Dunblane High School has been named Scottish State Secondary School of the Year by the Sunday Times.
Dunblane HS pupils celebrate being named No.1 secondary school in Scotland

The Stirling Council-run school has been recognised with the honour in Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide, published in The Sunday Times and online this Sunday, 24 November.

It is the second time the school has been given the title after it scooped the award in 2005.

A key part of the school’s success is the number of young people reaching positive destinations after school, which includes further education, vocational courses, modern apprenticeships, work-based training and employment. 

In 2018, 92% of students left equipped with five or more National 5s, while 76% boasted five or more Highers and 27% gained two or more Advanced Highers.

Outstanding efforts of staff and students alike

Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Schools Guide, Parent Power, said: “Many school records were broken when the examination results were opened at Dunblane High last summer.

“More children went on to university than ever before, and a stellar set of results at Advanced Higher, Higher and National 5 have lifted the school to second place in our state school rankings.

“Children achieve at the top end of expectations in an atmosphere where excellence is encouraged, but also where achievement and hard work is recognised, both inside the classroom and out.

“This second success for Dunblane High as Sunday Times Scottish State Secondary School of the Year is thoroughly deserved and recognises the outstanding efforts of staff and students alike.”

The rankings in the Scottish state secondary school table are determined by the proportion of students achieving five or more Higher passes in 2018 (which is given a double weighting), and the proportions gaining five or more National 5 qualifications and two or more Advanced Highers.

More to Dunblane than academic excellence

Stuart McKay, Headteacher at Dunblane High School said: “We are delighted to have received this accolade for the second time.

“The award is testament to the partnership and collaboration between the staff within our learning community, the parents and carers of our young people, our many partners that provide support and opportunities, and Stirling Council.

“At Dunblane High School we are very proud of the academic achievement of our young people, however, there is far more to Dunblane than academic excellence.

“Of equal importance is that our young people leave Dunblane High School with the values and skills which allows them to be happy, confident and to make a positive difference to their community and to our society as a whole.” 

A range of positive destinations

As of June 2019, 94.7% of school leavers across Stirling were in a positive destination, which is the highest-ever figure recorded*. This latest recognition shows the continuing success of Stirling Council’s young people.

Kevin Kelman, Stirling Council’s Chief Officer for People said: “I would like to congratulate the talented and enthusiastic young people at Dunblane High, as well as its dedicated staff and the wider community whose support is so vital.

“This recognition demonstrates that our young people are being provided with pathways to reach a range of positive destinations, which is a key priority of Stirling Council.”

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*Figures on positive destinations were published by Skills Development Scotland in June.

The 27th edition of Parent Power identifies the 2,000 highest-achieving schools across the UK, ranked by their recent examination results. A UK national database fully searchable by school name, local authority, town and postcode, including Scottish rankings are available to Times and Sunday Times subscribers at: thesundaytimes.co.uk/parentpower

Pictures show pupils and staff at Dunblane HS celebrating their recognition.