Morrison's Academy

Last updated

Coordinates: 56°22′30″N3°50′27″W / 56.37491°N 3.84076°W / 56.37491; -3.84076

Contents

Morrison Academy
Morrisonsacademylogo.png
Location
Morrison's Academy
,
Scotland
Information
Type Independent day school
MottoAd Summa Tendendum
("To Strive For The Highest")
Established1860
Rector Andrew McGarva
Number of pupilsapprox 482
The grave of Thomas Morison, St Cuthberts, Edinburgh The grave of Thomas Morison, St Cuthberts, Edinburgh.JPG
The grave of Thomas Morison, St Cuthberts, Edinburgh

Morrison's Academy is a co-educational independent day school in Crieff, Perth and Kinross, in Central Scotland. The school provides nursery, primary and secondary school facilities. It draws many pupils from surrounding Perth and Kinross and Stirling.

History

Morrison's Academy owes its foundation to Thomas Morison (also spelled Morrison). Born in 1761 in the village of Muthill; his mother belonged to Crieff. Morison trained as a stonemason and, after working some years in Auchterarder, he moved to Edinburgh and set up his own business. He made his fortune as the builder of a substantial part of the city's beautiful Georgian New Town (the sections north of Queen Street).

Morison died age 59 on 30 August 1820 in Edinburgh. He had no children and, rather than letting his entire fortune fall into the hands of relatives, directed his trustees in his will to: "erect and endow an institution or institutions as to them shall appear best calculated to promote the interests of mankind, having a particular regard to the Education of youth and the diffusion of knowledge." And he continues, "although I do not wish to confine this object to a particular place, yet I have regard in my views to the part of the country where I was born, and to the city of Edinburgh, where I long resided and acquired my fortune." He finishes by saying, "I rather incline to point at a new institution which may bear my name and preserve the remembrance of my good intentions for the welfare and happiness of my fellowmen".

After years of searching for a suitable location, his trustees decided on Crieff, near to where Morison was born, rather than Edinburgh which was already well served with schools. They purchased the old market site where the cattle tryst used to be held before it moved south to falkirk. The school opened for business on 1 October 1860. [1]

Morison is buried in the north-east corner of the north extension to Edinburgh's St. Cuthbert's Churchyard. [2]

In 2018 Morrisons said they planned to merge with Beaconhurst School, Bridge of Allan [3] but Beaconhurst went into administration. [4]

In 2021 the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard accusations from former pupils at Morrisons that they suffered physical abuse when they were at the school. [5] [6] The lawyer representing Morrisons said the most recent case was 30 years ago. He admitted that the school had failed to stop the abuse. [7]

Houses

There are four school houses:

Notable alumni

Related Research Articles

Perthshire Historic administrative division in Scotland

Perthshire, officially the County of Perth, is a historic county and registration county in central Scotland. Geographically it extends from Strathmore in the east, to the Pass of Drumochter in the north, Rannoch Moor and Ben Lui in the west, and Aberfoyle in the south; it borders the counties of Inverness-shire and Aberdeenshire to the north, Angus to the east, Fife, Kinross-shire, Clackmannanshire, Stirlingshire and Dunbartonshire to the south and Argyllshire to the west. It was a local government county from 1890 to 1930.

Crieff Scottish market town

Crieff is a Scottish market town in Perth and Kinross on the A85 road between Perth and Crianlarich, and the A822 between Greenloaning and Aberfeldy. The A822 joins the A823 to Dunfermline. Crieff has become a hub for tourism, famous for whisky and its history of cattle droving. Attractions include the Caithness Glass Visitor Centre and Glenturret Distillery. The nearby Innerpeffray Library is Scotland's oldest lending library. St Mary's Chapel beside it dates from 1508. Both are open to the public: the library is run by a charitable trust; the chapel is in the care of Historic Scotland. Star Wars actors Ewan McGregor and Denis Lawson were raised and educated in Crieff and have featured in several movies from the franchise.

Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross Human settlement in Scotland

Aberfeldy is a burgh in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, on the River Tay. A small market town, Aberfeldy is located in Highland Perthshire. It was mentioned by Robert Burns in the poem The Birks Of Aberfeldy.

Glenalmond College School in Methven, Perth and Kinross, Scotland

Glenalmond College is a co-educational independent boarding school in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, for children aged between 12 and 18 years. It is situated on the River Almond near the village of Methven, about 8 miles (13 km) west of the city of Perth. The college opened in 1847 as Trinity College, Glenalmond and was renamed in 1983. Originally a boys' school, Glenalmond became co-educational in the 1990s.

