Mackie Academy

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Mackie Academy
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Mackie Academy
Slug Road

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AB39 3DF

Coordinates 56°58′18″N2°13′22″W / 56.9717°N 2.2227°W / 56.9717; -2.2227 Coordinates: 56°58′18″N2°13′22″W / 56.9717°N 2.2227°W / 56.9717; -2.2227
Type Secondary school
Motto Latin: Tendit in Ardua Virtus
Local authority Aberdeenshire Council
RectorLouise Moir [1]
Age11to 18
Enrolment1176 (2018) [2]
HousesCowie, Dunnottar, Fetteresso, Swanley, Ury
Colour(s)Red, blue and yellow
Website Mackie Academy

Mackie Academy is a secondary school in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. As of 2015, Mackie Academy had roughly 1170 pupils and 80 teaching staff. The feeder primary schools are Arduthie, Bervie, Catterline, Dunnottar, Glenbervie, Gourdon, Johnshaven, Kinneff, Lairhillock, and Mill O'Forest.



The school was founded in 1893 thanks to the generosity of a local merchant, William Mackie, who bequeathed money in his will to establish a school in Stonehaven. [3] The original site was on Arduthie Road, where Arduthie Primary school is now situated. The original building on this site was destroyed in a fire in the 1920s and had to be rebuilt. [4]

The new building on Slug Road was officially opened on 20 March 1970 by former pupil Alexander Robertson, though teaching was suspended at the time due to strikes. [5] This land had previously been used as the Academy playing fields and the grounds around the present building are still used for this purpose. Between mid-2009 and late 2010 extensive work was carried out to the toilet facilities introducing 13 disabled toilets and 15 toilets. The school served a large geographical area surrounding Stonehaven until the opening of Portlethen Academy, which reduced the catchment area of the school drastically. After 2009, a large fence was erected around the school grounds.

In January 2021, the decision was taken to close the swimming pool and use the space for other sports facilities. [6]

Pupil activities

The school's pupils are divided into five different houses, which are derived from the surrounding geography of Stonehaven and historical local figures. These houses are Cowie, Dunnottar, Fetteresso, Swanley and Ury. Until 2014, a 6th house, Rickarton, was included in the school. However, this house was then disintegrated due to drops in pupil population and the retiring of Rickarton's guidance teacher. [7]

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  7. "Trumpets to sound forpopular teacher's retiral". Retrieved 17 February 2021.