Acting Head Teacher: Mrs Kathryn J. Mackay

Telephone: 01847 893822

Address:  Ormlie Road, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7DS


Thurso High School with a current role of 783 pupils is the most northerly secondary school on the Scottish mainland serving the town of Thurso and the surrounding rural area which includes the villages of Castletown, Halkirk and Reay

Thurso High School is a six year comprehensive, which offers the best in traditional Scottish values. The broad and balanced curriculum provides a challenge for all its pupils, many of whom go on to Higher and Further Education.

The school has a Resourced Base for children with severe and profound learning difficulties and an Autism Base for pupils on the autism spectrum. There is also a Pupil Support Base staffed by two Children‟s Service Workers. The Base is used to support pupils with social, emotional and behavioural needs.

Associated Primary Schools

Castletown Primary, Crossroads Primary, Halkirk Primary, Miller Academy Primary, Mount Pleasant Primary, Pennyland Primary, Reay Primary.


In 1954 Basil Spence & Partners, along with Caithness County Architect William Wilson, were commissioned by the Thurso County Council to build a new high school. A large green-field site was chosen on the east side of County Road (now designated as Ormlie Road), to the south of the town. Officially opened in October 1958, Thurso High School is the most northerly secondary school on mainland Great Britain. The main campus is made up of a number of informally grouped buildings of varying heights surrounding a central courtyard.