Oldmachar Academy

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Oldmachar Academy
Oldmachar Academy Badge.gif
Established August 1982
Type Secondary School
Head Teacher Derek Brown
House Heads Ian Gibson, Lesley Stopani, Alison Taylor
Location Jesmond Drive
Bridge of Don

Aberdeen
AB22 8UR
Scotland
Local authority Aberdeen City Council
Staff 70+
Students 1000+
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–18
Houses 6
Colours Maroon, Light blue and Silver
Website oldmachar.aberdeen.sch.uk

Oldmachar Academy is situated in Bridge of Don in the north of Aberdeen in an area of private housing. It is a six-year comprehensive, non-denominational school which opened to pupils in August 1982 (April 1983 on its present site). In 2004 it was ranked in the top 50 Secondary Schools in Scotland and continues to be a school that pupils can enjoy and perform well.

The school consists of seven blocks built to form an irregular quadrangle, with playing fields to the north of the school.

The roll is 1,065 at present. It has 12 classrooms of 'temporary' hutted accommodation, as well as 'semi-permanent relocatable' buildings for Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Modern Languages and Physical Education.

The school receives Primary 7 pupils from the 5 associated Primary schools in its 'Associate Schools Group'. The group works in close harmony. These schools are:

  • Danestone Primary School
  • Forehill Primary School
  • Glashieburn Primary School
  • Greenbrae Primary School
  • Middleton Park School

The current Head teacher is Derek Brown, who took over in November 2009 after James Dalgarno retired. During that time Depute Head Lesley Stopani became interim Head Teacher. As of 2014 Derek Brown will be leaving Oldmachar Academy.

Houses[edit]

As of 2009, there are seven classes in each year group (A to G) except S1 which has six classes. There are six school houses, each named after a local Scottish castle beginning with the letter of the six corresponding classes. "G" does not have its own house due to there not being enough pupils and the absence of a first year "G" class, so they are split into the other houses by year.

The houses are:

Head teachers[edit]

Name Incumbency
Derek Brown 2009–2014
James Dalgarno 2004–2009
Joseph Leiper 1984–2004
Campbell Westwood 1982-1984

Notable former pupils[edit]

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