Elgin Academy is a secondary school
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in the city of Elgin
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Pupils at Elgin Academy are in years S1 to S6. Most arrive in first year (S1) from one of the nearby primary schools, which include Bishopmill Primary, West End Primary, East End Primary, Seafield Primary and St Sylvesters, to name but a few. Other pupils arrive in later years, mainly because of the nearby Royal Air Force
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base at Lossiemouth
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Elgin Academy is one of the oldest schools in Scotland, with a history going back to the Middle Ages. The first school was built on the adjacent corners of Academy Street
and Francis Place
, now the site of the local youth cafe. The second academy, built in 1801, is now Moray College
Moray College is a further education college based in Elgin, in Moray, northeastern Scotland. It has 1,500 full time students and 8,100 part time students...
The current Elgin Academy, on Morriston Road
, was built in the late 1960s. Plans to merge it with Elgin High School
Elgin High School is a secondary school situated on High School Drive Elgin, Moray, Scotland.-The school:Elgin High School is one of two secondary schools in Elgin, the other being Elgin Academy. All examinations follow the structure of the Scottish Qualifications Authority...
were canceled by public demand. A new school, built under PPP
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, is scheduled to open in February 2012.http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_54090.html
- Robert Allardyce CBE, Director of Education from 1929-44 of Glasgow, and from 1919-25 of Clackmannan County Education Authority (taught Classics from 1902-5)
At Elgin Academy, SQA Standard Grades are nearly always sat in S4 after two years' work. Standard Grades will however be phased out in the future and be replaced by the National Qualifications 4 and 5, details of which are still being resolved by SQA.
Intermediate 1 and 2 and Access
The school has a wide range of Intermediate 1 and 2 and Access courses available from 3rd through to 6th year students.
These courses run depending on interest and numbers of pupils. They run for one year for 6th year pupils
Years S1, S2 and S3 partake in three days of activities, some of which take place abroad, each May during the exam period while S4-S6 are on study leave from the school. There are trips to Edinburgh and London and abroad to places which range from France, Holland, Germany and Belgium. Other activities take place in and around Elgin and Moray such as quad-biking, archery, golf, fishing and more.
The current Academy was built in 1967. It comprises several areas. It is to be replaced with a new one which can be seen at http://www.moray.gov.uk/downloads/file61992.pdf. Building work is expected to start at Easter 2010 and to finish in 2012.
The tower block
The Tower Block is currently the tallest building in Moray and comprises seven floors with "The A Floor" being the lowest level and "The F Floor" being the highest. Each floor in the tower block is dedicated to a particular subject, except "A" which contains a variety of subjects such as Biology, Computing, Business Management and Home Economics. The school library is also situated on the A floor, and access to the Physical Education department can be found here as well.
- B - Chemistry
- C - Physics
- D - Drama
- E - Social and Vocational Studies as well as Religious and Moral Education,
- F - Art
There is also a station on top of the tower block which is used mainly by the Geography department to study the weather and other geological factors. This is no longer used due to health and safety reasons and due to a group of former pupils who threw a dummy from the top as a sixth year leaving day prank which resulted in the librarian collapsing as the dummy smashed through the safety glass window.
The X floor is situated below the Y floor. English, Modern Languages and the Support for Learning base are housed on the X floor, while Maths and Social Sciences (History, Geography and Modern Studies) are located on the Y floor. The staff room can be also accessed from the X floor.
The X floor is on the same level as the Assembly Hall and Reception but is raised off the ground on large "stilts". The section under the X&Y floors has been, for decades, colloquially called "The Skins" and "The scoobs".
The basement is not, as its name suggests, situated underground. It houses the two common rooms - one for S6 and another for S5 - and are used purely for social purposes at lunchtime, at interval, before and after school. They house lockers for both years. Access to these rooms requires a deposit by the two year groups, which is usually refunded at the end of the year if no damage to the rooms has been caused. The basement also houses the First Aid room and School Nurse's (Mr. Mark Swinglehirst) room. It also contains the office of Deputy Head Teacher, Mrs Dempsey as well as the entrance/exit door for S5/6.
The Elgin Academy Awards Ceremony is held annually at the beginning of the last week of term before the summer holidays begin.
- The Dux of Elgin Academy is presented to the sixth-year pupil with the best performance across all undertaken subjects.
