900 Campaign

To mark 900 years of The High School of Glasgow we launched the 900 Campaign on Monday 22nd January 2024, a fundraising initiative, chaired by former Rector Colin Mair, and supported by Governor, Neil Watson as Deputy Chair.

The 900 Campaign has three key fundraising pillars which includes expanding our Bursary Fund, to ensure the High School is a place of sustainable learning, and to support the development of START (an exciting and innovative programme in entrepreneurship and design thinking).

Commenting, Colin Mair said: “This is a hugely significant year for The High School of Glasgow and I am honoured to be able to give something back to the School that means so much to me. Working alongside Neil Watson, Deputy Campaign Chair, Karen McDonald, Director of External Relations and her team, as well as volunteers within the School community, it is our aim to create an enduring legacy for the High School for generations to come.”

Our 900th anniversary affords an opportunity to make a real difference and create the next piece of history in the High School’s illustrious story, so please do join us in making this happen.

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    Mr Henry Mitchell, Class of 1954

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    Neil & Pippa Watson, Current Parents

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    Lady Macfarlane, Friend of HSOG

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    Professor Hugh M Begg, Class of 1960

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    Keith & Victoria Anderson, Former Parents

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    The Highfield Charitable Trust

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    David McNaughtan, Class of 1968

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    George Leslie, Class of 1965

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    Professor Ricky Sharma, Class of 1989

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    John Maclennan, Class of 1993

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    Anonymous, Former Parents

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    James MacLeod, Former Parent

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    The Irvine Family

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    Anonymous, Class of 1981

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    Donald Abbott, Class of 2004

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    Karen Waugh, Former Staff

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    Eileen McKenzie, Former Staff

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    Ron Hockey, Former Staff

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    Rob MacNeill & Family, Class of 2000

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    Mrs Kathleen McWilliam, Former Parent

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    Kerr Docherty, Class of 1985

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    Myles & Meg Dryden, Former Parents

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    Fiona Leslie, Class of 1970

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    Annabelle Robertson, Class of 1999

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    Frances Ross, Class of 1998 & Governor

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    Megan Adair, Class of 2015

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    Heather Fuller, Current Staff

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    Stephen & Jo Quaile, Current Parents

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    Robbie Gibbons, Class of 2000

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    Catriona Oliver, Current Parent

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    John Kidd, Class of 1966

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    Anonymous, Former Parent

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    Alastair Borthwick, Class of 1985

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    Douglas Boller, Class of 1952

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    Stuart Dallas, Class of 1966

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    William Reid, Former Parent

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    Jacqueline Smith, Class of 1971

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    Kenneth Welsh, Current Parent

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    Karen Trickett, Class of 1989 & Governor

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    David Calvert, Class of 1968

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    Simon Pengelley, Governor

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    Anonymous, Class of 1958

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    William Aitken, Class of 1958

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    Bruce McKenzie, Class of 1969

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    Ian Brodie, Class of 1969

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    Edward Lawson, Class of 1973

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    Anonymous, Class of 1982

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    Anne Crawford, Former Parent

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    Anonymous, Former Parent

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    Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli & Lady Elaine Muscatelli

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    Katherine Wainwright & Family, Current Parent

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    David Lawson, Class of 1956

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    David Brown, Former Parent

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    Kenneth Low, Class of 1961

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    Ian Hall, Former Parent

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    Ian & Fiona Stevenson, Current Parents

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    Anonymous, Former Parent

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    Allan Mowatt, Class of 1962

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    Wilson & Paula Galloway, Former Parents

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    For Edwina Strachan

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    Anonymous, Class of 1965

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    Anonymous, Class of 1974

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    Zhen Chi & Xianghua Ding, Current Parents

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    Anonymous, Former Parent

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    Barrie Gray, Class of 1984

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    Anonymous, Current Staff

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    Anonymous, Class of 1957

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    Stuart McDougall, Class of 1983

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    Heather Harpur, Class of 1984

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    Hamish Cowan, Class of 1963

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    Isobel Campbell, Friend of HSOG

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    Catherine Stevens, Class of 1967

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    Roberta Wright, Class of 1957

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    John Murdoch, Class of 1979

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    John McGrath, Class of 1955

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    John Carruthers, Class of 1990

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    William Speir, Class of 1963

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    Ronald Wink, Class of 1954

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    Anonymous, Class of 1963

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    Jim Sewell, Class of 1962

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    The High School of Glasgow 900th Anniversary Gala Homecoming Dinner

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    Anonymous, Class of 1965

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    Anonymous, Class of 1985

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    Anonymous, Class of 1991

