Uddingston Grammar School

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Coordinates: 55°49′23″N 4°05′12″W / 55.82303°N 4.08657°W / 55.82303; -4.08657

Uddingston Grammar School
Old Glasgow Road Uddingston
Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, G71 7BT
Type Main Stream State School
Motto "Virtute Crescam" (May I Grow in Moral Excellence)
Opened August 1884
Authority South Lanarkshire Council
Headteacher Mr John McKay
Staff 90 FTE
Gender Coeducational
Age range 11–18
Houses Arran, Bute, Lewis, Mull, Orkney and Skye
School roll 1075 (as at September 2014)

Uddingston Grammar School is a mainstream state school located in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is one of 17 secondary schools operated by South Lanarkshire Council. Its motto is 'Virtute Crescam' which means 'May I grow in moral excellence'.

The school was opened in August 1884.[1] The school's catchment area includes the communities of Uddingston, Bothwell, Tannochside, Viewpark and recently parts of Newton in Cambuslang.

It was located by Uddingston railway station. In 2009 Uddingston Grammar moved to a new school building as part of South Lanarkshire Council's school modernisation programme. The new school building was built on the old school playing fields located in Meadowbank flood plain, after a number of local objections to the suitability of the site. Work commenced during July 2010 by developer Barratt Homes to turn the old school site into homes. Whilst most of the building was demolished, the old maths department remains as apartments, it is a Grade II listed building.

The school's roll is approximately 1,078 pupils as of September 2013, with approximately 90 teaching staff (FTE).


Uddingston Grammar School consistently outperforms or maintains the average attainment for schools in South Lanarkshire Council and Scotland. Approximately half of students enter higher education upon leaving the school.

The school has a smaller proportion of students who receive free school meals in comparison to average for South Lanarkshire Council and Scotland as a whole.

House groups[edit]

The school is divided into six house groups: Arran, Bute, Lewis, Mull, Orkney, and Skye, named after islands in Scotland.

Previously there were four house groups: named Clyde, Douglas, Dechmont, and Calder after Scottish rivers.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Peter Manuel - Serial Killer


  1. ^ Thomson, George. The County of Lanark. Glasgow : Collins. p. 285. Retrieved 11 August 2009.