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Wallace Hall Academy

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Wallace Hall Academy
Station Road

Thornhill, Dumfriesshire

Coordinates55°14′35″N 3°45′40″W / 55.243°N 3.761°W / 55.243; -3.761
TypeComprehensive school
Motto"Together we grow, learn and achieve"
AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Head TeacherBarry Graham
Age range11–18
Colour(s)Dark blue, green, and magnolia

Wallace Hall Academy is a secondary school in Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway, in the south-west of Scotland, currently[when?] with a roll of over 600 pupils.


The original Wallace Hall was founded by John Wallace, a merchant in Glasgow and a native of Closeburn, who left £1.600 for the purpose of erecting the Academy in 1723. The John Wallace Trust continues to support young people in the Thornhill area by offering bursaries to help with the cost of higher education.

Until the early nineteen seventies there were two secondary schools in the local area: the six-year Wallace Hall Academy at Closeburn and the four-year Morton Academy at Thornhill. In 1972 the two schools amalgamated and the new school at Thornhill became known as Wallace Hall Academy. Prior to this amalgamation an extensive building programme was started in 1970 and completed in 1978 in order to accommodate the pupils of both schools. The school continued to flourish on this site until, as part of Dumfries and Galloway Council's £100 million project to build nine new schools within the region, a new Wallace Hall Academy was built over the road beside the original school playing fields. The construction of the building started on 16 January 2008 and the new school opened in January 2010.

The school closed temporarily in March 2020 following government guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As of February 2021, the school has partially reopened, with some pupils permitted to attend on the basis that they require access to specialist equipment to complete national qualifications.

Notable former pupils

The former Wallace Hall school at Closeburn.
The former Wallace Hall school at Closeburn.
The old Kirk and Closeburn Church near Wallace Hall.
The old Kirk and Closeburn Church near Wallace Hall.


  1. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.

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