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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.

This is what we mean when we say our values are PEOPLE, EXCELLENCE, WELCOMING and COMMUNITY.

Day to Day at HSOG

We welcome pupils from 8:00am to both the Junior and Senior School, timetables run until 3.15pm at Junior School and 3.45pm at Senior. Both Junior and Senior School pupils engage in a varied curriculum every day from Maths, English, Science and Computing to Languages, Arts and Sport. 

Morning assembly is an important start to every day when both Junior and Senior School 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 1000 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 a learning environment at age 3 (Kindergarten) allows pupils to develop and grow, making the transition into Junior and Senior Schools smoother. Our Transitus (P7) year introduces Junior School pupils to a Senior School environment. We limit our class sizes from Junior School through to Sixth year to enable our teachers to work with each pupil closely, concentrating on each pupils individual needs. 

Teaching and Assessments

Our teaching styles evolve 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 5 Higher passes each, and a 98.5% pass rate at Higher with 80.6% at grade A.

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

Pastoral Care

We provide every pupil with pastoral care, individual support and guidance through our established House System. The system bridges the gap between family life and society for pupils, creating a strong sense of belonging, identity and encourages a healthy and good natured competitive spirit. Every year, the four Senior School Houses nominate a charity or cause that they feel passionately about and are allocated their own fundraising week in the School calendar to run events and sponsored activities.

At Junior School the Head Teacher and classroom teacher provide pastoral care. At 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, Bannerman House Master