Penicuik High School is a co-educational non-denominational high school serving Penicuik and the surrounding area. The magnificent school building has been on its present site since 1937 and since then has created a strong reputation for academic creative and sporting excellence.
Amongst our famous alumni is Sir James Arnot Hamilton the designer of Concorde’s delta wings Sir James was the first Dux of the school. Scotland Grand Slam captain Jim Aitken is counted amongst our distinguished former pupils as are Scotland football internationals Craig Paterson and former Dundee United legend Billy Kirkwood. Former Chief Executive of NHS Scotland Malcolm Wright, celebrity stylist to the stars and royalty Denise MacAdam RVM, Rosemarie McIlwhan, Director of the Scottish Human Rights Centre and Andrew Murphy Managing Director of John Lewis’ flagship store in London also attended Penicuik High School. We are equally proud of the many former pupils who have made such a valuable contribution to the lives of so many communities throughout Scotland and the rest of the world and brought such pride to the school.
As a school at the very heart of our community our aim is to provide the best education possible for all our young people opening up to them a wide a range of opportunities. Our school record label Burnt Out Records provides a community vehicle for musical events and the development of young talented musicians and song writers.
The school has a well established partnership with Thyolo Secondary School in the Shire Highlands of Malawi staff and students have been involved in exchange visits. Our pupils regularly take part in a wide range of visits overseas and at home to support their learning and development. The school has a thriving Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and a growing reputation in the Model United Nations. Our dynamic Parents’ Association support the school in so many ways throughout the year and is open to every parent.
We try to ensure that our school offers a realistic blend of the academic as well as cultural creative and sporting opportunities young adults thrive on. We seek to inspire our young people to be eager participants of all that the school has to offer as well as being people who respect others and are prepared to help and support them to achieve what they want to do.