Cults Academy Arms
|Local authority||Aberdeen City Council|
|Houses||Cairn, Devenick, Friarsfield, Ronan, Murtle|
|Colours||Blue, red and green
Cults Academy is an Aberdeen City Council secondary school in Cults, Aberdeen, Scotland. It was the recipient of The Sunday Times Scottish State Secondary School of the Year Award 2008 due to its outstanding exam results that year. having been rated 3rd in 2005. Based on pupil numbers, Cults Academy is the largest state school in Aberdeen. It was founded in 1967.
The old 1960s school building was replaced with a new building on the former site of its playing fields in 2009.
On 28 October 2015 Bailey Gwynne, a 16-year-old pupil, died after being stabbed at the school.
Approximately 1170 attend the school each year (one of the largest attendances in the Aberdeen area), between the ages of approximately 11 to 18. The majority have attended one of the four primary schools in the catchment area; Cults Primary School, Culter School, Lairhillock Primary and Milltimber Primary. Children from other areas attend after successful application by parents.
The senior management team (SMT) at Cults Academy consists of the headteacher, three depute-headteachers and the resources manager.
- Anna Muirhead - Head Teacher
- David Strang - Depute Head Teacher (Ronan & Cairn House)
- Eleanor Ross - Depute Head Teacher (Devenick House)
- Brian Angus - Depute Head Teacher (Murtle & Friarsfield House)
- Val Dow - School Support Manager
Rectors who have headed the school include:
Pupils are split up into five different houses each with their own Guidance teacher who offers help, support and takes Social Education classes. The five houses are named after local areas: Cairn, Devenick, Friarsfield, Ronan and Murtle.
Notable former pupils
Some recent more notable former pupils of Cults Academy include:
- Darren Ferguson - Retired footballer, and current manager of Peterborough United. Son of Sir Alex Ferguson
- Jason White - Scotland rugby union captain.
- Callum McCaig - Scottish National Party Member of Parliament
- Shaun Maloney - Scotland international footballer.
- Mitchel Megginson - Aberdeen football player.
- Juliet-Jane Horne - Former Miss Scotland, who finished 3rd in Miss World 2001.
- Calvin Goldspink - Former member of S Club 8.
- Robbie Renwick - Swimming finalist (Men's 200m Freestyle & Men's 4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay) at the Beijing Olympics 2008, and won silver (Men's 4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay) for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games 2006.
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