Grove Academy

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Coordinates: 56°28′13″N 2°52′45″W / 56.4704°N 2.8792°W / 56.4704; -2.8792

Grove Academy
Grove badge.jpg
Established 1889
Type Secondary School
Rector Graham Hutton
Location 24 Claypotts Road
Broughty Ferry
Dundee
DD5 1AB
Scotland
Local authority Dundee City Council
Staff 78 FTE
Students 1600
Gender Mixed
Ages 12–18
Colours Blue     White     
School Years S1-S6
Website Grove Academy

Grove Academy is a secondary school in Broughty Ferry, Dundee. One of the most academically successful schools in Scotland,[1][2] Grove Academy enrolls approximately 1200 pupils, the majority of which are from Forthill, Eastern, and Barnhill primary schools. The old Grove Academy Centenary Building is no longer used by the school, and together with old Main Building it is now Eastern Primary. The old Annexe is now Grove Health Centre.

Reconstruction[edit]

In 2007, construction began on completely new buildings on the site of the Extension Buildings and huts. The buildings were designed by the Holmes Partnership built under a public-private partnership. It is run by Robertson Facilities Management.[3] Robertson's own the school until the council have paid the money back. Phase 1 opened 2008 and Phase 2 opened in November 2009. The new school is now completed and was formally opened on 2 March 2010 by the First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond.[4]

Academic success[edit]

Of all the schools in Scotland, Grove is one of the highest achieving in terms of academic success. It is placed in the top 30 across the country, an improvement on its placement in the 100s during the 90s.

In 2004, the school was the best performing in Dundee, with 52% of S4 pupils achieving five or more credit level standard grades, 31% of S5s gaining three or more highers and 51% of S6s leaving with three or more highers.[5]

2006 saw the number of S4 pupils achieving five or more standard grade credit level awards in S4 rising from 45% to 58%, the Scottish average being 30%. Grove Academy also reported increases in the number of S6 pupils achieving three or more highers with 48%.[6]

In 2008, Grove Academy led Dundee's exam result attainment, beating the national average in every category.[1] 76% of pupils went on to higher and further education, with 29% of pupils gaining awards at level seven.[1] The results were one of the biggest exam result improvements in Scotland.[2] Grove Academy also has the highest proportion of pupils going on to university, 36%.[2]

Notable former pupils[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c *Dowie, Mark. "Star performers and stragglers in Angus, Tayside and Perthshire", Aberdeen Press & Journal, 12 December 2008.
  2. ^ a b c *Smith, Grant. "Grove shows up well on new schools website", The Evening Telegraph, 12 December 2008.
  3. ^ [1], Robertson's page about Grove Academy.
  4. ^ [2], Opening of new school by Alex Salmond.
  5. ^ *Argo, Andrew. "Dundee schools - poor report card", The Evening Telegraph, 14 December 2004.
  6. ^ *Watson, Laurie. Wilson, Alan "Dundee schools improve - but still below average", The Evening Telegraph, 14 December 2006.