– to understand and accept our peers and ourselves

– to strive to exceed expectations

– to help our students grow and develop down their chosen paths

– to aspire to always do our best

– to connect and form bonds with other people

– to treat others equally regardless of who they are
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The old school building was built in 1877 and made up to secondary school status in 1893 on the appointment of Mr Benjamin Skinner as the new Head Teacher.

Glen Urquhart became a senior secondary school in 1945 serving all pupils in a wide catchment area ranging from Cannich in the West to Fort Augustus and Dalchreichart in the South-West. It was formerly known as Glen Urquhart Senior Secondary School and was, in pre-comprehensive days, the centre for all elementary and advanced schooling for pupils ranging from five to eighteen years old. It is now a 6-year comprehensive secondary school.

Pupils come to the school at age twelve and may leave at sixteen on completion of the compulsory four year stage of secondary education, or at age seventeen/eighteen if they wish to follow advanced courses to the Higher levels of the Scottish Education system. From S4 to S6 pupils may study for a wide variety of national courses at National, Higher and Advanced Higher levels. The school presents for all major subjects as well as a wide variety of other subjects including Spanish, Skills for Work, Enterprise Activity and many more. These courses open up the school as a continuing centre of education for all intending students in this area.

Glen Urquhart High School is proud of its academic record. The school exists in an extremely exciting period in Scottish education where there are a number of new opportunities and initiatives ongoing. New subjects are appearing on the school curriculum, e.g. Travel & Tourism, Hospitality, Practical Craft Skills, etc. Parents are always made welcome in school. Teaching methods are changing, reflecting changing social needs and aspirations. The content of the taught curriculum has been in a major period of change to meet the requirements for the 21st Century.

Indeed at this new and exciting time in the life of Glen Urquhart High School, staff and pupils are engaged in developing new ways in which the use of ICT (Information Communications Technology) can enhance all aspects of learning and teaching. The school and the community warmly welcomed the opening of new Glen Urquhart High School in August 2002 and with it, the commencement of a new era in education in the area served by the school. But in spite of major and rapid change, the essentials of a good school remain unchanged. Children must feel secure. They must be challenged, encouraged, praised, but they must learn that success is earned and that everyone has the seeds of a happy and contented life within themselves. Indeed the notion of a philosophy of life must be an integral part of school life. These are the principles of our educational philosophy and it is our intention that the planning and implementation of all activities in the school support these major aims.