Montrose Academy and Mid Links 1815
Montrose Academy was founded in 1815 and succeeded the ancient
Grammar School of Montrose as the principal centre of education in the
town. For many years it catered for a relatively small number of pupils
following a limited curriculum. Since the beginning of this century,
however, it has expanded steadily in size and range of studies offered.
It is now a comprehensive school which seeks to meet the educational
needs of all young people in the town and surrounding district between
the ages of twelve and eighteen.
The original building, with its impressive dome, was designed and built in 1815 by David Logan. The original building contained three classrooms on the ground floor with an additional three classrooms on the first floor and one extra room within the dome. This building was extended either side in 1841.
Further improvements were made during the twentieth century expansion of the school. After World War II Montrose Academy's copper dome was covered in gold leaf as a war memorial. In the 1960s two memorials were added to the east exterior wall of the Assembly Hall, bearing the names of former students who had died in both world wars.
In 1961, a new extension, attached to the 1841 additions, was officially declared open on 23rd October. This is now known as the West Wing. The major work of the last extension in 1988-89 was the building of the East Wing, a two storey block linked to the old West Wing by two walkways and separated by the Precinct. It contains a number of teaching areas in addition to a superb Library, Communications Studio, Social Areas and a large Dining Room.
The adjacent new Sports Centre and swimming pool which was completed and reopened in 2012 and Academy Sports Field next to the Sports Centre greatly enhance the physical education and recreational facilities available to the School. The Sports Centre and pool are open to the school during the day as well as being available to the community , Monday - Friday, and at the weekend.
The Academy has approximately 850 pupils attending as of the start of the 2013-2014 session.
Dr J.B. Cavanagh
Rector of Montrose Academy
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