31 Moss-Side Road
City of Glasgow,
|Motto||Sola Nobilitas Virtus – Virtue Alone Ennobles|
|Established||1857 / 1894|
|Local authority||Glasgow City Council|
|Staff||c. 100 full-time staff|
Shawlands Academy is Glasgow’s designated International School and one of Scotland’s most multicultural schools. It is situated in Shawlands, between Pollok Park (and its Burrell Collection) and Queen's Park, named after Mary Queen of Scots who fought her final battle on Scottish soil at the Battle of Langside on 13 May 1568.
Shawlands Academy currently has around 1,250 students and has over 100 teachers.
Shawlands Academy dates from 1857 when there was a private school of the same name located nearby in Skirving Street. This private school became state owned, and was then called Crossmyloof Annexe. It served as a feeder school for Shawlands Academy in the 1960s. The Shawlands Academy we know today opened its doors over 118 years ago in 1894 in the nearby building on Pollokshaws Road which now houses Shawlands Primary School.
Shawlands is noted for its pluralism. In the 1960s, the school had a particularly high concentration of Jewish pupils, and was one of the few state schools in Scotland to offer Hebrew as a curriculum subject. Reflecting its status as Glasgow International School, Shawlands teaches many modern languages, including Urdu. According to a survey in 2006, over 57 languages are spoken in the playground.
Academia / Science / Fellowships
- Ronald Arnold - Regius Professor of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh
- Raj (Rajinder) Bhopal - Emeritus Professor of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh
- William Watson Buchanan - Emeritus Professor of Rheumatology McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
- Norman Roy Grist - Professor of Infectious Diseases, Glasgow University 1965-1983
- John Hawthorn - founding member of the International Union of Food Science and Technology
- Tom Husband - Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford
- David McArthur MBE - Fellow and Honorary Fellow of the IRP (Institute of Recruitment Professionals), In-House Recruitment Leader of the Year 2016 (Recruiter Magazine) and Local Community Hero in Bournemouth 2018 (Wave 105)
- Ian McPherson - Fellow of the British Psychological Society
- Maxwell Murray - Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Medicine and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow University.
- Thomas Talmage Read - Professor of Clinical Dental Surgery, and warden of the Dental School and Hospital, Leeds
- Alexander Provan Robertson - Chair in Mathematics at Keele University and assisted in the founding of Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia
- Ivor Cutler (born Isadore Cutler) - poet and songwriter
- Archie Forrest - painter
- James Greenlees - cartoonist
- Bob Jessamine - artist
- Jack Milroy (a.k.a. James Cruden) - comedian
- Jerry Sadowitz - comedian and magician
- Brian Limond - comedian and trucker
- Reay Tannahill (a.k.a. Annabel Laine) - author
- Atta Yaqub - model and actor
Film and Theatre
- Michelle Gomez - actress (Doctor Who, Green Wing)
- Eileen Herlie - actress (1960 best actress nominee for Tony Award)
- Alex Norton - actor (Taggart)
- Daniel Portman - actor (River City, Game of Thrones)
- George Robert Baillie - recipient of the Military Medal
- Donald Cameron (VC) - recipient of the Victoria Cross
- Francis Findlay - recipient of the Military Cross
- Walter William Frier - member of Queen's Park Football Club 9th Battalion Highland Light Infantry
- Archie McKellar - recipient of the DFC and bar, and DSO, during the Battle of Britain
- John Martyn (a.k.a. Ian David McGeachey) - rock musician
- William Rogue (a.k.a. Stewart William Allan) - rock musician
- Bobby Wellins - tenor saxophonist
- Simon Bell (singer) - singer and song writer
- James Craigen - Member of Parliament
- James Dickens OBE - Member of Parliament
- James Dunlop MacDougall - political activist
- Maurice Miller - Member of Parliament
- Robert Nichol (British politician) - Member of Parliament
- John Robertson (Glasgow MP) - Member of Parliament
- Bill Wilson (Scottish politician) - Member of Scottish Parliament
- Hugh Wyllie - Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
- John Bannerman, Baron Bannerman of Kildonan - Scottish rugby internationalist (37 caps)
- Donald Ralph Cameron - chairman and honorary president of Ayr United FC
- Sandy Strang - cricketer
- Philippa York (a.k.a. Robert Millar) - professional cyclist
- Tommy Yule - footballer (played over 250 games for Arbroath FC)
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