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|Type||State coeducational secondary|
|Deputy Headteacher||(As August 2013) Allison Neil, John Bradley & Nick Quinn|
|Location||7 Fort Street
|Staff||87 (including support staff)|
|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|
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.
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.".
The school has existed, in various guises, since 1233 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.
Notable former pupils
In alphabetical order
- Moira Anderson, soprano
- William Beardmore, 1st Baron Invernairn (1856–1936), industrialist
- Robert Burns, poet and Scotland's Bard
- Professor Sir Drummond Bone, Master of Balliol College, University of Oxford
- Mike Denness, England Cricket captain
- Karen Dunbar, comedienne and entertainer
- John M. Farquhar (1832–1918), Member of the United States House of Representatives and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor
- Professor Alan Gemmell OBE (1913 - 1986) former Professor of Biology at Keele University and broadcaster
- Marion Gray (1902-1979), mathematician and founder of the Gray graph
- Fiona Hyslop, Scottish National Party Politician, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and Member of the Scottish Parliament
- Sir John Latta, 1st Baronet (1867–1946), shipping magnate
- Cecil Meares (1877-1937), dog handler on Captain Scott's Terra Nova Expedition, traveller, interpreter and soldier
- Sir David Murray, entrepreneur, businessman and former chairman of Rangers F.C.
- Ian McLauchlan, Scottish Rugby Union captain and British Lions player
- Tom Morris Jnr (1851–1875), four time Open Golf Championship winner
- Margaret Morton (1968- ), Olympic gold medallist (curling) Salt Lake City winter olympics (2002)
- William Ross, Baron Ross of Marnock, Secretary of State for Scotland 1964–1970 and 1974–1976
- Walter Perry, Baron Perry of Walton, Vice-Chancellor of the Open University
- Jackie Brambles, TV/radio presenter
- William John Macquorn Rankine (1820–1872), engineer and physicist, one of the founding fathers of the field of thermodynamics
- Alan Reid, Member of Parliament for Argyll and Bute
- Gordon Reid(1987- ), rugby player
- Ian Ure, Scotland national football team captain
- William Schaw Lindsay (1815–1877) shipowner, Liberal MP and writer on nautical matters
- "Sites identified for new Ayr Academy". Ayrshire Post. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- "South Ayrshire Council - Ayr History - education". South-ayrshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
-  Margaret Morton.
- About Ayr
- Ayr Academy
- Ayr Academy's page on Scottish Schools Online
- South Ayrshire Council