Welcome to our latest Top schools feature, What are the top Scottish schools?

Best Scottish schools in 2021

  • In 2021, Glasgow’s secondary school called Jordanhill School was the top Scottish uppers performer. It’s the only government-aided secondary school; 86 per cent of pupils reaching the mark.
  • 2nd was St Ninian’s in East Renfrewshire with 80% achieving the gold standard.
  • 3rd was Gryffe High School in Renfrewshire with 80%.

Full Scottish schools league table 2021

Ranked by percentage of pupils who attained the “gold standard
(League position 2020, School, Council, 2019, 2020, League position 2019)

1 Jordanhill School Glasgow (Grant Aided) 88% 86% 1
2 St Ninian’s High School East Renfrewshire 73% 80% 4
3 Gryffe High School Renfrewshire 69% 80% 10
4 Dunblane High School Stirling 74% 79% 3
5 Mearns Castle High School East Renfrewshire 75% 77% 2
6 Bearsden Academy East Dunbartonshire 72% 76% 5
7 Boroughmuir High School Edinburgh 72% 76% 6
8 Williamwood High School East Renfrewshire 70% 76% 9
9 Cults Academy Aberdeen 64% 76% 15
10 Bishopbriggs Academy East Dunbartonshire 66% 74% 11
11 Linlithgow Academy West Lothian 57% 70% 23
12 West Calder High School West Lothian 55% 70% 29
13 Lenzie Academy East Dunbartonshire 63% 69% 16
14 Douglas Academy East Dunbartonshire 72% 68% 7
15 James Gillespie’s High School Edinburgh 66% 68% 12
16 Earlston High School Scottish Borders 55% 67% 24
17 Eastwood High School East Renfrewshire 65% 66% 13
18 Glasgow Gaelic School Glasgow 70% 65% 8
19 Balfron High School Stirling 59% 65% 21
20 The James Young High School West Lothian 55% 65%

 

The Best 200 Scottish schools 2021

21 Turnbull High School East Dunbartonshire 60% 64% 20
22 Aberdeen Grammar School Aberdeen 53% 64% 34
23 Largs Academy North Ayrshire 46% 63% 59
24 Moffat Academy Dumfries & Galloway 54% 62% 33
25 Notre Dame High School Aberdeen 53% 62% 37
26 St Margaret’s Academy West Lothian 49% 62% 44
27 Glen Urquhart High School Highland 39% 62% 101
28 Woodfarm High School East Renfrewshire 61% 61% 18
29 Strathaven Academy South Lanarkshire 58% 61% 22
30 Boclair Academy East Dunbartonshire 54% 61% 30
31 Westhill Academy Aberdeenshire 36% 61% 138
32 Firrhill High School Edinburgh 53% 60% 36
33 The Royal High School Edinburgh 51% 59% 41
34 St Joseph’s College Dumfries & Galloway 49% 59% 43
35 Marr College South Ayrshire 46% 59% 60
36 Sir E Scott School Western Isles 43% 58% 78
37 Aboyne Academy Aberdeenshire 47% 57% 49
38 North Berwick High School East Lothian 65% 56% 14
39 Banchory Academy Aberdeenshire 61% 56% 17
40 Peebles High School Scottish Borders 45% 56% 64
41 Tarbert Academy Argyll & Bute 29% 56% 227
42 St Thomas Of Aquin’s High School Edinburgh 60% 55% 19
43 Hyndland Secondary School Glasgow 55% 55% 26
44 St Maurice’s High School North Lanarkshire 47% 55% 52
45 St Ninian’s High School East Renfrewshire 55% 54% 27
46 Dalziel High School North Lanarkshire 48% 54% 46
47 Wallace Hall Academy Dumfries & Galloway 48% 54% 47
48 Monifieth High School Angus 46% 54% 61
49 Our Lady’s High School – Cumbernauld West Dunbartonshire 46% 54% 62

 

