Nurturing Creativity

While academic excellence is at the core of Hutchesons’ history and ethos, we also place a heightened focus on nurturing our pupils creativity across the arts.

Music for All

The vibrant Music department at Hutchesons’ combines the underlying principle of ‘Music for All’ with excellence in performance. Class music is taught through the practical idiom, giving a grounding in the basics of pitch, timbre, rhythm and structure and experience of a wide range of musical genres.

Pupils are encouraged to learn an instrument and an excellent level of additional professional tuition is available. Pupils have the opportunity to perform in choirs, orchestras, jazz, wind and chamber ensembles. This strategy of practical ability and strong academic push leads to consistently outstanding examination results.

Higher Education

Pupils transition to study music academically at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen Universities and Hutchesonian musicians regularly graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music.

Digital technology is also embraced with many pupils choosing this direction for a future career in music.

Music at Hutchesons'


Based in a modern, bright and spacious suite of rooms, the Art department equips each pupil with an understanding of the visual world and its links to fine art, sculpture, design and photography. Pupils are inspired to invent, create and design, developing excellence in a variety of media. Art stimulates original thinking and transferable skills for all aspects of learning.

A range of stylish printed apparel and homeware, including velvet cushions, silk scarves, sweatshirts and lyrca leggings have been created using designs by pupils in S3 and S5. This is an initiative led by Art teacher, Adele Armour and is a wonderful way of showcasing the creative talents of Hutchie pupils. To place an order or find out more about this bespoke quality range, please email

Annual Art Show

The high quality of the Annual Art Show reflects an impressive record of success and degree opportunities in Fine Art, Jewellery, Fashion and Textiles, Printmaking, Visual Communication, Landscape Architecture and Architecture.

Intricate 3D paper sculptures, giant oil pastels and bold monochromatic still lifes, lighting constructions, prints and drawings inspired by Venice and Hong Kong, pop art portraits and quirky fabric designs are just a few examples of the amazing artwork created by pupils recently.


Drama plays a key role in the personal and social development of our pupils and offers a secure, creative environment in which to develop self-esteem and responsibility.

Through Drama, pupils gain confidence and refine communication skills, vital for strong interpersonal relationships with friends and family and to succeed in academia and in business. Drama courses are offered at every level at Secondary School, including National 5, Higher, Advanced Higher and National Certificate. There is a busy extra-curricular schedule and recent productions have included Kiss me, Kate!, Secondary Cause of Death, Private Lives, A View from the Bridge and South Pacific.

Contemporary Drama Studios

Our state of the art Drama studios were opened in 2012 by actor Richard Wilson. In 2015 pupils once again visited Los Angeles to attend the Stella Adler Acting School, work with Oscar-winning directors and experience Hollywood.

Latest Arts News

S1 Harry Potter Day 2019

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Scottish Opera P6 Show

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