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Lesmahagow High School
School Road, Lesmahagow, ML11 0DL, UK Lanark
+44 (0)1555 893456


Lesmahagow High School is a non-denominational, co-educational secondary school covering years one to six. The current school roll is 586.

At present the school consists of two buildings, linked by a footbridge. Block A - completed in 1981, houses English, Social Studies, Modern Languages, Library, Science, Music, Religious Education and Physical Education along with the principal administrative centres and the school snack bar. There is also a Senior Common Room shared by 6th year students and returning adults. Block B - the original school building contains the Maths, Business Studies, Home Economics, Technical and Art Departments along with the Assembly/Stage/Web-Bite Cafeteria and Computing suites.

The school is well equipped with the most modern academic and gymnastic facilities. The latter includes Gymnasium, Games Hall, Dance Studio and outdoor hardcourt area.

Although we have some medical provision and can cope with many types of handicap, the nature of the site and the footbridge pose problems for those not fully mobile.


All pupils undertake a common course of study but some subjects may be new to pupils. In S1 and S2 the framework for the curriculum is based on the national 5 – 14 guidelines and guidelines issued by the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum (SCCC). The subjects studies at Lesmahagow High School are English, Maths, French, Geography. History, Science, Art, Music, Technical Education, Home Economics, Physical Education, Religious & Moral Education (RME) and Personal and Social Education (PSE). In first year time is allocated to Information Technology and in second year a short course in Economics is included.

owards to end of S2, pupils will be asked to select their course options for S3 and S4. The structure of the option sheet and number of periods allocated to each area of the curriculum are in accordance with the guidelines issued by the SCCC. The menu of courses on offer comprises a ‘core’ of compulsory subjects and an optional element. All S3 pupils will have the opportunity to undertake 8 Standard Grades. Before making a choice of subject, pupils are counselled by Careers and Guidance Staff. A booklet entitled ‘Making a Choice’ is issued to all S2 pupils which gives details and information on choices generally and individual subjects. There will also be a parents’ evening where staff will be available for consultation before any final choices are made.

At the end of the fourth year pupils are eligible to be presented for the SQA Standard Grade Certificate. The Certificate is structured in such a way that it can be attained on 3 levels: Foundation, General and Credit (with the exception of Physics, Chemistry and Biology which are graded at General and Credit levels only). Results are reported on a scale of 1 – 7, in a profile of performance which gives grades for elements of each subject as well as an overall award.


In the Upper School students have a wide range of courses to choose from. The new National Qualifications (Higher Still) system has replaced existing Higher Grade courses by new Higher and Intermediate courses and other levels of courses.

Students entering S6 may follow courses leading to Advanced Higher. In S5 students must take one subject from each column of the Option Form and will have a full timetable. However, in S6, one column may be set aside for private study following negotiation with the Depute Head Teacher (Upper School).

Subject Teachers, Guidance Staff and Senior Management Team will help students choose the appropriate subjects at the correct level. Consequently senior students will be able to negotiate a programme of study which will meet their needs, abilities and interest.


Because a large proportion of our pupils return home by special bus at the end of the school day, most school activities take place at lunch time. The activities vary from year to year but usually include such groups as The One-Ten Club, Teaminet Club, History Club, Art Club, Homework Club, Quiz Club, Golf Club and Young Enterprise.

There are several music tutors in the school who are able to support Music staff who run a School Band and singing groups. In past years the school has had considerable success in staging schools shows including “The Wizard of Oz”, “Calamity Jane”, “Oliver”, “Drakula Spectakula”, Grease, Young Musician of the Year and a very successful Circus.

The school has a strong tradition of extra-curricular sporting activities. Volleyball, Badminton, Basketball, Netball and football are all involved in matches this year.

In addition, many departments in the school arrange educational and cultural outings for pupils in the course of the session.

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