Head Teacher Appointment

To: Parents/Carers of Pupils at Kilmarnock & James Hamilton Academies

I am delighted to announce that Mr David Rose has been appointed as Head Teacher of Kilmarnock Academy in the McIlvanney Campus which is due to open in 2018.

Mr Rose will be known to staff and parents from both the existing Kilmarnock Academy and James Hamilton Academy as he has spent part of his career in each establishment.

Mr Rose will take up his duties immediately and will lead the preparations for the move to the new campus and the necessary preparations for bringing the two learning communities into one new education group.

I am sure you will join me in wishing Mr Rose every success in his new post.

Yours sincerely

Head of Education

And so it begins…


Work is set to begin at the new £45m William McIlvanney Campus at Sutherland Drive, Kilmarnock.

Named in honour of the prolific author who was born and educated in the town, the Campus will be provided by East Ayrshire Council through the Scottish Government’s Scotland’s School for the Future programme.

It will delivered through the Scottish Future Trust’s hub programme by Hub South West, with Kier Construction carrying out the construction work.

Continue reading “And so it begins…”

Contracts Signed

An investment of £45.303m in the merger of Kilmarnock Academy, James Hamilton Academy, New Farm Primary and Early Childhood Centre, Silverwood Primary and 2-18 provision for Gaelic education, will result in the development of a new state-of-the-art learning environment for children and young people as well as flexible facilities for the community.

The Project has now reached a financial close and contracts have been signed.  This signals the official start of the construction of the new learning campus and works will commence in the next few weeks. “The William McIlvanney Campus project will generate substantial employment, growth and investment at a local level, whilst creating the infrastructure to support the ongoing education of the young people of Kilmarnock and the surrounding area.”


The William McIlvanney Campus

The new site in Sutherland Drive will be known as the William McIlvanney Campus, in honour ofthe world-renowned author who was born and educated in Kilmarnock.

Primary schools transferring to the William McIlvanney Campus are New Farm Primary School and Early Childhood Centre and Silverwood Primary School.  The new school will become James Hamilton Primary School and Early Childhood Centre.

Kilmarnock Academy and James Hamilton Academy will also transfer with the new secondary school to be named Kilmarnock Academy. Continue reading “The William McIlvanney Campus”