Ayr Academy

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Ayr Academy
Ayr Academy front from south east.jpg
Motto Respice Prospice
Established c.1233
Type State coeducational secondary
Religion non-denominational
Headteacher Kate MacDonald
Deputy Headteacher (As August 2013) Allison Neil, John Bradley & Nick Quinn
Location 7 Fort Street
South Ayrshire
Staff 87 (including support staff)
Students 715 Officially
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Galloway, Kyle, Carrick and Cunningham.
Colours Maroon, black, white
Associated Primary Schools Annbank Primary School, Coylton Primary School, Dalmilling Primary School, Newton Primary School
Contact No 01292 612028
Website Ayr Academy

Ayr Academy is a non-denominational secondary school situated in the centre of Ayr in South Ayrshire. It is a comprehensive school for children from the ages of 11 to 18 from Ayr. Ayr Academy's catchment area covers Newton-on-Ayr, Whitletts and the outlying villages of Coylton, Annbank, and Mossblown. In 2007 the closure of Mainholm Academy resulted in the addition of approx 100 extra pupils attending Ayr Academy. At present, approximately 700 + pupils attend the school.

The school is currently planning to find a new location for itself with Craigie pitch and putt and Craigie Park being the preferred location after getting £3.25 million from the Government, they plan on selling the current Ayr Academy once the new building is complete.[1]

The school's motto is Respice, Prospice, which is Latin for "Look Backwards, Look Forwards" which would mean, idiomatically, "Learn from the past, look to the future.".

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The school has existed, in various guises, since 1233[2] although it did not come to be known as Ayr Academy until 1796. It moved from the Sandgate to its present location on Fort Street in 1800, with a further extension to the building added in the early 1960s.


The school uses a house system and is split into four houses House colours are stated in the brackets; Galloway (Red), Kyle (Green), and Carrick (Blue) and Cunningham (Yellow).

Notable former pupils[edit]

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Coordinates: 55°27′53″N 4°38′03″W / 55.46472°N 4.63417°W / 55.46472; -4.63417