Success Stories for Former Students

September 2018

We have been informed that the following former pupils recently graduated with excellent degrees:

Ella Duffy graduated with a First from Oxford (Geography)

Amy Creamer graduated with a First from Edinburgh University (Zoology)

Isla Ratcliff graduated with a First from Oxford (Music)

Tom Bagshaw graduated with a First from LSE (Law)

Ella Phillips graduated with a First from Queen Margaret University (Artificial Intelligence)

Anna McLuckie graduated with a First from RNCM (Music)

This is outstanding.  There are many factors affecting these young people’s success, but parents at the school’s Parent Council AGM commented that these success stories are ‘a credit to Broughton’.

Music School Students Perform at Viking Festival

Music School students, Mia Scott and Freya Ruuskanen performed at a Viking Music Festival in Norway, in April 2016.   A videovideo of their performance is available to watch.

Praise for Music School students

A letter of praise from a parent was receivedfollowing the Stockbridge Primary School Ceilidh on 20 May 2016, at which Music School students, Mia Scott (herself a former Stockbridge PS pupil),  and Freya Ruuskanen, played a live set.  

Mia and Freya had just returned from Norway where they represented Scotland in the Arctic Youth Festival.

Mia plays fiddle and Freya plays Cello and they have a couple of sets of Norwegian/Scottish traditional tunes they have arranged themselves for violin and cello.

Success for former Music School student

Helen Grime

Former music school student Helen Grime’s composition ‘Fanfare’ launched Sir Simon Rattle’s first London Symphony Orchestra concert at the Barbican on September 14.

This is a tremendous honour for the ex-Broughton student who was commissioned to write the piece to herald the Maestro’s return to the United Kingdom.

Rattle is patron of The City of Edinburgh Music School and has been Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002. Helen was a pupil at TCoEMS from 1990 to 1998.

Hearts Youth Academy Players to graduate to full-time professional contracts

Eight Hearts youth academy players will graduate to full-time professional contracts this summer – the biggest single intake in club history, and featuring three curent and one former Broughton student.   More information is in the Edinburgh Evening NewsEvening News

Baccalaureate Project Website

For the final outcome of sixth year student Zoe Laxton's Scottish Baccalaureate Project in Social Sciences, she designed a websitewebsite.  Incorporating her studies in Psychology and History, the site investigates the effects of outdoor play on children's wellbeing.  It aims to encourage outdoor learning and highlights the positive impact of getting children outdoors to explore nature.



Gordonstoun School Appoints Former Music School Student

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Former Music School student, Lisa Kerr, has been appointed as the first female principal of Gordonstoun School. (FPs include Prince Charles and William Boyd).  Further information is here:


Success for former pupil at Cambridge

Former Broughton student, Ruby Zajac received a first in her joint honours French and Spanish degree at Cambridge.  Well done, Ruby!!

Tae Kwon Do World Title for Broughton Student

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3rd year student, Josh Hand won a World Title in Tae Kwon Do in July,during the summer holidays. This year the TAGB World Championships were held in Birmingham. Josh competed in the Boys Black Belt Heavy Weight Division:  an extremely tough division as this is the highest level in juniors before moving up to cadets. His division lasted over 3 hours and he had 11 fights in total before receiving his Gold medal. 

Andy Wightman (MSP) has tabled a Parliamentary Motion to recognise his success, which you can see herehere

Accolade for Broughton High School

The Tatler has named Broughton as top state secondary school.   You can read more about this huge accolade here:

Award for Former Student

Holly Young attended Broughton between 2001 and 2006, and went on to become a journalist, recently winning an award.  Further information is here:

S3 Narnia Project

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Following the visit of S3 students to the Lyceum Theatre on Monday, 30 November to see the Christmas production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, our 3 day Narnia Project is well underway.

Special thanks to the Broughton Association and the Lyceum for funding this project.  You can see some more pictures from the project on Day Two, here.

Broughton Student Represents Lothians at UKYP at Westminster



5th Year student Lucie Duffy represented the Lothian Region at the UK Youth Parliament sitting at Westminster on 13 November.   Read the full story here.  

2nd Year Student Takes Bronze in TAGB Open Championship

Josh Hand competed at the TAGB Scottish Open Championships at Meadowbank on Saturday 12 September. As usual competition was fierce with competitors coming from all over Britain and further afield in Europe. Josh won a third place, bronze medal in the Boys Black Belt Heavyweight Division and a third place, bronze medal for Tag Team in the same Division. 

