Penicuik High School
|Depute Headteacher||Ross Jamieson, Josie Adamson|
|Location||39a Carlops Road
Attached to the school, although administratively separate, is the Penicuik Leisure Centre (opened 2006) with a library, gymnasium, swimming pool and weight room.
In the May 2011 national examinations, Penicuik High School secured the highest place in Midlothian concerning Standard Grades, with 85% of S4 students achieving 5 passes at level 4 or higher. The school ranked second in Midlothian concerning Higher examinations with 28% of those sitting receiving 3 or more Highers.
As of the 2011-2012 academic year, the school had a roll of around 600 pupils. Students in each year group are divided into registration classes which are then part of the House System. The school is divided into two houses, each named after a famous Scot: Clerk Maxwell House in honour of the 19th century physicist and mathematician James Clerk Maxwell and Liddle House in honour of the 1924 Summer Olympics Gold Medalist Eric Liddell who was a devout Christian missionary and spent many years in China.
The school follows the Scottish Education System with pupils starting in S1 (1st year) and progressing as far as S6 (6th year). As with all students in the Scottish system, pupils may leave school at the end of S4, provided that they have reached the legal leaving age of 16, or will have done so by the last day of September that same year.
There is a uniform policy of black trousers or skirt, white shirt and black pullover. Students in S1-S4 wear a blue and white striped tie whilst S5 and S6 students wear a black tie emblazoned with the Midlothian symbol.
- Sir James Arnot Hamilton, designer of the wings for Concorde
- Billy Kirkwood, former footbal player for Dundee United F.C.
- Denise McAdam RVM, stylist to celebrities and members of the Royal Family
- Donald Wilson, Lord Provost of Edinburgh (2012-)
- Marcus Swietlicki, Royal Conservatoire and classically trained choirist