North Berwick High School
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The school logo
|Type||State funded Secondary school|
|Depute Head||R Jones; M Moore; L Neri.|
|Local authority||East Lothian Council|
|Staff||68.9 (full-time equivalents)|
|Houses||Craig, Fidra, Glen and Law|
|Colours||Red & black|
North Berwick High School was founded in 1893. Prior to that there were two local schools: the Parish School and the Burgh School, the former dating back to 1661. By the 1800s the Parish School was in a building at the corner of School Alley, now Church Road, and the High Street. The Burgh School was just a room, which is now the upper floor of Brian Ferguson, a chemist at the corner of Market Square and the High Street. In 1868 the two schools were merged and in 1876 moved into a new building, which was until recently the North Berwick Museum, in School Road.
The High School began with just thirteen pupils in what is now the Abbey Church Hall, but later that year the pupils moved into their new premises in Law Road, currently the Community Centre. It was not until 1931 that the High School and the Burgh School amalgamated. In 1940, the secondary school pupils moved into the current building beside the playing fields.
The 1940 building forms the front part of the current building with a two-storey teaching extension built in 1960. With pupil numbers rising dramatically, Lothian Region agreed to raise the capacity of the school in 1994. Building commenced in late-1996 and was completed in early-1998. The school was further enlarged and refurbished under a Public Private Partnership scheme that was completed in 2005.
North Berwick High School has had nine head teachers over it's 122 year history:
|Name||Years as headmaster|
The uniform worn by students depends on their current year:
- S1-S3: Black V-neck sweater, white or black shirt, school tie (red and black diagonally striped).
- S4-S5: Black blazer, white or black shirt, school tie.
- S6: Black blazer with white or black shirt, "senior" red tie.
Notable former pupils
- Andrew Driver, footballer
- Catriona Matthew, professional golfer
- Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2017-2018