Bellahouston Academy

Last updated

Bellahouston Academy
Bellahouston Academy
Bellahouston, Glasgow, Scotland
MottoAlere Flammam
(Keep the Flame Burning)
FounderAlexander Sim
Head teacherBarry Mochan
Number of pupils1070
Feeder schoolsGlendale Primary
Ibrox Primary
Lorne Street Primary
Mosspark Primary
Pollokshields Primary

Bellahouston Academy is a non-denominational state-run secondary school in Bellahouston, south-west Glasgow, Scotland.



Bellahouston Academy first opened in 1876 as a private school run by Alexander Sim. It was taken over by the Govan School Board in 1885, and has been a state school ever since. [1] The school buildings have recently been refurbished to provide for 1100 pupils.

The site of the Academy was donated by the Misses Steven of Bellahouston whose generosity also provided the clocktower, and the building was designed by a Bath Street architect, Robert Balde. [2] The advertisement which announced the opening of the Academy described it as a 'Boy's High Class School and Ladies' College'. For its first nine years, the Academy struggled to function privately; this became increasingly difficult with the opening of new schools in the area which were supported by rates and government grants, despite such economies as dispensing with the office and salary of the rector. In 1885 therefore, the Academy ceased to be a private school, and was sold for £15,000 to Govan Parish School Board who added a swimming pool, one of the first in Scotland.

In 1901, the Institute was opened to train pupil-teachers, but when this system was replaced in 1907 by a junior system, the Institute became part of the Academy, which by now had become a Secondary School and Junior Student Centre. In 1905, the main building was renovated and a new gymnasium and baths were built.

In 1919, the Academy passed into the care of the new Glasgow Education Authority, which itself was replaced in 1929 by the Education Committee of the Corporation of Glasgow. In the 1930s, the Academy lost its title and was renamed Bellahouston Secondary School, but its name never changed locally, and like other schools, it was permitted to revert to its old title.


Attendance for 2010-2011 was 864. [3] Attendance for 2020-2021 was 1009. [4]

New school

In 1962, the modern building in Gower Terrace was opened and took in pupils and staff from Pollokshields Secondary, (a former rival, Albert Road Academy). In 1973, due to increasing numbers, the old building on Paisley Road West was re-opened. This building is now an Ethnic Minority Business Centre.

Pupils going to the school were disrupted by the building of the M8/M77 interchange which was completed in 1977. There was a major fire in 1991 in which part of the building was structurally damaged and had to be demolished. In 1996, the school returned to the refurbished main building, which is designed to hold 1,100 pupils.


The school is non-denominational and co-educational, and the roll in 2020-21 was 1009. The local Ibrox Complex is used to run league football; Bellahouston Ski Centre is used for ski-ing and snowboarding lessons. Golf is catered for at Haggs Castle Golf Course.

Glasgow School of Sport

Scotland's first school dedicated to sport has been developed at Bellahouston Academy. The Glasgow School of Sport aims to develop the talents of young sportsmen and women. The Sports Hall was completed in October 2002, and was opened by The Princess Royal in 2003. The School of Sport specialises in five sports - athletics; gymnastics; hockey; badminton and swimming. 120 pupils combine sports and studies at this specialised Academy which was visited by double Olympic Gold Champion, Dame Kelly Holmes. In 2005, the school's under-16 football team won both the Glasgow League and Scottish Cup Final at Firhill in the same season.

Notable former pupils

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Grange Academy, Kilmarnock</span> State-funded comprehensive school in Kilmarnock, Scotland

Grange Academy is a non-denominational secondary school based in Kilmarnock in East Ayrshire, Scotland. It serves the Bonnyton and town centre areas of the town, with the associated primaries being Crosshouse Primary, Annanhill Primary, Hillhead Primary, Gargieston Primary and Shortlees Primary.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Craigton, Glasgow</span> Human settlement in Scotland

Craigton is a residential suburb in the southwest of the city of Glasgow, Scotland. Located approximately three miles from the city centre, it is bordered by Bellahouston Park to the south and Halfway to the west, with Cardonald beyond.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bellahouston</span> District in the southwest of the Scottish city of Glasgow

Bellahouston is a district in the southwest of the Scottish city of Glasgow. It is bordered by Dumbreck, Ibrox, Pollokshields, Craigton.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jordanhill School</span> School in Glasgow

Jordanhill School educates children from age 4–19. It was formerly run by Jordanhill College of Education as its demonstration school, and was previously known as Jordanhill College School.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Knightswood Secondary School</span> State funded, secondary school in Glasgow, City of Glasgow, Scotland

Knightswood Secondary School is a secondary school located in Knightswood in the west-end of Glasgow, Scotland.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hyndland Secondary School</span> State comprehensive school in Glasgow, Scotland

Hyndland Secondary School is a non-denominational state comprehensive school in the Hyndland area of Glasgow, Scotland.

