James Hamilton Academy is a six-year non-denominational, co-educational, comprehensive school. It is in Sutherland Drive, (New Farm Loch), Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire. The school roll as of September 2015 is 669 pupils, but there is capacity for 1050 pupils. Pupils from New Farm Primary, Silverwood Primary and Onthank Primary normally transition at the end of primary 7, to become pupils of S1 in James Hamilton Academy.
The accommodation is in 4 blocks with adjacent playing fields. There is also a Primary School (New Farm Primary School), and a Nursery (New Farm Early Childhood Centre) sharing the same campus.
In October 2013 plans were approved by East Ayrshire to build a new, age 3 to age 18 campus, including a new build secondary school, which will open with effect from the start of the 2017/18 academic session in August 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter. This new campus will contain a merger of Kilmarnock Academy and James Hamilton Academy, a merger of New Farm Primary and Silverwood Primary, and an Early Childhood Centre, as well as community facilities.
In April 2014 plans were approved by East Ayrshire to include Gaelic education provision for Early Years, Primary and Secondary to be merged to form a single establishment within the new 3-18 campus on Sutherland Drive, Kilmarnock, with effect from the start of the 2017/18 academic session in March 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.
A prefect's school blazer for James Hamilton Academy
The school Motto is: 'Ad Altiora', Latin - 'To ascend'