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Kincorth Academy was an Aberdeen City Council secondary school in Kincorth, Aberdeen, Scotland. Local primary feeder schools were: Abbotswell Primary, Charleston Primary, Kirkhill Primary and Loirston Primary.

Kincorth Academy
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Kincorth Circle

AB12 5NL

TypeSecondary school
Established1971 (1971)
ClosedJuly 4, 2018 (2018-07-04)
Local authorityAberdeen City Council
Age11 to 18
HousesCraigievar, Edinburgh, Fyvie
Colour(s)Red and gold         
School yearsS1-S6

The school worked in close partnership with Torry Academy in order to offer pupils a wider range of courses, some of which were facilitated by Aberdeen College. Pupils also attended Harlaw Academy and Aberdeen Grammar School for some Advanced Higher courses as part of the City Campus programme.



Kincorth Academy's coat of arms included several symbols, which represented various historical links. The towers indicated the city of Aberdeen and the portcullis was the link between Kincorth and Arbroath Abbey. Prior to 1527, the lands on which the school stands, belonged to the Abbey of Arbroath.

In 1551 these lands were passed into the hands of Thomas Menzies of Pitfodels, Provost of Aberdeen. The colours of the Menzies family are red and white and one of the branches of the family has an eagle in its arms. The significance of the eagle is further enhanced by the fact that Kincorth stands on the most easterly point of the Grampians, an area inhabited by the eagle. The name Seann Coirthe is the Gaelic form of Kincorth.

In 1971 Kincorth Academy was opened to serve the Kincorth area which had largely developed in the late 1940s and 1950s. Kincorth Academy is a six-year, co-educational, non-denominational school.

Until 2005 the school had five houses, to which students were divided into, these were: Braemar, Crathes, Dunnotar, Glamis & Stirling (all named after Scottish castles). Due to the falling school roll, Crathes house was retired and pupils were re-distributed across the remaining 4 houses.

In 2010, due to restructuring within the school (and across Aberdeen City Council schools), all houses were retired and organised into 3 larger houses (still named after Scottish castles): Craigievar, Edinburgh & Fyvie.

After 47 years, Kincorth Academy was closed on July 4, 2018. Torry Academy closed around the same time. Both schools were replaced with the newly built £47 million Lochside Academy, in Altens.[1]


Former headteachers at the school include:

Name Dates of service
Alasdair Urquhart 1971 - 1985
Patricia MacLean 1985 - 1990
Michael Stewart 1990 - 2000
Hugh Bryce 2000 - June 2008
Grahame Whyte June 2008 – September 2016
Mike Paul (acting) September 2016 - July 2018

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Molyneux, Jodie (5 July 2018). "Watch: Aberdeen pupils leave old schools behind on a high with switch to new £47 million academy". Evening Express. Retrieved 4 August 2018.