Ellon Academy

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Ellon Academy
Ellon Academy.jpg
Motto Famam extendite factis (Extend your reputation by deed)
Established 22 May 1876
Type State coeducational secondary
Rector Pauline Buchan (Acting)
Location Kelly Pearl Way
AB41 8LF
Local authority Aberdeenshire Council
Staff 110 (approx.)
Students 1200
Colours Black
main feeder schools Auchterellon Primary, Ellon Primary, Foveran Primary, Meiklemill Primary, Newburgh Primary, Slains Primary, Hatton (Cruden) Primary
secondary years taught S1 - S6
Website ellonacademy.aberdeenshire.sch.uk

Ellon Academy is a secondary comprehensive school in the Aberdeenshire town of Ellon.


Founded as Ellon Public School, the building was opened on 22 May 1876. It was responsible for the education of both primary and secondary students; in 1962 the two were split into separate sites.[1] Ellon Public School was overseen by headmaster William Cooper. It had 6 classrooms, male and female. During the early years, the overcrowding problem, that has haunted the school for years, started to become clear, and it was decided that a second storey would be built. During the 24-year wait for the construction to begin, Ellon Public School became Ellon Secondary School. The second floor was completed in 1911.[1]

It turned out to be only a temporary cure for the growing problem of congestion. With more pupils coming in every year, the school was facing a crisis. In the late 1930s, the famous bell tower, and headmaster's office, were destroyed to make room for a second extension. In 1979, a second building was constructed.[1]

In 2015, the school was relocated to the new purpose built Ellon Academy Community Campus on Kelly Pearl Way to the north of the town.


The school has an estimated 1,150 local pupils and 100 teachers and is headed by Rector Tim McKay, who succeeded Dr Brian Wilkins at the beginning of the 2007-2008 session.

In 2005, the Education and Recreation department of Aberdeenshire Council began investigating the consolidation of the school at a single site.

Ellon Academy won the Scottish Executive Education Award in 2002 in the category "Schools for All".[2]

Ellon Academy was made a case point during a First Minister's Questions, where it was criticized for its split campus layout and general disrepair. This prompted a visitation from Labour MSPs, and later from STV and BBC television crews.

In November 2008, Ellon Academy was awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag, the organisation's highest award, which accredits schools for their actions helping the environment.[3][4] In January 2011, Ellon Academy was awarded a second Green Flag.

On 28 September 2009, the Scottish Government announced that Ellon Academy would be one of fourteen secondary schools in Scotland to be rebuilt as part of a £1.25 billion programme [5]

In June 2010, Ellon Academy was shortlisted in the Global Citizenship Award category of the 2010 Scottish Education Awards.[6][7]

On 14 September 2012, Ellon Academy broke the world record for the largest "Superman" dance. This was part of the recent 80's themed "Party In the Park" school fundraiser.Ellon academy also holds the world record for the longest sandcastle [8]

On 10 June 2013, Head Librarian, Jan Murdoch, was named Educational Supporter of the Year 2013 at the Scottish Education Awards in Glasgow.[9]

In August 2015, the school moved to its new purpose built campus to the south of the town.

Notable former pupils[edit]

  • Tom Patey (20 February 1932 — 25 May 1970) climber, mountaineer and writer.
  • Evelyn Glennie (born 19 July 1965) virtuosa percussionist.
  • Yvie Burnett (born 1968) vocal coach The X-Factor Britain's Got Talent
  • Gillian Martin, Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Aberdeenshire East constituency since 2016


  1. ^ a b c History of Ellon Academy[dead link]
  2. ^ "Achievement in education awards". Scotland.gov.uk. 2004-07-22. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  3. ^ "Keep Scotland Beautiful - Scotland's environmental charity". Ecoschoolsscotland.org. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  4. ^ "Keep Scotland Beautiful - Scotland's environmental charity". Ecoschoolsscotland.org. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  5. ^ "UK | Scotland | School rebuilding plans detailed". BBC News. 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived 24 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Aberdeenshire Council - News". Aberdeenshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  8. ^ Published on 20/09/2012 13:28 (2012-09-20). "Academy breaks record with dance - Local Headlines". Ellon Times. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  9. ^ http://www.ellonacademy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Pressgang-Summer-Newsletter-2013.pdf

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Coordinates: 57°21′32″N 2°3′32″W / 57.35889°N 2.05889°W / 57.35889; -2.05889