Dumfries Academy

Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom

Location: Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Dumfries Academy

Located in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, Dumfries Academy is a co-educational secondary school. First established as a church school in 1804, the school became a grammar and later a comprehensive six-year school in 1983. With around 600 pupils in total, Dumfries Academy is smaller than the average secondary school. Dumfries Academy occupies a historic building, but can still boast of a range of modern teaching and recreational facilities, including a modern canteen and library.


Mrs Joanne Dillon

Values and Vision

Dumfries Academy takes great pride in its comprehensive ethos, working hard to ensure opportunities for all pupils regardless of academic ability or personal background. The curriculum at the school encourages creativity and self-motivation, in order to best prepare pupils for life in higher-education or employment. The school seeks to foster a sense of community among its pupils, encouraging them to show respect and helpfulness towards their peers. The personal development of pupils is carefully considered at Dumfries Academy, with social and emotional intelligence being key to their student’s success in the real world. 

Education Scotland Inspection

“Almost all young people are well-behaved and engage well in their learning. They feel safe, supported, encouraged and well cared for in school. Almost all feel they are becoming more confident as a result of their learning experiences. Relationships between staff and young people are positive and support effective learning. Most teachers share the purpose of lessons with young people and, in the majority of lessons, provide high-quality feedback. Most staff support young people well to reflect upon and evaluate their own work.”

The full report into Dumfries Academy can be found here.


Address: Academy Street, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, DG1 1DD, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1387 252846