Portree High School

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Portree High School
Entrance to Portree High School - geograph.org.uk - 1176205.jpg
Scottish Gaelic Àrd-sgoil Phort Rìgh
Motto Earbam
Established 1872
Type Secondary comprehensive
Head Teacher C A MacDonald
Deputy Head Teachers A Breen
J Scott-Moncreiff
Medium of education English, Gaelic
Location Viewfield Road
IV51 9ET
57°24′46″N 6°12′08″W / 57.41277°N 6.20219°W / 57.41277; -6.20219Coordinates: 57°24′46″N 6°12′08″W / 57.41277°N 6.20219°W / 57.41277; -6.20219
Council area Highland
Students 520 pupils
  •      Blaven
  •      Glamaig
  •      Marsco
  •      Tianavaig
Colours Burgundy & Yellow
Scottish schools online Portree High School
Website www.portreehigh.highland.sch.uk

Portree High School (Gaelic: Àrd-sgoil Phort Rìgh) is a state co-educational comprehensive school in Portree, Skye in Scotland. As of 2010, the school enrols 520 pupils and employs 55 teachers.[1] The school's catchment area draws from 15 primary schools across Skye and neighbouring Raasay.[2] The school also has boarding provisions for a small number of pupils who live in more remote areas of the island.


A school has existed at Portree since the 17th century. However it closed in 1825 due to the difficulty in finding a new qualified schoolmaster. Construction on the Portree High School buildings began in 1872. In 1905 it became a Higher Grade school. Margaret Carnegie Hostel for girls being opened in 1924, followed in 1933 by the Elgin Hostel for boys. Elgin Hostel is now a Category B listed building.[3]

Until late 2008, the school consisted of three buildings - the main building, the Elgin Hostel and the Technical Block, along with about a dozen demountable classrooms. In 2008, this arrangement was replaced by a new building, constructed by Morrison Construction as part of a regional PPP scheme to build eleven schools in the Highlands.[4] The demountable classrooms were then removed, and the main building and Technical Block demolished.


The school's curriculum includes provision for Gaelic medium education. In 2006, a Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education inspection resulted in a report that praised the "positive" relationship between pupils and staff,[5] while criticising "limited" IT and "very poor" physical education provisions, and highlighting "significant risks to pupils' health and safety",[6] thanks to poor traffic management outside the school, and a general lack of security. The building of the new school which opened in 2008 and the appointment of a new headteacher, Catherine MacDonald.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Irene MacAskill. "Portree High School, Isle of Skye, Home Page". Portreehigh.highland.sch.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  2. ^ "Portree High School". www.highland.gov.uk. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  3. ^ History of PHS
  4. ^ "Schools PPP". Highland.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  5. ^ "Inspection and review". Hmie.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  6. ^ HMIe report on Portree High School accessed 27 October 2008
  7. ^ "Biography: Roddy John MacLeod" (PDF). Stòrlann. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 

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