The Waid Academy was opened in September 1886 on its present site and is a non-denominational, co-educational, comprehensive secondary school with 725 pupils at present. The school provides secondary education for all children aged 12 to 18 in the East Neuk of Fife, a picturesque area devoted to fishing, farming and holidaymaking. There are numerous other small businesses which constitute an important part of the local economy. About 25% of the pupil population at the school is as a result of placement requests. There are several main blocks of buildings at the Academy, each of a different architectural style. In recent years a number of hutted classrooms have been provided to cope with the ever-rising roll. A new Gameshall was opened at the school in August 2003 and new playing fields including all-weather floodlit facilities are on site.


The school curriculum fully embraces the Curriculum for Excellence with a Broad General Education in S1-S3 and a Senior Phase in S4-6 where learners will take National Qualifications at the new National 3, 4 and 5 levels for S4 starting from session 2013-14;  a full programme of Highers, Advanced Higher and Intermediate courses is offered to all S5/S6 pupils. Learning Support is available when required.

The school enjoys a good reputation for its work in Support for Pupils across all activities and was awarded a "6" for excellence by HMIe in their June 2006 report on the school. This has more recently been validated by the HMIe inspection of November 2014. The full and extremely positive report on the school can be found at

There is a rich and varied extra-curricular programme, and pupils are encouraged to participate in the wider life of the school. We have very strong links with our associated primary schools and joint-working with them on a number of projects is a key priority.

The school has an active Student Congress with representatives from each of the school's registration classes, who meet on a termly basis to discuss whole-school issues as they affect and as they are perceived by the pupils themselves. The termly  newsletter 'Waid Matters' keeps parents informed of events in the school.



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