By the 1960s West Lothian County Council Education Committee organised the planning and construction of Armadale Academy, designated a senior secondary school and designed to accommodate up to 700 students. The estimated final cost of the school was £536,500. The site of this new school was to be on land previously occupied by the pithead buildings of a coal mine. The disused pit shaft was filled in and the site of the colliery and bing were reclaimed and formed the school playing fields. This 'first' Armadale Academy was officially opened on Friday 29th March 1968 by Miss Margaret Herbison MP.
By the early twenty first century it was increasingly apparent that the 'first' Armadale Academy building was no longer fit for purpose.
By this time West Lothian Council, through the PPP process, had agreed to the building of a new Armadale Academy, on the same site, due to be opened for the 2009/2010 session. This 'new' Armadale Academy was officially opened on Monday 28th September 2009 by Mrs Fiona Hyslop MSP.
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