Queen Anne High School Dunfermline

Queen Anne High School
Motto Libertatem Per Probitatem
Type Non-denominational
Rector J Bellshaw
Location Broomhead Parks
KY12 0PQ
Local authority Fife Council
Students 1700 to 1800
Ages 12–18
Houses Abbey, Bruce, Carnegie and Denmark
Website Queen Anne High School

Coordinates: 56°04′49″N 3°27′50″W / 56.0803°N 3.464°W / 56.0803; -3.464

The main courtyard at the entrance to the school.

Queen Anne High School, named after Queen Anne of Denmark, is a large non-denominational secondary school of around 1,700 - the ninth largest in Scotland. It is located in Dunfermline, West Fife, Scotland

Between the latter part of the nineteenth century and the 1930s, the school was located on a site between what is now bounded by the Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Pilmuir Street and Carnegie Drive. In the 1930s it moved to the former Dunfermline High School building that lay to the north of Priory Lane. In the 1950s it moved again to a new campus at Broomhead, just to the south of its current location. In August 2003 it moved again but this time 200 yards to the north, next to and encroaching upon the village of Wellwood.


School Structure

The school is divided into four houses (previously six), Abbey, Bruce, Carnegie and Denmark - each house with a guidance team of two teachers. Prior to 2004, each house had an Assistant Rector assigned to it however this changed when the school became more year group than house orientated and the depute rectors became Year Heads instead. Year heads no longer follow their year groups, as such the remits of the year heads are currently static.

Queen Anne has a flat-structured management system with one Rector and five Depute Rectors. Most departments have their own Principal Teacher (PT) however, in line with new Scottish Government guidelines the Curriculum Leader system has been adopted. As well as eight PTs for the guidance departments.

Management team

Person Remit
Mr J Bellshaw Rector
Miss J Campbell Head of First Year
Mr D Sinclair Head of Second Year
Mr C Fraser Head of Third Year
Mr P Billington Head of Fourth Year
Mrs M Patterson Head of Fifth and Sixth Year

Role in the community

Queen Anne has an active role in its local community. Queen Anne's modern services are open for use to the public after the school day finishes, these include a gym, sports hall, gymnastics hall, music studio, tennis courts and football pitches.

During the Festive Season Queen Anne pupils donate food parcels to Sheltered Homes across Dunfermline and surrounding villages[1].

Queen Anne also plays a part in The Gambia with charity and fundraising in Queen Anne which helps fund expansion and improvement to the John Pickering Senior Comprehensive school located in the Gambia. Queen Anne also maintains a social link with the Gambian school as a number of pupils have formed penpals with those in Gambia[2]. Also in 2006 some Queen Anne pupils went to visit the school in the Gambia and reported the project was a success. In 2007 two members of staff from John Pickering visited Queen Anne and there was a return trip of Queen Anne pupils to the Gambia mid 2008. More recently, another trip took place in July 2010 with another planned for June 2012.

In mid-March 2010, the Fife Area Confucius Classroom hub opened, based next to the LRC. This national initiative aims to support the learning of Chinese language and culture within Scottish schools[3].

Eco Schools

Eco Schools is an international programme to encourage whole school action for the environment. Queen Anne High School is registered with Eco Schools and worked hard in 2009 to achieve a prestigious “Green Flag” – an award which acknowledges the development of the school to become more environmentally sensitive. Our aim is to further run the school in a way that respects and enhances the environment.

Green Flag

In 2009 Queen Anne High School was awarded its first Green Flag. Over the coming months the Eco Committee will be working towards achieving its 2nd Green Flag. If successful, Queen Anne High School would be the second secondary school in Fife to gain this accolade.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ http://www.qahs.org.uk/s/get_uploaded_file.php?id=1033
  2. ^ http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2007/06/15/newsstory9860309t0.asp
  3. ^ Confucius Classrooms - teaching and learning about Chinese language and culture
  4. ^ a b c Queen Anne Former Pupils
  5. ^ Pete Wishart MP, Scottish National Party Member of Parliament, Perth, N.Perthshire, Scotland

External links

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