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centre of excellence

At the High School of Dundee, we are now embarked on a thrilling project to create a state-of-the-art centre of excellence in one of the most prominent buildings of the city: the former Head Post Office on Meadowside. 

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Creativity is at the heart of great education. The development of the former Post Office will be of huge significance in benefiting the education of thousands of pupils, not to mention the wider community, for generations to come. We hope that all constituencies within the global High School community will rally round and support this aspirational and transformative project.

This is the most ambitious capital campaign ever embarked upon by a UK independent school. When complete, the flagship development and its cutting-edge facilities will place the High School on an international stage and at the forefront of UK schools in terms of provisions for exceptional education in the Arts. Driven by both preservation and regeneration, this project offers an unparalleled opportunity to create a facility which will strengthen the connection of the school to the whole Tayside region; and contribute to the cultural renaissance of the city through the enduring power of interdisciplinary Arts education.

"What I find really exciting about the potential that this development offers is to compliment a city which is using culture as a key instrument of its future: culture led regeneration."

Mr. Stewart Murdoch, Founding Trustee and Managing Director of Leisure, Culture and Communities, Dundee City Council

The building itself is truly inspiring and the generations of children its facilities will cultivate will contribute in perpetuity to the regeneration of the culture, climate, and character of this City of Discoveries as well as its young people. 

This centre presents the lucent gift of knowledge, and will brighten our whole community. It will create learning and teaching environments bespoke to the needs of Art & Design, Culinary Arts, Drama, and Music, as well as a main school Auditorium, Refectory and ancillary administrative and social spaces for pupils and staff. 

Above all, we wish to ensure that not only our pupils, but that young people in Dundee are firmly at centre of the culture and creative rebirth of Dundee. Some of the courses that will be offered to the wider community will be fee-paying, but our vision still has the intention to ensure that some will be free at the point of delivery to ensure the widest possible access.