I am extremely honoured to have been asked to take on the role of Rector at Hutchesons’- an institution which has been at the forefront of academic excellence for nearly 400 years.
We have been long recognised for our impressive examination results, but we also focus on ensuring our pupils feel they Belong, can Flourish, and so will Achieve to the best of their ability, wherever their talents lie.
At Hutchesons’ we excel at understanding children. We appreciate each pupil for their curiosity, creativity, and compassion. We work every day to deliver a well-rounded education and to encourage a genuine love of learning and strong work ethic, ensuring pupils are prepared for their journey through life.
The real lifeblood of the school, though, is its people and what makes this school great is the energy, focus, drive, dedication, commitment and humanity of every pupil and every member of staff.
Watching young people grow, thrive, develop, and go on from here ready to take on any challenge is fantastic and makes teaching the best job in the world.
I will endeavour to lead the school in a manner that befits this great educational institution and continues to build upon its outstanding legacy.
Hutchesons’ is a school where children are flourishing. Our warm and welcoming pastoral teams are highly trained and superb at keeping a close eye on all pupils, whether those who are making the transition to us or those more established.
Small class sizes, averaging 17 in the senior school, allows individual attention and excellent learning. The teachers are passionate advocates of their subject and always specialists whether it be in a particular science, language or humanity.
Our examination results continue to be excellent with, for example from last session, 65% of all Fifth Year Higher results being awarded a grade A.
Our unique curricular pathways allow bespoke twilight courses to be studied as preparation for Higher without National 5 as well as National 5 bypass. These paths allow pupils to avoid the tedious hoop jumping that can accompany these qualifications and also paves the way for a number to study six or more Highers in Fifth Year: this truly makes these talented candidates stand out.
But we know it is more than just exam grades. Our ethos is strong, and produces young people with a great work ethic, a strong moral compass and a wide range of interests and skills.
We get to know our youngsters, identify their interests and strengths and then encourage them to blossom and develop their potential. We have a huge range of opportunities outside the classroom to ensure this happens. We are particularly proud of our facilities that support our extensive extra-curricular programme.
We are in close contact with our former pupils, and are widening the number of opportunities for meetings through our Hutchie Hubs: whether by graduation year, current location or interest.
"Hutchie has been the foundation of all that I have gone on to do - and for that, I am eternally grateful."
“I can put my hand on heart and take an oath that my memories of Hutchie are all happy ones, it is an extraordinary place to learn and live…I benefitted from a really complete education, learning to be part of a family and of a community…It gave me the building blocks for the career I’ve had. It gave me confidence, enthusiasm, a work ethos, commitment and dedication.”
So, I trust that the feedback from our pupils, along with the contents of this website, allow you to gain a flavour of who we are at Hutchie. As ever, you need first hand evidence that your son or daughter will flourish with us – so don’t delay, get in touch and arrange a visit. I look forward to welcoming you to the wonderful school that is Hutchie.”