Castlehead High School

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Castlehead High School
Camphill, Canal Street
Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1 2HL
School type non-denominational secondary school
Established 1972
Status Open
LEA Renfrewshire
Headteacher Martin Macdonald
Education League Tables (2001) average 78 Standard
(Scot. Avg 77)
22% Higher
(Scot. Avg 22)
School roll 1068
Communities served central Paisley
Ferguslie Park
Feeder schools Glencoats Primary
Wallace Primary
West Primary
Telephone 0141 887 4261
Schools Absorbed Merksworth High
John Neilson High

Castlehead High School is a state secondary school in the district Castlehead; town of Paisley, Renfrewshire, in the west of Scotland. In 1989 John Neilson High School (founded as the John Neilson Institution in 1852) merged into Castlehead High School.


Castlehead is one of six Scottish Football Association Schools of Football. Under this program, twenty first-year students receive daily coaching, development and recovery sessions and other academic and social development activities. The Schools of Football program is funded through the Scottish Football Association's partnership with Cashback For Communities, a Scottish Government scheme which gives communities illicit monies seized from criminals.

On 8 September 2008, Castlehead hosted the draw for the first round of the 2008–09 Scottish Cup.[1]


  • One area of the schools performance identified as needing improvement on the 2005 evaluation was attendance. In recognition of the effort the school faculty, students and parents made, in 2006 the school won the Scottish Education Award: "Better Behaviour and Attendance Award".[2]
  • Philip Lawrence Award, in recognition of the school's paired reading program where senior pupils help junior pupils develop their reading skills.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "". Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  2. ^ "Scottish Education Awards". Retrieved 2008-09-18. 

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Coordinates: 55°50′22″N 4°25′59″W / 55.83931°N 4.43316°W / 55.83931; -4.43316