Carrick Academy

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Carrick Academy
Carrick Academy, Maybole.jpg
Motto Superbe Gerimus
(We bear it proudly)
Established 1845
Type State school
Rector Shona Stevens
Location Kirkoswald Road
South Ayrshire
KA19 8BP
55°21′03″N 4°41′39″W / 55.3509°N 4.6941°W / 55.3509; -4.6941Coordinates: 55°21′03″N 4°41′39″W / 55.3509°N 4.6941°W / 55.3509; -4.6941
Local authority South Ayrshire
Staff 86 (Aug. 2007)[1]
FTE 48.2 (Sept. 2006)[2]
Students 553 (Sept. 2006)[3]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses      Culzean
Colours Blue, gold and black

Carrick Academy is a state-run secondary school, administered by South Ayrshire Council and situated in Maybole, South Ayrshire. It serves about 550 pupils, from the town of Maybole and the villages of Dalrymple, Crosshill, Kirkmichael, Straiton, Minishant, Dunure, Dailly, Kirkoswald, Maidens, and surrounding farms. It was last inspected by Her Majesty's Inspectors in November 2004.[4]

The school's motto is Superbe Gerimus which is Latin for "We bear it proudly". The school coat of arms is a red chevron, indicating Carrick, on a silver background, with three azure lions, representing Maybole, and a gold book and quills, illustrating the school.

The school houses are Culzean House (blue), Crossraguel House (red), and Cargill House (yellow) and also previously included Cassilis (green)


As both a primary and a secondary school, the school that was later to become Carrick Academy was founded in 1845. The three schools in Maybole (including the original parish school first mentioned in 1630) united under the name of Maybole Public School, which was then changed in 1891 to Maybole Ladyland School.

The school then assumed the title of Maybole Carrick Academy in 1905. The new academy moved to its current site in 1926 with the opening of the present Old Building. The New Building was added in 1974, where the school became what it is now.


The school badge originates from the red chevron in a silver field which is the coat of arms of Carrick. The blue lions with red claws and red tongue came from the coat of arms worn by the Bruce family. When Robert the Bruce, the Earl of Carrick, became King of Scots his title moved into the Scottish royal family and subsequently into the present royal family. Prince Charles is the current Earl of Carrick. Maybole is the ancient capital of Carrick which is the most southerly of the three historical divisions of Ayrshire.

The Kennedys of Cassillis, the principal land owners of Carrick and known as the "Kings of Carrick", were in the main responsible for providing a school building and the schoolmaster's salary. In the badge, the black in the quills is taken from the black cross-crosslets in this family's coat of arms.

The book is the normal symbol used to indicate a school badge. The motto Superbe Gerimus was supplied by the Latin Department and means "We bear it proudly". The colours, blue and gold, were chosen because of their association with the Kennedy family. For distinguished service at Beugé in 1421, a member of the Kennedy family was given the right to use the blue and gold colours of the royal family of France.

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