Kilmarnock Academy

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Kilmarnock Academy
The Old Building of Kilmarnock Academy as seen from Kilmarnock Railway Station
Motto Do Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly
Established 1807
Type Comprehensive school
Headteacher Bryan Paterson
Depute Head Teacher Gus Kerr & Elaine Walker
Location 15 Elmbank Drive
East Ayrshire
Scotland Coordinates: 55°36′32″N 4°29′35″W / 55.609°N 4.493°W / 55.609; -4.493
Local authority East Ayrshire
Staff Over 200
Students 715
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Fleming, Burns, Scott, Dunlop, Wallace
Colours Maroon and gold
Publication The Goldberry, 1888-1954
Affiliated Schools Loanhead Primary School, Kirkstyle Primary, Hillhead Primary
Website Kilmarnock Academy

Kilmarnock Academy is a comprehensive school, one of several in Kilmarnock, in western Scotland.


Kilmarnock Academy is situated upon a hill in Elmbank Drive. Because of this, Kilmarnock Academy is a dominant building in the Kilmarnock skyline.

The current headteacher is Bryan Paterson, assisted by his Depute Headteachers G Kerr & E Walker.[1] Paterson assumed the role of headteacher in August 2011 after the retiral of Mrs Carole Ford.

History and building complex[edit]

The school consists of four parts. The 'old building', a listed building in use since 1898 and part of the initial Kilmarnock Academy; the 'new building,' a larger building opened in 1967 and connected to the old building by a link corridor; the Technical Extension which opened in 1997 and is now where the schools computing and music departments are situated, and the P.E. building, where the Physical Education department is situated. This is also rented out to groups such as a Tae Kwon Do club and local football teams. Next to the school is the "Old Tech," formerly Kilmarnock Technical School, which opened in 1910 as part of the Academy. It is also listed, but is no longer part of the school; it was closed in 1997 due to a reduction in student numbers, caused by a restructuring of educational resources in the area. The building remained closed, and reopened in 2006 as luxury housing, due to its prime location directly next to the Dick Institute, the town's primary library and museum, and the centre of town.

Within the art department of the school, there is a war memorial in memory of those who lost their lives in the First World War.[2]

It can trace its history back to the local burgh school founded in the 1630s and the first school to bear the name was established in 1807. In 1898 the school was moved to its current location and in the early 1900s the school acquired the Kilmarnock Technical School for its use. From 1945 it was a state co-educational grammar school. It became a comprehensive in 1968.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Kilmarnock Academy is one of the few schools in the world to have educated two Nobel laureates: Alexander Fleming and John Boyd Orr.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

Grammar school[edit]

Church of Scotland clergy[edit]

A number of alumni are Church of Scotland ministers who have held high office or are otherwise well-known church figures:


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