Hutchesons' Centre for Research

Hutchesons' Grammar School

Executive Board



Colin Bagnall

Tel: 0141 423 2933


Colin is the Director of Curriculum at Hutchesons’ Grammar School.  Before joining Hutchesons’ in 2006 he was Head of History at Stewarts’ Melville College in Edinburgh and before that taught History, Politics, Modern Studies and some English at a number of schools in Scotland and England.   Colin received his Honours Degree in History from St John’s College Cambridge and a Masters in Education Management from the Open University. He has published a number of school textbooks for pupils in History, he has acted as a central marker for the SQA for many years and his research interests concern the history and current development of classroom practice and its curricular context. 



Gillian Fergusson

Tel:0141 423 2933



Gillian joined Hutchesons’ Grammar School in 2012, as Depute Rector. She completed her Master of Arts at the University of Glasgow, followed by a P.G.C.E. and a Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance. Gillian previously taught English at the High School of Glasgow, where she gained extensive pastoral experience as a Housemistress over a period of nearly 20 years. She has been involved in Drama and Debating coaching, and has a particular interest in 20th Century literature. However, her main interests centre around the pastoral support of young people in an educational context, with a focus on mental health and resilience.


Jonathan Firth

Tel: 0141 423 2933

Fax:  0141 424 0251




Jonathan Firth has been teaching at Hutchesons’ Grammar School, Glasgow, since 2001. He gained an MA in Psychology at the University of St.Andrews, and an MSc in  Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh.

Research Interests

Jonathan is interested in human memory, and in how an understanding of memory can be applied to education.

Currently he is researching the application of the ‘spacing effect’ to classroom tasks, using video resources. He is also researching individual differences in science education, including how differences in attainment link to issues such as classroom organisation, syllabus, attitudes, social interaction with peers, and cognitive factors.

Jonathan is active in promoting and developing Psychology education. To this end he has attended and spoken at a number of Psychology CPD events including several conferences of the Association for the Teaching of Psychology (Scotland), and authored/co-authored both textbooks and teaching resources. He is currently a member of the British Psychological Society’s working party on pre-tertiary psychology education.

Selected Publications 

Firth, J. (2015). National 5 & CfE Higher Psychology Course Notes. Glasgow: Leckie & Leckie (forthcoming).

Firth, J. (2011). Higher Psychology: Success Guide. Glasgow: Leckie & Leckie.

Staddon, G., Duffy, A., Cherrie, R., Firth, J. and McDermott, J. (2005). Psychology for Higher. Paisley: Unity Publications.