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Probably the starkest school building in the Scottish independent sector - a pale blue shoebox with bright red signage rising oddly behind some spectacular ornate railings (a relic of the former Hamilton Palace) but with stunning views and masses of space overlooking Hamilton Park race course. Impressive record of art school entry (lots to Glasgow) and some distinguished past pupils. Walls zing with really exciting work, often killing two birds with one stone by using a theme from literature or even chemistry...

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Since 2016, Tom McPhail. Degree in design and maths from the OU and masters from Stirling in professional enquiry: school leadership and management. Taught DT at St Ninian's and Port Glasgow High Schools; depute head of Belmont Academy for over 10 years before joining Hamilton in 2013 as vice principal.

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The school 'has high academic expectations' and, using the Scottish exam system, offers Nationals at S4, generally five Highers at S5 and a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers at S6. French, from J5, German and Latin, from SI, on offer. All three sciences taught from S1.

Results are solid with high spots in history and chemistry. RMPS for all has an excellent pass rate. Most take English and maths Higher and the school 'usually manages to meet subject requests...

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