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Life at the High School

The High School of Glasgow is a vibrant, caring and high-achieving co-educational day school for pupils between the ages 3-18.

Our Values

Above all we respect and value people, of whatever age or ability.

We are committed to helping young people perform to the best of their ability and to experience the opportunity to excel in their chosen fields. We go to whatever lengths necessary to make everyone in our community feel welcome.

Day to Day at HSOG

We welcome pupils from 8:00am, with timetables normally running until 3.15pm at our Junior School and 3.45pm at our Senior School.

Both Junior and Senior School pupils engage in an exciting and varied curriculum every day, from Maths, English, Science and Computing to Languages, Creative Arts and Sport. 

Morning assembly is an important start to each and every day when our Schools congregate. Being together as a community provides an opportunity to reflect, take stock and celebrate good news and achievements. We deliberately keep our community to just under 1,000 pupils, small enough not to get lost, but big enough to be able to offer a wide range of subjects and activities.

Introducing children to our Kindergarten learning environment at age 3 allows pupils to develop and grow, making the transition into Junior and Senior School as smooth as can be.

Our Transitus year delivers an early introduction to the Senior School environment for Primary 7-age pupils, a head start to the Senior curriculum, with increased subject choices and subjects specialist teaching.

We limit our class sizes from Junior School through to Sixth Year to enable our teachers to work closely with each individual, catering specifically to each pupils' needs. 

Teaching and Assessments

Our teaching style evolves year on year by keeping up-to-date with modern techniques and resources, reacting to our pupils' requirements and making sure we are going above and beyond for every pupil.

With assessments being an unavoidable part of school life, we like to introduce pupils to exam techniques from Transitus year.

This experience has proved successful year on year with current 5th Year pupils achieving on average 4.94 Higher passes each, and a 98% pass rate at Higher with 87.2% at grade A.

You can find out more about our recent exam results HERE.

Pastoral Care

We provide every pupil with individual care, support and guidance through our established Ships System (Junior School) and House System (Senior School).

These systems bridge the gap between family life and school, creating a strong sense of belonging and identity, as well as encouraging a healthy competitive spirit! Every year, the four Senior School Houses host a fundraising week, supporting a charity or cause that they feel passionately about.

At Junior School, Deputy Head Teacher, Mrs Gail Morrans, and classroom teachers provide pastoral care.

At our Senior School, the pastoral side of life falls under the care of our House Staff.

"We want to make sure that every child feels welcomed and cared for; that every child has someone they can turn to throughout their time in school. As a Housemaster, I work with pupils from their Transitus (P7) year through to Sixth year, so I am able to learn about their strengths and point them in the right direction if they are feeling lost. I think having someone constant in a child’s life at school is vital. The teenage years can be challenging for some, and my job is to foster a sense of belonging so that all pupils are supported, encouraged and have the right tools to succeed.

Mr. Philip Ford
Former Bannerman House Master