Williamwood High School

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Williamwood High School
Established 1930
Type Secondary
Headteacher William Inglis
Location Eaglesham Road
Clarkston
East Renfrewshire
G76 8RF
Scotland
Local authority East Renfrewshire
Students 1750
Gender Mixed
Colours Black, blue, gold               
Website Williamwood High School

Williamwood High School is a comprehensive state secondary school in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, Scotland, with a roll of around 1800 pupils. It was originally opened in the 1930s as Eastwood Senior Secondary School, located on Seres Road in the Williamwood area of Clarkston. In 2006 the school relocated to a new site at Eaglesham Road on the outskirts of Clarkston surrounded by fields and farm roads, about three miles from the original site.

History[edit]

Partial view of two storey school building and its main entrance
The old Williamwood High School in 2005
View of construction site and partially built school
The new school under construction in 2005

The school was originally opened as Eastwood Senior Secondary School in Seres Road, Williamwood in the 1930s, later being renamed Williamwood High School. It was announced in 2003/2004 that a new school would be built to replace the aging facilities at Seres Road. It was funded under the PPP scheme by the private company HBG.[1] Once built, they would take control of the school ensuring it was well maintained, replacing any broken fixtures, and ensuring the running of the school building.

In August 2006 the new £29 million school opened at the Eaglesham Road site. It features over 70 classrooms, each fitted with interactive whiteboards. The school has excellent sports facilities including astroturf pitches and running track, a video editing suite, and high standard drama studios. The new school was officially opened by the First Minister of Scotland, Jack McConnell, on Monday 11 December 2006.

Following an inspection in 2009, Williamwood became the first school in Scotland to be awarded a maximum of five "excellent" ratings by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education.[2]

The unoccupied former building was damaged by fire in February 2007. Former headteacher John Fitzpatrick was awarded the OBE in 2011 for services to education, whilst at Williamwood.

In June 2015, following the retirement of John Fitzpatrick, Mr William Inglis became head teacher.

Curriculum[edit]

Williamwood follows the Curriculum for Excellence, the national curriculum for schools in Scotland.[3]

Student Body[edit]

The student body takes an active role in school activities, most notably with those students who stay for a sixth year. A committee of management is formed as a result of elections in June; in which 6th year students and teachers vote for a number of "Pupil Deputes" and the Head Boy and Head Girl. Each pair of Pupil Deputes (usually a boy and a girl) are assigned a specific area of responsibility, for example: school public relations; yearbook; graduation prom; etcetera. Meetings of the 6th year committee of management are chaired by the Head Boy and Girl. Selected sixth year pupils are responsible for managing the school's Twitter page, @WilliamwoodHS.

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°46′34″N 4°16′33″W / 55.77611°N 4.27583°W / 55.77611; -4.27583

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McConnell hails schools projects". BBC News. 11 December 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Report first for five-star school". BBC News. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Williamwood High School Clarkson Inspection" (pdf). HM Inspectorate for Education. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Queen's Park youngster Aidan Connolly's big test is to be like his dad". Daily Record. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Richard Lochhead: Personal Information". Scottish Parliament website. Retrieved 18 January 2016.