James Gillespies High School

New School Takes shape

Welcome/Failte from the Headteacher

As the Head Teacher of James Gillespie’s High School, I am delighted to welcome you to our website.  Our School, founded in 1803, is situated in the heart of the beautiful and vibrant City of Edinburgh, Scotland. We are a modern culturally diverse comprehensive High School, educating pupils aged 11 to 18 years of age. Our students describe us a great school and a happy place to be part of.    Read on …

Emergency Information

Emergency Information
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Emergency Info

News Flash

School Newsletter March 2014

New Build School Newsletter March 2014

S4 English pupil survey

Basketball Champions

Study Leave Arrangements 2014

Easter Revision Classes

Bangholm Outdoor Centre Easter Programme 2014

Easter Gaitherin

New resources for Nationals from the National Parent Forum

Text book information for Nationals

News Flash

What's On

Electronic school calendar of forthcoming events.

What's On

HT's Blog

Head Teacher Mr Macdonald has a blog to share thoughts and information with colleagues, pupils, parents and friends of the school. 

Click here to read http://htjghs.blogspot.com

HT Blog

JGHS Bulletin

Information about events and activities in the school.
These are shared with students during Registration Time.

Click here to read online http://jghsbulletin.blogspot.com

JGHS Bulletin

Study Support

Study support is available to ALL our senior pupils in the run up to their exams.

Timetable of Study Support opportunities including Easter Revision classes.

Revision and Study guide - with advice on how, when and where to prepare for your exams.

SQA Timetable 2013


School decant and new school building

Information for parents which will be updated as progress is made and descisions are taken.


The Spark

Student Newspaper - Archive of all published editions.

The Spark

JGHS Pipe Band Blog

The official blog of the James Gillespies Pipe Band

Pipe Band

JGHS South Africa Blog

Follow our JGHS South Africa Blog to hear all the news and updates from the staff and senior pupils visiting our link schools.

SA Flag

Gaelic Blog

A Gaelic Blog has been launched to share their activities - with English summaries for non-Gaelic speakers.


JGHS Modern Foreign Languages Blog

Follow our JGHS MFL Blog to keep students and parents informed about Modern Languages events at JGHS.


Performing Arts Blog

New Performing Arts Blog to share news and stories of all performers and events in and outwith school.

Belgium Music Trip Blog

A blog to provide updates and information about the Belgium Music Trip


Careers and Higher Education Information

Click to download information on
Higher Education Open Days 2012,
UK Clinical Aptitude Test / National Admissions Test for Law (for students considering studying Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine or Law)
Useful Higher Education Websites

James Gillespie's has started to use GLOW to share ideas, provide on-line learning resources and enable communication between pupils and between schools.
All pupils will receive their GLOW log-ons soon. 

Click to download a guide to logging on to GLOW for the first time.

Click to download a guide to using GLOW email.

Click here to find out more about GLOW.

SCHOLAR is one of the world's largest school e-learning education programmes and it is available to every pupil studying Intermediate Maths and Highers/Advanced Highers in almost every school in Scotland.   If your child does not have a SCHOLAR password, please encourage him or her to ask their teacher for this.

Click to download SCHOLAR's Parent Information Leaflet.



The new issue of FACe, the children and families' e-newsletter has just been published at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/face


Additional Support Needs

An additional support need comes from anything which is a barrier to learning.  Most or all schools will have some children with additional support needs of some kind.  The education authority has many legal duties towards pupils with additional support needs.  Information about this is contained in a booklet called In On The Act : Information For The General Public which is published on the education authority website at  www.edinburgh.gov.uk/inontheact - or contact the additional support for learning team on telephone number 469 3444.

Click for information about JGHS Support of Learning department.


Fidelis et Forte

A CD collection of 13 piano solos by pupils available to buy.

Full details and order form.

CD Cover

Qualifications are Changing!

Parents can find out all out the new Curriculum for Excellence and the new qualifications by visiting the SQA website or by downloading the parental information leaflet.

All parental information is also on our Parents page.


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57 Lauderdale Street,
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0131 447 1900

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