Hutchesons' Grammar School

Hutchesons' Grammar School is a independent day school in Glasgow, Scotland.

Hutchesons' Grammar School
Hutchesons' Grammar School Crest.png
G41 4NW

Coordinates55°50′11″N 4°16′55″W / 55.8363°N 4.282°W / 55.8363; -4.282Coordinates: 55°50′11″N 4°16′55″W / 55.8363°N 4.282°W / 55.8363; -4.282
TypeIndependent day school, private school
MottoLatin: Veritas (Truth)
Established1641; 381 years ago (1641)
FounderGeorge Hutcheson and Thomas Hutcheson
RectorColin Gambles
ChairmanAlistair Marr
GovernorHutchesons' Educational Trust
Age3 to 18
Publication"The Hutchesonian" and "Hutchie Herald"
Hutchesons' Grammar School Secondary

It is a selective school, meaning prospective pupils must sit an entrance test to gain admission.

It was founded as Hutchesons' Boys' Grammar School by George Hutcheson and Thomas Hutcheson in 1641[1]

The Boys' and Girls' schools amalgamated in 1976 at the grounds where the Boys' school had moved to 19 years prior to form the current senior school. The Campus at Kingarth Street became the junior school. In 1994, a new pre-school block at the junior school was constructed.

Today, "Hutchie", as the school is known informally, has around 1,300 pupils across its Pre-school, Junior and Senior Schools.

In 2019 it had second-highest exam results in Scotland[2]

It is governed by Hutchesons' Educational Trust[3]

The current Rector is Colin Gambles.


Thomas Hutcheson (1590–1641).[4]

In 2001, the school expanded into Glasgow's West End when it merged with Laurel Park School and created a nursery and primary school on Lilybank Terrace, although this has since closed.[5] The building suffered heavy damage in a fire in November 2008, and again in early 2019.[6][7]


Pupils at the school are divided into one the following four Houses:


Each House has a team of four staff; Head of House and 3 Assistant Heads of House, allowing each pupil to be known and cared for by the same team for all years. This team is overseen by the Matron and a Depute Rector ensuring a high level of individual care and attention for each student.

Form classes are split into houses and there is often activities that divide the houses into friendly competitions, House points can be awarded throughout the year for excellence in Academia, Sports, The Arts and various other activities. There is an annual sports day towards the end of the school year where pupils compete in various sporting events to win points for their house before the winning house of the year is announced at the end of the day.

School TartanEdit

Hutchesons' Grammar School Tartan

The school tartan derives from the Hutcheson tartan with the colours changed to fit the school colours. It was adapted by Colin Hutcheson, a Governor of the Scottish Tartans Authority, and launched in March 2005.[8]

The Tartan is worn on Founders Day every year as a Kilt by the Head boy and Depute Head boy, as a skirt by the Head girl and Depute head girl and as a tie by the rector. Founders day service is held annually at Glasgow Cathedral on the 19th of March


In November 2011, Hutchesons' Grammar School was named the 'Scottish Independent Secondary school of the year'.[9]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ Hutcheson, George (1891). "Hutcheson, George" . In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. 28. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. ^ "Scotland's top schools revealed". 3 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Charity Details". 24 January 1992.
  4. ^ Thomas Hutcheson. University of Glasgow
  5. ^ "The Hutchesons' – Laurel Park Merger, August, 2001". Hutchesons' Grammar School. Archived from the original on 9 December 2010.
  6. ^ Nicoll, Vivienne (7 August 2013). "Flats plan for blaze-hit former city girls' school". Evening Times. Glasgow. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Fire at former church in Glasgow's West End treated as 'deliberate' by police". Evening Times. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Tartan Details - Hutchesons' Grammar School". The Scottish Register of Tartans. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
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  10. ^ "McKinsey & Company | Global management consulting". Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  11. ^ "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/65193. ISBN 978-0-19-861412-8. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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  13. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Leitch, Archibald (1865–1939)’, first published Oct 2009, 1579 words, with portrait illustration
  14. ^ "Scottish Parliament". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014.
  15. ^ "Queen's Park and the Great War 1914 to 1918" (PDF). p. 6. Retrieved 11 October 2016.

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