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Aerial view of the new and old school buildings in 2008
|Motto||Nihil Nisi Industria
(Nothing Without Diligence)
|Depute Head||Alison Lewis, Barry Speedie, Maya La Fitte|
|Location||West Main Street
Armadale Academy is a secondary school in Armadale, West Lothian. Opened in 1969, the academy moved to its current location in 2009. It is split into three houses: Cochran, Honeyman, and Wood.
Several other private schools were opened in the 19th century, many financed by mining companies.
Following the introduction of compulsory education in 1877, the North School was built on Bullion Brae (now Academy Road). This remained the main place of education until the 1960s, when the county council decided a new school was needed, and purchased land formerly occupied by the pithead buildings of a coal mine. The shaft was filled in, and the colliery and bing were reclaimed to form playing fields. The school building, designed to accommodate 700 students, was opened on 29 March 1968 by Margaret Herbison MP, at an estimated final cost of £536,500.
By the 21st century, it was becoming increasingly clear that the '60s building was no longer fit for purpose. The council agreed to finance a new building, to be built on the same site and opened for the 2009/2010 session. This new school was officially opened on 28 September 2009 by Fiona Hyslop MSP.
- "Our History". Armadale Academy.
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