Albyn School is an independent, coeducational school comprising a nursery for 120 children aged 2-5, a Lower School for around 260 pupils aged 5-12 and an Upper School of around 360 pupils aged 12-18. Included among these are a small number of boarders aged 12-18 who are accommodated in single or twin en-suite rooms in a comfortable and elegant Victorian house close to the School where they are looked after by two residential house staff.
Founded 150 years ago, Albyn School has changed its name, location and organization since being relocated to its current site in the west end of Aberdeen in the mid-1920s. Over the last decade Albyn School has created specialist departmental areas, ICT suites, business education facilities, music practice rooms, art & design studios and has also built numerous additional classrooms. In 2007 we opened a new Lower School building on three floors with 14 bright classrooms that look out across Aberdeen. In 2011, a new toddler nursery and three additional science laboratories were added to respond to increasing numbers seeking careers in science, engineering and medicine while in August 2012, HRH The Duke of Gloucester opened ten new modern and spacious classrooms for the teaching of Mathematics and English. In November 2014 the School built an enhanced library resource for our Lower School pupils and a brand new study facility for our sixth formers together with a state of the art training suite for dedicated athletes and a lecture theatre where musicians and drama students can perform. Thanks to a generous donation from the Wood Foundation we have recently built an Engineering Centre for the teaching of design technology and engineering science.
We now have a teaching environment that allows us to offer a broad range of subjects with all pupils studying three separate sciences from the time they enter the Upper School along with a choice of foreign languages including Mandarin, Spanish, French and German. Our pupils study a mix of National 5, GCSE, Highers, Advanced Higher and A Level courses. 98% leave the Upper Sixth to go onto to university while nearly half have chosen to study science, maths, engineering and medical courses with the rest studying degrees in business, economics, languages, marketing, arts and the humanities. Outside the classroom we offer an extensive sports programme with particular strengths in football, netball, rowing skiing and athletics but also offering golf, badminton, basketball, tennis, swimming a host of other sports. Our sports facilities are located at Milltimber, southwest of Aberdeen City. There we have a pavilion, three pitches used principally for football and hockey plus four tennis courts and a running track. The School also draws upon facilities at the Aberdeen Sports Village and Robert Gordon’s University to train our teams and rowing crews together with our own gymnasium and a recently created floodlit netball and tennis court on the Queen’s Road site. Substantial numbers of pupils are involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme taking advantage of our location not far from the Cairngorm Mountains. We also have large numbers involved in choral and instrumental music with 27 separate musical activities on offer each week and with over 100 clubs and societies for pupils in the Lower and Upper School.
Albyn School is situated in the heart of Aberdeen
For our boarders, the school is fortunate to be situated in a city famous for its striking architecture with theatres, cinemas, sports centres, art gallery and a Music Hall. It also has over 800 shops and restaurants including all the most familiar high street names. To the west of Aberdeen, the Cairngorms National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty that draws in walkers, climbers and skiers. Within a short distance of the city, there are empty beaches, picturesque fishing villages and dramatic cliff top scenery. The boarders make the most of the local environment and there are trips and visits organised around Scotland and across the UK. The motto of the school is vigor et juventas with both youth and vigour much in evidence among the day and boarding community.