Harlaw Academy is a six-year comprehensive secondary school situated 200 yards from the junction of Union Street and Holburn Street in the centre of Aberdeen, Scotland. It is directly adjacent to St Margaret's School for Girls. The academy draws most of its pupils from its associated primary schools, namely, Broomhill Primary School, Ferryhill Primary School and Kaimhill Primary School. David Innes has been headteacher since January 2013.
The exterior of the school, as seen from Albyn Place.
18-20 Albyn Place
|Motto||by Learning and Courtesy|
|Established||1874 (current location 1893)|
|Local authority||Aberdeen City Council|
|Head teacher||David Innes|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Houses||Albyn, Carden, Holburn, Victoria, Waverely|
|Colour(s)||Navy blue, Silver and Maroon|
The school was established in Little Belmont Street as the Aberdeen High School for Girls in 1874. The school moved to 19 Albyn Place, where it amalgamated with Mrs. Elmslie's Institution which occupied a prominent building designed by Archibald Simpson, in 1891.
The Former Pupils' Club established a fund for the acquisition of a playing field at Hazlehead, as well as the cost of building and equipping a pavilion there.
Subsequent changes included the abolition of fees in 1947, the phasing out of the primary department in 1971 and the introduction of the city's area comprehensive system which brought about the changing of the school's name to Harlaw Academy in 1970. Ruthrieston Secondary School was to become part of Harlaw Academy in 1972.
In 2010, Harlaw Academy was threatened with closure, as part of the Aberdeen City Council's programme of financial cutbacks. This created serious concerns in the feeder communities which launched a successful campaign to save the school.
Past and present head teachers include:
Notable former pupils
Notable alumni include:
- Annie Lennox, singer and member of the musical group Eurythmics
- Nan Shepherd (1893–1981), modernist novelist and poet
- Dr Nanette Milne, former Scottish Conservative MSP for North East Scotland (1999-2016)
- Elaine Thomson, former Scottish Labour MSP for Aberdeen North (1999-2003)
- Graeme Dey, Scottish National Party MSP for Angus South and Convener of the Scottish Parliament's Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee
- Ray Michie (1934–2008), Baroness Michie of Gallanach, former MP for Argyll and Bute and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Scotland
- Sonia Dresdel, film and television actress between the 1940s and 70s.
- David Robertson, former footballer for Aberdeen, Rangers, Leeds United and Scotland.
- Pauline Cook, former newsreader and journalist for STV North's nightly news programme, North Tonight.
- Lisa Milne, soprano.
- Charlie Allan, sports journalist.
- "DServe Archive Catalog Show". archives.aberdeencity.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
- Ellis, Lucy (2006). Annie Lennox: The Biography. Music Sales. ISBN 978-0711991927.
- "A brief history". Harlaw Academy. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
- "Harlaw Academy". Aberdeenshire Council. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
- Fraser, W. Hamish; Lee, Clive Howard (2000). Aberdeen, 1800-2000: A New History. Birlinn. p. 338. ISBN 978-1862321083.
- "Parent's campaign to save city school". Aberdeen Voice. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
- "Staff List". harlawacademy.aberdeen.sch.uk. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
- "Annie Lennox gives old reports to former school". theguardian.com. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
- Steel, David (8 May 2008). "Baroness Michie of Gallanach". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
- "Sonia Dresdel". IMDB. Retrieved 26 July 2019.