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    Neil Watson, Governor

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    Daniel Marrable, Friend of HSOG

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    Margaret Stewart, Governor

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    Anonymous, Class of 1974

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    Colin Hill, Class of 1963

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    Anonymous, Class of 1962

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    James Cook, Class of 1965

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    John Barr, Class of 1970

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    Anonymous, Class of 1990

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    Alastair Weight, Class of 1965

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    Angus Kerr, Class of 1973

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    William Gardiner, Class of 1955

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    David Walker, Class of 1976

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    Janette Stewart, Class of 1954

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    David Moffett, Class of 1977

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    James Mundell, Class of 1961

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    Claire & Steven McRobbie, Current Parents

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    Bogumila Bozetka, Current Parent

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    Wendy Gray, Former Staff

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    Anne Currie, Former Parent

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    Graeme and Nicola Williams, Class of 2006

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    Laura Tough, Class of 1995

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    Malcolm Pickard, Class of 2005

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    Colin Mair, Former Rector

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    Douglas Cossar, Class of 1957

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    Margaret Forrest, Current Parent

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    Gordon Wishart, Class of 1971

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    Christopher Stothers, Class of 1995

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    Campbell Docherty, Class of 1993

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    John & Janice Bestow, Former Parents

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    Margarita Sweeney-Baird, Former Parent

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    Donald Leslie, Class of 1974

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    Gregor Johnston, Class of 1957

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    Anonymous, Former Staff

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    Malcolm Pickard, Class of 1976

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    Robin Easton, Former Rector

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    John Crawford, Class of 1968

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    John O'Neill, Current Staff

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    Katharine Liston, Friend of HSOG

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    Claire Milmo, Class of 1995

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    Anonymous, Current Parent

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    Mr & Mrs Adrian Horsnell, Former Parent

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    Neil Forrest, Class of 1957

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    David Armstrong, Former Parent

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    Karen McDonald, Current Staff

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    Alison Spurway, Class of 1964

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    Neil Mackie, Class of 2004

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    Jeffrey Jay, Class of 1963

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    Gillian MacDougall, Class of 1982

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    Kenneth Lumsden, Class of 1960

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    Alison Gray, Former Staff

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    Jane Connor, Class of 1955

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    Anonymous, Class of 1980

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    Raymond Williamson, Class of 1960

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    Heather Strain, Class of 2002

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    Robin Stevenson, Former Parent

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    Andros Stakis, Current Parent

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    Alan Runciman, Class of 1965

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    Karen Robinson, Class of 1995

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    Kenneth Robertson, Current Staff

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    Anonymous, Current Parents

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    Alan Moss, Class of 1973

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    Colin Mackie, Former Parent

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    Ian Litster, Class of 1960

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    Marilyn Lees, Friend of HSOG

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    Stuart Laing, Class of 1968

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    Annabel Kerr, Class of 2004

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    Eric Hugh, Class of 1972

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    David Carlyle, Class of 1967

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    Scott Adair, Class of 1987

The Bursary Fund

To support the increasing need for bursaries, we are committed to growing the Bursary Fund through The High School of Glasgow Educational Trust.

Deep within the people-centred values and ethos of the School has always been the recognition that access to a High School education should be available to all who demonstrate the ability and drive to benefit from, and contribute to, school life and financial barriers to entry should not hinder them.

It is also part of our historic legacy as the Town School, as once known, to enrich the educational opportunities available to the young people of Glasgow and the West, and in doing so making a difference not only to their lives, but to the lives of others.

We strive to offer a place at the Senior School to all those who meet our requirements, however, the number of bright individuals eligible for a means-tested bursary place is rising. More than ever, many qualify for full fee remission, but due to the limits of our current Bursary Fund, we must turn away young people of promise for whom a High School education would be life-changing.

Our goal of expanding the Bursary Fund will enable us to welcome as many of these individuals as possible. Not only does this benefit them, but it benefits the whole school, raising academic standards, ensuring inclusivity and diversity within our community, enriching the learning experience for all. Ensuring the High School is more accessible to the children of Glasgow aligns perfectly with the true spirit, ethos, values and roots of the School – a school that has evolved as the city of Glasgow itself has evolved.

Since the launch of the Bursary Fund in 1977, around 300 young people have benefitted from an education at the High School. In session 2022/23, approximately 10% of Senior School pupils (60) received some form of bursary funding. Of the 60 pupils, 50 received bursaries of 50% or more, with 17 pupils receiving 100% fee remission.

Our aim is to double our current Bursary Fund from £4 million to £8 million.

While we know this is an ambitious target, we can think of no better legacy arising from our 900th anniversary year.

