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Mission and Values

We are dedicated to improving and enriching the lives of every child who comes through our doors, all the while guided by important values and principles.

The High School of Glasgow, founded as the Choir School, the ‘Sang School’ of Glasgow Cathedral in the 12th century, was born with the then higher purpose of teaching young boys to read and to sing in praise of God. 

Today, the School continues to uphold and constantly develop its higher purpose of being an inspiring independent, all through, co-educational institution of learning.

Our School motto, Sursum Semper, which translates as “ever upwards”, encapsulates our constant and unwavering commitment to improving and enriching the lives of every child who walks through our doors.

We ignite the potential within every young person, helping them to enjoy enriched lives, make a positive difference within their communities and shape the wider world. 

Our mission is to be the school of choice in the City of Glasgow and the West of Scotland; a beacon of learning where the all-round capacities of young people are nurtured, challenged and realised within an inclusive and caring environment of mutual respect, positive relationships and obligations.

We are an academic institution of learning, constantly in pursuit of excellence and all-round personal development. These ambitions are secured through high quality teaching and learning, rich and wide-ranging opportunities, first-class resources and a nurturing and supportive ethos that draws upon our outstanding heritage.



Our focus is always People Centred, with the abilities, interests, contribution and development of every child at the heart of our welcoming community. Our approach is steadfast - we will always be outward, open and accepting, with unconditional positive regard for every individual within our care.

We are Ambitious, consistently committed to delivering and maintaining outstanding practice in education. We continually seek to preserve and enhance the outstanding reputation of The High School of Glasgow on both the national and global stage.

Our Innovative approach to education is exemplified in our application of research-informed practice, with a proven impact in teaching and learning. Our openness to evaluating and using existing, alternative and creative programmes and solutions allows continual enhancements in the experience of our all-round education.

We are not simply a school, but a diverse, close-knit and benevolent Community. With an active social conscience, the School supports important local causes, while making a difference both nationally and globally. Our active alumni body are like a family, supporting one another while continue to promote the values of the School.

Project 2024

Strategic Plan

We are pleased to be able to share the School's strategic plan with the wider community.

Taking inspiration from the successful endeavours of former pupils in keeping The High School of Glasgow alive in 1976, and recognising that the School will celebrate 900 years of continuous educational provision in 2024, our strategic plan articulates the vision and values of the School, laying out our goals for the next five years and beyond.

Where Next?

Our Stories

Every individual that goes on The High School journey leaves with a story to tell!

Read Our Stories


Discover more about our long and illustrious history, spanning back nearly 900 years.

Explore Our History

Entry Guide

A step-by-step guide for those wishing to applying to our Kindergarten, Junior or Senior School.

Entry Guide