Glenalmond

Glenalmond or Glen Almond is a glen which stretches for several miles to the west of the city of Perth in Perth and Kinross, Scotland and down which the River Almond flows. The upper half of the glen runs through mountainous country and is virtually uninhabited whilst the lower, easterly section of the glen is more open. The change in character takes place as the river crosses the Highland Boundary Fault, leaving the Grampian Highlands for the Central Lowlands.

Morrison's or Morrisons may refer to:

Kinross and Western Perthshire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1918 until 1983, representing, at any one time, a seat for one Member of Parliament (MP), elected by the first past the post system of election.

Merchiston Castle School Public school in Edinburgh, Scotland

Merchiston Castle School is an independent boarding school for boys in the suburb of Colinton in Edinburgh, Scotland. It has around 470 pupils and is open to boys between the ages of 7 and 18 as either boarding or day pupils; it was modelled after English public schools. It is divided into Merchiston Juniors, Middle Years and a Sixth Form.

Dollar Academy Day and boarding school in Scotland

Dollar Academy, founded in 1818 by John McNabb, is an independent co-educational day and boarding school in Scotland. The open campus occupies a 70-acre (28 ha) site in the centre of the town of Dollar in the county of Clackmannanshire, at the foot of the Ochil Hills.

Loretto School School in Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland

Loretto School, founded in 1827, is an independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 0 to 18. The campus occupies 85 acres (34 ha) in Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland.

Forgandenny Human settlement in Scotland

Forgandenny is a small village in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, located four miles south of Perth. Perth is a 20-minute bus ride from Forgandenny, and there is a regular Stagecoach service. It is 45 minutes from Edinburgh and one hour from Glasgow. There is a daily train service from Perth to London King's Cross.

Perth College UHI

Perth College UHI provides further education and higher education in the city of Perth, Scotland, through a main campus and by distance learning.

Breadalbane Academy is a 2–18 mixed, state all-through school in Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross, Scotland. It has a Gaelic Medium provision in the primary which was extended into the secondary in session 2018/19. In 2020 the school won the 'Scotland's Most Enterprising School 2020' Indigo award.

Ardvreck School is an independent boarding and day preparatory school for boys and girls aged 3–13. Located in Crieff in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. It was established in 1883.

James Gardiner was a Scottish farmer and Liberal Party politician.

Monzievaird Human settlement in Scotland

Monzievaird is a place in Scotland, situated 2 miles (3 km) west of Crieff in Highland District of Perth and Kinross. The village of Monzie; is a couple of miles to the east-northeast.

Strathearn Community Campus State school in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland

Strathearn Community Campus is a complex including the replacement building for the original Crieff High School in Crieff, Scotland. This, one of the eleven secondary schools administered by Perth & Kinross Council, is a six-year comprehensive school offering a full range of courses leading to national certification from the Scottish Qualification Authority.

Perth Academy is a state comprehensive secondary school in Perth, Scotland. It was founded in 1696. The institution is a non-denominational one. The school occupies ground on the side of a hill in the Viewlands area of Perth, and is within the Perth and Kinross Council area.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was established in October 2015 to inquire into cases of abuse of children in care in Scotland. It was to report and make recommendations within four years by 2019. But this deadline was later changed to "as soon as reasonably practicable". Concerns have been raised about mounting costs and delays in the Inquiry. Ironically, six years after the start of the on-going Inquiry and long after the original deadline, Lady Smith released a report which was critical of the previous Scottish Government for the 'woeful and avoidable' delay in setting up the Inquiry.

Aberfeldy Town Hall Municipal Building in Aberfeldy, Scotland

Aberfeldy Town Hall is a municipal building on Crieff Road in Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross, Scotland. The structure, which is used as an events venue, is Category B listed.

References

  1. "Morrison's Academy – History". Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  2. "Thomas Morison - Find A Grave Index 1300s to Current" . Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  3. Staff (26 June 2018). "Two private schools to merge ahead of '˜tax bombshell'". Th Scotsman. Retrieved 25 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Donald, Colin (15 July 2018). "Independent education supports Scottish local economies and state schools". The Times. ISSN   0140-0460 . Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  5. "Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry told of Perthshire boarding school beatings". BBC News. 13 May 2021. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  6. Ryder, Gemma (13 May 2021). "Boarding school pupil says he is 'still disturbed' by teacher's beatings decades later". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 16 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Scottish private schools apologise to former pupils abused in their care". BBC News. 16 March 2021. Retrieved 16 May 2021.