Sep 182016

Grow Wild won the Best Environmental Project award at the recent Big Lottery Awards. Some of our pupils were present on the day when the award was announced at the Waterworks in Barrhead and then featured in the video clip played at the awards ceremony with 2 of the girls speaking (unfortunately although the other 2 also spoke well, they suffered at the hands of the editors!).

The extract below is from the Awards ceremony on BBC on Sunday 11th September.

Big Lottery Awards – Grow Wild Waterworks Project

Sep 182016

A group of pupils and staff joined together on Saturday to take part in the Pretty Muddy Run.





The Barrhead High Team have already raised over £1500 for Cancer Research UK – I am sure any of the team would appreciate a contribution through the fund-raising page

Well done ladies – brilliant effort!

Sep 142016

A new school year and a new merit list. Congratulations to all those pupils on the September Merit List.

The merit team have been listening to pupil feedback. Merit Rewards will now be decided by the pupil councils. If you have any ideas please let your pupil council rep know or talk to your pastoral teacher.


The Merit Team

#pupilvoice #wedolisten

Sep 072016

Barrhead High has a new Head Boy and Head Girl!

Head Boy Girl I am pleased to inform you that Emily Thompson and Adam Innes secured the most votes and are therefore elected as our new Head Girl and Head Boy. Both campaigned well, made excellent speeches and won the popular approval of both staff and pupils. Adam and Emily have grown in confidence and leadership throughout their time in Barrhead High School, and I am confident that they will make a great job of their new position within the school. Their photo would have been posted sooner but one of them wanted to wait until they were suitably prepared – not saying who!

 All of the other candidates who ran are now committed to being deputes and playing a full role in the senior student leadership of the school. They all deserve praise for the way they presented their speeches and their written submissions -their posters were pretty good as well! Thanks to them all for putting themselves forward.

Mr Sinclair

Aug 302016

Edinburgh Book 2016S2 and S3 pupils visited the fabulous Edinburgh Book Festival to hear Keren David and Alex Wheatle talk about the characters in their books, how they became writers and what inspires them to create exciting stories.

Not only were the talks interesting, but the sun shone and the ice cream was delicious!Edinburgh Book 2016 2

Here are some views from our pupils:

‘I thought that the book festival was very good this year.’

Edinburgh Book 2016 3’I really liked Alex Wheatle. He gave us a lot of information about what his life has been like and what the book was about. He was quite funny.’

‘Can’t wait to come back next year.’

Aug 302016

Dyslexia Scotland are holding an open meeting on Monday, 12th September 2016 from 7.15pm.

All students, their parents, and teachers are invited to attend.  The evening will focus on the use of ipads or iphones to support dyslexic students. You are encouraged to bring an ipad or iphone, if you can.

More details can be found here:  Open Meeting – Dyslexic Scotland Flyer

Contact details for the Glasgow East Ren Branch are:

or email:



Aug 302016

Higher EducationA reminder to all senior students and their parents that our Higher Education Information Evening will take place tonight – Tuesday, 30th August – from 6.30pm.

If you have questions about entry requirements, course outlines or finance then come along to the Ralston house area where representatives from universities & colleges will be able to answer your questions.

We look forward to welcoming you later this evening.

Aug 252016

Collage 2 Aug 2016It was very encouraging to see almost every pupil turn up on the first day with full uniform – most of the ones who did not have a blazer are waiting for theirs to be braided. It was fantastic to see this and it gives us a very positive image in the community.

Thanks to all parents for their support, and to all pupils for helping us achieve this – even the ones who preferred to hide their faces!

PS The S1 have all gained an individual merit from me for every single one of them being in full uniform – white shirts, school ties, skirts or trousers, blazers and black shoes – at their assembly yesterday. Well done!


Aug 252016

On Tuesday evening, we held our SQA Awards Ceremony to recognise a number of individuals who had outstanding success in their SQA exams.

imageAs usual we recognised the pupils from S4 who had attained a National 5 award in 8 or 9 subjects. This year we had 21 of them including 2 who achieved 9 A passes – Ben Cross and Briony Giblin.

We also acknowledged the 27 pupils in S5 who achieved 4 or 5 Highers. 4 of these young people achieved all 5 awards at an A grade.

imageFor the first time this year we also identified and recognised the individual with the highest mark in each subject in the SQA exams.






Another new award this year has been to celebrate the Dux and Runner-Up – the S5 pupils who scored the highest levels across all their 5 subjects. This year Iain MacCuish was our Dux and Amie MacKenzie was Runner-Up.


Well done to all pupils whose achievements were recognised on the night. Well done to all the other pupils whose own achievements were also significant for them.

Aug 162016

Barrhead Waterworks won a public vote in November 2013 and became Grow Wild’s flagship site in the UK. The original project was led by East Renfrewshire Council and Barrhead High pupils and staff played a key role in the setting up the project and in winning the competition at the time. Each new S1 yeargroup has returned to the site since then and helped maintain it alongside other community groups, making it a special place for the town.

