Stonelaw High School

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Stonelaw High School
Established 1970
Type Secondary School
Head Teacher Brenda McLachlan
Location 140 Calderwood Road
G73 3BP
Scotland Scotland
Local authority South Lanarkshire
Staff 91 FTE
Students 1,141
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–18
Houses Dryburgh

Stonelaw High School is a non-denominational state high school located in Rutherglen, Scotland near the city of Glasgow.


Stonelaw High School is a leading Scottish school delivering the new National 4/5 qualifications introduced by the SQA.[citation needed] It was established in August 1970 as a four-year school based in the former Rutherglen Academy building at the corner of Stonelaw Road and Melrose Avenue.[1] Eventually Stonelaw High became a six-year school and was relocated to new premises on Calderwood Road, Rutherglen in 1998.[2] The current head teacher is Brenda McLachlan who took over from Brian Cooklin in 2012.[citation needed] Stonelaw was awarded sports hub status on the 5 November 2013 by MSP Shona Robison - Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport.[3] There are around 100 FTE staff members at Stonelaw.[citation needed]


Grammar school[edit]

Prior to 1970, a selective secondary education system existed in Scotland that involved two grades of secondary schools: Senior Secondaries and Junior Secondaries. At the heart of this selective system was an exam called the 11-Plus taken by all children in the last year of primary school. Those who passed the 11-Plus went to one of the Senior Secondaries (six-year schools) while all others attended one of the Junior Secondaries (four-year schools).[citation needed] Senior Secondary pupils were expected to stay on at school until aged eighteen and proceed to some sort of tertiary education at university or college, whereas Junior Secondary pupils had to leave school aged fifteen for jobs and/or apprenticeships. Before 1972, fifteen was the minimum school leaving age in Scotland.[citation needed]


Stonelaw High School was first formed by merging some of the pupils already at Rutherglen Academy with pupils from Gallowflat Junior Secondary. Other Academy pupils who had been at primary schools in Cambuslang, Carmunnock and Burnside largely went up to the new (1970) Cathkin High School. Subsequently, Stonelaw pupils wishing to do Highers or Certificates of Sixth-Year Studies (CSYS) - these being pre-university qualifications - transferred to Cathkin High for their last two years.[citation needed]

Notable former teachers[edit]

Feeder Schools[edit]

The primary schools whose pupils progress to Stonelaw include Bankhead, Burgh, Burnside, Calderwood and Spittal located in Rutherglen, James Aiton in Cambuslang, Park View in Halfway and Toryglen in the Glasgow district of that name.[6]

House system[edit]

The school operates a house system. The five houses Rosslyn, Dryburgh, Jedburgh, Kelso and Melrose are named after local avenues which are in turn the names of abbeys in the Borders.[7]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school has many extra curricular activities and clubs including football, volleyball, a table tennis club, a cricket club and a soul band. They also have a band with full brass, woodwind and percussion sections. The music department also hosts a choir, brass ensamble and a recently started Samba band.

Notable alumni[edit]

Rutherglen Academy[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°49′16″N 4°11′47″W / 55.82111°N 4.19639°W / 55.82111; -4.19639