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Holyrood Secondary School

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Established  1936
Religion  Roman Catholic
Chaplain  Fr. John G. Carroll
Phone  +44 141 582 0120
Staff  150
Type  Comprehensive
Headteacher  Laurie Byrne
Location  Glasgow Scotland
Founded  1936
Gender  Mixed-sex education
Holyrood Secondary School
Address  100 Dixon Rd, Glasgow G42 8AU, UK
Motto  Hoc vince; ("By this conquer!")
Similar  Holyrood Sports Centre, Hillpark Secondary School, Hyndland Secondary School, Notre Dame High School, Whitehill Secondary School

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Holyrood Secondary School is a Catholic secondary school in the south-side of Glasgow, Scotland. It is near Crosshill railway station, Hampden Park, A728 and the new M74 motorway.


The school was featured as part of a BBC Documentary by Friel Kean films, which aired in March 2012. Entitled High School, the three-part series followed pupils and staff during the 2011–12 academic year.

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The school was founded in 1936 and originally functioned as a Senior Secondary with entry dependent on a high mark in the "Qualifying examination". In 1971 the exam was abolished and all Scottish state schools became equal in terms of status, curriculum offered and examinations taken.


The original school building, designed by the firm of John Burnet, Son & Dick, was built in 1936, and is now protected as a category B listed building.

Over the years, the school has had renovation and additional blocks purposely built, this is known as the "new block" and "I.T. Wing". The new block also features new classrooms for English, Religious education and Social Subjects. The school features over 20 purpose built I.T. Rooms and also hosts three drama studios, complete with sound and lighting effects. In addition, several wood work and metal workshops are situated as well as modern laboratories for Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Nearly all classrooms within the school are fully equipped with state of the art SMART boards and projectors. In 2001, Glasgow city council commissioned a modern sports centre to be built directly next to Holyrood, known as "Holyrood Sports Centre". The school has exclusive access during the day to all the facilities, with the centre being open at night to the public. The sports centre features a full size synthetic floodlit pitch, 3 seven-a-side pitches, changing rooms,inside gym hall and shower accommodation. In addition, an open plan gym which can be split into two separate halls, a dance studio and a modern extensive fitness suite. These facilities are used by all pupils for physical education and are an addition to the swimming pool and gymnastics hall.

Malawi Partnership

The school has established a close partnership with Mary's Meals, which saw former deputy head, Tony Begley, resign from his position to take up a new role as the education co-ordinator of this nonprofitable charity. The school has also been at the forefront of fundraising for Malawi as well as Mary's Meals which involves under 30 pupils travelling to areas close to Blantyre, Malawi to reconstruct, renovate and build schools.

A team of 36 young people has now been chosen for 2013 after a successful 5 years of the project and will continue the work in Malawi, led by previous head teacher, Thomas McDonald. The school has so far raised in excess of £200,000 for Malawi.


The school has a pupil roll of approximately 2000 pupils and 150 teachers making it one of the largest state comprehensive schools in Europe.

Notable former pupils

  • Frankie Boyle Comedian
  • James Boyle Broadcaster. Head of BBC Radio Scotland and controller of BBC Radio 4. Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council.
  • Alan Brazil former professional footballer with Ipswich Town, Detroit Express, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Coventry City, Queens Park Rangers. He was capped 13 times by Scotland. He now presents the TalkSport breakfast show from 6am to 10am Monday to Friday.
  • Bob Crampsey Teacher (including history teacher at Holyrood in the 1970s), broadcaster, journalist and historian. Human encyclopedia of football knowledge. Won Brain of Britain 1965. Reached semi-finals of Mastermind (TV series) 1973.
  • Tony Curran Actor.
  • Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour MP for Poplar and Canning Town since 1997, and former London Fire Brigade firefighter
  • Charlie Gallagher footballer
  • Jim McCalliog former Scottish international footballer
  • Fran Healy (lead singer of Travis)
  • Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, lawyer, human rights activist and chair of the British Council.
  • Jim Kerr, (lead singer), Charlie Burchill and Brian McGee of Simple Minds.
  • Johnny McElhone musician and songwriter of Altered Images, Hipsway and Texas. Also, Michael "Tich" Anderson and Tony McDaid of Altered Images. Also, Johnny's brother, Gerry McElhone, who managed both Altered Images and Hipsway, and contributed to songwriting for the former.
  • Joseph McFadden actor
  • Brian McNeill, keyboard player with China Crisis from the mid-1980s and recording studio owner.
  • Chaplaincy

    The school chaplain is Father John G. Carroll of St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Pollokshaws


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