DSC01634Some S4 pupils, who were the first pupils involved when they were in S1,  returned to visit the site to hear some great news. Grow Wild has today been named UK’s Best Environment project in this year’s National Lottery Awards, and it had been decided that the Barrhead Waterworks site was the most appropriate place to make the presentation.

TV presenter on BBC One’s Countryfile and star of Strictly Come Dancing, Anita Rani, was present to hand over the award and took time to talk to our pupils (Ailidh Hamilton, Cara Stevenson, Holly Campbell and Erin Brown) about the part they had played.



Aug 092016

SQABy now all our S4, S5 &S6 should have received their SQA results and hopefully most will be happy with their achievements. We have seen some very good results.

However we know there will be some pupils who have not achieved what they hoped for. If you wish to discuss your results further, and particularly if you need to renegotiate your option choices for this session, Mrs Crawford (new S5) and Mr Beaton (new S6) will be available this Friday (12th Aug) to meet with you between 8.45 am and 10.20am or from 12.30pm to 1.30 pm.

Jun 232016

On Wednesday afternoon staff and merit list pupils had a fabulous time eating ice-cream, face painting, wellie throwing, space hopper bouncing, fortune telling and fishing as our summer merit reward. It was a reminder of how lucky we are to be part of such a fantastic community. #barrheadhighrocks

Jun 232016

If you missed the event on the night, or even if you were there and want to relive the excitement of the moments – check out the clips below.

The evening opened with our 3 missing gymnasts running around the school, chased without success, by the intrepid Mr Maybury:

Once he got them to the Games Hall, then things really took off – right over Mr Sinclair’s head … and the night just got better and better! What a showcase!


Jun 202016

Wednesday will be a non-uniform day for all pupils in the school.

We will have our fingers crossed for sunshine as on Wednesday afternoon all of the merit pupils will be outside joining in with some old-fashioned sports day games…three legged race, beat the goalie, egg and spoon. There will be an ice-cream van, face painting, nail bar, and a fortune teller who will let you know what is in store for you over the summer.

Please see the attached list for the summer 2016 merit pupils.


Happy Holidays from the merit team.


Jun 162016

Pretty Muddy 3To book your child’s place you need to phone: 0300 123 0770

Event: Glasgow Bellahouston Park – Pretty Muddy 5K (17th September)

Time Slot: 2.30pm

Group Name: Barrhead High School

Group Leader: Suzanne Wallace – Unique Reference Number: 8790678

Group ID: LK6059

Please contact Mrs Wallace at the school if you have any questions!


Jun 032016

Well done to our new S2 students who took part in the Rapid Response Challenge today.

Rapid Response is ideally suited to Curriculum for Excellence as an interdisciplinary project which challenges pupils to consider the importance of STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Students compete in groups of 6 completing a variety of problem-solving tasks including purifying water, building shelters and transporting water.

Well done to group 16 who were the overall winners with a total of 68 points

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Jun 012016

PE Showcase 2016The PE Dept. are hosting the Barrhead Celebrating Success evening on Wednesday 8th June, to showcase the amazing talents of our young people.

It was a great success last year with some outstanding performances.

This year we are having primary pupils performing as well as pupils from St. Lukes High School.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Tickets are £2 and available from the PE department.


May 302016

SQAHopefully most pupils have enjoyed their holiday weekend – unfortunately for a few there have still been SQA exams! Our exams finish on Friday with PE.


Tomorrow (Tuesday) is an Inservice Day so only pupils with exams should be in school. On Wednesday 1st June, we start the new timetable and the existing S1, S2 and S3 move up to S2, S3 and S4 respectively. School starts at the usual time of 8.45 am.

Seniors (new S5 and S6) return on Monday 6th June at the usual time of 8.45 am. Some pupils will need to see Mrs Crawford about changes to options if we have not been able to run all the courses.

May 252016


DSCF1269On Saturday, 100 pupils, staff, parents and friends headed once again to Conic Hill. As well as a day out for the school community, it was an opportunity to raise funds through sponsorship for the “Send My Friend to School” charity which draws attention to and supports the millions of children who do not have access to education.

The pupils from our Rights Respecting School have coordinated our activities – thanks to them.

The weather was highly unpredictable but ended up in our favour with a dry walk and even some sunshine. Thanks to all who joined us on the day.

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May 242016

New S5 and S6 pupils can come into school on the morning of Thursday 26th May to meet with Pupil Support to make any timetable changes before the start of the new timetable on Monday 6th June.


May 182016

photo-73 of our S1 pupils – Sophie, Jamie and Kyle – accompanied Mr Sinclair to the official “turf-cutting” event for the new school last week. They were joined by ERC councillors and officials celebrating the start of the process.

