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Bishopbriggs Academy

Bishopbriggs Academy
Bishopbriggs Academy badge since creation.jpg
Wester Cleddens Road

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G64 1HZ

TypeState secondary school
MottoEducating, Inspiring, Empowering
HeadteacherGordon Moulsdale BSc
EnrolmentMaximum of 1200
HousesBurns, MacDonald, Thomson, Kelvin, Fleming, and Muir

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School yearsS1-S6
Affiliated schoolsThomas Muir, Wester Cleddens, Balmuildy, and Meadowburn

Bishopbriggs Academy is a secondary school in the town of Bishopbriggs, Scotland, in the district of East Dunbartonshire. Bishopbriggs Academy is a non-denominational, co-educational, comprehensive school taking pupils from S1 to S6. It is currently one of two secondary schools in Bishopbriggs, along with Turnbull High School at Brackenbrae.

The school was established in August 2006 as a result of the amalgamation of Bishopbriggs High School and Thomas Muir High School.[1]

In January 2013 the school received four "Excellent" grades and one "Very Good" in an Education Scotland Inspection Report. This was the first time ever that education Education Scotland had awarded four "Excellent" grades under the new inspection standards which ranks school on 5 areas. The Inspectors also described the Academy as an 'outstanding school'.[2]

The school has been named 'The Scottish State Secondary School of the Year' by the Sunday Times in the Sunday Times School Guide twice, in 2014 and again in 2017. [3][4] The school consistently ranks at the top of the school exam league tables. [5] [6]


1970s Bishopbriggs High School blazer badge.
The old Thomas Muir High school building.

The two antecedent secondary schools were originally established to meet local demand during Bishopbriggs' housing boom beginning in the 1960s. Bishopbriggs High School was opened by Lanark County Council in 1965 and designed by Simon Pollard.

It replaced the previous Bishopbriggs Higher Grade School which had originally opened in 1896, designed by David Woodburn Sturrock, and featured inscriptions on its clock tower, commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria that year. This catered only for pupils up to S4 with most leaving at age 15 (S3). Higher Grade pupils transferred to Lenzie Academy in Dunbartonshire. The school and its pupils appeared in an award-winning 1959 amateur film, L' Inspecteur. The former Bishopbriggs Higher Grade School building was converted into the town library after the completion of the new High School building.

Thomas Muir High School was named after the local historical political radical, Thomas Muir, and opened in 1979, to serve the expanding Woodhill area of the town.

New academy

Bishopbriggs High School and Thomas Muir High School merged in 2006 to form Bishopbriggs Academy as part of a £100million PPP plan to build six new secondary schools in East Dunbartonshire. The school is now situated at the site of the former Thomas Muir High School on Wester Cleddens Road, where the new campus was completed in August 2009. Prior to that, Bishopbriggs Academy had been located at the former Bishopbriggs High School buildings near Bishopbriggs Cross, which were demolished during June 2010.

The council consultation with parents had initially resulted in an agreement that the school would be built on the Bishopbriggs High School site, however this decision was later reversed in favour of the Thomas Muir site in Woodhill, releasing the more valuable BHS site for a proposed supermarket.

Teaching and facilities

The school follows the Scottish Qualification Authorities curriculum, offering from National 3 up to Advanced Highers. The school has over 100 teachers, over 40 non-teaching staff (librarian, office staff, kitchen staff, technicians, facilities etc.) and offers around 30 subjects. The school offers over 35 extracurricular activities including football, rugby, athletics, skiing, badminton, public speaking, choir, theatre, supported study, youth and philanthropy initiative (for seniors) and Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme.[7] The school is split over three levels and has a library with computers for study,[8] three gym halls, a fitness suite, and specialised science, computing, art, design and technology classrooms, study areas, a dining hall, and two athletic fields (one grass, one artificial).[9] As of 2019 the grass pitch has been carved up into two separate sections, one of which has been converted into an artificial grass hockey pitch which is used by the Academy and the neighbouring primary school Thomas Muir.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "THIS week reporter David Friel talks to Gordon Moulsdale, new head teacher of the soon to be amalgamated Bishopbriggs High and Thomas Muir High schools".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ "School near Glasgow named Scotland's top-performing state secondary". Evening Times.
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  10. ^ "Roderick Buchanan and Thomas Muir". Map Magazine. 2007. Archived from the original on 6 March 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2008.
  11. ^ Brooks, Libby (15 March 2016). "Jackie Kay named as new Scottish makar". the Guardian.
  12. ^ "Bishopbriggs Boy is New Scotland Skipper". Kirkintilloch Herald. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  13. ^ "Video week – Former Bishopbriggs High School pupil Amy Macdonald performs for Bishopbriggs Academy pupils at The Garage nightclub in Glasgow". The Herald. Newsquest (Herald & Times) Limited. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2008.
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