Kirkland High School and Community College

Kirkland High School (formerly known as Kirkland High School and Community College and Kirkland Junior High School) was a six-year comprehensive school in Methil that served the population in the Levenmouth area, Scotland. From January 2005 until June 2016 the head teacher was Ronnie Ross. In June 2012 Fife Council proposed that the school should merge with neighbouring Buckhaven High School to create Levenmouth Academy. The plans were approved in April 2014 and the new school opened to pupils on 17 August 2016.[1] In September 2015 the student roll was 421,[2] less than half of the roll of 900 the school had in 2000.[3]

Kirkland High School
Methil Brae


MottoPledges to MacDuff
Virtute et Opera
(Latin: Courage and Works)
OpenedMay 1965
ClosedJune 2016
Local authorityFife Council
Head teacherRonnie Ross (final)
Staffc. 83 (at closure)
Age11 to 18
Enrolmentc. 420 (at closure)
HousesCaldcoits, Kinnarchie & Pirnie
Colour(s)Red, Gold & Blue
PublicationSchool Prospectus


The Kirkland Junior High School was established in 1963 to accommodate the extra influx of pupils to the existing Aberhill Secondary. It was built on the 13th-century land of Michael of Methil, a relative of the famous MacDuff. It was officially opened in 1965.[4] The school had served alongside Buckhaven High School as the high schools for the Levenmouth area since the closure of Aberhill Secondary. In 1970, it became a fully comprehensive school.

In 1990, a community college was opened within the school, from then on known as Kirkland High School and Community College. In 2006, the school was made one of the Scottish Government's Schools of Ambition.

The school had three houses, 'Caldcoits', 'Kinnarchie' and 'Pirnie'. However, due to reduced numbers on the school roll, in the last few years of the school's operation, only the latter two houses were used in the system.

In 2015, the Kirkland College was closed, in preparation for the move to the new Levenmouth Campus. The college merged with Fife College, who were built their own specialised facility on the grounds of the new school, meaning that the Levenmouth Campus is the largest of its kind in Scotland, educating over 2,000 students in total.

The buildings were vacated by pupils in July 2016.[5] Demolition work on the old facilities was scheduled for September 2016, beginning with the former games hall. The site was completely demolished by December 2016, and the cleanup operation is ongoing.


  • 1963 - 1966: William Reid
  • 1966 - 1977: Dai Davies
  • 1977 - 1979: J. F. Strang
  • 1979 - 1983: Thomas Dalgleish
  • 1983 - 1985: Jack Yuile
  • 1989 - 1997: Gerry Coyle
  • 1997 - 2005: Ken Robertson
  • 2005 - 2016: Ronnie Ross

Notable pupils

School dress code


Girls wore dark skirt or trousers, white or dark top, and dark footwear. Boys wore dark trousers, white or dark top, and dark footwear.[6]

School ties

Wearing a school tie at all times was encouraged and enforced by staff to promote uniformity and identifiability. At the start of first year, each pupil received a complimentary school tie.[6]


  1. "Levenmouth school plans are approved". Fife Today. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  2. "Parentzone: Kirkland High School and Community College". Education Scotland. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  3. "School merger plans outlined by council". Fife Today. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  4. Millar, Maggie (26 February 2014). "Kirkland set for a golden celebration". Fife Today. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  5. Millar, Maggie (6 July 2016). "Drat, bats! We can't demolish Kirkland yet..." Fife Today. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  6. "Kirkland High School - School Uniform". 20 June 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2016.

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