Renfrewshire Council

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Castlehead High

Canal Street, Paisley PA1 2HL

Tel: 01505706021

Email: [email protected]


Head: Sue Walker

Roll: 963

Motto: Nothing But The Best Will Do

Free school meals: 23.5 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 0.8pc

Extra-curricular activities Many sports, including step aerobics, spin cycles, softball/baseball and fishing; strong in music – pupils participate at divisional level, some sing in world-famous Paisley Abbey Choir, and some extend their musical education at the RSAMD. Some talented pupils are encouraged to sit Higher Music a year earlier than usual in S4 with Advanced Higher in S5.

Dress Code: Long tradition of school uniform supported by parents, staff and pupils.

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Community links: We are very fortunate in having many pupils who through thought, time and effort enhance the school experience for a significant number of others.

Vocational education: We offer vocational courses in partnership with Reid Kerr College and have made use of the newer national qualifications such as hospitality, and practical craft skills to offer courses in the school.

What qualities do you try to instil in pupils to take beyond school? Striving to work together for the benefit of all.

Gleniffer High School

Amochrie Road, Foxbar, Paisley PA2 0AG Tel: 01505 813116

Head: David Nicholls

Roll: 1341

Free school meals: 13.6 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 0.8 pc

Extra-curricular activities:Junior/senior choirs, musical instrument groups, orchestra, clubs – computing, art, competition, young engineers, drama, film, fishing; football, cycling, basketball, fitness club, rugby, netball, hockey, badminton; ski-ing, theatre trips, outdoor activities, storytelling sessions, authors' visits.

Uniform/dress code:Black skirt or trousers and black shoes – girls; black trousers and black shoes – boys, White blouse or shirt and school tie, school pullover or plain black pullover, black or dark coloured warm and waterproof jacket and school badge.

Community links: Charitable activities including, Cash for Kids, S1 Christmas Parcels, Children in Need, Malawi Appeal, Breast Cancer, St Vincent Hospice, Barnardo's.

Vocational education: Involved in Renfrewshire Council vocational programme in conjunction with Reid Kerr College for S3-6.

Qualities: Co-operation, friendship, honesty, respect, responsibility and trust.

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Famous ex-pupils: David Sneddon, singer and winner of Fame Academy; Gordon McCrory – The Fratellis; Jill Jackson, from the group Speedway

Gryffe High

Old Bridge of Weir Road, Houston, Renfrewshire PA6 7EB

Tel: 01505 690633

E-mail: [email protected]


Head: John Watson

Roll: 931

Motto: Striving for excellence

Free school meals: 3.9 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 0.4 pc

Johnstone High

Beith Road, Johnstone, PA5 0JN Tel: 01505 322173

Head: Alasdair Macdonald

Roll: 1209

Free school meals: 15.5 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 1.2 per cent

Extra-curricular activities: Wide range of sport, Friends of Tanzania, ICT, music, Scripture Union, study support. S6 organise activities for S1 pupils during school day as part of befrienders' scheme, including the talent show and paired reading. Overseas trips and events such as ski trips, theatre visits, gallery visits.

Uniform/dress code: We have one which is supported by parents and pupils. All pupils wear uniform.

Community links: All pupils in S3-4 spend one afternoon per week on community projects to develop active citizenship. We have a strong relationship with nearby Corseford School, run by Capability Scotland, which educates children with severe difficulties. In social and vocational skills. Pupils work with nurseries and clubs for elderly. We raise funds for St Vincent's Hospice in Howwood. Senior pupils are members of the Johnstone Festival Committee. Many seniors undertake sports coaching qualifications and use them to run sports programmes in primaries.

Vocational education: Curricular change in middle school allow pupils to undertake enterprise projects and there are half or single day Determined to Succeed events for S1-4. There are enterprise inserts in Intermediate 1 Biology (growing and selling plants and vegetables), in Social and Vocational Skills where pupils have to provide a service and in technical studies where there are 'design/make/sell' projects. In S3-4, pupils have option of participating in Renfrewhire Vocational Programme at Reid Kerr College in Paisley.

Qualities: Honesty, compassion, self-respect, confidence, ambition, optimism, civic duty and contribution, responsibility

Famous ex-pupils: Phyllis Logan, actress; Ian Pattison, creator of Rab C Nesbitt; Ally Dawson, footballer.

