Albyn School

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Albyn School
Albyn logo.jpg
Motto Vigor et Juventas
(Vigour and Youth)
Established 1867
Type Independent day school
Headmaster Ian Long
Deputy Head David Starbuck and Andy Ward
Founder Alexander Mackie
Location 17-23 Queen's Road
AB15 4PB
57°08′29″N 2°07′55″W / 57.1414°N 2.1319°W / 57.1414; -2.1319Coordinates: 57°08′29″N 2°07′55″W / 57.1414°N 2.1319°W / 57.1414; -2.1319
Students 800
Gender Coeducational
Ages 2–18
Houses Gordon      , Stuart      , Douglas      and Forbes     
Colours Green     
HMIE report 5 September 2006
SEED number 5281938
Head of Lower School Nathan Davies

Albyn School is a coeducational independent day school, founded in 1867 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Albyn was originally an all-girls school before becoming co-educational in 2005. The school has a nursery, primary school and secondary school; pupils can attend from 2 years old to 18 years old.


In 1886 the school moved into premises at Nos 4-6 in a terrace diagonally opposite St Margaret’s School for Girls and was officially known as the Albyn Place School for Girls, but most people knew it as "Mackie's", because the reputation of principal Alexander Mackie. It was also known as the Union Place Ladies' School for a period. In 1967, the school celebrated its centenary. Under the direction of Headmistress Dorothy Kidd, a volume was produced outlining the school's history. For much of its history, Albyn was a boarding school and only recently became a day school.[1]

In 2009 and 2010 consecutively, Albyn School received the best Higher exam results among the schools in Aberdeen.[2]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  2. ^ "Private school pupils attaining record level of A-grade Highers". 2009-08-29. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 

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