Firrhill High School
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|Deputy Headteacher||Roberta Porter, Nick McClellan & Julie Statham|
|Location||9 Oxgangs Road North
|Grades||S1 to S6|
|Website||Firrhill High School|
Firrhill High School is a state-run secondary school located in the south-west of Edinburgh, Scotland. The school was established in 1960, being unveiled by the city's Lord Provost. The school has around 1123 students with a teaching staff of around 120. The school serves areas such as Oxgangs, Colinton Mains, Colinton Village, Bonaly, Fairmilehead, Buckstone, Craiglockhart and Longstone.
In 2001 the school underwent drastic refurbishing work, with several run-down buildings dating from the 1960s being either refurbished or demolished with new buildings being built in their place. This was completed in mid-2005. The school was refurbished by a Private Finance Initiative.
Headteacher and SMT
The current headteacher is Graham Hamilton. Nick McClellan, Julie Statham and Roberta Porter are the deputy head teachers.
Pupils at the school are separated into three groups, known as "houses". The houses are:
The Houses are named after three of the Pentland hills, to the south of Edinburgh and in sight of the school. Each pupils tie has the colour of their house on it, Allermuir green, Braidlaw purple, and Caerketton light blue. The head of Allermuir is Julie Statham, the head of Braidlaw is Roberta Porter, and the head of Caerketton is Nick McClellan.
Notable former pupils and teachers
- Robbie Foy, formerly of Liverpool F.C. and Scunthorpe United FC is a former pupil of the school. Foy, Sives and Vita represented Scotland Schoolboys in 2000 and 2001 respectively whilst at the school and all 3 played in the Victory Shield.
- The Scottish actress and comedian, Elaine C Smith was a teacher at the school in the early 1980s.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education
On 13 June 2006 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education reported on the school. The inspectors identified as key strengths "The coherent and progressive programme of enterprise activities from S1-S6" and "The high standards of attainment at S5/S6". The report also commended the strong direction given by the Head Teacher Karen Prophet.
The Report also commended the condition of the school saying that the school was well-designed and had good specialist teaching areas and had good social areas for pupils.
HM Inspectorate of Education issued a follow up report on 22 April 2008. The report identified "good" or "very good" progress regarding all the items identified for action in the 2006 inspection report, and found no need to conduct further follow-up inspections.
- Catchment Area Map
- Written Answer, Scottish Parliament
- "Firrhill High School SMT". Retrieved 19 January 2015.
- "Capital starlets to take off on a trip of a lifetime". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. 9 February 2002.
- "Elaine C Smith Comedy Instead Of Teaching". Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education report on Firrhill High School, 13 June 2006
- Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education report on Firrhill High School, 22 April 2008