Greater Glasgow School league tables revealed and they are as depressing as ever


The annual school results have been revealed and it’s a bit of a groundhog day results as pupils from well off backgrounds continue to thrive, schools in the poorest areas predictably continue to struggle.

It’s good news if you can send your kids to school in Newton Mearns, The West End or Bearsden but not so good, if not particularly surprising, for those whose kids go to schools in the most impoverished areas.

There are only 6 schools in the whole country with more than 85% of their pupils living in deprivation and everyone of them are in the city of Glasgow.

93% of Springburn Academy pupils are living in poverty

Depressingly you could probably name the 6 areas the schools are in quite easily, as they are in the traditionally much maligned housing schemes of Easterhouse, Castlemilk, Drumchapel, Springburn, Barmulloch and Bridgton.

And it’s no coincidence that five of these six schools are also in top 6 “worst performers” in the country with St Margaret Mary’s in Castlemilk (with 88% of pupils living in deprivation) and Drumchapel High (with 85% living in deprivation) finishing joint last with only 20% of their pupils leaving with 3 or more highers, and Lochend High in Easterhouse (86% in deprivation) third from last with 21% leaving with 3 or more highers.

Fourth from bottom was Whitehall secondary in Dennistoun with 68% of their pupils living in poverty only 23% managed to leave with three highers and joint fifth from bottom was the most deprived school in the country Springburn Acadamy who shockingly have 93% of their pupils living in deprivation and St Mungos in Bridgton who have 87% in poverty both managed to get 25% of their pupil’s leaving with three or more highers.

Castlemilk: only 20% of St Margaret Marys pupils left with three or more highers

Of the most deprived schools only All Saints Secondary in Barmulloch with a pupil poverty rate of 88% the joint 2nd worst in the country- managed to make it out of the bottom 6 with a modest 33% of their pupils managing to leave with three highers.

Lowest ranked school Drumchapel High is only 5 minutes away from one the highest ranked

Great news on the other end of the scale however with middle-class kids, and our future generation of lawyers, teachers, scientists and politicians, breaking records with spectacular figures which only highlight the growing disparity between classes, as the suburbs of Glasgow continue to thrive and strive for the best.

Top of the list St Ninians in Giffnock, who only had 6% of their pupils living in deprived households, had 85% of pupils leave with three or more highers, Williamwood High in Clarkston had 0% of their pupils living in poverty and they came 2nd on the table with an impressive 84% leaving with three or more highers (stark contrast to St Margaret Mary’s in Castlemilk which is only a 10 minute drive away but has 88% in poverty and 20% leaving with highers) and East Renfrewshire schools take the whole top three with Mearns Castle in Newton Mearns boasting 82% of their pupils leaving with three or more highers and none living in deprivation.

Top of the class: St Ninians in the best school in the country

Fourth top is Jordanhill School in the West End of Glasgow who had 79% of their pupils leaving with three or more highers and 7% living in poverty and making up the top five is Bearsden Academy with 75% leaving with highers and none in deprivation. Another eye opening figure when you realise it is only a FIVE minute drive from Drumchapel high which is joint bottom of the table with only 20% of pupils leaving with highers and 85% living in poverty.

There is no one explanation for these figures and it’s not only purely because their mum and dad have a better job. Pupils in schools with higher levels of deprivation will also have to put up with more unruly and bad behaviour from classmates, they are more likely to have issues away from school, some of the teachers have lost all motivation, they are also less likely to be encouraged to take up jobs that require a university degree so are more likely to settle for what they get.

Bearsden Academy made the top 5

Another major problem for the poorer areas is that as soon as someone does become successful or make a certain amount of money they are more likely to leave the area if they can afford to move their family to a leafy suburb in Newton Mearns then who can really blame them ?

What do you think about the gap in education levels between middle class and working class kids ? Is it something that can ever be changed or should we just accept it as a way of the world ?

Let us know in the comments.

Full List:

Glasgow City:  School….. % of pupils in deprivation – % of pupils with 3 or more highers

GLASGOW

Jordanhill………………….       7 – 79

Glasgow Gaelic School…….. 0 – 72

Hyndland Secondary………. 26 – 67

Notre Dame High School….. 43 – 57

Hillhead High………………. 32 – 54

St Thomas Aquinas………… 51….. 52

St Andrew’s Secondary……. 75….. 49

King’s Park Secondary……. 30….. 49…..

Shawlands Academy………. 29….. 48….

Holyrood Secondary………. 40….. 47…..

Bellahouston……………….. 38….. 42….

St Roch’s Secondary……… 83….. 39…..

Bannerman High……………. 34….. 38

Lourdes Secondary………… 52….. 38.

All Saints Secondary………. 88….. 38…

Cleveden Secondary………. 72….. 36

Hillpark Secondary………… 51….. 35

Castlemilk High…………… 82*….. 35   (last years deprivation figures as none available this year)

Rosshall Academy………… 49….. 33

Knightswood Secondary….. 44….. 33

John Paul Academy……….. 77….. 33

Govan High………………… 76….. 33

Eastbank Academy………… 83….. 28

Smithycroft Secondary……. 78….. 28.

