Stromness Academy

Welcome to Stromness Academy

It is a privilege to lead Stromness Academy, described by an inspector as “a small school which delivers a lot”. Our school vision includes a desire to be a positive, purposeful place of which we can be proud, and I am certainly proud of the many and varied activities and achievements in and out of the classroom which you will see reflected on this website and our social media.

Orkney has been repeatedly crowned the best place to live in the UK; at Stromness Academy, we are proud of the contribution our school, pupils and community make to that title. The relatively small size of our school (approx. 350 on roll) means we know our pupils well, and are able to be flexible to meet their needs. Our curriculum is designed to give young people the opportunity to discover their talents and choose courses which best suit their interests, aptitudes and goals. The Orkney Offer, which provides access to courses at campuses across Orkney, means there is an impressively rich variety of courses available to our pupils.

But a school is so much more than its curriculum. Our young people also learn and develop through a wide range of extra-curricular activities and leadership opportunities, through our partnerships with local employers and community organisations, and through the school ethos embodied in their interactions with those around them. Stromness is a unique and special place. Our school logo, with its motto from the seal of the Burgh of Stromness, ‘per mare’ – by the sea, references our Norse and coastal heritage. Our newer strap-line Navigate to success reflects our desire to maintain this link with our history and local culture, whilst equipping our young people to succeed in the modern world.

You can find out more about our school from this website, and our Facebook page. The website is a work in progress – if there is information you would like which you do not see here, or you have questions or would like to visit please get in touch.

Jane Partridge

Head Teacher


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13 hours ago

Stromness Academy

World Book Day – March 6th 2020

As World Book Day approaches, we’ll be featuring some of our keen readers – and some not-so-keen ones – in a series of short articles covering how we feel about reading, and what we’d recommend to others. If any parents, past pupils, or other friends of the school would like to contribute, please do send us a message…

Our first article is from one of our S1 pupils:

“I am a very keen reader. I like realistic books that look at real life problems that could actually happen, but I’m generally pretty open-minded when it comes to books. I love the daily reading at school because it’s a good break.

“I am currently reading ‘The Railway Children’ by E. Nesbit, and I love it. If you want to get into ‘classics’ it’s a good one to start with as the vocabulary is very similar to vocabulary today, so it’s pretty easy to read.” See MoreSee Less

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7 days ago

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Today we are celebrating NSPCC Number Day, and staff are wearing clues to number-based sayings or phrases. Can you guess what they are? See MoreSee Less

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