Eastwood High School, Newton Mearns
|Eastwood High School|
|Capelrig Road, Newton Mearns, G77
Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire
|Head Teacher||Stuart Maxwell|
|Colour(s)||Black, blue and yellow.|
Eastwood High School is a comprehensive, non-denominational school located centrally in East Renfrewshire to the south of Glasgow, Scotland. It is one of the successor schools to Eastwood Senior Secondary School which opened in 1936 in Clarkston, Glasgow. The current Head Teacher is Stuart Maxwell. Eastwood High School is situated on Capelrig Road and has a large suburban, and partly rural, catchment area. It stands in the grounds of Capelrig House constructed in 1769, which is a Category A building listed as being of architectural and historical importance. The school serves the immediate area of Newton Mearns and the villages of Neilston and Uplawmoor. Many pupils from outwith the catchment area have opted to attend Eastwood to experience the wide range of opportunities the school provides. The close proximity of Patterton railway station, and bus services, makes travelling to the school relatively straightforward.
Eastwood High School's cluster Primary Schools are Crookfur, Mearns, Neilston and Uplawmoor.
A new state of the art school building has been built, replacing the 1960s building, and is now in full use. It was opened in August 2013. This has improved the teaching facilities and the whole school environment and has been a major step in developing further the pupil experience. The improvements include two all-weather pitches and new sports complex.
Presently, the school role is 1500 pupils. The number of pupils is expected to increase due to the extensive house building currently taking place around the school.
Scottish Education Award (2005).
Award for Multicultural Education from the University of Aberdeen's
Investors in people award since 2005.
Listed in the Herald Scotland top fifty schools in Scotland (2011), with 21% of Eastwood High pupils achieving 5 or more Highers.
Gained Silver award (June 2010) in the Eco Schools Scotland Award Program.
Fair Trade School Status 2013
New school building
|Old School Building 1965-2013||Current School Building 2013–present|
Work began on the new £30 million 'Eastwood High School' in August 2011. The building is now complete and the school is now fully functional. There is a swimming pool, sports halls, all-weather running track and sports grounds, which are also open to the public and clubs outwith school hours.
Notable former pupils
- Kelly Macdonald, actress (Trainspotting, Nanny McPhee, Brave, No Country for Old Men)
- Brian Robertson, guitarist (Thin Lizzy)
- David Newton, jazz pianist and composer
- Ricky Gillies, footballer (St Mirren)
- Tony Osoba, actor (Porridge, The Demon Headmaster)
- Craig Watson, footballer (Hamilton Academical)
- Jon Welsh, rugby Player (Glasgow Warriors)
- David Wilde, Drums and Saxophone, Altered Images
- Peter May, Author and screenwriter
- Colin Blane, BBC news Correspondent
- James Watt, TV
- Sir William Kerr Fraser GCB, senior civil servant and chancellor of Glasgow University.
- Gordon McIlwham, Scottish International rugby Player (Glasgow Hawks)
- Shade Munro, Scottish International rugby Player
Eastwood High was last inspected by HMIE in December 2006 and gained a very favourable report with only three points identified for action. These were addressed by the time of the local authority follow up inspection in 2008.
A further inspection has been carried out in 2015. The report was very good and the pupils were noted as friendly and hardworking.
The subject areas in Eastwood High School are structured into nine faculties. Each faculty has a faculty head who has overall management responsibility and leads the learning and teaching. The faculties are:
- Social Subjects (History/Geography/Religious Education)
- Modern Languages (French/Spanish/German/Japanese)
- Science (Biology/Chemistry/Physics)
- Technical Education/Home Economics
- Creative and Performing Arts (Art/Music/Drama)
- Physical Education
- BECS (Business Education and Computing Science)
- "Newton Mearns Through Time" by Graeme Smith & Anne Robertson, published by Amberley Publishing, 2014
- "Scottish Education Awards 2004". resourcebank.sitc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 December 2009.
- "Scotland Evening Times". reveningtimes.co.uk. Retrieved 27 December 2009.
- "Herald Scotland Top Fifty Schools in Scotland 2011". Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- "Eco Schools Scotland green flag". Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- First BAM Newsletter
- "Eastwood High School Newton Mearns Inspection 19/12/2006". www.hmie.gov.uk. Retrieved 27 December 2009.