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Facts and Figures

Facts and figures...


  • The High School of Dundee can trace its origins back to 1239, when the Abbot and Monks of Lindores founded the then Grammar School in Dundee.
  • Around 1,030 pupils attend the High School, of whom around one third are in the Nursery and the Junior School, and two-thirds in the Senior School.
  • Approximately half of pupils come from the city of Dundee, with the remainder travelling from locations across Angus, Fife, Perthshire and beyond, many of them taking advantage of our dedicated bus services. Currently we have pupils travelling from as far afield as Laurencekirk, Edinburgh and Glen Isla to attend.
  • The teacher:pupil ratio is around 1:10.
  • Around 17% of pupils in the Senior School receive some level of financial support, in the form of a Bursary.
  • The School is consistently in the top ten of all Scottish schools for SQA exam results. Since 2013, pupils from the High School have scored the top, or joint top, marks in Scotland in Higher or Advanced Higher exams 17 times. Read more about our exam results.
  • Around 95% of pupils go on to university after leaving the High School.
  • The School operates around 100 co-curricular clubs and societies for pupils.
  • Former pupils of the School include the world record-breaking cyclist and adventurer Mark Beaumont; Scotland rugby internationalists Richie Vernon, Alasdair Dickinson, Zander Fagerson and Andy Nicol; musicians KT Tunstall and Ricky Ross; TV broadcasters Andrew Marr and Brian Taylor; author AL Kennedy; former Chief Scientific Adviser to the European Commission, Professor Dame Anne Glover; entrepreneur and designer of the voice behind Amazon's Echo and Alexa, William Tunstall-Pedoe; author, television writer and journalist, Neil Forsyth; and actress Joanna Vanderham  
  • In July 2007, the High School became the first school in the UK to have its charitable status confirmed.