West Dunbartonshire Council Welcome to Our Lady and Saint Patrick's High School

Our Head Teacher [2] 
Our Head Teacher


"It is my privilege, as Head Teacher, to be writing this opening section to our web-page.


The staff and students of OLSP hope that our web-page will give you a flavour of what life is like in the school.


Working with our parents, we are committed to our pupils in developing their skills and talents in a safe and supportive environment.


As a denominational school, our challenge is to nurture a community where our work, attitudes, behaviour and relationships are shaped by gospel values.  Sharing the revelation that Christ is the foundation of everything brings meaning and coherence to the school. 


Our commitment to our students is that we will support them in fulfilling their potential in academic terms and in relation to wider achievement.


We will also seek to equip them with the skills and insights to handle the challenges of life.


For us the ability to think and act creatively, imaginatively and be capable of independent thinking are at the root of successful learning and therefore we seek to target this area through our teaching.


We are guided by the principles of respect, tolerance and understanding and our goal is to encourage an awareness of the ethical dimension to actions.  This approach supports us in developing an appreciation of cultural, social and religious diversity.


Should you wish to discuss any aspect of life in Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School, please do not hesitate to get in touch."


- Mr Charles Rooney

Our School 
Our School

Our Lady & St. Patrick’s High School is a Roman Catholic six-year, comprehensive school, offering an extensive curriculum to all students. The school can trace its history beyond its existing campus and is proud of the contribution it continues to make to the area.

The school serves the catchment area of Alexandria, Balloch, Dumbarton, Helensburgh and the Catholic population which extends along the coastline to include Coulport and Rosneath.

Our Philosophy 
Our Philosophy

“At the heart of Christianity lies the concept of community, and within Our Lady & St. Patrick’s High School, we make a conscious effort to sustain an environment in which the Gospel values of mutual respect, understanding and tolerance are evident.”

Our National Recognition 
Our National Recognition

As part of the national programme of school inspection, the school received an excellent report in session 2011-2012.  This report can be viewed as a PDF file by clicking here. The school has also achieved local and national recognition in a number of areas. 

This includes:

  • Winner of the Scottish Education Ambition Award for Enterprise 2004
  • Winner of the Scottish Education Ambition Award for ICT 2005
  • Winner of the National Excellence Award for Careers’ Partnership 2007
  • (Finalist) Scottish Education Ambition Award for engaging pupils in their learning 2008
  • Shortlisted for the UK National Award 2008 for the most innovative use of teaching resources in Financial Education
  • Winner of the National Anti-bullying Award 2006, 2008 - 2011.
  • Winner of the ECO Dream Award 2010
  • (Finalist) Scottish Education Ambition Award in the Health and Well-being category 2011
  • Winner of 3 of the 4 WDC 'Amazing Things' Awards 2011: Inter-disciplinary Learning, Opportunities for Personal Achievement, Curriculum area, and with a commendation in the Ethos category
  • Winner of an 'Amazing Things' Award for Technology 2012
  • Shortlisted for 'School of the year' by TES Schools Awards 2012, with Mr Rooney also receiving an nomination for 'Head Teacher of the year'
  • Winner of Scottish Education Awards 2014 for Creative Learning
School News Report 2013 
School News Report 2013

The Art Clast & Film Making Club have combined to create a report on gaming for this years event.

Watch their report here

OLSP 'No Knives' Winner 
OLSP 'No Knives' Winner

Abby Bowes and Laura O'Donnell's short film 'Voodoo' has won a silver award in the 'No knives, better lives' competition. 

Click to view the final edit

School Emblem 
School Emblem

Contact Details 
Contact Details

Our Lady & St Patrick's High School
Hawthornhill Road
G82 5JN
Find Us: Map
Telephone: (01389) 762101(01389) 762101
Fax: (01389) 731109
Email: School Office


News & Events 
News & Events