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St Ninians High School

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Perhaps surprisingly, it is quite modern. There are no strict hierarchies distancing pupils from teachers and senior staff; teachers mingle with the students and would pride themselves on being approachable. One pupil said they felt ‘so lucky to be surrounded by such excellent people.’ Pupils talked of how they ‘felt listened to’ and that ‘teachers take suggestions on-board.’ Off-beat art department with music playing, described by a pupil as the most ‘laid-back place in the school.’ No secret that many…

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Since January 2022, Gerry O’Neil. Previously headteacher at St Andrew’s Secondary School in Glasgow for three years. For three years before that he was headteacher at St Benedict's High School and before that, depute head teacher at St Ninian's for six years. He has a degree in maths from University of Strathclyde.


Catchment area has tightened over the years but currently includes parts of Thornliebank, Giffnock, Clarkston, Busby, Waterfoot and Newton Mearns. Pupils come from primary schools including Our Lady of the Missions in Giffnock, St Joseph’s in Busby and St Cadoc’s in Newton Mearns.

Controversially, baptised Catholics within the Eastwood side of East Renfrewshire now given priority, although placing requests will still be available. This will affect children of non-Catholic faith already in catchment Catholic primary schools.

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