Paisley Grammar School

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Paisley Grammar School
Established 1577
Type Grammar School
Head Teacher Janice Levens (Acting)
Location Glasgow Road
Coordinates: 55°50′47″N 4°24′41″W / 55.8463°N 4.4115°W / 55.8463; -4.4115
Local authority Renfrewshire Council
Staff 100 Full-time staff
Students 945
Gender Coeducational
Houses Mull, Skye, Iona and Lewis
Publication The Grammarian

Paisley Grammar School is a secondary school in Paisley, the largest town in Renfrewshire, Scotland. The school was founded in 1576 by royal charter of King James VI and is situated on Glasgow Road. The school is recognised as one of Scotland's oldest schools with an established history.

The present school building (which was called the 'Paisley Grammar School and William B. Barbour Academy' due to a bequest by the former Member of Parliament for Paisley, William B. Barbour, and until recently was the school's proper title) was opened in 1898 by Lord Balfour of Burleigh, then Secretary of State for Scotland.

The school was fee paying until the mid-1960s and in 1986, when threatened with imminent closure by Strathclyde Regional Council, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher intervened personally to ensure the survival of the school. The law was changed so that local councils could no longer close schools which were more than 80% full without approval by the Secretary of State for Scotland.

The Acting Head Teacher is Janice Levens since 18th January 2016, following the sudden death of Head Teacher Mrs Donna Stevenson, who died in post.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Paisley Grammar School.

Notable former pupils include:

Old Grammarians[edit]

The Old Grammarians Club is the society formed by and for former pupils and staff of Paisley Grammar School.[2]

Mrs Nan Atherton is the current president who was elected to office in 2012.[3]

Past presidents include Mr J Melvyn Haggarty (2012) who also served as Principal Teacher of History in Paisley Grammar between 1975–2006 and is an honorary member.

John Pears, Rector from 1995 - 2006, is also an honorary member.

The Old Grammarians Club also contributes to the school's annual prize giving; giving the Old Grammarians Prize to one pupil in the sixth year.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Bank director". Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland). 3 September 1957. p. 3. Retrieved 19 December 2015 – via Google News. 
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