Carrick Academy

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Carrick Academy
Carrickacademy badge.jpg
Motto Superbe Gerimus
(We bear it proudly)
Established 1845
Type State school
Religion Non-denominational
Rector Shona Stevens
Location Kirkoswald Road
Maybole
South Ayrshire
KA19 8BP
Scotland Coordinates: 55°21′03″N 4°41′39″W / 55.3509°N 4.6941°W / 55.3509; -4.6941
Local authority South Ayrshire
Staff 86 (Aug. 2007)[1]
FTE 48.2 (Sept. 2006)[2]
Students 553 (Sept. 2006)[3]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses      Arran
     Bute
     Cumbrae
Colours Blue, gold and black
              
Website Carrick Academy

Carrick Academy is a state-run secondary school, administered by South Ayrshire Council and situated in Maybole, South Ayrshire. It serves about 550 pupils, from the towns of Maybole, Dalrymple, Crosshill, Kirkmichael, Straiton, Minishant, Dunure, Dailly, Kirkoswald, Maidens, and surrounding farms. It was last inspected by Her Majesty's Inspectors in November 2004.[4]

The school's motto is Superbe Gerimus which is Latin for "We bear it proudly". The school coat of arms is a red chevron, indicating Carrick, on a silver background, with three azure lions, representing Maybole, and a gold book and quills, illustrating the school.

The school houses are Arran (blue), Bute (red), and Cumbrae (yellow) and also previously included Cassilis (green)

History[edit]

As both a primary and a secondary school, the school that was later to become Carrick Academy was originally founded in 1845. The three schools in Maybole (including the original parish school first mentioned in 1630) united under the name of Maybole Public School, which was then changed in 1891 to Maybole Ladyland School.

The school then assumed the title of Maybole Carrick Academy in 1905. The new academy moved to its current site in 1926 with the opening of the present Old Building. The New Building was added in 1974, where the school became what it is now.

Heraldry[edit]

The school badge originates from the red chevron in a silver field which is the coat of arms of Carrick. The blue lions with red claws and red tongue came from the coat of arms worn by the Bruce family. When Robert the Bruce, the Earl of Carrick, became King of Scots his title moved into the Scottish royal family and subsequently into the present royal family. Prince Charles is the current Earl of Carrick. Maybole is the ancient capital of Carrick which is the most southerly of the three historical divisions of Ayrshire.

The Kennedys of Cassillis, the principal land owners of Carrick and known as the "Kings of Carrick", were in the main responsible for providing a school building and the schoolmaster's salary. In the badge, the black in the quills is taken from the black cross-crosslets in this family's coat of arms.

The book is the normal symbol used to indicate a school badge. The motto Superbe Gerimus was supplied by the Latin Department and means "We bear it proudly". The colours, blue and gold, were chosen because of their association with the Kennedy family. For distinguished service at Beugé in 1421, a member of the Kennedy family was given the right to use the blue and gold colours of the royal family of France.

Notable former pupils[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carrick Academy Handbook. Retrieved on 30 November 2008.
  2. ^ Scottish Schools Online: Carrick Academy. Retrieved on 30 November 2008.
  3. ^ Scottish Schools Online: Carrick Academy
  4. ^ Carrick Academy Inspection 15 March 2005, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education. Retrieved 30 November 2008.

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