Rothesay Academy Joint Campus
Argyll and Bute, United Kingdom
About Rothesay Academy Joint Campus
About the Campus
Rothesay Joint Campus occupies a new purpose built campus which has been constructed under the NPDO system in Argyll & Bute. This is a variant on a private public partnership project. The new school is purpose built for 21st century education, the quality of furnishings and fitments is very high with emphasis placed on the latest ICT technologies. The new school is on two levels and all departments are closely grouped together.
Due to Scottish Executive Funding, we are fortunate that all rooms with be equipped with interactive whiteboards and data projectors. Additionally the entire campus is equipped for wireless connection of computers to the main school server and the internet.
The campus is shared between Rothesay Academy, Rothesay Primary School and our Pre-5 facility. Giving an overall pupil population of approximately 630 on the site. The main Assembly Hall, dining room and P.E. facilities are shared between Primary and Secondary sectors. The campus also accommodates Argyll College which is under the management of the University of the Highlands & Islands. This establishment provides high quality Skills for Work courses for our pupils and caters for the island's educational needs up to degree level. External to the buildings there are grass pitches as well as floodlit all weather pitches and extensive facility for car parking.
The Academy is a fully comprehensive school offering subjects for SQA certification under the following faculty headings: English, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Social Subjects, Science, Art, Music, Food & Technology, Computing and Physical Education and Health.
About the Island of Bute
Lying close to the mainland of west central Scotland, and only 15 miles long and 5 miles across at its widest, the Isle of Bute ('fire', or 'beacon fire' or 'victory Isle') is popularly described as "The Jewel of the Clyde". It has also been labelled "the first island in the Scottish Highlands" on account of the Highland Boundary Fault passing roughly NE-SW through the middle of the island - reflected in a dramatic contrast between the higher-lying and more rugged north and the lower-lying and gently undulating southern portions of the island. Not surprisingly the highest points on Bute are in the northern half of the island, and there are three points above 800 feet Windy Hill (911'), Kames Hill (875') and Kilbride Hill (836'). Panoramic views from these, and other high-point locations are simply breathtaking!
The landscape also testifies to the processes of the Ice Age, with numerous glacial valleys, lochs, erratics and raised beaches. Bute's almost 80km coastline boasts five idyllic bays which are over 1km wide, and more than a dozen smaller bays and inlets.
The mainstays of Bute's economy are the hospitality sector, agriculture, retail business, and construction, together with several sizeable individual enterprises including a large Call Centre (Webhelp), FlexiTech (electronics), Bute Fabrics, Ardmaleish Boat Building, and Bute Island Foods. While tourism and agriculture are traditionally seasonal industries, a significant number of public service positions contribute to employment opportunities and to local spending power, and serves as a stabilizing influence on Bute's overall economy.
Developments in ICT mean of course that many businesses now do not need to be as place-bound as in the past. This greater flexibility in workplace location, plus quick and convenient accessibility to the established commercial hubs and even further a-field when needed, makes Bute an ideal base from which to operate. There must be few other places where one can conduct business in such an idyllic setting of beauty, peace, tranquillity, friendliness and security! And this reality is being increasingly recognised by those who seek to abandon the urban jungle and to come and enjoy the unique 'Bute Lifestyle'.