Edinburgh Academy

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HeadquartersEdinburgh, Scotland, UK
Typeindependent school
Independent school in Edinburgh, Scotland, opened in 1824.

The Edinburgh Academy is an independent school in Edinburgh, Scotland, which was opened in 1824. The original building, on Henderson Row in the city's New Town, is now part of the Senior School. The Junior School is located on Arboretum Road to the north of the city's Royal Botanic Garden.

The Edinburgh Academy was originally a day and boarding school for boys. It ceased boarding and transitioned to co-education in 2008 and is now a fully coeducational day school.[1]


In 1822, the school's founders, Henry Cockburn and Leonard Horner, agreed that Edinburgh required a new school to promote classical learning. Edinburgh's Royal High School provided a classical education, but the founders felt that greater provision was needed for the teaching of Greek, to compete with some of England's public schools. Cockburn and Horner recruited John Russell as a co-founder and the three of them, together with other interested parties, put a proposal to the City Council for the building of a new school. The City Fathers gave their approval in 1823 and fifteen Directors were elected, comprising the three founders along with Sir Walter Scott, Sir John Hay, Robert Dundas and nine others.

Sexual Abuse and Bullying

In 2015 it was reported that police were investigating claims made by pupils of sexual abuse by staff members in the 1970s.[2]

In 2002 there were serious allegations of staff bullying.[3]

In 2014 allegations of bullying resurfaced when fellow students were physically abused by older pupils during a Combined Cadet Force camp.[4] Allegations of the sale of drugs amongst 13-year old pupils were also reported in the same year.[5]


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