- The Dux of S5 is presented to the fifth-year pupil with the best performance across all undertaken subjects.
- Merits are awarded for general good work and behaviour or sometimes for completing a more specific task. Merits are recorded in each pupil's student planner and on the completion of a set number of pages certificates (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum) are awarded.
The school has many sporting organisations and teams, including: Badminton, Football, Hockey, Table Tennis and Volleyball.
In 1991 Cameron Bruce, Andrew Goodall, Sandy Scott and David Bryce won both gold in the Medley and Freestyle relays at the Scottish Schools Swimming Open Finals.
- Kick Boxing Yasmin Anderson - former World Champion Kick Boxer
- Jodi Henderson - current World Champion Kick Boxer
- Kimberley Clarke - Taekwondo 2 bronze medals at Junior Olympics New Delhi 2011 and Taekwondo patterns instructor
- Josh Cruickshank - 2 bronze medals for Taekwondo also at the Junior Olympics in Feb 2011
Headteachers of Elgin Academy
- Ian Andrew - 1922 to 1933 (later Head of Robert Gordon's College from 1933-43, and from 1943-53 of George Watson's College)
- Harry Bell OBE - 1933 to 1936 (later Rector of Dollar Academy
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- Henry Humble - 1950 to 1964
- Alastair Glashan - 1964 to 1987
- Norman Strachan - from 1987 until his death in 2001
- Alistair Brown - from May 2001 to October 2006, leaving the school to join Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education
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- Mr. Alastair Rossetter served as acting Headteacher between Mr Brown and Mrs Margaret Cowie
- Margaret Cowie - appointed in December 2006, the first ever woman to head the school in its 205 year history. Mrs Cowie was latterly a Deputy Head Teacher in Berwickshire. She moved to Paris when her Church of Scotland minister husband was appointed to the Scots Kirk in the city.
- Mr David Barnett was appointed in June 2011 to take the Academy into the next chapter in our new school building. Formerly Rector of Buckie High School.
Notable former pupils
- Chris Clark (footballer)
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, football player Aberdeen
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- Valerie Stacey, Lady Stacey
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- Kevin McKidd
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, actor who appeared as Lucius Vorenus in the BBC's Rome
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- Blair Jenkin, former Head of BBC Scotland News then member of Broadcasting Commission set up by First Minister
- Lt-Col William Allan OBE, Chief Constable of Argyll from 1920-7
- Susan Brodie, first girlfriend of Prince Charles
- Prof F. F. Bruce
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, Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis from 1959-78 at the University of Manchester
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- Ian Cameron, Sheriff of Grampian, Highland and Islands at Elgin from 2001-8
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CB, Matron-in-Chief and Director of Army Nursing Services from 1973-76 of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
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- Very Rev James Cooper, Professor of Church History from 1899-1922 at the University of Glasgow
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, and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
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- Prof Alexander Douglas, Regius Professor of Medicine
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from 1970-85 at the University of Aberdeen
- Alexander Fraser, Editor from 1899-1900 of the Lancashire Daily Post
- Sir William Duguid Geddes
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, Vice-Chancellor from 1885-1900 of the University of Aberdeen
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- James Goodsman CBE, Director from 1990-3 of the Conservative Party in Scotland
- James Grant CBE, Editor from 1960-75 of The Press and Journal
- Robin Harper
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, former co-convenor of and first MSP for Scottish Green Party
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- Prof George Henderson, Professor of Philosophy from 1959-80 at the University of Dundee
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, and Editor from 1962-72 of The Philosophical Quarterly
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- Sir Alexander Jeans, Editor from 1904-24 of the Liverpool Echo
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, and whose daughter married Sir David Hardie
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- William Jeans, parliamentary journalist
- Dr Allan Macartney
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, Deputy Leader from 1992-8 of the SNP, and SNP MEP from 1994-8 for North East Scotland
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Stuart MacDonald CB CMG
- Helen MacKenzie, artist
- Sir Arthur Mitchell
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CB, Commissioner in Lunacy for Scotland from 1870-95, and father of the architect Sydney Mitchell
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- Edmund Mitchell, novelist
- Grant Ramsay, former Principal of the Institute of Hygiene
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- William Reid, Sheriff of Tayside, Central and Fife from 1983-2004
- Elgin, Moray#Music - former pupils of Elgin Academy performed and still perform in many DIY bands out of Elgin, Moray