The top 200 Scottish schools 2021

50 Currie Community High School Edinburgh 44% 54% 70
51 The Community School of Auchterarder Perth & Kinross 43% 54% 80
52 Barrhead High School East Renfrewshire 42% 54% 81
53 St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High School South Lanarkshire 42% 54% 86
54 Mallaig High School Highland 43% 53% 77
55 Ardnamurchan High School Highland 53% 339
56 Balerno Community High School Edinburgh 53% 52% 35
57 Kyle Academy South Ayrshire 46% 52% 57
58 Tobermory High School Argyll & Bute 40% 52% 99
59 Crieff High School Perth & Kinross 31% 52% 193
60 Portree High School Edinburgh 23% 52% 293
61 Clydeview Academy Inverclyde 54% 51% 31
62 Inveralmond Community High School West Lothian 47% 51% 51
63 Trinity Academy Edinburgh 47% 51% 53
64 Craigmount High School Edinburgh 46% 51% 54
65 Grove Academy Dundee 46% 51% 55
66 Braes High School Falkirk 41% 51% 90
67 Fortrose Academy Highland 54% 50% 32
68 McLaren High School Stirling 51% 50% 39
69 St Luke’s High School East Renfrewshire 51% 50% 40
70 St Kentigern’s Academy West Lothian 44% 50% 75
71 Mackie Academy Aberdeenshire 40% 50% 96
72 Perth High School Perth & Kinross 40% 50% 97
73 Paisley Grammar School Renfrewshire 38% 50% 110
74 Bathgate Academy West Lothian 33% 50% 167

Scottish schools league table 2021

75 Oldmachar Academy Argyll & Bute 30% 50% 208
76 Holy Cross High School South Lanarkshire 55% 49% 25
77 St Ambrose High School North Lanarkshire 44% 49% 74
78 Kinross High School Perth & Kinross 46% 48% 56
79 Anderson High School Shetland 44% 48% 68
80 Dunbar Grammar School East Lothian 44% 48% 71
81 Milne’s High School Moray 32% 48% 185
82 Madras College Fife 51% 47% 38
83 Whitburn Academy West Lothian 48% 47% 48
84 Hermitage Academy Argyll & Bute 47% 47% 50
85 Lasswade High School Centre Midlothian 43% 47% 76
86 Cardinal Newman High School North Lanarkshire 38% 47% 108
87 Sgoil Lionacleit Western Isles 29% 47% 225
88 Wallace High School Stirling 45% 46% 67
89 Taylor High School North Lanarkshire 42% 46% 87
90 Dalbeattie High School Dumfries & Galloway 40% 46% 93
91 Stirling High School Stirling 37% 46% 126
92 Calderglen High School South Lanarkshire 35% 46% 140
93 Armadale Academy West Lothian 34% 46% 148
94 Duncanrig Secondary School South Lanarkshire 44% 45% 72
95 Prestwick Academy Edinburgh 44% 45% 73
96 Breadalbane Academy Perth & Kinross 42% 45% 82
97 Alford Academy Aberdeenshire 38% 45% 107
98 Greenfaulds High School North Lanarkshire 37% 45% 120
99 Trinity High School South Lanarkshire 36% 45% 137

 

Scottish schools league table 2021 PART II

100 Belmont Academy South Ayrshire 35% 45% 139
101 Charleston Academy Highland 34% 45% 150
102 Our Lady’s High School – Motherwell North Lanarkshire 34% 45% 159
103 Bannerman High School Glasgow 33% 45% 166
104 Ellon Academy Aberdeenshire 32% 45% 182
105 Langholm Academy Dumfries & Galloway 30% 45% 206
106 Larbert High School Falkirk 46% 44% 58
107 Queen Margaret Academy Fife 45% 44% 65
108 St Mungo’s RC High School Falkirk 43% 44% 79
109 Hillhead High School Glasgow 39% 44% 103
110 St Aidan’s High School North Lanarkshire 34% 44% 163
111 Webster’s High School Angus 34% 44% 164
112 Portlethen Academy Inverclyde 32% 44% 187
113 St Benedict’s High School Renfrewshire 32% 44% 189
114 Queensferry Community High School South Ayrshire 37% 43% 123
115 St John’s RC Academy Perth & Kinross 37% 43% 124
116 Chryston High School North Lanarkshire 36% 43% 128
117 Uddingston Grammar School South Lanarkshire 35% 43% 146
118 Dunoon Grammar School Argyll & Bute 32% 43% 180
119 Larkhall Academy South Lanarkshire 23% 43% 290
120 Deans Community High School West Lothian 41% 42% 91
121 Kemnay Academy Aberdeenshire 40% 42% 94
122 Knox Academy East Lothian 40% 42% 95
123 Plockton High School Aberdeenshire 40% 42% 98
124 Waid Academy Fife 38% 42% 116
125 Grantown Grammar School Highland 36% 42% 131

 