It was exciting to see the difficulty they had in finding a bit of turf to cut. Work has already started and things are moving quickly. The noisy pile-driving stage has been completed ahead of schedule with no disruption to the SQA exams. You can now see the shape the building will take from the piles that have been sunk into the ground to support the foundations and the whole area has now been dug up ready.

Sophie wielded a mean spade and the boys could only doff their hats in respect! Well done to all 3.

Mr Sinclair

May 052016

SQAWe are now half-way through Day 2 of the exam programme and things are progressing well.

Over the past few days we have been monitoring noise levels from the work on the new build. While it is great to see things progressing quickly, we have been conscious that we are in the noisiest period of the building work – the piledriving of the foundation supports into the bedrock.

While the noise-levels are not too high, the constant thumping could be disturbing to pupils’ concentration. Consequently, we took the decision yesterday, based on that monitoring, to re-room our exams to the opposite side of the school. When pupils sign in they may be told a different room to go to from what is on their exam timetable but otherwise things will be as before.

We will continue to operate this for the duration of the noisier work to ensure that all pupils have the best conditions possible to produce their best work.

Mr Sinclair



May 032016

These are our final SCHOLAR online sessions for this academic year focusing on exam preparation.  

National 5 Maths                                                           Monday 9th May              6.00pm

Higher Modern Languages                                          Monday 9th May              7.30 pm

Higher Math                                                                   Tuesday 10th May            6.00pm

Advanced Higher Modern Languages                       Tuesday 10th May            7.30 pm

Higher Computing Science                                          Wednesday 18th May      7.00pm


Full details can be found on the SCHOLAR website:

The Tutors will also be online to answer student questions on the discussion boards, details can be found:


May 032016

SQAOur first SQA exams commence tomorrow (Wed 4th May) with Lifeskills Maths for some S5/6 pupils.

S4 will see their diet kick off with National 5 English on Thursday (5th May), which is also the day for Higher and Advanced Higher English.

We are then in to what will be a fairly intense exam period for some pupils, with in some cases an exam a day and even for some the possibility of 2 exams on the same day (Business Management & Computing).

I wish all our pupils well and trust that the efforts made in class, at home, through Supported Study and Easter School, will now pay off and everyone achieves what they have worked hard for.

Pupils have been issued with individual timetables. Pupils in S4 with 5+ National 5 exams and all pupils in S5/6 may use the time that they do not have exams to work from home with their parents’ permission. They have also been informed about additional support sessions, usually organised for the day preceding each exam, when staff will be timetabled to be available to offer additional help. Please encourage your young person to take advantage of these.

Other pupils in S4 will have been given an individual timetable with additional activities during this period.

Pupils should be in full uniform if they come into school throughout the exam period whether they are in for exams or in to seek additional help. In the latter case they must sign in at the school office so we know they are in the building.

Mr Sinclair


Apr 282016

Please find Barrhead High School’s S3 Exam Timetable.

The exams start on the 3rd of May and finish on the 13th of May.

All of the exams are for National 5 students unless stated. Other than Maths, Admin and ICT and English, all exams will last for one period and take place during the scheduled class time. The timetable follows the students own class timetable – students should only attend exams where they have that subject on their timetable. For a select number of their exams the pupils will sit their assessment in the exam hall (Ralston or the Games Hall) as indicated on the timetable. Pupils should go straight to the exam hall when scheduled for exams and will be registered in the exam hall itself.


The S3 exams are an opportunity for teachers and students to gauge how well their pupils are coping at this stage in the broad general education while offering the students an opportunity to experience sitting in an exam hall; an experience that will stand them in good stead as they prepare for the challenges that lie ahead in fourth and fifth year and beyond.


Please ensure that the students are prepared as well as possible for the exams and support them at home as they learn to cope with the pressure and challenge of formal examinations. I am sure that they will find the experience rewarding and informative.


Thank you:


Apr 282016

To support all of our S4, S5 and S6 students who will be undertaking SQA examinations over the next month, we have organised a Master Class Timetable.

Master Classes give students the opportunity to meet with their teachers the day before the SQA examination. Students can use these classes for personal study, examination advice or as a final opportunity to revise parts of their course with the teacher.

Students are also welcome to attend school at any time during the study leave period to complete personal study.


Apr 222016

Well done to all of the pupils on the latest merit list. The rewards will be the week beginning 25 April.

Please see your pastoral teacher if you have any suggestions for rewards.

The Merit Team

Apr 202016

Hard lines to the U13 football team who narrowly missed out on qualifying for the West Regional 7s Finals recently, finishing second in their qualifying group. 

Again on the park the boys were a credit to the school.

Pupils involved:

Lewis, Christopher, Ross, Andrew, Lewis, Aiden, Jamie, Jac, Ross

MOTM: Jamie


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