Glasgow Gaelic School

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Glasgow Gaelic School
Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu.jpg
Scottish Gaelic Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu
Motto Da chànan, dà chultar, iomadh chothrom (Two languages, two cultures, many opportunities)
Established 2006
Type Nursery, Primary, Secondary
Medium of education Scottish Gaelic
Location 147 Berkeley Street
G3 7HP
55°51′52″N 4°16′48″W / 55.8645°N 4.2799°W / 55.8645; -4.2799Coordinates: 55°51′52″N 4°16′48″W / 55.8645°N 4.2799°W / 55.8645; -4.2799
Council area Glasgow City
Students 630 (Sept 2011)
Ages 3–18
Scottish schools online Glasgow Gaelic School

Glasgow Gaelic School (Scottish Gaelic: Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu) is a school in Glasgow which teaches through the medium of Scottish Gaelic. This teaching method is commonly known as Gaelic medium education. The school has no catchment area as it serves the whole of Glasgow, as well as south-west Scotland, taking in pupils from Kilmarnock, East Kilbride, Bishopbriggs, Cumbernauld and Greenock.

The current roll of Glasgow Gaelic School is around 750, split between nursery, primary and secondary. There is no entrance examination, waiting list, or other form of selection. Access is available to any family that submits a placing request to the Glasgow City Council for entry at age 4 or 5, into primary 1. Demand has grown steadily since 1999, and this has prompted the council to open Glendale Gaelic Primary (Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghleann Dail) in the Pollokshields area.

The secondary school part of the school is the only one of its kind in Scotland. It teaches most secondary subjects through the medium of Gaelic, and Gaelic is the language of the whole school. The intake at secondary 1 comprises pupils from its own primary, and from the Gaelic medium education units in several other neighbouring local authorities, principally East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire.

The local authority - Glasgow City Council - has ambitious plans to increase rolls generally in the city and to enhance the education available to local families.[1] Extended primary provision would be delivered in both the existing school and Glendale Gaelic Primary.


The first Gaelic School opened in 1999, as a primary school only: Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu (Glasgow Gaelic Primary School). As the school roll grew it became necessary to relocate to larger premises. Previously the site of Woodside Secondary School, this building reopened in August 2006 as Glasgow Gaelic School, providing Gaelic medium education for pre-5, primary and secondary pupils.

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