Hamilton College, South Lanarkshire

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Hamilton College
Motto Grace and Knowledge
Established 1983
Type independent Christian
Chair of Board of Governors A Davis
Founder Charles Oxley
Location Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
Staff c. 100
Students 600
Gender Co-educational
Ages 3–18
Colours Burgundy, blue & gold               
Website www.hamiltoncollege.co.uk

Hamilton College is a co-educational Christian independent school located in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It provides education from Nursery age (3 years and up) through the full 7 years of primary education and 6 years of secondary school (up to 18 years old). The Nursery, Junior and Senior Schools pupils are on the same campus and in the same building. The Principal is John Taylor, who has held the position since 2015.

Although it is a Christian school, there is no church affiliated, and the school has pupils from other cultural backgrounds.[1]


Hamilton College was opened in 1983 by Charles Oxley. The Nursery opened on the same campus in 1995. The building had originally opened as a teacher training college in 1964. Hamilton College was the third school Oxley opened. He had already founded Scarisbrick Hall Boarding School and Tower College, in North-West England. Mr Oxley was an enthusiastic proponent of corporal punishment for children and when Hamilton College was opened he announced that the tawse would be used.[2] Hamilton College later fought and lost a court case in which they sought to establish that it was their right, as Christians, to use corporal punishment.

The school badge is inspired by the scripture "to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ". This verse from 2Peter 3:18 provided the original inspiration for the College’s Growing Together theme.

In July 2016, Tom McPhail was appointed as acting principal, replacing John Taylor.[3]


All S1 and S2 pupils at the school study Latin, and have the option to continue this.[4]

The college has high academic standards. In recent years it has had a 93% pass rate at SQA Higher, with a 100% pass rate in many subjects, including mathematics.[citation needed]

Notable former pupils[edit]

  • Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Fulbright Scholar and educational researcher[5]
  • Scott Forrest, retired professional rugby player and current coach of women's rugby[6]
  • Katie Leung, actress[7]


  1. ^ "School of excellence: Hamilton College". The Scotsman. 22 April 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Row over the belt at new school". The Glasgow Herald. 18 August 1983. p. 3. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  3. ^ McDonald, Craig (3 July 2016). "Head of top Scottish private school quits after only one year". Daily Record. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Passport to a world of opportunity – now you're talking". The Scotsman. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Arlene Holmes-Henderson
  6. ^ "Scott Forrest". Scottish Rugby. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  7. ^ Katie Leung, Internet Movie Database

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Coordinates: 55°46′59″N 4°02′45″W / 55.78307°N 4.04587°W / 55.78307; -4.04587