Holyrood Secondary School

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Holyrood R.C. Secondary School)
Jump to: navigation, search
Holyrood Secondary School
Holyrood Secondary Badge.JPG
Motto Latin: Hoc vince
("By this conquer!")
Established 1936
Type Comprehensive
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Laurie Byrne
Chaplain Fr. John G. Carroll
Location Glasgow
Coordinates: 55°49′57″N 4°15′07″W / 55.8325°N 4.25194°W / 55.8325; -4.25194
Staff 150
Students 3000~
Gender Coeducational
Ages 12–18
Colours Blue, White and Grey
Website www.holyrood-sec.glasgow.sch.uk

Holyrood Secondary School is a Catholic secondary school in the south-side of Glasgow, Scotland. It is near Crosshill railway station, Hampden Park, A728 and the new M74 motorway.

The school was featured as part of a BBC Documentary by Friel Kean films, which aired in March 2012.[1] Entitled High School, the three-part series followed pupils and staff during the 2011–12 academic year.[2][3][4]


The school was founded in 1936 and originally functioned as a Senior Secondary with entry dependent on a high mark in the "Qualifying examination". In 1971 the exam was abolished and all Scottish state schools became equal in terms of status, curriculum offered and examinations taken.


The original school building, designed by the firm of John Burnet, Son & Dick, was built in 1936, and is now protected as a category B listed building.[5]

Over the years, the school has had renovation and additional blocks purposely built, this is known as the "new block" and "I.T. Wing". The new block also features new classrooms for English, Religious education and Social Subjects. The school features over 20 purpose built I.T. Rooms and also hosts three drama studios, complete with sound and lighting effects. In addition, several wood work and metal workshops are situated as well as modern laboratories for Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Nearly all classrooms within the school are fully equipped with state of the art SMART boards and projectors. In 2001, Glasgow city council commissioned a modern sports centre to be built directly next to Holyrood, known as "Holyrood Sports Centre". The school has exclusive access during the day to all the facilities, with the centre being open at night to the public. The sports centre features a full size synthetic floodlit pitch, 3 seven-a-side pitches, changing rooms,inside gym hall and shower accommodation. In addition, an open plan gym which can be split into two separate halls, a dance studio and a modern extensive fitness suite. These facilities are used by all pupils for physical education and are an addition to the swimming pool and gymnastics hall.[6]

Malawi Partnership[edit]

The school has established a close partnership with Mary's Meals, which saw former deputy head, Tony Begley, resign from his position to take up a new role as the education co-ordinator of this nonprofitable charity.[7] The school has also been at the forefront of fundraising for Malawi as well as Mary's Meals which involves under 30 pupils travelling to areas close to Blantyre, Malawi to reconstruct, renovate and build schools.[8]

A team of 36 young people has now been chosen for 2013 after a successful 5 years of the project and will continue the work in Malawi, led by previous head teacher, Thomas McDonald.[9] The school has so far raised in excess of £200,000 for Malawi.[10]


The school has a pupil roll of approximately 2000 pupils and 150 teachers making it one of the largest state comprehensive schools in Europe.[11]

Notable former pupils[edit]


The school chaplain is Father John G. Carroll of St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Pollokshaws


  1. ^ "Head Teacher's Blog: 20th January". Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Friel Kean Films: High School". Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  3. ^ High School Episode 1 on BBC One
  4. ^ "Ignore the sneerers. High School is a class act". The Guardian. 18 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Holyrood RC School: Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Glasgow City Council Sports centres". Glasgow Life. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tony Begley Resigns from Current Position". TES. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Holyrood Malawi Partnership". Holyrood Secondary. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Malawi Partnership". Holyrood Secondary. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "TES: This is where my heart lies". TES. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Holyrood Secondary School Website: Homepage". Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  12. ^ Andrew Johnson (2008-12-31). "Frankie Boyle: Fierce, fearless... and (expletive deleted) funny". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  13. ^ "bnet". Findarticles.com. 2002-08-25. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  14. ^ "obituary HeraldScotland". Heraldscotland.com. 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  15. ^ . 2014-08-25 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0192889/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1. Retrieved 2014-08-25.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "www.hm_treasury-gov.uk". Webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  17. ^ "www.celticfc.net". www.celticfc.net. 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  18. ^ "musictory.com". musictory.com. 1973-07-23. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  19. ^ An organisation that promotes Scottish Universities
  20. ^ First year school photos of Kerr and Burchill can be found here "simpleminds.org". simpleminds.org. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  21. ^ "JOHNNY GUITAR; EXCLUSIVE CHART-TOPPING SONGWRITER IS HONOURED WITH NUMBER ONE AWARD Texas star's 25 years of hits. – Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  22. ^ From the archive (1994-05-28). "''In a class of its own''". Heraldscotland.com. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  23. ^ "discogs.com". discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  24. ^ Evening Times – Google News Archive Search

External links[edit]