St Paul’s High School…….. 81….. 27.

St Mungo’s Academy……… 87….. 26.

Springburn Academy………. 93….. 25

Whitehall Secondary………. 66….. 23.

Lochend Community High…. 86….. 21

St Margaret Mary’s Sec……. 88….. 20.

Drumchapel High………….. 85….. 20

EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE 

Bearsden Academy………. 0….. 75.

Bishopbriggs Academy…… 12….. 75

Douglas Academy………….. 6….. 72

Turnbull High…………………0…. 72.

Lenzie Academy…………….. 6….. 69.

Boclair Academy…………… 15….. 68

St Ninian’s High……………. 11….. 63

Kirkintilloch High…………… 21….. 44

WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE 

Our Lady & St Patrick’s……. 30….. 54

Dumbarton Academy………. 16….. 50

St Peter the Apostle ………. 50….. 49

Clydebank High……………. 40….. 45

Vale of Leven Academy…… 38….. 40

SOUTH LANARKSHIRE

Strathaven Academy…………0 – 65

Biggar High School…………. 0….. 61

St Andrew’s and St Bride’s…. 2….. 59

Calderglen High School…….. 0 … 57

Stonelaw High School……..   29 … 52

Uddingston Grammar……… 18….. 52

St John Ogilvie High School 40….. 50

Holy Cross High School….. 25….. 50

Trinity High School………… 36….. 49

Lanark Grammar School…… 18….. 49

Hamilton Grammar School… 28….. 48

Duncanrig Secondary……….. 0 … 48

Cathkin High School………. 38….. 44

Carluke High School………. 12….. 42

Lesmahagow High School…..0….. 39

Larkhall Academy………….. 32….. 38

Calderside Academy………. 34….. 35

NORTH LANARKSHIRE

Our Lady’s Cumbernauld….. 16….. 66

Dalziel High School……….. 22….. 61

St Ambrose High School….. 24….. 59

Our Lady’s Motherwell…….. 34….. 56

Greenfaulds High School…… 8….. 54

St Maurice’s High School…. 16….. 54

Cardinal Newman High ……. 43….. 51

Cumbernauld Academy……. 19….. 51

Taylor High School………… 21….. 51

Chryston High School…….. 11….. 49

St Aiden’s High School…… 39….. 46

Airdrie Academy…………… 40….. 44

Coltness High School…….. 27….. 44

St Andrew’s High School…. 49….. 44

St Margaret’s High School… 45….. 44

Kilsyth Academy……………. 5….. 41

Braidhurst High School……. 42….. 39.

Calderhead High School….. 26….. 38

Clydevalley High School….. 45….. 37

Coatbridge High School….. 45….. 34

Caldervale High School…… 32….. 33

Brannock High School…….. 26….. 32

Bellshill Academy…………. 44….. 30

EAST RENFREWSHIRE

St Ninian’s High……………..   6….. 85

Williamwood………………….  0…. 84.

Mearns Castle High………….0….. 82.

Woodfarm High……………. 19….. 68

Eastwood High……………… 7….. 65

St Luke’s High……………… 35….. 65

Barrhead High……………… 32….. 46

RENFREWSHIRE

Gryffe High……………………..   0…. 78

Paisley Grammar…………… 38….. 55

Renfrew High School……….. 0 … 52

Castlehead High…………… 40….. 49

Glennifer High……………… 29….. 49

Park Main’s High…………….. 0….. 48.

St Andrew’s Academy…….. 37….. 47

Johnstone High……………. 29….. 44

Trinity High…………………. 35….. 41

St Benedict’s High…………. 36….. 39

Linwood High………………. 37….. 28


3 thoughts on “Greater Glasgow School league tables revealed and they are as depressing as ever”

  1. I noticed that you didnt mention St. Andrews Secondary. It has a high level of derivation but has a good success rate.
    Why doesnt the council share best practice to help the ‘bottom’ schools??? Perhaps the headteachers of best schools could be seconded to poorer ones?

    1. I’m all for your suggestion of sharing information on best practice but i’d be very surprised if that didn’t happen already.
      As for your other suggestion you would in essence be punishing the head teachers and their team for doing well and making their school a success, and the ones who are doing a terrible job get sent to a successful school where they get an easy life and potentially turn that good school into a toilet.

      1. I think you’ll find that the HT’s at the schools with high levels of deprivation will be working their socks off to ensure the attainment they get. The challenges that staff in schools in areas of deprivation are many and diverse. In amongst the day-to-day dealings with pupils staff have to advise, steer and support those who suffer bereavement, are looked after, haven’t eaten, are in trouble with the police, are homeless, are dealing with family breakups, have had little sleep. These same staff also have to inspire these same pupils to achieve, concentrate, focus, feel self-worth, and even relax and laugh. Oh, and achieve qualifications. The value that staff and HT’s in schools in areas of deprivation add to the lives of these pupils cannot be measured by exam results alone.

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