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Craigholme School

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Established  1894
Principal  June Gilliland
Ages  5–18
Number of students  300
Founded  1894
Type  Independent day school
Staff  42 FT (13 PT)
Phone  +44 141 427 0375
Founder  Mrs Jessie Murdoch
Gender  Single-sex education
Craigholme School
Location  72 St Andrew's Drive Pollokshields Glasgow G41 4HS Scotland
Address  68-72 St. Andrews Dr, Glasgow G41 4HS, UK
Motto  Persta atque Obdura; (Be steadfast and endure)
Similar  The Glasgow Academy, Hutcheso Grammar School, Kelvinside Academy, St Aloysius College, The High School of Glasgow

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Craigholme School is an independent all-girls school situated in the Pollokshields area of the South Side of Glasgow, Scotland.


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The school was founded in 1894 by Mrs Jessie Murdoch as Pollokshields Ladies' School. The school had forty pupils on the roll and was housed at 63 Dalziel Drive in a villa named Craigholme. The school initially accepted boys up to the age of nine and girls up to the age of fourteen. The schools' name was changed after the First World War to Craigholme School.

In 1937, the senior pupils moved to a house at 72 St Andrew's Drive on the corner with Hamilton Avenue, part of what is now the main site of the school, while the junior school remained at Dalziel Drive. The school was evacuated to the Trossachs from 1939–1940, and in 1942, headmistress Margaret Logie retired, selling the school to Pollok School Company, which had been established by parents and businessmen to preserve the school. The house at 328 Albert Drive was added to the school in 1942, and at 68 St Andrew's Drive in 1955. The school expanded further in 1963 with the purchase of numbers 2 and 4 Hamilton Avenue, which stood adjacent to 72 St Andrew's Drive. Three new laboratories and a hall were built in 1971, with a further storey on the science facilities in 1987.

St Ronan's Preparatory School at 204 Nithsdale Road was purchased in 1993 with the proceeds from the sale of 328 Albert Drive. The building housed Craigholme's nursery to J3 pupils until a dedicated nursery site was acquired in the form of 62 St Andrew's Drive. Recent expansion has included a new £2million physical education facility on the school's playing fields at Pollok Park.


Craigholme is housed on a site on the corner of St Andrew's Drive and Hamilton Avenue, with the junior school located at Dalziel Drive and sports facilities located in Pollok Park. The school is currently planning renovation of the St Andrew's Drive site. The school has forty-two full-time and thirteen part-time teachers and over five hundred pupils, and provides co-educational nursery facilities for 3-5 year olds, although the junior and senior schools remain all-girls. In August 2008, pupils achieved a 98% pass-rate at Standard Grade, 92% at Higher and 92% at Advanced Higher. Fees for senior school stand at £3,135 per term (plus £130 levy for the sports complex), making it the 26th-most expensive school in Scotland and fifth-most in Glasgow.


Craigholme School Wikipedia

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