White, black, red and yellow

Broughton High School is a secondary school located in the north of Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2009, the building at Inverleith was replaced with a building funded by a public–private partnership.[2] The school is currently situated next to Inverleith Park, in the Stockbridge neighbourhood of Edinburgh but was formerly in Broughton, where the poet Hugh MacDiarmid was a pupil.


The school was recently[when?] named in Tatlers list of top state schools.[3]

The school is home to a specialised music department: the City of Edinburgh Music School which nearly faced closure in 2018. Along with the music school Broughton has a specialist dance department.[4] Broughton is also one of seven schools in Scotland chosen by the Scottish Football Association to support talented young footballers with extra coaching. As of 2018, the dedicated coach for the young players at Broughton is former Hibernian player Keith Wright.[5]

The school's motto Fortiter et Recte is Latin for 'strongly and rightly'.

The Senior Leadership Team consists of the Headteacher (John J. Wilson) and three Deputy Headteachers (L.Evans, S.Bennett and S.Wallace). The school also has a Director of Music (T.Morris) and a Business Manager (A.Sansom-Parnell).[6]

HMI(E) report[edit]

In the last report, issued in September 2011, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education concluded that areas of strength were the school's leadership, care and welfare and specialist provisions. It stated that development was required on areas such as overall achievement, expectations and consistency.[7]

In February 2014, the school received a follow-up report which concluded that improvements had been made. The report stated that S4-S6 attainment in 2013 was the highest in the last three years.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "School History". Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Tatler publishes guide to best state schools - but you'll have to have deep pockets to attend". Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Dance School | Specialist Schools". 27 February 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  5. ^ "JD Performance Schools: Broughton High School - Edinburgh". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Senior Leadership Team". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Broughton High School, Edinburgh City". Education Scotland. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  8. ^ The City of Edinburgh Council. "Secondary school follow-through reports | The City of Edinburgh Council". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Edinburgh Music School remembers Martyn Bennett". Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Alan Bold - Poet". Tour Scotland. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  11. ^ Newsroom Ed. (28 October 2011). "Bosi brothers are at the top of their game". The Scotsman. Retrieved 28 June 2023.
  12. ^ "Mary Fee". 5 September 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Jazz star Tommy Smith furious over plans to close music school". Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  14. ^ "School History | About". Retrieved 26 August 2023.
  15. ^ Munro, David M.; Gittings, Bruce; Munro, David (2006). Scotland: an encyclopedia of places & landscape. Royal Scottish Geographical Society (1. publ ed.). Glasgow: Collins [u.a.] p. 90p. ISBN 978-0-00-472466-9.
  16. ^ "Football Academy student contributes to victory against England". Broughton High School. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2015.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Sir David Murray from The Gazetteer for Scotland". Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  18. ^ "SNP's former Westminster leader Angus Robertson bids to stand in Edinburgh Central at next year's Holyrood elections". Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  19. ^ "The Hon Lord Harrower (Sean Smith)". Judiciary of Scotland. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  20. ^ Johnson, Phil (29 March 2023). "Scotland call-up for Broughton High School pupil Emma Watson at age of 17". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 23 September 2023.

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