Welcome/Failte from the HeadteacherDonald Macdonald Head Teacher

As the Head Teacher of James Gillespie’s High School, I am delighted to welcome you to our website.  Our School, founded in 1803,is situated in the heart of the beautiful and vibrant City of Edinburgh, Scotland. We are a modern culturally diverse comprehensive High School, educating pupils aged 11 to 18 years of age. Our students describe us a great school and a happy place to be part of. In November 2015 we were named in the Sunday Times Good Schools Guide as State School of the Year (2015) for Scotland.

In addition to having an outstanding academic record, our school prides itself on the varied and extensive extra-curricular programme of activities on offer. All our pupils are fully supported by a dedicated and committed staff who strive to ensure that all pupils realise their potential. We provide Gaelic Medium Education for students from S1 to S6.

Our aim at Gillespie’s is to encourage each student to be self-confident, inquiring, tolerant, positive, well-rounded, independent and an individual who respects and appreciates the value of growing up in a culturally diverse and enriched world. By the time he/she leaves the school, we want each student to have that true sense of self-worth which will enable him/her to add value to society.
We regard our website as a key aspect of our partnership with pupils, parents and the local community and we are determined that it will make an important contribution to the high quality educational experience we offer at James Gillespie’s. In partnership with parents we are committed to ensuring that our students are challenged, successful and happy.

Our ethos is excellent and frequently praised. The learning and teaching approaches are varied and student-centred. The school is open to change but as a reflective learning organisation we do not embrace innovation without careful thought. If you are a parent we look forward to continuing to work with you – please see our parent bulletin board. If you are a former student we would welcome contact with you via our former students’ bulletin board.If you would like further information about the school please email our school office. Thank you for taking an interest in our school.

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Donald J Macdonald (Headteacher)