Girvan Academy

School in Girvan, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Girvan Academy
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TypeNon-denominational secondary school under state control
Local authoritySouth Ayrshire Council
Head TeacherMr Anderson
Staff42 Teaching staff
50 Support Staff[1]
GenderMale and female
Age11 to 17–18
Enrolment521 As of 2017/18[update]

Girvan Academy is a secondary school in Girvan, Scotland run by South Ayrshire Council.

The Head Teacher until the end of session 2020–21 was Elaine Harrigan.[2] In 2021, Mark Anderson was appointed as Head Teacher.[3]


In the early 1800s there were two schools in Girvan: the Burgh School and the Parish School, which was also known as the Parochial or Grammar School at different times in its history. Around 1812, the two schools merged to form Girvan Higher Grade School which later became Girvan High School, subsequently renamed as Girvan Academy.[4]

The present building was completed in 1988.

In 2017 the school launched a horticultural and rural skills programme.[2]


  1. ^ "About The School". Girvan Academy.
  2. ^ a b "Girvan Academy pupils benefit from horticultural and rural skills". Ayr Advertiser. 10 October 2017.
  3. ^ "2021/22 Head Teacher Introduction". Girvan Academy.
  4. ^ "School Handbook 2016 - 2017" (PDF). Girvan Academy. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 December 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2017.

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