Welcome to Harlaw Academy


Harlaw Academy is a six-year comprehensive secondary school situated close to the junction of Union Street and Holburn Street in the centre of the city of Aberdeen. The Academy draws most of its pupils from our 4  associated primary schools, namely, Broomhill, Ferryhill, Hanover Street and Kaimhill, although we also have significant numbers from outside the zone.

We are happy to hear from the community at our email address harlawacademy@aberdeencity.gov.uk


Our vision is to be:

  • ambitious, excellent and the best we can be
We aim to respect the rights of young people and encourage them to:

  • participate, improve and enjoy success
In our relationships and our actions we will show:

  • Respect for People:  we consider the health, safety and well being of ourselves and others
  • Respect for Learning: we are on time, on task, trying our best and achieving success
  • Respect for Community: we have a positive impact in school, locally and in the wider world

* (These statements were updated by pupils, staff and parents in 2018 and will be reviewed by them every 3 years)

On 16th March 2018 Harlaw Academy became the first secondary school in the UK to be assessed at and achieve the Rights Respecting School Gold Award from UNICEF UK.

Pupils or parents can find out more about UN Convention on the Rights of the Child here:

UNCRC guide for children.

Copies of the UNCRC is also available in a variety of languages through either of these links:

UNCRC articles in different languages , UNCRC articles in 58 different languages