Cults Academy

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Cults Academy
Cults Academy badge.jpg
Cults Academy Arms
Established 1967
Rector Anna Muirhead
Location Quarry Road
AB15 9TP
Coordinates: 57°07′06″N 2°11′20″W / 57.118333°N 2.188889°W / 57.118333; -2.188889
Local authority Aberdeen City Council
Staff 100 (approx.)
Students 1,150
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–18
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.[1] having been rated 3rd in 2005.[2] 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.[3]

On 28 October 2015 Bailey Gwynne, a 16-year-old pupil, died after being stabbed at the school.[4]


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.

Senior Management[edit]

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:

Name Incumbency
Anna Muirhead 2004–present
Graeme Traill 1991–2003
Raymond Dunphy 1973–1991


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.

Main entrance

Notable former pupils[edit]

Some recent more notable former pupils of Cults Academy include:


  1. ^ MacDonald, Stuart (2008). "'PC' council backs down on school award". The Times. London. Retrieved 9 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "Times newspaper Scottish state schools league table" (PDF). The Times. London. 2005. Retrieved 24 January 2007. 
  3. ^ "Two new secondary schools opened in Aberdeen". STV News. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Pupil dies after school stabbing at Cults Academy". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  5. ^ a b c "Newspaper headlines: Aberdeen school stabbing, Cameron's EU exit warning and £21m Fifa refund call". BBC News. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Secrets & Lives: Jason White". Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Callum McCaig". The SNP. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Robbie Renwick: I just swim for the love of it". Evening Express. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 

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