Bell Baxter High School

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Bell Baxter High School
Motto Latin: Ad Vitam Paror
Established 28 May 1889
Type Secondary School
Rector Philip Black
Depute Rectors Karen Manders, Martin Gibbons, Brian Harris
Location Carslogie Road
KY15 4HY
Coordinates: 56°19′02″N 3°01′45″W / 56.3172°N 3.0293°W / 56.3172; -3.0293
Staff 100 +
Students 1,800 +
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Dawson, Douglas, Bell, Baxter, Westport and Howe
Colours White, Navy, Black
School years S1-S6
Website Bell Baxter High School

Bell Baxter High School is a non-denominational comprehensive state school for 11- to 18-year-olds in Cupar, Fife, Scotland.

School history[edit]

Bell Baxter High School was descended from the Cupar Grammar School and was founded in 1889 when the Madras Academy combined with Sir David Baxter's Institute for Young Ladies.

From 1962 to 2010, the accommodation for the school was on two main sites; Carslogie Road and Westport. The two sites were approximately three-quarters of a mile apart.

The oldest part of the Westport building was first used in 1890 with the rest of the building being built in 1929. Because of the large number of pupils using this site a great number of wooden huts were built to accommodate them.

The Carslogie Road building was opened in 1962 and over the years there have been on-going refurbishments here which have resulted in the school being able to operate from one site. The Westport Road building has been demolished with the facade retained and affordable housing constructed on the site.

There are currently c.1,800 pupils, together with over 100 teachers at Bell Baxter High School, making this one of the largest secondary schools in Scotland.

The South Wing of the Carslogie Road building was reopened at the start of session 2002/03. This marked the completion of a major stage in the building's development plan.

The Craft & Design block was completed for the start of the 2003/04 Session.

In 2015, the school hosted the Scottish Government's education meeting.



In 2007, Bell Baxter came out the private school dominated Bell Lawrie Scottish Schools Cup champions against Dollar Academy. Beating Merchiston Castle in the semi final to secure their spot at Murrayfield. From that cup winning team Chris Fusaro and Peter Horne went on to play for Glasgow Warriors and win full Scotland caps.


The current rector of the school is Philip Black.[1]

Eco Committee[edit]

The school has an Eco committee. The role of the Eco Committee is to promote recycling and electricity conservation and their aim is to achieve the 'Green Flag' (an eco award) for the school.


The role of a prefect is to assist the staff in the running of the school. Prefects are often dispatched to busy areas of the school and maintain order in the corridors. Prefects are commanded by the captains team.

Notable former pupils[edit]


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