Funding a Senior School Bursary

Funding a Senior School Bursary is a truly transformative gift. Your generosity can shape the future of a young person, opening them up to endless possibilities to learn, grow and excel.

Donations at all levels to the Bursary Fund are hugely valued and appreciated, and are invested carefully for long-term return, with annual income used to provide the necessary bursarial support.

The funding required for a 100% bursary to support a pupil from Transitus (Primary 7) through to Senior 6 requires donations of approximately £125,000 at session 23/24 levels.

START – Incubating the Future

START is a design and entrepreneurship programme being developed in The High School of Glasgow to provide innovative learning opportunities, both for our own pupils and for young people across Scotland. 

Through replicating the journey of a start-up business, pupils collaborate on projects that take teams from initial ideation to investor presentation, and culminate in a pitch competition with internship prizes. This journey fosters essential skills for the economy of the future that benefit all young people, regardless of their post-school ambitions, such as creativity, resilience, teamwork, and communication.

Developing in partnership with leading academics and prominent entrepreneurial voices, START aims to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world, and to answer calls from a host of educational thinkers and industry experts for more real-world, problem-based learning in schools.

To develop this exciting opportunity further, we are seeking to build collaborative partnerships in industry and education, an online platform for sharing resources, and ultimately the physical environment that will increase the impact of START across the country.

Strongly aligned with our core values for ambition and innovation, START draws on the entrepreneurial spirit of the High School’s recent past to meet the challenges of the future.

Sustainability across our Campuses

We are committed to being a place of education within sustainable, net-zero and environmentally conscious campuses.

Our aim is for the High School to be net-zero by 2050 and we are committed to implementing plans to manage our use of energy in an environmentally and cost-effective way to create a sustainable school with minimal day-to-day environmental impact.

Green values are embedded in our curriculum to ensure children are equipped with the knowledge and practices to be agents for change. For example, pupils were instrumental in the School securing its fifth Eco Schools Scotland Green Flag award, an internationally recognised achievement for schools committed to Learning for Sustainability.

There is much pupil advocacy for the environment, with pupil-led Eco Committees at both the Junior School and Senior School. A previously disused section of the Junior School playground has been transformed into an outdoor learning area, ‘The Hideaway’. This is home to a bug hotel tended to by pupils, encouraging a variety of insects to the campus and supporting biodiversity.

At the Senior School, the Biology Department is well on its way to becoming self-sustainable. It grows bulbs of daffodils and tulips in the greenhouse for Senior 1’s flower dissection and has planted potatoes for Biology and Chemistry catalyst experiments. Meanwhile, strawberry plants are used in Biology for DNA extraction experiments in Senior 3.

There is so much more we could be doing, and our goal is to implement innovative and eco-friendly initiatives, upgrade our infrastructure and develop sustainable practices into every aspect of school life.

We recognise we have much to accomplish if we are to meet our stated aims for the benefit of all and the planet, and we invite you to join us on this transformative journey by contributing to our Sustainability goals.

How Your Support Can Make a Difference

We plan to invest in solar panels and energy-efficient systems to help sustainably power our campuses.

Our aim is to install Solar PV on the flat roofed area of the Senior School and to the south facing roofs of the Barlow Ramsay Building and the John Shaw Science Wing. We are identifying areas within the Junior School that may also benefit from this.

We are also exploring the feasibility of replacing any heating systems dependent on fossil fuels with a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative in the Junior School and Senior School.

International Donors

If you reside outside of the United Kingdom, there are multiple ways you can make your donation to The High School of Glasgow.

We welcome donations from anywhere in the world, and we’re delighted to share there are a multitude of ways for you to make a contribution to the School.

Using our short online donation form, which can be found by clicking the “Donate Now” button at the top of this page, you can make a regular or individual donation to The High School of Glasgow.

We also accept cheques made payable to “The High School of Glasgow Educational Trust” which should be posted to the following address:
The External Relations Office
The High School of Glasgow
637 Crow Road
Glasgow
G13 1PL

You could also call the External Relations Office on +44 141 954 9628 and we can process your payment over the phone.

We can also facilitate donations via bank transfer. If you’d like to do so, please get in touch with us using the phone number above, or by emailing us at development@hsog.co.uk.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries about how best to make your donation, we’d love to hear from you.

Donors in the USA and Canada

For residents of the USA and Canada, we are delighted to share that we have partnered with The Chapel & York Foundation, an organisation which seeks to increase the flow of philanthropic funds to charities worldwide, whilst offering donors the opportunity to give tax efficiently. You can choose to make a regular or individual donation by using our online donation form below:

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