Aboyne Academy

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Aboyne Academy
Aboyne Academy.jpg
Location
Bridgeview Road, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
AB34 5JN
Information
School type Secondary
Opened 1974
Authority Aberdeenshire Council
Headteacher Lorraine Scott
Grades 6-12
Gender Co-Educational
Enrollment 665
Houses Clachnaben, Lochnagar and Morven
Website

Aboyne Academy is a secondary school in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The school is located on the Western side of the village and serves many other villages in the surrounding area, including: Braemar, Ballater, Kincardine O'Neil and Tarland. The catchment primary schools for Aboyne Academy are Aboyne, Ballater, Braemar, Crathie, Finzean, Kincardine O’Neil, Logie Coldstone, Lumphanan, Tarland and Torphins. As of September 2015, the school had 665 pupils,[1] making it one of the smallest secondary schools in Aberdeenshire. Aboyne Academy offer their students multiple extra curricular activities ranging widely from sports to music to other opportunities for them to develop their skills.[2]

Campus[edit]

The campus is situated on a wooded site, next to the A93 on the Western side of Aboyne. The main building contains a library, a swimming pool, a theatre, a games hall and an all weather pitch in addition to the classrooms.[3]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Lost Project[edit]

In 2011, the school began working with local and national archaeological groups in what is considered to be the largest school archaeology project in Scotland.[4] The project involved a large number of first year pupils who performed a large archaeological survey at the site of former settlements in the Invercauld Estates called Auchtavan and Loin, which mostly abandoned during the 19th and early 20th century, though the last occupants left in the mid-1900s. From their work, the pupils created an exhibition at the nearby Breamar castle including a reconstruction of the inside of one of the houses.[5] The pupils also created a short documentary which was shown at a local film festival.

Fundraising[edit]

In 2011, and English teacher retired who had coordinated some local fundraising activities at the school, raising almost £100,000 for Children in Need over a 23 years period.[6] In 2013 many pupils took part in a sponsored walk from Burn o’ Vat to Aboyne as part of their yearly heath week. The pupils raised money for their schools reporter club. In addition, to this many other events took place in health week including sports competitions and eating challenges.[7]

Awards[edit]

In 2012 the school achieved the Eco-schools green flag. The award is given to a school that has improved the environment and raised environmental awareness in the local area.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parentzone: My school: Find a school: Aboyne Academy". Education Scotland. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Aberdeenshire Council". The Scotsman. 22 April 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Prospectus" (PDF). Aberdeenshire Council. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "S1 Enterprise: LOST? 2010/2011". Aboyne Academy. Aboyne Academy. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Castle is home to new exhibition". Deeside Piper. Deeside Piper. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Fundraising Aboyne teacher Ella Egan set to retire". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Pupils put best foot forwards". Deeside Piper and Herald. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "School Awards". Education Scotland. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 57°04′31″N 2°47′42″W / 57.0752°N 2.7951°W / 57.0752; -2.7951