James Gillespies High School

13 May 2014

Welcome/Failte from the Headteacher

As the Head Teacher of James Gillespie’s High School, I am delighted to welcome you to our website.  Our School, founded in 1803, is situated in the heart of the beautiful and vibrant City of Edinburgh, Scotland. We are a modern culturally diverse comprehensive High School, educating pupils aged 11 to 18 years of age. Our students describe us a great school and a happy place to be part of.    Read on …

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February Break 2015 Study Support Options

S4 Prelims 2015 - Exam Timetable - Parental Letter

S5/6 Prelims 2015 - Exam Timetable - Parental Letter

Microsoft office FREE for staff and pupils!

Ways to Work Event - 22nd January 2015

School Newsletter - December 2014

Edinburgh Guarantee School Bulletin

Curriculum Presentation for Parents

School Newsletter - November 2014

South Africa Trip 2014 Presentation - Parents Meeting Presentation


For a wonderful festive celebration one week before Christmas Day, this concert ticks all the boxes!
Items include junior and senior choirs (including a collaboration with 200 P7 pupils), wind bands, string orchestras, clarsach and guitar ensembles, percussion ensemble, accordions and pipe band.
Repertoire ranges from festive items to classical, Scots traditional and contemporary.

Come and celebrate with over 600 performers from JGHS and its associated primary schools!

Tickets are priced from £6 - £10, and are available directly from the Usher Hall website: www.usherhall.co.uk or box office on: 0131 228 1155

Click here for a flyer associated with this event.


The PE department within James Gillespie’s High School are currently looking to select pupils for our ‘Athlete Support Programme’, which is for pupils who show high ability in sport.  This programme will provide support and assistance to those of you who are participating at a high level within a particular sport and help you to reach your sporting potential. To help us to select the right pupils for this programme please complete the following application form.

Please fill in form and send back to Miss Crosbie. Thank you.

Edinburgh Schools Bulletin - 27th October 2014


Rock Night 2014 features 12 pupil bands and a staff band, and is open this year to ALL pupils, from S1 to S6 – there are no age restrictions.
However, we advise pupils from S1 to S3 to be picked up after the gig due to being dark at 9.00pm, and the quiet location of the venue. Further details of this event are on the poster.

Newsletter - October 2014


Edinburgh Schools Bulletin - 20th October 2014

Edinburgh Schools Bulletin - 13th October 2014

S6 Pupil Council Report 2013-14

Important Instrumental Information to Parents

Music Rehearsals 2014

Liberton University - Positive Destinations Event

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award 2014-15

Royal Highland Show 2014

SQA Post Results Service

Modern Studies New York Trip Information

S4 English Poetry Summer Homework task

JGHS MasterChef

Locker Application Form

English S3 Class Sets - Letter to Parents

Term Dates for Session 2014-2015

CYANS Families Event- ‘Happy and Healthy with Allergies’

Pupil email accounts

News Flash

What's On

Electronic school calendar of forthcoming events.

What's On

HT's Blog

Head Teacher Mr Macdonald has a blog to share thoughts and information with colleagues, pupils, parents and friends of the school. 

Click here to read http://htjghs.blogspot.com

HT Blog

JGHS Bulletin

Information about events and activities in the school.
These are shared with students during Registration Time.

Click here to read online http://jghsbulletin.blogspot.com

JGHS Bulletin

Study Support

Study support is available to ALL our senior pupils in the run up to their exams.

Timetable of Study Support opportunities including Easter Revision classes.

Revision and Study guide - with advice on how, when and where to prepare for your exams.

SQA Timetable 2013


School decant and new school building

Information for parents which will be updated as progress is made and descisions are taken.

Also includes gallery of images taken as the new building takes shape.


The Spark

Student Newspaper - Archive of all published editions.

The Spark

JGHS Pipe Band Blog

The official blog of the James Gillespies Pipe Band

Pipe Band

JGHS South Africa Blog

Follow our JGHS South Africa Blog to hear all the news and updates from the staff and senior pupils visiting our link schools.

SA Flag

Gaelic Blog

A Gaelic Blog has been launched to share their activities - with English summaries for non-Gaelic speakers.


JGHS Modern Foreign Languages Blog

Follow our JGHS MFL Blog to keep students and parents informed about Modern Languages events at JGHS.


Performing Arts Blog

New Performing Arts Blog to share news and stories of all performers and events in and outwith school.

Belgium Music Trip Blog

A blog to provide updates and information about the Belgium Music Trip


Careers and Higher Education Information

Click to download information on
Higher Education Open Days 2012,
UK Clinical Aptitude Test / National Admissions Test for Law (for students considering studying Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine or Law)
Useful Higher Education Websites

James Gillespie's has started to use GLOW to share ideas, provide on-line learning resources and enable communication between pupils and between schools.
All pupils will receive their GLOW log-ons soon. 

Click to download a guide to logging on to GLOW for the first time.

Click to download a guide to using GLOW email.

Click here to find out more about GLOW.

SCHOLAR is one of the world's largest school e-learning education programmes and it is available to every pupil studying Intermediate Maths and Highers/Advanced Highers in almost every school in Scotland.   If your child does not have a SCHOLAR password, please encourage him or her to ask their teacher for this.

Click to download SCHOLAR's Parent Information Leaflet.



The new issue of FACe, the children and families' e-newsletter has just been published at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/face


Additional Support Needs

An additional support need comes from anything which is a barrier to learning.  Most or all schools will have some children with additional support needs of some kind.  The education authority has many legal duties towards pupils with additional support needs.  Information about this is contained in a booklet called In On The Act : Information For The General Public which is published on the education authority website at  www.edinburgh.gov.uk/inontheact - or contact the additional support for learning team on telephone number 469 3444.

Click for information about JGHS Support of Learning department.


Fidelis et Forte

A CD collection of 13 piano solos by pupils available to buy.

Full details and order form.

CD Cover

Qualifications are Changing!

Parents can find out all out the new Curriculum for Excellence and the new qualifications by visiting the SQA website or by downloading the parental information leaflet.

All parental information is also on our Parents page.


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