Elgin Academy, Scotland

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Elgin Academy
Motto Latin: Sic Itur Ad Astra
Such is the path to the stars
Established 1801
Headteacher David Barnett
Location Morriston Road
IV30 4ND
Scotland Coordinates: 57°39′09″N 3°19′41″W / 57.6525°N 3.328056°W / 57.6525; -3.328056
Local authority Moray
Staff 79.9[1]
Students 976 (2011)
Colours Black, navy and red
Website Elgin Academy

Elgin Academy is a secondary school in Elgin, Moray, Scotland.


Pupils at Elgin Academy are in years S1 to S6. Most arrive in first year (S1) from one of the nearby primary schools, which include Bishopmill Primary, West End Primary, East End Primary, Seafield Primary and St Sylvesters, to name but a few. Other pupils arrive in later years, mainly because of the nearby Royal Air Force base at Lossiemouth.


Elgin Academy is one of the biggest schools in Scotland, with a history going back to the Middle Ages. The first school was built on the adjacent corners of Academy Street and Francis Place, now the site of the local youth cafe. The second academy, built in 1801, is now Moray College.[2]

The current Elgin Academy, on Morriston Road, was built in the late 1960s. Plans to merge it with Elgin High School were canceled by public demand. A new school, built under PPP, was opened in 2012.[1]

The building[edit]

The current building, completed in 2012, forms a wedge shape and is made up of three floors. The Green (Which is the top floor) The Blue (Ground Floor) and The Yellow Floor (Below Ground).

The former Academy building was built in 1967. The Tower Block was before demolition the tallest building in Moray and had seven floors with "The A Floor" being the lowest level and "The F Floor" being the highest. There was also an "X", "Y" And "Basement" levels. The basement level contained the 5th and 6th year common rooms used by students in their final two years at the school.


In 1991 Cameron Bruce, Andrew Goodall, Sandy Scott and David Bryce won both gold in the Medley and Freestyle relays at the Scottish Schools Swimming Open Finals.[citation needed]

Martial Arts[edit]

  • Kick Boxing Yasmin Anderson - former World Champion
  • Jodi Henderson - current World Champion Kick Boxer
  • Kimberley Clarke - Taekwondo 2 bronze medals at Junior Olympics New Delhi 2011 and Taekwondo patterns instructor
  • Josh Cruickshank - 2 bronze medals for Taekwondo also at the Junior Olympics in Feb 2011

Wargaming Club[edit]

There is currently a very successful wargaming club that is run on Wednesday to Friday lunchtimes in the art department. Games based in the warhammer 40K universe are played frequently; including: IInquisitor, Kill Team, Regular 40K and random roleplays.


  • Ian Andrew - 1922 to 1933 (later Head of Robert Gordon's College from 1933 to 1943, and from 1943 to 1953 of George Watson's College)
  • Harry Bell OBE - 1933 to 1936 (later Rector of Dollar Academy from 1936 to 1960)
  • Henry Humble - 1950 to 1964
  • Alastair Glashan - 1964 to 1987
  • Norman Strachan - from 1987 until his death in 2001
  • Alistair Brown - from May 2001 to October 2006, leaving the school to join Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education
  • Margaret Cowie - Taking over in January 2007, Mrs Cowie was the first ever woman to head the school in its 205 year history. Mrs Cowie was latterly a Deputy Head Teacher in Berwickshire. She moved to Paris when her Church of Scotland minister husband was appointed to the Scots Kirk in the city.
  • David Barnett took the helm as Head Teacher in August 2011 to take the Academy into the next chapter in our new school building. Formerly Rector of Buckie High School.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Grammar school[edit]


  1. ^ "Elgin Academy". Scottish Schools Online. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  2. ^ "Moray College". Retrieved 2009-09-12. 

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