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We educate around 700 young people in a truly comprehensive environment and are proud of the social diversity of our catchment. Our excellent teachers aim to provide all of our young people with a high quality education by offering as extensive and engaging a curriculum as we can.

We do all we can to ensure that every child has the necessary and appropriate experiences while at school to move on in life to take up worthwhile places in society to make their contribution. Inclusion is a strong feature of our school with all pupils welcomed and valued equally; the wellbeing of all our pupils is very important to us with a Nurture programme an embedded part of our curriculum.

Visitors consistently comment on our polite and friendly pupils and the positive ethos in the school. All our staff, teaching and non-teaching, are valued members of our community and all are highly committed to providing the best for the pupils; they in turn contribute in many ways including through our Prefect and House system which promotes our core values of Teamwork, Respect, Attainment, Commitment and Kindness.

We work in partnership with North Highland College, which is just a stone’s throw away, with many senior pupils taking advantage of the extra range of courses on offer there. A number of other key agencies such as health care agencies, careers and 3rd sector partners also contribute to pupils’ experiences in the school.


In 1954 Basil Spence And Partners along with Caithness County Architect, William Wilson, were commissioned by the County Council to build a new high school. A large green-field site was chosen on the east side of County Road as it was then (now Ormlie Road). Officially the high school opened in October 1958.

The main campus is now made up of a number of informally grouped buildings of varying styles surrounding a central courtyard.


Thurso High School is the most northerly secondary school on the British mainland, serving the town of Thurso and the surrounding rural area which includes the villages of Castletown, Halkirk and Reay.

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Thurso High School
Ormlie Road, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7DS

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