Former Music School Pupil in America

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Read about harpist, Maeve Gilchrist, a former City of Edinburgh Music School student in the Boston GlobeBoston Globe

Former student in running for Cannes Film Festival Prize

Former Broughton student, Eva Riley, is in the running for a Cannes Film Festival prize.   Read more about it in the Evening NewsEvening News 

Edcuation Scotland Report Launch

Broughton student, Helen Hunter, recently took part in the launch of Education Scotland's report on technologies impact review at Celtic Park.   A letter of thanks from Education Scotland is available to read here


Corporal Rice's Canada Trip

Broughton student, Chelsea Rice, has recently achieved her target of raising £1000 to fund her upcoming trip to Canada.   You can read a letter of commendation and thanks from Lothian and Borders Battalion Army Cadet Force regarding her efforts, here.

Show Racism the Red Card


Three Broughton students were selected as finalists in the recent Show Racism

The Red Card Creative Competiton.

Read the full story here

Safer Internet Day

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1st year student, Hannah Farquharson, wrote a poem which came first in the most creative category for the Safer Internet Day 2015 competition.  Read her poem here

Gymnastics Succes for Broughton

Some of the girls from the school gymnastics club entered the British schools heats in Perth, at Perth Gymnastics Club over the weekend of 31 January/1 February 2015.   You can read more about it here

Success at TAGB Championships

TAGB Success for current and former Broughton students 

1st year pupil, Josh Hand is following in his big brother, David’s footsteps.  The family travelled to Worcester on Sunday (22 March) so they could both compete at the TAGB English Championships.   

As usual, competition was fierce, and Josh had just moved into the Boys Black Belt Heavy Weight Division, so was the smallest and youngest in this division!  He fought extremely well and ended up with third place.

A great achievement for him and testament to what training hard can do.

David got Second Place in his division, just being pipped to the post.


Broughton Students Chosen to Represent Scotland in Gymnastics

Broughton High School is delighted to share the news that three of our pupils have been chosen to represent Scotland at Gymnastics. These girls only started developing their interest in gymnastics earlier this year under the tutelage of Miss Deans, who is very proud of the way the girls have progressed.  See the extract from the letter confirming the selection here.

And you can now read about the event which took place on 13 March, here


Auschwitz Trip 2014


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Back in June, two 6th year pupils, Katherine Wright and Alasdair Morton-Teng, were selected to go on a trip to  Auschwitz.    You can read all about the trip here:  


Praise from French Educationalists following visit to Broughton

Dear Mr Wilson et Mr Waddell,

Let me thank you again for your warm welcome, et the time spent with us last week.

We were very much impressed by the breadth and ambition of the Broughton school.

Getting to understand how a school is run and funded was very useful for the work we carry out.

Please extend my thanks to the head girl and the head boy who took us around.

With kind regards,

Gael Rougeux

Cour des comptes

1st Year Art Students' Designs Selected for Christmas Tree Festival

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A competition to produce artwork for Edinburgh's annual Christmas Tree Festival was recently held and the winning designs were by some of our 1st year students.   You can read more about it here.



Broughton Students Explore 'Generation' Exhibition


From June to October 2014, the National Galleries of Scotland Education Department, teamed up with sighted and visually impaired students from Drummond Community, Broughton and Ross High Schools, Musselburgh Grammar School and the University of Glasgow, in exploring the GENERATION exhibition.

This ebook presents the fantastic work our students prepared and created in exchanging knowledge on contemporary art between sighted and visually impaired younger students.

Victoria Sturgeon, Harriet Johnston, & Kirsty Hughes all did a wonderful job and found it a very worthwhile project to be a part of.   



Broughton Students Take Part In #Big Debate

Click here to read a 5th year student's account of attending the #bigbig debate at Glasgow's Hydro in September, in advance of the Independence vote.

Former Pupil Gives Views on Scottish Independence in French Newspaper

Former student, Ewan Hambelton, gave his views on Scottish Independence in the French newspaper Liberation.   You can read the article herehere

Iain Rodier Award Presented to Broughton student

Broughton student, Lewis Garrity, was presented with the Iain Rodier Award for 2014, for volunteering. You can read the full story here:

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