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The Kilmarnock Academy complex in April 2015, showing the Old Building (far left), the New Building (center) and the New Technology Block (far right).
|Motto||Do Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly|
|Established||1630's (as Kilmarnock Burgh School)
1807 (current school, Kilmarnock Academy)
|Headteacher||David Rose (acting)|
|Depute Head Teacher||Drew Howie
|Location||15 Elmbank Drive
|Local authority||East Ayrshire|
|Houses||Fleming, Burns, Scott, Dunlop, Wallace|
|Colours||Maroon and gold|
|Publication||The Goldberry, 1888-1954|
|Affiliated Schools||Loanhead Primary School, Kirkstyle Primary, Hillhead Primary|
Kilmarnock Academy is a comprehensive school situated in central Kilmarnock, Scotland, with the current building being erected in 1807. The school its self can be traced back to the 1630s when it was known as 'Kilmarnock Burgh School'. The schools operations are overseen by East Ayrshire Council who also provides funding for the school.
The school, until June 2015, was headed by Bryan Paterson until he left to become Head Teacher in Edinburgh. Kilmarnock Academy will close in 2017 when it will merge with James Hamilton Academy in Kilmarnock. It is suspected when the schools merge, the Kilmarnock Academy name will be phased out and replaced with either Deans Academy, New Farm Academy or Burns Academy - there has been public backlash as a result. The current head teacher is Mr. David Rose who became Head Teacher in June 2015 on an acting head teacher basis.
Kilmarnock Academy is situated upon a hill in Elmbank Drive. Because of this, Kilmarnock Academy is a dominant building in the Kilmarnock skyline.
Until June 2015, the headteacher was Bryan Paterson, assisted by his Depute Headteachers G Kerr & E Walker. Paterson assumed the role of headteacher in August 2011 after the retiral of Mrs Carole Ford. There will be an acting Head Teacher who will take up post in August 2015 until the school closes in June 2017 and merges with James Hamilton Academy.
History and building complex
The school consists of four parts. The 'old building', a listed building in use since 1898 and part of the initial Kilmarnock Academy; the 'new building,' a larger building opened in 1967 and connected to the old building by a link corridor; the Technical Extension which opened in 1997 and is now where the schools computing and music departments are situated, and the P.E. building, where the Physical Education department is situated. This is also rented out to groups such as a Tae Kwon Do club and local football teams. Next to the school is the "Old Tech," formerly Kilmarnock Technical School, which opened in 1910 as part of the Academy. It is also listed, but is no longer part of the school; it was closed in 1997 due to a reduction in student numbers, caused by a restructuring of educational resources in the area. The building remained closed, and reopened in 2006 as luxury housing, due to its prime location directly next to the Dick Institute, the town's primary library and museum, and the centre of town.
Within the art department of the school, there is a war memorial in memory of those who lost their lives in the First World War.
It can trace its history back to the local burgh school founded in the 1630s and the first school to bear the name was established in 1807. In 1898 the school was moved to its current location and in the early 1900s the school acquired the Kilmarnock Technical School for its use. From 1945 it was a state co-educational grammar school. It became a comprehensive school in 1968 and fees were abolished for students attending Kilmarnock Academy in 1945 following World War II. For the first time since opening, Kilmarnock Academy appointed its first woman Head Teacher, Carole Ford, who served in the position from 1997-2011.
The following list is of rectors of Kilmarnock Academy. In recent years, the term 'rector' has been phased out to introduce the title of 'Head Teacher'. Bryan Paterson was Head Teacher from August 2011 until June 2015, taking up the post of Head Teacher at Trinity Academy, Edinburgh. The current Head Teacher is David Rose on an acting capacity. Carole Ford, head teacher from 1997-2011, was the first woman to serve the school as Head Teacher.
- William Thomson (1808-1830)
- Alexander Harkness (1830-1851)
- William Taylor (1851-1852)
- Alexander Smith (1852-1869)
- George Younger (1869-1873)
- George Smith (1873-1876)
- Hugh Dickie (1876-1904)
- David Murray (1904-1907)
- Dr James Clark (1907-1926)
- Alexander Cumming (1926-1938)
- Robert McIntyre (1938-1964)
- James Hislop OBE (1964-1977)
- Frank Donnelly (1977-1997)
- Carole Ford (1997-2011)
- Bryan Paterson (2011-2015)
- David Rose (2015–present)
Notable former pupils
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- Air Vice-Marshal Stuart Atha, AOC since 2011 of No. 1 Group RAF, and Station Commander from 2006-08 of RAF Coningsby
- Craig Conway, Scotland international footballer
- Lindsay McKenzie, actress
- Robert Colquhoun, painter, printmaker and theatre set designer
- Major General Sir Robert Murdoch Smith, engineer, archaeologist and diplomat
- Rev James Barr, Labour MP from 1935 to 1945 for Coatbridge, and from 1924 to 1931 for Motherwell
- Rev Prof Matthew Black, Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism from 1954 to 1978 at the University of St Andrews
- Robert Colquhoun, artist
- Stewart Conn, poet and playwright
- Robert Dunsmuir
- George Forrest, botanist and explorer
- Adam Ingram, SNP MSP since 2011 for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley
- Jimmy Knapp, General Secretary from 1990 to 2001 of the RMT, and from 1983 to 1990 of the National Union of Railwaymen
- Sir James Learmonth CBE, pioneer in nerve surgery
- Margaret McDowall, swimmer
- William McIlvanney, author
- Charles McLelland, Director General from 1987 to 2004 of the Association of British Travel Agents, Controller of BBC Radio 2 from 1976 to 1980 (and of Radio 1 from 1976 to 1978), and Director of Programmes from 1980 to 1986 of BBC Radio
- Lt-Gen Robert Menzies CB OBE, Surgeon General to the Armed Forces from 2000 to 2002
- William Muir, orientalist
- Colin Rankin
- James Stevenson, 1st Baron Stevenson, businessman and politician
- Peter Sturrock, Conservative MP from 1885 to 1886 for Kilmarnock Burghs
- Murray Tosh MBE, Conservative MSP from 2003 to 2007 for the West of Scotland
- Hugh Watt (1848 - 1921) MP
Church of Scotland clergy
A number of alumni are Church of Scotland ministers who have held high office or are otherwise well-known church figures:
- Andrew McLellan CBE, Moderator of the General Assembly, 2000; (also HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland, 2002 to 2009)
- John D. Miller, Moderator of the General Assembly, 2001
- Bill Hewitt, Moderator of the General Assembly, 2009
- John L. Bell, contemporary hymnwriter and speaker
- Lorna Hood (née Mitchell), Moderator of the General Assembly, 2013
- "Kilmarnock Academy Management Team". Retrieved May 3, 2011.
- "War Memorial". Retrieved May 3, 2011.
- Kilmarnock Academy Website
- "Kilmarnock Academy ex-pupil is new Church of Scotland Moderator". Kilmarnock Standard. Retrieved 2012-01-22.
- "K.A. famous former pupils - index and Neil Dickson profile". Kilmarnockacademy.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-22.