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Consistently ranks as one of Scotland’s top three state schools and the number of pupils achieving five Highers at the end of S5 has increased by 100 per cent in the last decade. Discipline is a priority too and no child escapes in the morning without ‘straightening their tie’ or ‘tucking their shirts in.’ One parent felt that perhaps too much help was given and that ‘sometimes ...

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Since 2005, John Docherty (60s), studied geography at University of Glasgow followed by a one-year teacher training course. Previously assistant head at St Ninian’s and before that headteacher at St Andrew’s, Clydebank. Started out as a geography teacher and worked in Glasgow’s East End, the area where he grew up and lived until he got married and which is home to some of Scotland’s ‘poorest communities’. From there it must have been an interesting leap to St Ninian’s which could be described as serving some of Scotland’s wealthiest. Talking of his early experience, he says: ‘lt was highly enjoyable and very fulfilling. The pupils were hard working and the school worked very hard to support them and their families. In comparison, both schools [have the] same high standards, vision and expectations. The differences were income and...

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