Paisley Grammar School

Paisley Grammar School is a secondary school in Paisley, the largest town in Renfrewshire, Scotland.[1] The school was founded in 1576 by royal charter of King James VI and is situated on Glasgow Road.[2] The school is recognised as one of Scotland's oldest schools with an established history.[2]

Paisley Grammar School
Glasgow Road

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Coordinates55°50′47″N 4°24′41″W / 55.8463°N 4.4115°W / 55.8463; -4.4115Coordinates: 55°50′47″N 4°24′41″W / 55.8463°N 4.4115°W / 55.8463; -4.4115
Local authorityRenfrewshire Council
Head TeacherZoe Madden
Staff100 Full-time staff
HousesMull, Skye and Iona
PublicationThe Grammarian

The present school building (which was called the 'Paisley Grammar School and William B. Barbour Academy' due to a bequest by the former Member of Parliament for Paisley, William B. Barbour, and until recently was the school's proper title) was opened in 1898 by Lord Balfour of Burleigh, then Secretary of State for Scotland.[3]

The school was fee paying until the mid-1960s and in 1986, when threatened with imminent closure by Strathclyde Regional Council, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher intervened personally to ensure the survival of the school. The law was changed so that local councils could no longer close schools which were more than 80% full without approval by the Secretary of State for Scotland.[3]

The Head Teacher is Zoe Madden, who joined the school in January 2016 as Acting Head Teacher and was formally appointed to the post on 13 September 2016.[3]

Notable former pupilsEdit

Paisley Grammar School.

Notable former pupils include:

Old GrammariansEdit

The Old Grammarians Club is a society formed by and for former pupils and staff of Paisley Grammar School. The club has been running in some form since 1928 and was founded with a need to 'keep in touch' after school years following world war I.[6]

Mr Ross Brisco is the current president who was elected to office in 2018.[7]

The Club are committed to organising social gatherings throughout the year including a yearly ball[8] and a golf club with yearly tournament.[9] The Old Grammarians Club also contributes to the school's annual prize-giving; giving the Old Grammarians Prize to one pupil in the sixth year.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "School History". Paisley Grammar School.
  2. ^ a b "The History of the Paisley Grammar School, from Its Foundation in 1576: Of the Paisley Grammar School and Academy and of the Other Town's Schools". A. Gardner. 1 December 1875 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b c "Paisley Grammar School". Paisley Grammar School.
  4. ^ "Bank director". The Herald. Glasgow, Scotland. 3 September 1957. p. 3. Retrieved 19 December 2015 – via Google News.
  5. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  6. ^ "Who Are We?". 14 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Committee". 14 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Annual Gala Ball". 30 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Golf Club". 12 September 2013.