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Why HSD?

What we can do for your child

Why should I choose the High School of Dundee for my child’s secondary education?

Our school was founded in 1239 and we’re very proud of our history and traditions. But we’re a forward-looking school and our whole approach is built on a profound belief that if young people are valued, supported, known, and engaged in their learning, they can achieve amazing things.

Subject choice in the Senior Years (S1-S6) is paramount. In S3 our pupils continue to be able to choose eight subjects, while in S5 they can select from 25 subjects at Higher level. At Advanced Higher, 23 subjects are available. Options are kept open, not closed off. Timetables are built around individual choice, not dictated by columns.

We are committed to ensuring our pupils will thrive in the real world. The timetabling of exciting new interdisciplinary STEM Innovation and Business Enterprise courses, in addition to computer science for all, has embedded Future Skills into our curriculum. With ground-breaking robotics courses, and a lecture series allowing pupils to hear from practitioners and experts in fields like Artificial Intelligence, Engineering and Games Development, HSD is an exciting place to be!

Our track record of exceptional exam results comes from a rigorous approach, expertise built up over many years and the focused learning that small class sizes and the dedication of our inspiring teachers combine to provide.

We believe passionately in the central importance of the pastoral dimension. Getting pastoral care and well-being right enables our pupils to flourish, allowing them to develop the confidence and resilience to discover who they are and excel.

A vast co-curriculum – around 80 activities extending right through the Junior and Senior Years – means the opportunity to discover new talents and interests extends far beyond the classroom.

An innovative Sports Development programme provides talented sports stars with the expert coaching and all-round guidance they need to reach the next level.

Performance opportunities abound in Drama. Our specialist teaching provision in Music is unparalleled in mainstream schools in Scotland, and there are a huge number of opportunities to perform in concerts and as part of groups and ensembles.

We benefit from specialist staff, state of the art equipment, and a focus on digital skills.

We have dedicated bus services operating across Perthshire, Angus and North East Fife, offering safe and convenient transport to and from the school.

Our unique location in the heart of the city helps our pupils feel connected to the real world, creating fully rounded and grounded young people. And ours is a friendly, welcoming environment.

Subject choice
Real world learning
Exceptional exam results
Small class sizes
Inspiring teachers
Dedicated, extensive pastoral care system
A vast co-curriculum
An innovative Sports Development programme
Performance opportunities abound in Drama and music
Specialist teaching provision in Music
State of the art equipment
Dedicated bus services
Unique location in the heart of the city
Friendly, welcoming environment


Then explore the Senior Years section of our website and discover even more! Or contact our lovely Admissions team to arrange a tour, a taster day or an initial chat.

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High School of Dundee
Euclid Crescent

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