Firrhill High School

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Firrhill High School
9 Oxgangs Road North

EH14 1DP

TypeState secondary
HeadteacherGraham Hamilton
Staff121 approx
Enrolment1123 approx[1]
GradesS1 to S6

Firrhill High School is a state secondary school located in the south-west of Edinburgh, Scotland. The school was established in 1960, being unveiled by the city's Lord Provost; the school has around 1123 students with a teaching staff roll of around 120.[2] The school serves areas such as: Oxgangs, Colinton Mains, Colinton Village, Bonaly, Fairmilehead, Buckstone, Craiglockhart and Longstone.[3]

In 2001, the school underwent drastic refurbishing work, with several run-down buildings dating from the 1960s being either refurbished or demolished with new buildings being built in their place; this was completed in mid-2005.[4] The school was refurbished by a private finance initiative.

Headteacher and SMT[edit]

The current headteacher is Graham Hamilton. Nick McClellan, Julie Statham and Ross Isdale are the deputy head teachers.[5]


Pupils at the school are separated into four groups, known as "houses"; the houses are:

  • Allermuir
  • Braidlaw
  • Caerketton
  • Darroch (2017-)

The Houses are named after three of the Pentland hills, to the south of Edinburgh and in sight of the school; as of 2017 Student ties have changed to remove individual house colours, in place a plain blue tie with logo centered, S6 Pupils have additional gold stripes on ties.

Notable former pupils and teachers[edit]

  • Robbie Foy, formerly of Liverpool F.C. and Scunthorpe United FC, is a former pupil of the school. Foy, Sives and Vita represented Scotland Schoolboys in 2000 and 2001[6] respectively whilst at the school[7] and all three played in the Victory Shield.
  • The Scottish actress and comedian Elaine C Smith was a drama teacher at the school in the early 1980s.[8]
  • The pianist and composer Stuart Mitchell who discovered the musical symbols in Rosslyn Chapel and has been celebrated in the Classic FM Hall of Fame for 15 years was a former pupil at Firrhill High School.[9]
  • Margot Wells the elite athletics coach, and wife to 100m Gold-medallist Allan Wells, taught Physical Education at Firrhill in the late 1970s.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education[edit]

On 13 June 2006, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education reported on the school;[10] the inspectors identified as key strengths "The coherent and progressive programme of enterprise activities from S1-S6" and "The high standards of attainment at S5/S6". The report also commended the strong direction given by the Head Teacher Karen Prophet.

The Report also commended the condition of the school saying that the school was well-designed and had good specialist teaching areas and had good social areas for pupils.

HM Inspectorate of Education issued a follow-up report on 22 April 2008;[11] the report identified "good" or "very good" progress regarding all the items identified for action in the 2006 inspection report, and found no need to conduct further follow-up inspections.

External links[edit]


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  3. ^ Catchment Area Map[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Written Answer, Scottish Parliament
  5. ^ "Firrhill High School SMT". Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Capital starlets to take off on a trip of a lifetime". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. 9 February 2002.
  8. ^ "Elaine C Smith Comedy Instead Of Teaching". Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Composer cracks Rosslyn's musical code".
  10. ^ Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education report on Firrhill High School, 13 June 2006 Archived 4 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education report on Firrhill High School, 22 April 2008 Archived 4 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine

Coordinates: 55°54′52.51″N 3°14′10.86″W / 55.9145861°N 3.2363500°W / 55.9145861; -3.2363500