Linlithgow Academy

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Linlithgow Academy is the only secondary school in Linlithgow, West Lothian. The Academy was founded in 1894 and replaced an earlier kirk institution known as "Sang Schule". The present building was completed in 1968 and has been extended several times since.

The Rector is Mrs Karen Jarvis who joined the school in August 2014. There are three Deputy Headteachers at Linlithgow Academy, Mrs Alison Rutherford, Mrs Avril McLean and Mr Malcom Stalker (Acting) who are the current deputes at the school.

Catchment and admissions[edit]

Admissions to Linlithgow Academy are generally from Linlithgow and a number of the smaller villages surrounding the town to the east as far as Winchburgh, some six miles away.[1] As the West Lothian/Falkirk council boundary lies just to the west of Linlithgow Bridge, a relatively small number of pupils attend from this direction. Similarly, high schools in Bathgate to the south, and Bo'ness to the north, limit the natural catchment in those directions. However, as the school featured prominently in league tables compared to other state schools, especially those nearby,[2] many people from the surrounding area wish their children to attend Linlithgow Academy in preference to their local high school. This, and the increasing population of Linlithgow as a whole in the past 30 years, have led to severe demands on the school's roll. However, over recent years the school roll has been fairly steady with 1230 reported in 2003 [1] and steady at 1192 between 2008-2010.

A review of the Linlithgow Academy catchment area by West Lothian Council was completed in October 2010.[3] Torphichen and Westfield Primary Schools are to be re-zoned into Linlithgow from the 2011 academic year.[4] This change was required due to a massive new build housing program in Bathgate involving many large developers approved by West Lothian Council over a number of years.

The current roll is mostly from the following local primary schools:

  • Linlithgow Primary School
  • Linlithgow Bridge Primary School
  • Low Port Primary School
  • Springfield Primary School
  • Bridgend Primary School
  • Winchburgh Primary School
  • Torphichen Primary School (from 2011)
  • Westfield Primary School (from 2011)

The catchment change proposal includes approved additional building works to Linlithgow Academy. After the main works have been undertaken Linlithgow Academy will still have the lowest internal space per pupil amongst West Lothian secondary schools. (citation required)

Notable is the exception of St Joseph's Roman Christian primary school from the catchment, even though the two schools are only a few hundred yards apart. This has resulted in a bizarre situation in which pupils from other towns, some closer to other secondary schools, are given priority over children who live nearby.

Media coverage[edit]

Linlithgow Academy was featured in the TV show 'TEENCANTEEN' which aired in early 2013 and featured the then sixth year cooking for the public and learning the importantance of business, it was also in the headlines of newspapers such as The Scotsman and The Daily Record amidst claims of a high rate of self-harm and eating disorders occurring in the school.

Notable former pupils[edit]


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Coordinates: 55°58′16″N 3°36′43″W / 55.971°N 3.612°W / 55.971; -3.612