Tynecastle High School

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Coordinates: 55°57′49″N 3°17′7″W / 55.96361°N 3.28528°W / 55.96361; -3.28528

Tynecastle High School
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Edinburgh, Scotland
United Kingdom
Type State school
Established 1912
Headteacher Tom Rae
Enrollment 548 in 2017[1]
Campus type Urban
Colour(s) Silver and blue

Tynecastle High School is a secondary school in south west Edinburgh, Scotland.


Tynecastle High School was opened in 1912 and was for its first 98 years located at 15 McLeod Street, a B listed building.

Move to new school building[edit]

New Tynecastle High

On 1 April 2007, The City of Edinburgh Council gave the go ahead to rebuild Tynecastle High School in a different area of McLeod Street. The council approved the sale of the old school building and a nearby nursery to the neighbouring Heart of Midlothian football team. The deal was for the sum of £5.9 million.[2]

The Liberal Democrats / Scottish National Party coalition that took over The City of Edinburgh Council in May 2007 signalled their plan to fight any move to demolish the old school building.[3][4][5] Council Leader Jenny Dawe said "I can't see any way that they would get permission to knock it down. It's important for the city that we don't have a repeat of the 1960s when a lot of fine buildings were knocked down and replaced by horrible multi-storey blocks."[6] This school is also a B-listed building and any permission for it to be altered can only be done with the permission of both the council and Historic Scotland.[7]

Previous Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov intended to build a luxury hotel, sports bars and shops alongside a new main stand for Tynecastle Stadium with a 12,000 capacity.[8] In August 2007 it was reported that the old school would "remain untouched" in the redevelopment.[9]

Although at present the development of Tynecastle Stadium is on hold a new purpose built school was built across the road at no 2 McLeod Street. It opened in January 2010[10].

Notable former pupils[edit]

  • Ian Richardson an actor who played Francis Urquhart in the BBC adaption of House of Cards. His time at the school was not a happy one though. "It would be very different now but then I don't think they had a clue what to do with me, they certainly didn't understand me. I cannot remember having any friends there either. I hated it."[11]

Notable former teachers[edit]

  • Wilfred Owen the First World War poet taught at Tynecastle when he was a patient at Craiglockhart Hospital. His spell at the school lasted three weeks in 1917. Owen praised the school in his published letters (1967).[12][13]


  1. ^ http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0053/00532232.xlsx
  2. ^ "Tynecastle High move given the go-ahead". Edinburgh: The Scotsman. 4 February 2007. 
  3. ^ Grahame, Ewing (20 August 2007). "Celtic's Gordon Strachan May Face Lengthy Ban". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Hearts reveal stadium plans but club debt is set to soar". London: The Daily Mail. 21 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "Romanov's £50m dream". Edinburgh: The Scotsman. 20 August 2007. 
  6. ^ Ferguson, Brian (18 July 2004). "Stand off over Hearts stadium plans". Edinburgh: The Scotsman. 
  7. ^ "'Hurdles in way of a makeover for Tynecastle'". Edinburgh: The Scotsman. 18 July 2004. 
  8. ^ "Council to voice fears over Tynecastle renovation". The Scotsman. 18 July 2004. 
  9. ^ "Hearts unveil stadium plans which may take debt to £80m". The Scotsman. 20 August 2007. 
  10. ^ "About Our School - Tynecastle High School". Retrieved 7 March 2018. 
  11. ^ "Acting Star Ian Richardson Dies". The Scotsman. 2 September 2007. Archived from the original on 12 February 2007. 
  12. ^ "Ironmike & Favedave & and other WWI book collectors". The History Channel. 5 November 2007. 
  13. ^ "The War Poets - Wilfred Owen 2". The War Poets At Craiglockhart. 5 November 2007. 

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