Dyce Academy

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Coordinates: 57°12′19.74″N 2°10′26.73″W / 57.2054833°N 2.1740917°W / 57.2054833; -2.1740917

Dyce Academy
Dyce Academy.jpg
The exterior of the school from Riverview Drive
Established 1980
Type Secondary School
Headteacher Lesley Adam
Location Riverview Drive
Dyce, Aberdeen
AB21 7NF
Staff 90 (approx)
Students 560
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
School Years S1 - S6
Website Dyce Academy

Dyce Academy is the only state secondary school in Dyce, a small suburb of Aberdeen, Scotland serving as the sole provider of secondary education. Dyce Academy's catchment area includes the suburb of Dyce and the nearby village of Newmachar though some pupils do attend from other nearby areas, such as Bucksburn and Stoneywood.

The school's construction began in the late seventies and was completed in 1980. The building has typical architecture of state schools of the period, with concrete in abundance. The main section of the building has three floors hosting various departments whilst the PE, Drama, Technical and Music departments are in various 'wings' which come off of the building.


Dyce Academy was for most its life, a uniform free school. However after the original head teacher's retirement in 2008 a dress code of black and white was brought in a year later. There is a now a red tie which is optional for students in 1st to 3rd year but however compulsory for senior pupils.

Aberdeen City Music School[edit]

Since 2001 Dyce Academy has been host to the Aberdeen City Music School (also known as ACMS) which is a music school in Scotland. Under this programme, 'special' students travel to Dyce to be taught advanced music whilst still engaging with the national curriculum. The ACMS provides lodging beside the school for pupils who come from more than three miles away.

MICAS base[edit]

Dyce Academy is host to one of Aberdeen's MICAS bases, a support system which helps school age pupils diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) the chance to be educated at a mainstream school. The numbers are limited to eight pupils to allow for the base to be a peaceful place away from the crowded mainstream classroom.

Natalie King case[edit]

In 2004, a former pupil of the school, Natalie King, launched a law suit against Aberdeen council, seeking £20,000 compensation on the basis of her claims that she was bullied at schools in the area, including Dyce Academy, and that the teachers failed to protect her.[1] In 2006 it was reported that King had dropped her legal action.[2]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ Seenanwork=The Guardian, Gerard (6 August 2004). "Girl sues over bullying". Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Girl drops 'bully' claim". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. 24 November 2006. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Mark McDonald". www.snp.org. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 

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