Levenmouth Academy

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Levenmouth Academy
Levenmouth Academy Badge.gif
The School Badge of Levenmouth Academy
Motto Learning to Achieve Your Personal Best
Established 17 August 2016 (pupils)
10 March 2017 (official)
Type Secondary
Head teacher Ronnie Ross
Depute Heads Alan Brown
Karen McAllister
Forbes Maginnis
Susan Moffatt
Jacqui Muir
Andrew Buchanan
Location Methilhaven Road
KY8 1HL
Scotland
Local authority Fife Council
Staff c. 200
Students 1600+
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Cotlands
Kingslaw
Letham
Sandwell
Colours Black, Purple and Gold
Website Levenmouth Academy's Website

Levenmouth Academy is a six-year comprehensive school in Buckhaven, Scotland that serves the population in the Levenmouth area. In June 2012, Fife Council proposed that the neighbouring Kirkland and Buckhaven schools should close and their catchments would merge to create Levenmouth Academy. The plans were approved in April 2014,[1] and the Academy opened to pupils on 17 August 2016. The school was opened officially on 10 March 2017 by Deputy First Minister of Scotland John Swinney. The head teacher is Ronnie Ross.

History[edit]

In June 2012, Fife Council made proposals that the existing Kirkland High School and Community College and Buckhaven High School would merge to create one new school. The proposals were prompted by the age of the respective buildings and facilities, and the grant for a new school from the Scottish Government, after a consultation with members of the public, families, and pupils of both the respective schools and their catchment primary schools, the plans for a new school were approved in April 2014.

The school is built on the former playing fields of Buckhaven High School, the Dutch construction firm BAM was awarded the building contract.[1]

A competition was held by Fife Council to determine the name of the new school. Both pupils and members of the public were given the chance to enter a suggestion on the Fife Council website, and all of the suggestions were compiled. A panel of judges looked at all of the suggestions, and made a shortlist of five names that only pupils could vote on, these were: "Levenmouth High School", "Bayview High School", "East Fife High School", "Methilhaven High School" and "Levenmouth Academy". The one that was most popular with pupils was "Levenmouth Academy".[2]

On 14 September 2016, it was reported that there was a big problem with littering at the school. Local councillor John O'Brien voiced his concern for the local area, and said that the school should 'educate their pupils about disposing of their litter properly', the headteacher, Ronnie Ross, released a statement, which said that they were '[working] closely with pupils to ensure they understand their role as responsible citizens and the importance of safeguarding and caring for [their] local environment'.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Levenmouth school plans are approved". Fife Today. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Cormack, Lori (1 July 2015). "New Levenmouth school name approved". Fife Today. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Academy litter is big problem". Fife Today. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.