Armadale Academy

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Armadale Academy
Kite aerial photo of the Armadale Academy.JPG
Aerial view of the new and old school buildings in 2008
Motto Nihil Nisi Industria
(Nothing Without Diligence)
Established 1969
Headmaster (Acting)
Depute Head Alison Lewis, Barry Speedie, Maya La Fitte
Location West Main Street
West Lothian
EH48 3LY
55°53′42″N 3°42′52″W / 55.8949°N 3.7145°W / 55.8949; -3.7145Coordinates: 55°53′42″N 3°42′52″W / 55.8949°N 3.7145°W / 55.8949; -3.7145
Website Armadale Academy

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.


The first school in Armadale was opened in 1819, paid for mainly from the bequest of John Newland (the bulk of which paid for Bathgate Academy).[1]

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.