Queen Anne High School, Dunfermline

Queen Anne High School is a large secondary school in the city of Dunfermline in Fife. It is named for Anne of Denmark, the queen of James VI, whose former home was the school's original location.[2]

Queen Anne High School
Broomhead Parks

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KY12 0PQ

Coordinates56.0803°N 3.464°W / 56.0803; -3.464
MottoLibertatem per Probitatem
(Freedom by Integrity)
Local authorityFife Council
RectorRuth McFarlane
Age11 to 18
Enrolment1600 as of June 2016[1]
HousesAbbey, Bruce and Carnegie

In the 1930s it moved to the former Dunfermline High School building that lay to the north of Priory Lane.[3] 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 yet again 200 yards to the north, next to and encroaching upon the village of Wellwood.

In July 2014 the school was awarded the TES International Schools Award.[4]


The school is divided into three houses, Abbey, Bruce, and Carnegie (named after Dunfermline Abbey, Robert the Bruce and Andrew Carnegie). Former school houses which are no longer used include Denmark, Erskine and Fordell. Each house has a guidance team who are responsible for the pastoral care of the group of pupils who have been assigned to that particular house. As of 2016, the school's senior leadership team is as follows:[5]

Person Remit
Miss R McFarlane Rector
Mrs J Watson Depute Rector (Junior Phase 1 and Senior Phase 3)
Mrs P Davie Depute Rector (Junior Phase 2 and 3)
Mrs L Martin Depute Rector (Senior Phase 1 and 2)
Mr D Sinclair Depute Rector (Vertical Student Group)
Mr K Robertson Depute Rector (Management information system, reporting)

Role in the community

The school's facilities 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. Use of these facilities is managed by the Community Use Team [6]

During the Festive Season, pupils donate food parcels to Sheltered Homes across Dunfermline and surrounding villages.[7]

Queen Anne also plays a part in The Gambia with charity and fundraising to help fund expansion and improvement to the John Pickering Senior Comprehensive school located in the Gambia. From 2010, much of the fundraising has been put towards building a skills centre in the Gambian village of Jibboroh. The school also maintains a social link with the Gambian school as a number of pupils have formed penpals with those in Gambia.[8] Also in 2006 some 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. A group of around ten pupils now visit The Gambia biennially in June for cultural exchange.

In 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.[9] This initiative led to the Mandarin language being offered not only to S1-2 classes but also for SQA certification at Access level.


Queen Anne High School uses the Curriculum for Excellence.[10]

Notable alumni


  1. "Queen Anne High School Prospectus 2016-2017" (PDF). Queen Anne High School. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  2. The Court of the Lord Lyon on Facebook
  3. McEwan, Bert (2004). Dunfermline: The Post-War Years. Derby: The Breedon Books Publishing Company Limited. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-78091-299-8.
  4. http://digital.tes.co.uk/TESSAWINNERSJULY2014/offline/download.pdf
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. http://www.fifedirect.org.uk/atoz/index.cfm?fuseaction=facility.display&facid=3FC4C90A-E7FE-C7EA-02BAAC2E258A3B0A
  7. http://www.qahs.org.uk/s/get_uploaded_file.php?id=1033%5B%5D
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. Confucius Classrooms - teaching and learning about Chinese language and culture Archived August 2, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  10. Curriculum for Excellence | Queen Anne High School Archived 2013-01-30 at the Wayback Machine
  11. Queen Anne Former Pupils
  12. Pete Wishart MP, Scottish National Party Member of Parliament, Perth, N.Perthshire, Scotland Archived April 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  13. "McKenzie comes home to boost new season squad | Scottish Rugby Union". www.scottishrugby.org. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
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