James Hogg and Alice Munro Project

In June 2017 our new Advanced Higher class worked in association with the University of Stirling on a project focused on the life and work of James Hogg and his distant relative and fellow writer Alice Munro. Pupils attended a seminar with Dr Adrian Hunter at the university as well as visiting the James Hogg in the World exhibition before responding creatively to the experience. You can read their work at the dedicated project website.

The Dams

At Larbert High we are privileged to have easy access to The Carron Dams Local Nature Reserve which lies on our doorstep. This is the unique, wetland environment that all first year pupils Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share as part of their ‘Discovery Level’ of the John Muir Award. Pupils are guided through this award by John Martindale and the Humanities Faculty. For the past two years, the English Faculty at LHS has connected with this project through the ‘Sharing’ element of the award.

In English, pupils share their experience of The Dams through a choice of creative, personal or factual writing. They write movingly and with real conviction, inspired by the unique, post-industrial landscape of The Dams, which has been reclaimed by nature.

In 2013, we shared our writing via the eBook ‘Esto Perpetua’. This year, we share the writing of our S1 cohort (2013-14) via film, starring and produced by first year pupils. There are three films: ‘The Carron dams Past and Present’, ‘Creative Writing in the Carron Dams’ and ‘Surviving the Carron Dams’. The last film is a response to a workshop by Falkirk Council Outdoor Rangers, Fiona Wishart and Lesley Sweeney, who taught Mrs Swinney’s English class outdoor survival skills, using The Dams as context.

Outdoor Learning is now firmly embedded in the English S1 curriculum at LHS. This next cohort of first years will all have the opportunity to explore this inspiring and challenging environment, which will act as a stimulus to their writing. Their sense of engagement and the quality of the texts produced will be a direct result of this unique environment.

Writing Competitions

S1 150 WORDS

Every year, S1 students get the opportunity to submit an entry to the BBC Radio 2 competition.

500 Words Website



Pupils in S2 have the opportunity to participate in the presitigous Pushkin Prize competition.

Mrs Swinney will be organising and mentoring our young writers. Only 20 folios can be sent but entering this competition is a big ask: you must submit 3 Folio pieces.

A writing submission must be made to Mrs Swinney upon your return in August! Further information is below.

Pushkin Prize Official Website