About the Edinburgh Academy

The Edinburgh Academy first opened its doors to pupils on 1st October 1824. The Founders of the Academy were motivated by the highest educational ideals. As the Edinburgh New Town grew, its leading citizens were not satisfied with mediocre education in overcrowded schools. They resolved to create a new school of their own in which excellence could be achieved, and they gave their academy a motto that reflected their aspirations - " Always Excel."

Today that school, the Edinburgh Academy, still stands for excellence.  Our objective is for each child to be the best that he or she can be, and both the scale of our school and our method of working is dedicated to that end.

Famous alumni of the Edinburgh Academy include Robert Louis Stevenson, James Clark Maxwell and Michael Blair.  Sir Walter Scott was a founding director of the Academy.

If you wish to find out more about the Edinburgh Academy, Education Scotland have statutory responsibility for inspection of schools in Scotland. A visit of school inspectors during May 2012 produced a letter to parents which can be accessed on Education Scotland website using this link, Parental letter - 12 June 2012.

Why Edinburgh Academy

Find out why parents choose the Academy for their children.

Why Edinburgh Academy

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Our schools have been awarded the 'Healthyliving award plus' for our commitment in supporting healthier eating.