Linwood High

Stirling Drive, Paisley, PA3 3NB

Tel: 01505336146

Head: Keith Hasson

Roll: 468

Free School Meals: 16.6 per cent

Unauthorised Absence: 0.2 pc

Paisley Grammar

Glasgow Road, Paisley, PA1 3RP

Tel: 0141-889 3484

Head: Caroline Amoss

Roll: 1186

Motto: Work pupil, or leave

Free School Meals: 14.9 per cent

Unauthorised Absence: 0.2 pc

Park Mains High

Barrhill Road, Erskine PA8 6EY

Tel: 0141 812 2801

Head: Robert Fawkes

Roll: 1457

Free school meals: 3.4 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 1.0 per cent

Extra-curricular activities: School band, orchestra, choirs and ceilidh band well-known for excellence; Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme one of the largest in a state school in Scotland; sport and an extremely successful Activities' Week; 6th year Charities Committee, talent show.

Dress Code: Yes

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Community links: Pupils involved in social and vocational skills course and community service (6th years) and run various community events. Charities Committee ensures large proportion of funds raised are allocated to local charities.

Vocational education:S3 pupils are offered Skills for Work courses at Reid Kerr College in hairdressing, engineering, construction and care

Qualities: The four capacities - see pages 2&3.

Famous ex-pupils: Douglas & Wendy Alexander, politics; John Smeaton, airport hero; Dougie Vipond (Deacon Blue and sports presenter)

Renfrew High School

Haining Road, Renfrew, PA4 0AN

Tel: 0141-886 7511

Head: Madeline Sharp

Roll: 864

Free school meals: 9.4 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 1.3 per cent

St Andrew's Academy

Barrhead Road, Paisley, PA2 7LG

Tel: 0141-887 5201


Head: Anthony Quinn

Roll: 1137

Motto: Come follow me

Free school meals: 15 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 0.7 per cent

Extra-curricular activities: Junior/senior choirs, concert/jazz/Celtic bands, percussion group; football, basketball, netball, karate, athletics, cross-country, hill-climbing, rowing, skiing, badminton; debating/ public speaking, drama, theatre visits, foreign trips, Young Enterprise.

Uniform/dress code: Very strong uniform school logo on black jerseys/cardigans, white shirt, tie and senior tie, black trousers/shirt.

Community links: Our recent HMIE report praised the school for its strong links with the local community and for global links with Africa.

Vocational education:Close links with Reid Kerr College / courses from S3 to S6

Qualities: Hard-working, confident, caring; awareness of plight of poor.

Famous ex-pupils: Paulo Nutini

St Benedict's High

Bridge of Weir Road, Linwood, Paisley, PA3 3BH

Tel: 01505 327500


Head: Michael A Cannin

Roll: 731

Motto: Ora et Labora: Prayer and Work

Free School Meals: 14.9 per cent

Unauthorised absence: 0.4 per cent

Trinity High

Glebe Street, Renfrew, PA4 8TP

Tel: 0141-886 6121

Head: Jack Nellaney

Roll: 1081

Free school meals: 16.7 per cent

Unauthorised absences: 0.2 pc

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Extra-curricular activities: Sport – basketball, hockey, netball, football, rugby, golf. Media team – school press group and podcast. Music – folk and jazz bands, full school orchestra backed by the Trinity Singers. Citizenship: Pro-Life group, Fairtrade group, charity fundraising, community events , out of school learning clubs, S6 Buddies.

Uniform/dress code: Black trousers/skirt, black jumper/cardigan, white shirt, green tie for S1-S4, blue ties for S5-S6.

Community links: We are deeply aware of our responsibilities to the wider community and put great importance on charity work. We work with Association for People with Disabilities (Bangalore); SCIAF; Mary's Meals; Pro Life; St Vincent's Hospice; Beatson Institute; Yorkhill Hospital and various charities in Africa. We were the first Fairtrade school in Scotland.

Vocational education: In partnership with Reid Kerr College, we provide young people with a variety of opportunities including hairdressing, child care, 2D animation, media studies, construction, engineering and sports coaching. A number of S5 pupils work in a voluntary capacity with Erskine Hospital. We are proud of our effective links with the Careers Service and are regularly joined by local businesspeople to ensure pupils are fully informed of the future opportunities available to them.

Qualities: Students are encouraged to maximise their talents, achieve their potential inside and outside the classroom and grow as responsible, Christian individuals able to contribute positively to society.

Famous ex-pupils: Kevin McCann, Hibs footballer.