Ayr Academy

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Ayr Academy
Ayr Academy front from south east.jpg
Motto Respice Prospice
Established c.1233
Type State coeducational secondary
Headteacher Lyndsay McRoberts
Deputy Headteacher Elaine Harrigan (Senior Deputy Head) Allison Neil, John Bradley & Nick Quinn
Location 7 Fort Street
Ayr
South Ayrshire
KA7 1HX
Scotland
Staff 87 (including support staff)
Students 715 Officially
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Galloway, Kyle and Carrick
Colours Maroon, black, white
Associated Primary Schools Annbank Primary School, Coylton Primary School, Dalmilling Primary School, Newton Primary School
Contact No 01292 612028
Website Ayr Academy

Ayr Academy is a non-denominational secondary school situated in the centre of Ayr in South Ayrshire. It is a comprehensive school for children from the ages of 11 to 18 from Ayr. Ayr Academy's catchment area covers Newton-on-Ayr, Whitletts and the outlying villages of Coylton, Annbank, and Mossblown. In 2007, the closure of Mainholm Academy resulted in the addition of approximately 100 additional pupils attending Ayr Academy. At present, just over 700 pupils attend the school.

The school is currently planning to find a new location for itself, with Craigie Park being the preferred location. After getting £3.25 million from the Government, they plan to sell the current Ayr Academy once the new building is complete.[1]

The school's motto is Respice, Prospice, which is Latin for "Look Backwards, Look Forwards" which would mean, idiomatically, "Learn from the past, look to the future.".

Ayr Academy.jpg

History[edit]

The school has existed, in various guises, since 1233[2] although it did not come to be known as Ayr Academy until 1796. It moved from the Sandgate to its present location on Fort Street in 1800, with a further extension to the building added in the early 1960s.

List of Rectors/Head Teachers

  • Mr J.D Cairns - 1945-1965 Retired - Died 1984 *
  • Mr N McCorindale - 1965-1970 - Left for Perth Academy Retired from Perth in 1986 - Died 2010*
  • Mr W Reid - 1970-1982 - Retired - Died 2008*
  • Mr B Ballantyne - 1982-1989 - Left for Kilwinning Aacdemy Retired from Kilwinning*
  • Mr A Moir - 1989-1997 - Left for Belmont Academy . Retired From Belmont*
  • Mr David Mathieson - 1997-2010 - Retired*
  • Mrs K Mac Donald - 2010 - 2016 - Seconded to County Buildings due to new joint headteacher
  • Mrs Lyndsay McRoberts - Nov 2016–Present - Headteacher of both Kyle Academy and Ayr Academy under new joint headteacher

*Former Depute Rectors/Depute Heads*

  • Mr W.S. Kennedy Smith - 1965-1972* - Died 1994 Aged 86
  • Mr T Henderson - 1972-1991 Retired - Died 2000* Aged 71
  • Mrs L Dobbins - 1991-1997 left*
  • Mr Colin Patterson - Later Left for Prestwick Academy as HT

Former Assistant Rectors/Assistant Heads post started 1971 ended 2003

  • Mrs E Rennie - 1971-1985 - Died 2009*
  • Mr E Burt - 1971 -1974 - Retired - Died 1985* - Aged 69
  • Mr J Naismith - 1971-1974 - Left for Belmont Academy - Died 2005* - Aged 80

Later Assistant Heads

  • Dr John Strawhorn - 1974-1982 - Died 1997* - Aged 75
  • Mr N Francis - 1974-1991 - Retired*
  • Mr D Walton - 1982-1999 Later Depute Head 1999-2005 - Retired*

Women Advisor - Miss McWilliams Retired in 1962, Died in 1976, Mrs Le Harivel 1962-1971 - later assistant head became 1971 - 1980 - Retired - Died 1991

School Secretary

  • Miss E McGarva - 1947-1985 - Retired*

Houses[edit]

The school uses a house system and is split into three houses House colours are stated in the brackets; Galloway (Red), Kyle (Green), and Carrick (Blue)

Notable former pupils[edit]

In alphabetical order

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sites identified for new Ayr Academy". Ayrshire Post. Ayr. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "South Ayrshire Council - Ayr History - education". South-ayrshire.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 21 November 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Hesilridge, Arthur G. M. (ed.). Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench. London: Dean & Son. p. 353. Retrieved 11 January 2011 – via archive.org. 
  4. ^ http://www.cnrs-scrn.org/northern_mariner/vol20/tnm_20_283-311.pdf

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°27′53″N 4°38′03″W / 55.46472°N 4.63417°W / 55.46472; -4.63417