Holyrood Secondary School is a Roman Catholic secondary school in the south-side of Glasgow, Scotland. It is the biggest secondary school in Scotland, with over 2,000 pupils and 150 teaching staff. Holyrood is located near Crosshill railway station, Hampden Park, A728 and the new M74 motorway.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">St Mungo's Academy</span> Comprehensive secondary school in Glasgow, Scotland

St Mungo's Academy is a Roman Catholic, co-educational, comprehensive, secondary school located in Gallowgate, Glasgow. The school was founded in 1858 by the Marist Brothers religious order.

Lourdes Secondary School, established in 1956, is a school in the south-west of Glasgow which serves a large catchment area, including the communities of Cardonald, Craigton, Crookston, Drumoyne, Govan, Hillington, Ibrox, Kinning Park, Mosspark, Penilee and Pollok. It has an enrolment of approximately 1,200 pupils and 90 members of staff.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Stonelaw High School</span> Secondary school in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scotland

Stonelaw High School is a non-denominational state high school located in Rutherglen, Scotland near the city of Glasgow.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cumbernauld Academy</span> Secondary school in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

Cumbernauld Academy was the first comprehensive secondary school in the then 'New Town' of Cumbernauld. It was designed by Scottish architects Gratton & McLean and it opened in 1964 and is a non-denominational, co-educational, secondary school. In 2013, North Lanarkshire Council announced the amalgamation of Cumbernauld High with Abronhill High to become Cumbernauld Academy in a new building to be built on existing CHS grounds.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Earnock Estate</span>

Earnock Estate is a residential area in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, which is located just east of High Earnock and south of Hillhouse. The area was developed in the 1960s and is home to some of the oldest buildings in the area.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">St Columba's High School, Gourock</span> Comprehensive secondary school in Gourock, Renfrewshire, Scotland

St Columba's High School is a co-educational six-year Roman Catholic, comprehensive secondary school, located next to Tower Hill Gourock, Inverclyde, Scotland. The school serves south west Greenock, Gourock, Inverkip and Wemyss Bay. The current enrolment (2018) is 682 pupils.

Cessnock is an area in the city of Glasgow, Scotland. It is situated south of the River Clyde and was part of the former Burgh of Govan. Cessnock's main street is Paisley Road West, which runs west in the direction of Paisley and east through Kinning Park to Paisley Toll.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bishopbriggs Academy</span> State secondary school in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Bishopbriggs Academy is a secondary school in the town of Bishopbriggs, Scotland, in the district of East Dunbartonshire. Bishopbriggs Academy is a non-denominational, co-educational, comprehensive school taking pupils from S1 to S6. It is currently one of two secondary schools in Bishopbriggs, along with Turnbull High School at Brackenbrae.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Irvine Royal Academy</span> School in Irvine, Scotland

Irvine Royal Academy is a six-year non-denominational secondary school in Kilwinning Road, Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland.

St Margaret Mary's Secondary School is a co-educational, denominational, comprehensive secondary school located in Castlemilk, Glasgow, Scotland.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bearsden Academy</span> State secondary school in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Bearsden Academy is a non-denominational, state secondary school in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bannerman High School</span> School in Glasgow, Scotland

Bannerman High School is a state secondary school in the Baillieston suburb of Glasgow, Scotland. It is a non-denominational, co-educational, comprehensive school within the Glasgow City Council local education authority. The school teaches pupils from years S1 to S6. It has a capacity for 1400 pupils and has approximately 100 members of teaching staff. The current head teacher is Seonaidh Black.

Hermitage Academy is a non-denominational secondary school in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is one of two secondary schools in the Helensburgh area and is currently the largest secondary school in Argyll and Bute.


  1. "Bellahouston Academy" . Retrieved 27 March 2008.
  2. "Basic Site Details: Bellahouston Academy". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  3. "Bellahouston Academy - Glasgow City - Scottish Schools Online 2011/12". Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  4. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Obituaries: Charles Hutton". The Guardian. 16 October 1995.

Coordinates: 55°50′54″N4°18′02″W / 55.84829°N 4.30059°W / 55.84829; -4.30059