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 History of Grangemouth High School

The Town of Grangemouth has had a distinctive High School since 1909 when the purpose-built new school was formally opened by Professor Andrew Gray of Glasgow University.

Originally pupils who passed the ‘qualifying examination’ went to the high school for three years of secondary education before completing their final two years at Falkirk High School.

Both the sciences and the arts have featured strongly in the school's history and as the town developed as the hub of the petro-chemical industry of Scotland the sciences have proved a popular route to local employment.


The Performing Arts also have a long and well merited standing in the local community ; in the 1930s eight pupils sang in a Royal Command Performance at the Albert Hall in the presence of the King and Queen.  The Art master from the 1920s to 1951 was the famous James W Davy whose son Alan Davy is now an internationally acclaimed artist, and Jock Leydon, who emigrated to South Africa where he became an internationally renowned cartoonist with the Rand Daily Mail, is a former pupil. Some of Jock Leydon’s work now hangs proudly in the school.


Other famous ex pupils include the footballer George Young, Sir David Tweedy (the current chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board), broadcaster Kaye Adams, and commonwealth gold medallist Steve Frew.
Over the last decade around three dozen senior pupils each year have progressed successfully to universities across the land to continue their advanced study in Law, Dentistry, Medicine, Business and Commerce and a wide range of Sciences and the Arts.
The school’s long tradition in music and drama has continued unabated and in 2005 the BBC Sound Town Project hosted the school production of Juliet’s Tomb at the Edinburgh Festival.

The most recent HMIE Inspection Report (2010) stated that key strengths included the :

  • friendly, courteous, motivated young people who are actively involved in the school and the community
  • leadership of young people in promoting the health and well-being of their peers and the wider community
  • partnerships with external agencies to enrich and support young people's learning and wider achievement
  • high number of teachers working together to improve learning and teaching