The Best Secondary Schools in Glasgow


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Scotland’s biggest city is unsurprisingly a brilliant place for children to go to school. There’s a wonderful selection of secondary schools in Glasgow if you have kids reaching this age, or if you’re looking to the future and planning to put down roots in the city. Many local schools regularly top national league tables and boast strong reputations that reach far beyond their catchment areas. Whether you live in the city centre or a suburb like Baillieston, here are five of the best high schools in Glasgow.

Jordanhill School

One of Scotland’s top secondaries, Jordanhill School lies midway between the centre of Glasgow and Clydebank. Catering for around 1,000 pupils, attainment levels are very high, with over 90% of students leaving with three or more Highers last year. Some 95% get five or more National 5s, putting Jordanhill at the very top of nationwide league tables on a regular basis. Better still, the school also has a primary attached, so your children can receive a superb education right the way through their studies.

Bearsden Academy

Lying on the north-eastern outskirts of the city, Bearsden Academy strives to provide an excellent all-round education which allows its students to leave as successful, confident and responsible young adults. The school has been around for more than 110 years, with approximately 1,200 students aged between 11 and 18 now in attendance. Education Scotland was impressed on its latest visit, stating that “young people learn and achieve very well at Bearsden Academy”. The 2016 Inspection Report goes on to praise the school’s students as “highly motivated, friendly and enthusiastic”.

Glasgow Gaelic School

If you’d like your kids to receive a Scottish Gaelic education, it doesn’t get better than this school in the heart of Glasgow. Situated on Berkeley Street close to both the Exhibition Centre and Charing Cross train stations, as well as Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow Gaelic School is a strong academic option. It’s another high achiever, while it’s also an all-through school with little ones able to start from the age of three. Most secondary subjects are taught in Gaelic, making it unbeatable in the city if this is a first language for your kids.

St Ninian’s High School

A school which always performs well in terms of national league tables, St Ninian’s is another one of the best Glasgow secondary schools you can send your kids to. Admission is prioritised for local primary children, but places can be awarded to pupils living in spots like Cambuslang and Rutherglen. If you live on our Riverside @ Cathcart development you’ll have an excellent chance of securing a place here, as the school is only two miles away.

Mearns Castle High School

Yet another top-performing school on the national stage, Mearns Castle High School is a hugely desirable school in South Glasgow. This is on account of its superb record with exam results, as well as its reputation with the education board. The school is named after its neighbouring castle, and lies on the edge of beautiful open countryside. It’s also only four miles from our Thornton View site, where you can secure a stunning 3 bedroom family home surrounded by great local amenities.