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Carnoustie High School is a comprehensive secondary school in Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland. Situated to the north of the town, the school serves Carnoustie and surrounding villages, including Barry, Monikie, Newbigging, Craigton, Muirdrum, Panbride and Easthaven.

Carnoustie High School
Carnoustie High School Badge.jpg
Shanwell Road

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Coordinates56°30′18″N 2°43′34″W / 56.504942°N 2.726177°W / 56.504942; -2.726177Coordinates: 56°30′18″N 2°43′34″W / 56.504942°N 2.726177°W / 56.504942; -2.726177
TypeComprehensive non-selective state school
MottoDeed Shaws Pruif
"Deed shows proof"
Local authorityAngus Council
HeadteacherMr D A Currie
Age11 to 18
Enrolment770 (Approx)
HousesDalhousie, Ravensby, Panbride
Colour(s)Red and grey          


Education in Carnoustie prior to 1878Edit

Carnoustie Public School, later Kinloch Primary School, demolished Summer 2010

Carnoustie was founded as a town in 1797. Prior to the passing of the Education (Scotland) Act 1872, the provision of schools in Scotland was the responsibility of the parish. The Education Act of 1696 allowed churches to set up schools, funded mainly by the landowner.

In the mid to late 19th century, each church in the town had its own school. The buildings of these are still in existence today, in the former primary schools of Barry and Panbride, which were at that point the schools of Panbride Parish Church and Barry Free Church, and the Phillip Hall on Dundee Street, which was the school connected with The Erskine Free Church.

These were supplemented with a number of private subscription schools, including a school in Links Avenue, opened in 1831, that now houses the local Scout Group[1] and a school off Maule Street that is now used as Holyrood Church's Hall. These were both victims of the success of Carnoustie Free Church school and were abandoned. More successful were the school linked to Panmure Works and a private Girls School in Kinloch Street, but these too were made redundant by the 1872 act.[2]

Carnoustie Public School (1878-1972)Edit

Carnoustie Public School was built in 1878 near the Free Church school on Dundee Street.[2] It was extended several times as the town grew and in the late 1960s the school catered for primary and secondary students up to O-grade level (age 16), with those wanting to continue education beyond S4 would travel to Arbroath for school.

The school's secondary students were decanted to the new Carnoustie High School building in Shanwell Road in 1971. The old school was renamed Kinloch Primary School, and continued as a primary school until 2006, when it, along with Barry and Panbride Primary Schools, was closed as part of the reorganisation of schools in the area. The building housed Carlogie Primary School during renovations in 2008-2009, and was finally demolished in 2010 to make way for housing.

Carnoustie High School (1972-present)Edit

Carnoustie High School in 2008, shortly before its demolition.

A dedicated secondary school was built in 1970-1972 to the north of the town. This was to cope with the increasing population in the town and surrounding area, as well as to offer classes beyond O-grade level. The buildings were opened in 1972 by Princess Alexandra. These buildings served until 2009 when they were replaced with new teaching blocks built on the former playing fields.

The new build retained the PE block and the theatre of the previous school. Capacity of the present school is 1050, allowing for considerable expansion of its present roll.

Feeder primary schoolsEdit

Carnoustie High School offers places to pupils of the three primary schools in Carnoustie (Carlogie, Woodlands and Burnside) and pupils from Monikie and Newbigging Primary Schools.[3][4]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (1858), Six inch maps of Scotland, Forfarshire, sheet LI,, archived from the original on 9 March 2009, retrieved 3 September 2008
  2. ^ a b Dickson 1892
  3. ^ "Primary School Enrolment and Transfer to Secondary", Angus Council, archived from the original on 5 July 2013, retrieved 24 August 2013
  4. ^ Carnoustie High School, School Information (PDF), retrieved 24 August 2013[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "High school reunion for film star Alan Cumming", The Courier, 8 January 2013, archived from the original on 29 November 2014, retrieved 27 August 2013
  6. ^ "Interview: Graeme Black, fashion designer", The Scotsman, 23 September 2012, retrieved 27 August 2013


  • Dickson, R.; Dickson, G.C. (1892), Carnoustie and its Neighbourhood, Pinkfoot Press, Balgavies, Angus