Nairn Academy – A brief history.
Until 1953, the school had been known as Rose’s Academical Institution, in honour of an early benefactor, Captain James Rose, RN. From 1953 onwards it has been known as Nairn Academy and was formerly housed in what is now Rosebank Primary School. By 1969, the school had grown to outstrip its former site and a new building was planned and subsequently erected at the western end of the town. The new school was first occupied in January, 1976, and was formally opened in June of that year.
The present school building was designed to be as flexible as possible to cope with change. Its lay-out, though unconventional, is purposeful and practical. The building is largely single-storey, and, in addition to normal classrooms, there are open-plan areas eg in English, Mathematics, Social Subjects, Special Education and in three of the practical departments – Art and Design, Technological Education and Home Economics. The Business Studies, Physical Education and Science departments have their own specialist facilities. There is also a Library which is staffed by a full-time Librarian. The school is very well equipped and is maintained to a high standard.
An extension was opened in August 1993 which provides specialized accommodation. Included in the area are toilet facilities for pupils with physical handicaps, a physiotherapy suite and teaching areas for pupils with severe or profound learning difficulties.
In October 2008 a new Support for Learning base was officially opened. This new build has been designed to allow the school to provide the highest quality of education to all pupils with support needs in the Nairnshire Area. This along with the development of the new Science/Library block ,currently under construction and due for completion in Winter 2009, is providing the school the ability to continue in its development as we strive for Excellence.
Nairn Academy has 4 associated Primary Schools including:
- Auldearn Primary School
- Cawdor Primary School
- Millbank Primary School
- Rosebank Primary School
The Active Schools Network is a team of people working within the school and the wider community in Scotland. Their goal is to offer all children and young people the motivation and opportunities to ‘get active’.
In practice, this means that their job is to increase the number of opportunities for all children to get engaged in physical activity and sport.
They work in close partnerships with private sector health and fitness entities, in particular Discovery and WMC, who have been employed by local education authorities to help educate families in economically deprived areas about the importance of physical exercise and nutrition for growing children.
They also try to build bridges with sports clubs and other community organisations to give pupils a ‘pathway’ to continue their participation in sport outside of the school gates.
Our current Active Schools officer is Mrs Elizabeth McDonald.
Christa D. Barnes
Red Bank, NJ 07701