League table 2021 PART III

126 Meldrum Academy Aberdeenshire 36% 42% 135
127 Park Mains High School Renfrewshire 33% 42% 175
128 Oban High School Inverclyde 28% 42% 239
129 Bucksburn Academy Moray 25% 42% 267
130 Gleniffer High School Renfrewshire 42% 41% 83
131 Castle Douglas High School Dumfries & Galloway 37% 41% 118
132 Harris Academy Dundee 37% 41% 121
133 Mearns Academy Aberdeenshire 36% 41% 134
134 Inverness Royal Academy Highland 33% 41% 172
135 Broughton High School Edinburgh 26% 41% 257
136 Inverurie Academy Aberdeenshire 26% 41% 262
137 Kilsyth Academy North Lanarkshire 26% 41% 263
138 St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School Glasgow 49% 40% 45
139 Inverkeithing High School Fife 41% 40% 92
140 Millburn Academy Highland 39% 40% 104
141 Portobello High School Aberdeen 38% 40% 112
142 St Columba’s High School Inverclyde 38% 40% 115
143 St Modan’s High School Stirling 37% 40% 125
144 Islay High School Argyll & Bute 36% 40% 133
145 Holyrood Secondary School Glasgow 33% 40% 171
146 Bridge Of Don Academy Aberdeen 31% 40% 191
147 Golspie High School Highland 24% 40% 281
148 St John Ogilvie High School South Lanarkshire 45% 39% 66
149 Balwearie High School Fife 39% 39% 100

Scottish schools league PART V

150 Ullapool High School Highland 39% 39% 106
151 Cumbernauld Academy North Lanarkshire 37% 39% 119
152 St Andrew’s Academy Renfrewshire 35% 39% 144
153 Bell Baxter High School Fife 33% 39% 168
154 Hazlehead Academy Aberdeen 31% 39% 194
155 Dumfries High School Dumfries & Galloway 30% 39% 203
156 Dalkeith High School Midlothian 28% 39% 233
157 Galashiels Academy Scottish Borders 27% 39% 250
158 Carrick Academy South Ayrshire 26% 39% 259
159 Harlaw Academy Aberdeen 25% 39% 269
160 Dornoch Academy Highland 23% 39% 287
161 Graeme High School Falkirk 39% 38% 102
162 Holy Rood RC High School Edinburgh 36% 38% 132
163 Cathkin High School South Lanarkshire 35% 38% 141
164 Beeslack Community High School Midlothian 34% 38% 149
165 Forres Academy Moray 34% 38% 153
166 Speyside High School Moray 34% 38% 162
167 St Matthew’s Academy North Ayrshire 33% 38% 176
168 Blairgowrie High School Perth & Kinross 32% 38% 178
169 Kingussie High School Highland 32% 38% 183
170 Kirkintilloch High School East Dunbartonshire 32% 38% 184
171 Port Glasgow High School Highland 31% 38% 198
172 St Joseph’s Academy East Ayrshire 28% 38% 240
173 Jedburgh Grammar School Scottish Borders 25% 38% 270
174 Thurso High School Highland 22% 38% 303

Scottish schools league table PART VI

175 Glenwood High School Fife 12% 38% 334
176 Biggar High School South Lanarkshire 49% 37% 42
177 Our Lady & St Patrick’s High School Aberdeen 45% 37% 63
178 Alva Academy Clackmannanshire 37% 37% 117
179 The Nicolson Institute Western Isles 35% 37% 145
180 Dyce Academy Aberdeen 33% 37% 169
181 Elgin Academy Moray 32% 37% 181
182 St Augustine’s High School Edinburgh 30% 37% 210
183 Lourdes Secondary School Glasgow 28% 37% 238
184 Dingwall Academy Highland 27% 37% 248
185 Elgin High School Moray 24% 37% 280
186 Stonelaw High School South Lanarkshire 24% 37% 283
187 Woodmill High School Fife 42% 36% 88
188 Arran High School North Ayrshire 41% 36% 89
189 Culloden Academy Highland 38% 36% 109
190 Dunfermline High School Fife 36% 36% 130
191 Notre Dame High School Glasgow 35% 36% 143
192 Lanark Grammar School South Lanarkshire 34% 36% 156
193 Selkirk High School Scottish Borders 34% 36% 161
194 Berwickshire High School Scottish Borders 32% 36% 177
195 Stromness Academy Orkney 31% 36% 200
196 Auchenharvie Academy North Ayrshire 16% 36% 321
197 Hamilton Grammar School South Lanarkshire 42% 35% 84
198 Stewarton Academy East Ayrshire 39% 35% 105
199 Renfrew High School Edinburgh 38% 35% 113
200 Shawlands Academy Glasgow 38% 35% 114

 

What are the top 200 Scottish schools?