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It is our aspiration that a High School of Dundee inspiring education should be available to any pupil who would benefit from it, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Financial support is available to pupils in L6 and L7 of the Junior School and throughout the Senior School, and is awarded on the basis of academic ability and financial need. We work hard to ensure access to our school is as wide as possible and currently nearly a fifth of our secondary pupils benefit from means-tested financial support, which can range from 10% to 100% of fees. Our average level of award is 60% of the tuition fee and, in total, we allocate around £1m per annum in support.
Bursaries are funded from various sources, including a number of external charitable organizations, and the School actively raises additional funds through the High School of Dundee Foundation.
Sharing our facilities
We take enormous pride in our place in the community and, as such, place great store on ensuring it isn’t only High School of Dundee pupils who can benefit from our facilities. In fact, we have calculated that approximately 1,900 people from outwith the school use our facilities every week.
When not in use by the School, we make classrooms and our performance spaces, such as Trinity Hall, available to external groups for regular, scheduled use. Current users include state schools, the Dundee Choral Union, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, the National Youth Choir of Scotland and a number of charitites.
Our top of the range sports facilities at Mayfield are available for community use from 6pm from Monday to Friday, and from 9am at the weekend, providing more than 1700 hours annually for community use.
They are used by various local sports teams and organisations; for various public classes (for instance dance); and for public holiday camps. They are also home to our FP rugby and cricket clubs, both of which are open to non-FPs.
If you are interested in hiring our facilities, please call Karen Traynor on 01382 202921.
A Centre of Artistic Excellence – for the young people of Tayside
We are currently in the midst of an ambitious project to convert Dundee’s former Head Post Office on Meadowside into a flagship, £16m arts centre. Our vision is that The Meadowside Arts Centre (MAC) will provide an inspirational opportunity for young people in Tayside and further afield to find their talent and have it nurtured within a state of the art facility right in the heart of Dundee.
Available for extensive community use, it will also be home to a stand-alone Dundee Conservatoire of Music, Drama, Dance and Art & Design, providing courses and creative opportunities for young people and adults, at weekends, evenings and during the school holidays.
Sharing our expertise
In addition, the School contributes to national educational improvement and development through encouraging and facilitating staff to participate in national examination marking and development, curriculum development and contribution to educational boards and committees.
Every year, pupils – and staff - eagerly throw themselves into the challenge of raising money for good causes. Charity giving is embraced throughout the school, forming a core part of our co-curriculum, and helping our pupils appreciate their roles within society and their responsibility to the wider world.
In the past three years alone, the School has raised a total of almost £110k for a variety of local, national and international charitable causes, through a range of events and initiatives, many of which are organised by the School’s established Charities Committee and Interact and Rotakids groups.
Our pupils benefit immeasurably from their active involvement in community work. Whether it’s participating in community projects as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, beach cleaning as part of our Outdoor Education programme, volunteering with local charities such as Dundee Foodbank and Dundee Disabled Children’s Association, or performing in community musical events, our pupils can frequently be found making valuable contributions.