Aberdeen City, United Kingdom
About Harlaw Academy
Harlaw Academy is a mixed, non-selective, non-denominational secondary school with sixth form situated in the centre of Aberdeen. It is a community state school. The latest Harlaw Academy inspection from Education Scotland identifies a school roll of 820 secondary and sixth form students between the ages of 12-18.
The school was first founded in 1874 as Aberdeen High School for Girls, a school that was influential in terms of education for women in North East Scotland at a time before women had the vote. It moved site when the school under its current name was founded in 1893, a school that would become co-educational. Past students congregate at the official school former pupils club.
Values and Vision
Harlaw Academy works with the motto “by learning and courtesy”. It is a school that prides itself on being able to produce well-behaved, polite and confident young people who collaborate well with the school community while achieving highly academically.
There is a specialist base for young people with special needs and autism, with places allocated by Aberdeen education service.
“Almost all young people are well-behaved and ready to learn. They interact well with staff and learn through a variety of tasks which engage them in their learning. Staff use information and communications technology well to enhance lessons. Young people in the specialist bases participate very well in a range of enjoyable activities. They are very much part of the school community. Across the school, young people work well together when they have the opportunity to do so.”