Hawick High School


Hawick High School is a non-denominational secondary school in Hawick, in the Scottish Borders.[1] As well as serving the town, it also takes in pupils from as far away as Newcastleton.

Hawick High School
Buccleuch Street

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TypeSecondary School
Established17th century
Local authorityScottish Borders Council
HeadteacherVicky Porteous
Age11 to 18
Enrolment807 (in 2018)
Colour(s)Navy (S1-3), Purple (S4), Green (S5), Red (S6),        
School yearsS1-S6


The first mention of educational provision in the area was in the 17th century. The first evidence of a specific school was in 1711 when Hawick Grammar School was established by Reverend Alexander Orrock although the building was not actually completed until 1732. The school combined with a nearby elementary school in 1824 and a new school was completed two years later. This school proved too small and another school was built in 1860 on the same site that the school occupies today.[2]

In 1908 the school was renovated and its name changed to Buccleuch School. The name changed again in 1915 to Hawick Higher Grade School.[3] The school was destroyed by a fire in December 1925 and students were instead taught in the church while it was rebuilt. It was completed in 1928. There were further renovations in the 1970s when an extension was built, in the 1990s when the school was modernised and in 2003 when the canteen was renovated.[2] In 2016 the headteacher was suspended. The headteacher of Berwickshire High School filled in the position until Vicky Porteous was appointed in July 2017.[4][5]

In September 2021, it was announced that a new circa £49 million will be built to replace the current school on its existing site by 2027.[6]

Notable alumniEdit

  • Brian Balfour-Oatts (born 1966), international art dealer, writer and philanthropist.
  • Sir Angus Deaton (born 1945), economist, winner of the 2015 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Left the school when awarded a foundation scholarship to Fettes College.[7]
  • Nigel Griffiths (born 1955), Labour Party politician, Member of Parliament (MP) for Edinburgh South 1987–2010[8]
  • Richard Henderson (born 1945), molecular biologist, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.[9]
  • Stuart Hogg (born 1992) Scottish Rugby player for Glasgow Warriors and Scotland.[10]
  • Tony Stanger (born 1968) Scottish international Rugby player: Scotland's joint record try scorer
  • Sir Robert Muir (1864–1959) pathologist
  • Professor William Lowrie (1939) Professor of Geophysics at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
  • Andrew Cranston (born 1969), artist, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Cranston
  • Robert Wilson MBE (born 1951), Music Industry Entrepreneur.
  • Sir David Wallace (born 1945), physicist
  • Lana Skeldon Scottish international rugby player
  • Lisa Thomson Scottish international rugby player, represented the UK at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
  • Julie Forrest World indoor bowls champion
  • Bailie Susan Rae City of Edinburgh councillor
  • Matilda "Madge" Elliot MBE campaigner to save the Waverley railway line
  • Zandra Elliot councillor and Honorary Provost
  • Phoebe Gale professional mountain bike rider


  1. ^ Hawick High School homepage
  2. ^ a b "Our School - Hawick High School". hawickhighschool.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Hawick Higher Grade School". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Hawick Headteacher Remains Suspended". bordertelegraph.com. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  5. ^ "High school appoints new headteacher". Hawick News. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  6. ^ "A new £48.4m Hawick High School will be completed by 2027". The Southern Reporter. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  7. ^ "The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2015".
  8. ^ "Profile:Nigel Griffiths". bbc.co.uk. 12 March 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Curriculum Vitae".
  10. ^ "Scottish rugby star Stuart Hogg tells of the tragedy inspiring road safety campaign". Hawick-news.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2017.

Coordinates: 55°25′17″N 2°47′39″W / 55.4215°N 2.7942°W / 55.4215; -2.7942