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Hillhead High School
Motto Nous maintiendrons (French for "We will maintain")
Established 19th century (as Hillhead Primary School)
Type State / public (non-denominational)
Headmaster Mr. W. Wight
Faculty about 90
Students about 1000
Location Oakfield Avenue, Hillhead,
Glasgow,
Colours Navy, black, white, pink, red and gold
Athletics
  • Hillhead Badminton Club
  • Hillhead Football Club
  • Hillhead Hockey Club
  • Hillhead Basketball Club
  • Hillhead Cricket Club
Surroundings Urban
Hillhead High School.JPG
The main building of Hillhead High School

Hillhead High School is a day school located in Glasgow, Scotland, on Oakfield Avenue, neighbouring the University of Glasgow. It is one of the largest schools in Glasgow.

Until 1976 it was a selective school. In that year the local authority in Glasgow abolished the selectivity process and the school gradually became a comprehensive school serving its natural catchment area of Glasgow's West End.

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School facilities

The school has two buildings, the Main Building and the Terrace Building. It also uses the nearby Wellington Church for mass assemblies at October, Christmas, Easter and Summer.

The X-shaped listed Main Building, acquired in the 1930s, is the larger of the two buildings, and is where most pupils begin their studies. Most of the school's classrooms and offices are situated on its four floors. Its departments include Drama, Music, Physical Education, English, Art, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Home Economics and most recently and controversially, Hair and Beauty. Also in the Main Building is the library, where a career and exam advisor makes biweekly appearances.

Originally owned by the University of Glasgow, the Terrace Building was acquired by Hillhead in c.2001. Its five floors house the Information Technology, Technical and Graphic Communication Studies, Geography, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Modern Studies and History departments, including their classrooms and accompanying staff rooms. This building is used primarily for applied studies.

Minority Time Activity

Hillhead High School is the only school in Glasgow which has implemented Minority Time Activity (MTA). On Friday afternoons, teachers host activities ranging from football to ten pin bowling. Students who take part in extracurricular activities can alternatively use this time for additional practice. Pupils choose their desired activity at the start of each major term, for example when returning from the summer holidays. When participating in MTA, pupils are dismissed at 2:40 p.m. rather than the usual 3:30 p.m.

School shows

From the late 1970s until the mid 1990s, Hillhead High enjoyed a reputation for producing the best school shows in Glasgow. The tradition for staging quality musicals began in 1977 when Oklahoma! was performed at Partick Burgh Halls as a result of a very successful collaboration between classics teacher Alistair Fulton and music teacher Irene McLennan. This partnership, over the following years, provided a chance for many pupils to develop their talents both on-stage and backstage. The growing popularity of the shows led to the decision to perform them at the Mitchell Theatre, which helped to add to the professionalism of the productions. In 1985, to celebrate the school's centenary, a special version of The Music Man was produced, which featured several former pupils as cast members. Culminating the partnership between Fulton and McLennan was the Scottish premiere of Li'l Abner in the summer of 1992, after which McLennan retired. In 1994 Fulton again produced Oklahoma! as his farewell show before also retiring. The following year Calamity Jane was produced by a new production team consisting of two music teachers and two English teachers, and was very well received. However this proved to be the final show after a run of nearly twenty years. The tradition still provides some of the fondest memories for ex-pupils, many of whom went on to puruse careers in art, drama and music, having been inspired after their involvement in the shows.

Notable alumni

External links

Coordinates: 55°52′28″N 4°17′07″W / 55.87455°N 4.28538°W / 55.87455; -4.28538

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Hillhead High School
Motto Nous maintiendrons (French for "We will maintain")
Established 19th century (as Hillhead Primary School)
Type State / public (non-denominational)
Headmaster Mr. W. Wight
Faculty about 90
Students about 1000
Location Oakfield Avenue, Hillhead,
Glasgow,
Colours Navy, black, white, pink, red and gold
Athletics
  • Hillhead Badminton Club
  • Hillhead Football Club
  • Hillhead Hockey Club
  • Hillhead Basketball Club
  • Hillhead Cricket Club
  • Surroundings Urban

    The main building of Hillhead High School

    Hillhead High School is a day school located in Glasgow, Scotland, on Oakfield Avenue, neighbouring the University of Glasgow. It is one of the largest schools in Glasgow.

    Until 1976 it was a selective school. In that year the local authority in Glasgow abolished the selectivity process and the school gradually became a comprehensive school serving its natural catchment area of Glasgow's West End.

    Contents

    School facilities

    The school has two buildings, the Main Building and the Terrace Building. It also uses the nearby Wellington Church for mass assemblies at October, Christmas, Easter and Summer.

    The X-shaped listed Main Building, acquired in the 1930s, is the larger of the two buildings, and is where most pupils begin their studies. Most of the school's classrooms and offices are situated on its four floors. Its departments include Drama, Music, Physical Education, English, Art, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Home Economics and most recently and controversially, Hair and Beauty. Also in the Main Building is the library, where a career and exam advisor makes biweekly appearances.

    Originally owned by the University of Glasgow, the Terrace Building was acquired by Hillhead in c.2001. Its five floors house the Information Technology, Technical and Graphic Communication Studies, Geography, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Modern Studies and History departments, including their classrooms and accompanying staff rooms. This building is used primarily for applied studies.

    Minority Time Activity

    Hillhead High School is the only school in Glasgow which has implemented Minority Time Activity (MTA). On Friday afternoons, teachers host activities ranging from football to ten pin bowling. Students who take part in extracurricular activities can alternatively use this time for additional practice. Pupils choose their desired activity at the start of each major term, for example when returning from the summer holidays. When participating in MTA, pupils are dismissed at 2:40 p.m. rather than the usual 3:30 p.m.

    School music

    During the 1960s, under John McKendrick, the school developed a widely-respected tradition for orchestral and chamber music, regularly coming first in the Glasgow Music Festival. At the height of its success the combined schools boasted three symphony orchestras, several wind ensembles and string ensembles, a madrigal group and a primary boys' choir. This last choir, under John McIntosh, participated in a performance of Carmina Burana with the SNO.

    From the late 1970s until the mid 1990s, Hillhead High enjoyed a reputation for producing the best school shows in Glasgow. The tradition for staging quality musicals began in 1977 when Oklahoma! was performed at Partick Burgh Halls as a result of a very successful collaboration between classics teacher Alistair Fulton and music teacher Irene McLennan. This partnership, over the following years, provided a chance for many pupils to develop their talents both on-stage and backstage. The growing popularity of the shows led to the decision to perform them at the Mitchell Theatre, which helped to add to the professionalism of the productions. In 1985, to celebrate the school's centenary, a special version of The Music Man was produced, which featured several former pupils as cast members. Culminating the partnership between Fulton and McLennan was the Scottish premiere of Li'l Abner in the summer of 1992, after which McLennan retired. In 1994 Fulton again produced Oklahoma! as his farewell show before also retiring. The following year Calamity Jane was produced by a new production team consisting of two music teachers and two English teachers, and was very well received. However this proved to be the final show after a run of nearly twenty years. The tradition still provides some of the fondest memories for ex-pupils, many of whom went on to puruse careers in art, drama and music, having been inspired after their involvement in the shows.

    Notable alumni

    External links

    Coordinates: 55°52′28″N 4°17′07″W / 55.87455°N 4.28538°W / 55.87455; -4.28538


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