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Irvine Royal Academy

Irvine Royal Academy
Kilwinning Road
Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 8SJ
Coordinates 55°37′56″N 4°40′37″W / 55.632308°N 4.676828°W / 55.632308; -4.676828Coordinates: 55°37′56″N 4°40′37″W / 55.632308°N 4.676828°W / 55.632308; -4.676828
Motto et in fine causa triumphi
Denomination Non-denominational
Established 1572
LEA North Ayrshire
School code 8215138
Headteacher Tracy Stewart [1]
School colour(s) Blue
Slogan the good cause triumphs in the end (Latin:et in fine causa triumphi)
Sports Football (Soccer), Rugby
Nickname Royal, The Royal
Rival Greenwood Academy
School roll 855[1]
Feeder schools Annick Primary School
Castlepark Primary School
John Galt Primary School
Loudoun-Montgomery Primary School
Woodlands Primary School

Irvine Royal Academy is a six-year non-denominational secondary school in Kilwinning Road, Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland.


In 1572, King James VI provided funds to found the King's School of Irvine at Kirkgatehead. A new building was erected in 1816 and a Royal Charter granted in 1818 for the directorship of Irvine Royal Academy, which included the Earl of Eglinton, 11 councillors and all who subscribed £50 or more.

The school was taken over by a school board in 1872 as a result of the Education Act and a new building was erected. It opened on 27 December 1901. After fees for secondary pupils wee abolished in 1927, the school roll rose and it became necessary to build an annexe on Kilwinning Road, on the academy's sports field, in 1932. The school's primary department was closed in 1952.

A replacement building, which became Ravenspark Academy, opened in August 1969. The old buildings remained open to serve pupils from Dreghorn and Kilwinning. In August 1992, the two academies were amalgamated into Irvine Royal Academy and in June 1993 the old school and its annexe were closed. The new Irvine Royal Academy was officially opened by Councillor Elliot Gray JP on 22 March 1994.

Modern Day

In recent years Irvine Royal has been known for being a partner school of the Glasgow University.

Notable former pupils

See also


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