Oldmachar Academy

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Oldmachar Academy
Oldmachar Academy Badge.gif
Motto No fish we can't catch, No tower we can't climb, No river we can't cross
Established August 1982
Type Secondary School
Head Teacher Mrs Judith Mohamed
House Heads Ian Gibson, Mrs S Williamson, Peter McCabe
Location Jesmond Drive
Bridge of Don

AB22 8UR
Local authority Aberdeen City Council
Staff 70+
Students 1000+
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–18
Houses 654
Colours Green
Website s416003572.initial-website.co.uk

Oldmachar Academy is situated in Bridge of Don in the north of Aberdeen in an area of private housing. It is a six-year comprehensive, non-denominational school which opened to pupils in August 1982 (April 1983 on its present site). In 2004 it was ranked in the top 50 Secondary Schools in Scotland and continues to be a school that pupils can enjoy and perform well.


The school consists of seven blocks built to form an irregular quadrangle, with playing fields to the north of the school.

The roll is 1,065 at present. It has 12 classrooms of 'temporary' hutted accommodation, as well as 'semi-permanent relocatable' buildings for Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Modern Languages and Physical Education.

The school receives Primary 7 pupils from the 5 associated Primary schools in its 'Associate Schools Group'. The group works in close harmony. These schools are:

  • Danestone Primary School
  • Forehill Primary School
  • Glashieburn Primary School
  • Greenbrae Primary School
  • Middleton Park School

The current head teacher is Mrs Judith Mohamed, who took over in 2014 after the previous head teacher Derek Brown left the school.

The school uniform consists of a white shirt, a purple tie, a black blazer, black trousers/jeans and black shoes/trainers.


As of 2009, there are seven classes in each year group (A to G) except S1 which has six classes. There are six school houses, each named after a local Scottish castle beginning with the letter of the six corresponding classes. "G" does not have its own house due to there not being enough pupils and the absence of a first year "G" class, so they are split into the other houses by year.

The houses are:

Head teachers[edit]

Name Incumbency
Mrs Judith Mohamed 2014-current
Derek Brown 2009–2014
James Dalgarno 2004–2009
Joseph Leiper 1984–2004
Campbell Westwood 1982-1984

Notable former pupils[edit]

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