Charleston Academy

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Charleston Academy
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Coordinates57°16′52″N 4°09′07″W / 57.2812°N 4.1520°W / 57.2812; -4.1520Coordinates: 57°16′52″N 4°09′07″W / 57.2812°N 4.1520°W / 57.2812; -4.1520
TypeSecondary school, state funded
Local authorityHighland Council
Parent Council ChairKate Morris
HeadGordon Stewart
Staff48 teachers
Age11 to 18
HousesKishorn - Blue
Laggan - Red
Shiel - Green
Torridon - Purple
Colour(s)Blue, White and Black

Charleston Academy (Gaelic:Àrd Sgoil Bhaile Theàrlaich) was established in 1978[1] and is located in the Kinmylies area of Inverness, Scotland. The present roll is 724 pupils. The catchment area includes Kinmylies, Muirtown, Leachkin and Clachnaharry in the west of Inverness, as well as the rural communities of Beauly, Kirkhill, Kiltarlity, Struy, Abriachan and Dochgarroch.


Charleston Academy opened in August 1978 on a new site to the west of Inverness. The school is part of the Charleston Academy Community Campus which consists of the school, its associated Community Centre, the Highland Football Academy and the Albert Roux Training Kitchen. As a former School of Ambition, extensive improvements to Physical Education provision have been made in recent years. The school has two Multi Use Games Areas (MUGA) and an all-weather, floodlit astroturf pitch. Since 2012 the school has been a SFA accredited School of Football.[2] In 2015 the Albert Roux Training Kitchen was officially opened within the school. This industrial, catering quality kitchen has been developed within the Home Economics department and will be used to provide vocational courses aligned to careers in the hospitality industry. Since 2010, Chez Albert Roux OBE has worked with the schools' Rector and Home Economics department [3] to establish such a facility in Inverness. The facility has been named in his honour.

Academic results[edit]

SQA Exam results at Charleston Academy have been described as very good.[4] In 2014 some of the best results ever were obtained by its students.[5] 55 pupils achieved three or more Highers (39.6% of the total) – the highest ever for the current Highers at Charleston Academy and significantly higher than the Scottish average. 21 pupils achieved five Highers at Grades A to C. 6 pupils received outstanding results, achieving five Highers at Grade A.


In 2014 the school partnered with the Wood Family Trust to offer the Youth Philanthropy Initiative as part of the core RMPS course. The schools' British Council International School Partnership with Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Botswana continues to develop. This involves reciprocal teacher exchanges as well as pupil exchanges.


  • Ronald Lyall 1978-1991[1]
  • Tony McCulloch 1991-2003[1]
  • Calum McSween 2003-2009[1]
  • Chris O'Neill 2010–2018[6]
  • Gordon Stewart 2018–Present

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Lyall, Ronald (June 2007). "Staff Departures" (PDF). Charleston News. Charleston Academy. Archived from the original (pdf) on 12 September 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
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  7. ^ “Shinty News”. (28 October 2013) Charleston Academy. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Who is Karen Gillan?". BBC One. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  9. ^ “Celtic Classic”. The Morning Call. Retrieved 23 February 2014.

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