Largs Academy

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Largs Academy
Largs Academy School Logo.jpg
Largs Academy School Logo
Flatt Road
Largs, Ayrshire, KA30 9JX
Coordinates 55°39′18″N 4°42′07″W / 55.655°N 4.702°W / 55.655; -4.702Coordinates: 55°39′18″N 4°42′07″W / 55.655°N 4.702°W / 55.655; -4.702
Type Secondary School
Motto Labora et Disce (English:Work and Learn)
Established 1970
Headteacher Heather Burns
  • Mrs H McClelland
  • Mr McDougal
  • Mrs A Anderson
Guidance Teachers
  • Mr R McFadzean - Arran
  • Ms G Furey - Bute
  • Mr D Gibson - Cowal
  • Mr C Frew - Kintyre
  • Ms F McIlroy - Mull
Staff 84 FTE
Gender Mixed
Age 11 to 18
Enrollment 1,076 (2012) [3]
  • Arran
  • Bute
  • Cowal
  • Kintyre
  • Mull
Colour(s)     Black
School years S1-S6

Largs Academy is a Scottish secondary school, opened in August 1970, serving the towns of Largs, Fairlie, Skelmorlie and the island of Cumbrae, as well as taking placement requests from across Scotland, from places such as Beith and Renfrewshire. Up until March 23 2016, Largs Academy was in the Top 50 schools for Exam Results in Scotland. [4]

Senior Management team[edit]

As of August 2012, the headteacher is Mrs Heather Burns. She is currently followed by three deputy head teachers, Mrs H McClelland, Mr A MacDougall and Mrs A Anderson. [5] The previous Headteacher, Arthur Jones, retired at the end of the 2011/2012 session after nine years as Headteacher.

Name Period Length Departure Reason
Mr W. Inglis [6] 1974 - 1994 20 Retirement
Mr G. Maxwell [7] 1994 - 2003 9 Early Retirement
Mr A. Jones 2003 - 2013 [8] 10 Retirement
Mrs H. Burns 2013 - - -

Feeder schools[edit]

Largs Academy has six feeder schools, St. Mary's Primary School, Brisbane Primary School, Cumbrae Primary School, Fairlie Primary School, Kelburn Primary School and Skelmorlie Primary School. Also, the majority of children from Beith and Renfrewshire attend Largs Academy instead of the surrounding academies.

Bus Crash[edit]

During a school trip to Barcelona 27 June 2002, a coach that was carrying a party of students and teachers from Largs Academy, crashed on the A6 motorway link road at Bierre-les-Semur, near Dijon, France at about 4AM BST.

Two pupils and three teachers were hospitalized with serious injuries, with at least five others suffering minor injuries. One of the injured teachers lost an arm as the bus rolled. One life was also lost in the crash, Katherine Fish, who was a 4th year student at the school.

After the crash, a memorial plaque was put up in the Largs Academy Music Department in memory of Katherine. [9]

Notable Pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Senior Management Team". Largs Academy. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  2. ^ "Pastoral Care". Largs Academy. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  3. ^ "Largs Academy PC 2012" (PDF). Largs Academy. 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Revealed: Scotland's best 50 schools for Higher exam passes". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  5. ^ "Senior Management Team". Largs Academy. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  6. ^ "Tributes to former Academy Headteacher". Largs and Millport Weekly News. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  7. ^ Died 2007
  8. ^ "Fond farewell for Arthur Jones". Largs and Millport Weekly News. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  9. ^ "Pupil dies in French coach crash". BBC NEWS. 2002-06-27. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  10. ^ English. "Kevin McKay". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  11. ^ "Paralympics: Abby Kane and Andrew Mullen add to GB medals". BBC Sport. 2016-11-18. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 

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