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Hutchesons' Grammar School

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Established  1641
Rector  Mr Colin Gambles
Phone  +44 141 423 2933
Founded  1641
Gender  Mixed-sex education
Type  Independent school
Motto  Veritas (Truth)
Number of students  1,300 (approx)
Hutchesons' Grammar School
Location  Beaton Road Glasgow G41 4NW Scotland
Houses  4 (Argyle, Lochiel, Montrose and Stuart)
Address  21 Beaton Rd, Glasgow G41 4NW, UK
Similar  The Glasgow Academy, Kelvinside Academy, Craighol School, St Aloysius College, The High School of Glasgow

Hutchesons' Grammar School is a co-educational independent school in the southside of Glasgow, Scotland. It was founded as Hutchesons Boys' Grammar School by the brothers George Hutcheson and Thomas Hutcheson in 1641 and was opened originally to educate orphans, starting with "twelve male children, indigent orphans".


For much of its early life the boys' school was situated at Crown Street in the Gorbals. In 1876 a girls' school was opened in the former Gorbals Youth School in Elgin Street, moving to Kingarth Street in Pollokshields in 1912. The Boys' and Girls' schools amalgamated in 1976 at Beaton Road where the Boys' school had moved to in 1957. Kingarth Street became the co-ed primary school.

In 2001, the school expanded into Glasgow's West End when it merged with Laurel Park School and created a nursery and primary school on Lilybank Terrace, although this has since closed. The building suffered heavy damage in a fire in November 2008.

Today, "Hutchie", as the school is known informally, has around 1,300 pupils at Kingarth Street and Beaton Road. The current rector is Colin Gambles BSc.

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George and Thomas Hutcheson set aside money for their school in 1641. The brothers originally intended the School to be for orphans. Archibald Edmiston, an orphan himself, became the School's first pupil in 1643 and, seven years later, the School had "12 boys on the roll", to whom the school song refers.

The brothers built Hutchesons' Hospital Building in the Trongate which survived the fire that destroyed much of the city in 1652.

The school required several moves to accommodate its growing number of pupils. It twice changed address before the school moved to Ingram Street in 1802. By 1815 the school had 76 pupils. By 1839 it stood at 120 which prompted the Patrons' decision to build a new school in Crown Street, Gorbals. The new building was opened in 1841 and remained in use until 1960.

In 1876, Hutchesons' Girls' School was opened on Elgin Street. Hutchesons' Girls' Grammar School, as it was now known, re-located in 1912 to the present primary school building in Kingarth Street.

Beaton Road in Crossmyloof became the new home to the primary school of Hutchesons' Boys' Grammar School in 1957 with the secondary school moving in 1960.

In 1975 Hutchesons' Girls' Grammar School and Hutchesons' Boys' Grammar School were amalgamated to form Hutchesons' Grammar School, the co-educational institution which remains in this form today. The girls' site in Kingarth Street became the mixed primary school and also housed S1 and S2 (the first two years of the secondary school) while the remaining secondary pupils were taught at what had been the boys' school in Beaton Road. Twenty years later additional building at Beaton Road allowed S1 and S2 to move there, leaving Kingarth Street as wholly the primary school.

The school has over 30 clubs and societies, many of which are over 50 years old. In 2011, S5 pupils Usman Abdul-Quayum and Mazen Allam formed the school's Medical Union. The society was the school's first independently run society which normally has up to 50 members enrolled at any one time.

In 1991, a 3-storey Science Block was erected in the Beaton Road carpark and in 1994 a new Infant Block at Kingarth Street was constructed. A new Sports Building was developed on the Playing Fields at Beaton Road in 1998, allowing the old gymnasium in the Senior School to be converted into a library the following year. Since 2000 the Fotheringay Centre has been built with a number of new facilities. In 2012 a new building for drama was opened.

Fees range between £7,975 and £10,158 per annum.

The school includes a large number of Jewish and Muslim pupils who constitute approximately 15% of the senior school roll. There is a Jewish assembly every Thursday and a Muslim assembly one Thursday a month.

A new sports track was completed in September 2009 and a purpose built drama complex was officially opened in March 2012 by actor Richard Wilson.


In November 2011, Hutchesons' Grammar School was named the 'Scottish Independent Secondary school of the year'.

Notable alumni

  • John Buchan - Novelist, historian and Governor-General of Canada
  • R. D. Laing - Influential psychiatrist in the field of psychosis
  • Archibald Leitch - Architect
  • James Maxton - 'Red Clydesider' MP and leader of the Independent Labour Party
  • Derry Irvine - controversial Barrister, QC and former Lord Chancellor
  • Carol Smillie - TV Presenter and former model
  • Gordon Bulloch - Played professional rugby union for Scotland and captained the British Lions
  • Ken Bruce - Radio 2 DJ
  • Adair Turner (Lord Turner of Ecchinswell) - chair of the Financial Services Authority
  • Russell Waters - film and television actor
  • David Weitzman - Labour MP
  • Anas Sarwar - Labour MP
  • Humza Yousaf - Scottish National Party MSP and Minister for International Development
  • John Mason - Scottish National Party MSP Architect
  • Iain Stewart - Conservative MP
  • Daniel Lamont Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland from 1936 to 1937
  • Leon Smith Current British davis cup captain
  • Cordelia Oliver - journalist, painter and art critic
  • J David Simons - novelist
  • Imtiaz Dharker - poet and artist
  • John Barbour - footballer and soldier killed in World War I
  • References

    Hutchesons' Grammar School Wikipedia

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