West Lothian, United Kingdom
About Armadale Academy
Armadale Academy is a mixed, non-selective, non-denominational secondary school with sixth form situated in the town of Armadale in the West Lothian district of central Scotland. It is a state school. The latest school handbook identifies a school roll of 905 students at secondary and sixth form level between the ages of 12-18.
Education in the Armadale area dates back to 1819. Armadale Academy itself was first commissioned by West Lothian County Council Education Committee in the 1960s, with the school receiving its official opening in March 1968 by local MP Margaret Herbison. A new school building for the academy was opened by Fiona Hyslop MSP in September 2009.
Values and Vision
Armadale Academy is a place that aims to provide the greatest possible educational experience for all its children. It is an environment that supports and challenges its students in equal measures to ensure they are well-rounded, confident and independent young people with the potential to succeed and reach high targets in later life. It is a school that emphasises the importance of being the centre of its own community, ensuring that there is a strong partnership with parents and outside areas.
“[Key strengths include] the strong commitment of staff to work together to support all pupils, to improve their experiences and recognise their achievements [and] innovative developments in the curriculum such as successful cross-curricular approached to enterprise and citizenship. [There is] very effective leadership of the headteacher in setting a clear direction for the school and establishing an ethos of high expectations and continuous improvement.”