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Stromness Academy is a six-year comprehensive school serving the West Mainland of Orkney. We currently have about 350 pupils, which means that the school is large enough to provide all the main academic subjects, but small enough for it to be friendly and welcoming. The school began life in the 1870s in the centre of Stromness, and many generations of former pupils in all walks of life remember their days there with great affection. Over 25 years ago, we moved into a purpose-built new school on the outskirts of the town, which was officially opened on 11th September 1990. Subsequent extensions have added a new Music Department in 2008-09, and new Administration, Guidance and PE facilities, opened in October 2010. Our former building has remained a place of learning and research, particularly for the renewable industry and is being developed as the Orkney Research and Innovation Campus.

We also benefit from being designated a Community School, with extensive sporting and social facilities. In 2011, a new synthetic pitch (a shared facility with Stromness Primary School) was completed. The school has become a focus for all sorts of activity – every day of the week. It is rather more than just a school and we hope that Stromness Academy will continue to occupy a strong place in the affections of future generations of people who attend it.

Catchment Area

Our associated primary schools are Dounby, Evie, Firth, Stenness and Stromness, whilst pupils from North Walls Primary School are able to choose to attend either Stromness Academy or Kirkwall Grammar School.

Depending on their home address, pupils from some other primary schools may also be in our catchment area. Any parent/carer is entitled to make a placing request to the local authority if they would like their child to attend Stromness Academy; details of this process can be found here. If you are considering a placing request, we recommend that in the first instance you contact the Head Teacher.


Stromness Academy is located on Mainland, the largest of the 17 inhabited islands that comprise the Orcadian archipelago which can be found 30 miles north of Dunnett Head, the most northerly point of mainland Scotland. Stromness is the second largest town in Orkney, after Kirkwall, the capital, and is located in the West Mainland.

The beautiful islands of Orkney have many diverse attractions. From globally significant archaeological sites, to a tradition of artistic interpretation, craftsmanship and design; from diverse wildlife in pure and serene surroundings, to scuba diving on historic wrecks; from superb local meats and cheeses, whisky, wines and beers, to almost 24 hours of daylight in midsummer; Orkney has something for everyone. Use this link to the Orkney Tourist Board website, www.visitorkney.com, to find out more.

Stromness is served by a frequent ferry service for passengers and vehicles from Scrabster near Thurso on the Scottish mainland. Timetables and fares can be found on the Northlink ferries website, www.northlinkferries.co.uk

There are also ferries operating to Kirkwall (www.northlinkferries.co.uk), St Margaret’s Hope (www.pentlandferries.co.uk) and Burwick (www.jogferry.co.uk). Flights to Kirkwall from Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh are operated by Loganair.

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***COVID-19 guidance reminder for staff and pupils returning to the classroom***(Lorraine) The Council is reminding school staff and pupils of COVID-19 measures still in place to try and keep everyone safe as they return to the classroom after the October break.The Scottish Government have been asking for some time now that people undertake twice-weekly lateral flow device tests and this has also been the case for staff and secondary pupils in schools. With all schools across the county due back on Monday, 25 October, we would appeal to all our school staff and secondary pupils to schedule one of their regular LFD tests shortly before they return – as was the advice following the summer break.Orkney Islands Council Executive Director of Education, Leisure and Housing, James Wylie, said: “Following the recent outbreak and in the build up to the October holidays we saw significant engagement in the LFD process. It is imperative that we pick up where we left off. All school staff and secondary pupils are strongly encouraged to restart twice-weekly at-home LFD testing in the week prior to return. The advice states that ideally, staff and secondary pupils should take the second weekly test either in the morning before leaving for the first day of school or the evening before.“It is really important that you record your results online, whether positive, negative or void. This helps public health experts understand what levels of COVID-19 are and can inform policy on things like future mitigations in schools.“Testing can help reduce the risks of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. This, in turn, can help reduce the numbers of staff or children and young people that will have to self-isolate due to outbreaks.”All schools offered test kits to staff and pupils prior to the October break, which can be used for these purposes. If any staff or pupils have not received test kits, they can access them in a range of different ways, including ordering online for home delivery, or collecting kits from your nearest test site or pharmacy, such as Sutherlands in Kirkwall and Stromness, and Boots.

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