Harlaw Academy

Aberdeen City, United Kingdom

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

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.


David Innes

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.

Education Scotland

“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.”

View Harlaw Academy’s latest Education Scotland report

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Address: 18/20 Albyn Place, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB10 1RG, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1224 589 251