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Welcome to the Gaelic Department of Inverness Royal Academy

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Inverness Royal Academy has a dedicated Gaelic Department which provides Gaelic (Learners) and Gaelic Medium Education. Whether you are a fluent Gaelic speaker or a complete beginner there are many opportunities for you to learn the language and develop your skills.



Gaelic for Learners

All P7 pupils coming to the Academy have the option of studying Gaelic in S1 as complete beginners. Gaelic (Learners) courses are available from S1 through to Advanced Higher level on S6. You will find more information about our Gaelic (Learners) provision here:

Gaelic Medium Education

Inverness Royal Academy is the only secondary school in Inverness which provides Gaelic Medium education. In addition to studying Gàidhlig, pupils who are fluent in the language have the opportunity to be educated in a range other subjects, through the medium of Gaelic. You will find more information about our Gaelic-medium provision here:


There are many good reasons why people learn Gaelic. Below is a list that some of our pupils collated telling why they chose to study Gaelic or Gàidhlig in the Academy:

  • Learning languages helps you develop a range of skills and abilities which are useful in your future life & work.
  • Gaelic is part of our Scottish heritage. Learning Gaelic will allow you to appreciate Scotland’s past and understand how this impacts on the present.
  • It helps you to understand the local culture of the Highlands.
  • Learning Gaelic will allow you to talk to Gaelic speakers in their native language.
  • You can enjoy participating in Gaelic cultural activities.
  • You can enjoy watching Gaelic programmes & listening to Gaelic radio.
  • By learning Gaelic we are helping to reverse the language decline which has taken place over previous centuries.
  • There are many career opportunities open to Gaelic speakers. Increasingly there are opportunities for Gaelic speakers in occupations such as the media, education, government, community development and the arts.


If you don’t know any Gaelic click on this link and learn some basic Gaelic phrases from IRA students. Make sure to use these phrases with your Gaelic speaking friends and teachers in the Academy.


Gaelic Department Accommodation

There are three rooms in the Gaelic Department – one room in the main building and two rooms in the huts. Each room is equipped with an interactive whiteboard. A new Inverness Royal Academy is currently being built which will include a dedicated department for Gaelic education.

Members of Staff

The department currently has three full-time members of staff.

Mrs C Currie (Principal Teacher): Gàidhlig, Gaelic (Learners), History & PSE through the medium of Gaelic.

Mrs C MacPhee: Gàidhlig, Gaelic (Learners) and Geography through the medium of Gaelic.

Miss S McLennan: Gàidhlig, Gaelic (Learners), Modern Studies & RME through the medium of Gaelic.

Enrichment opportunities that come with studying Gaelic:

The Gaelic Department encourages pupils to get involved in Gaelic activities in and out of school. In recent years pupils have been involved in

The Local Mòd & National Mòd: Students may participate in a range of competitions e.g. writing, speaking, verse recitation and music competitions. www.acgmod.org

Co-Fharpais ChLAS: The Gaelic Teachers’ Association annual writing competitions for S1-2 pupils.

FilmG: Pupils plan, script, record and edit a short film before submitting it to the annual national FilmG competition. www.filmg.co.uk/

Co-fharpais Lunnainn: A Gaelic conversation competition organised by the Gaelic Society of London. www.comunnlunnainn.co.uk

Deasbad Nàiseanta BT: Senior pupils participate in the annual national Gaelic debate, competing against many schools from across Scotland. www.deasbadbtalba.com/

Duais Iain Muir (John Muir Award): Comunn na Gàidhlig support our GME pupils by running the John Muir Award through the medium of Gaelic. Pupils from IRA were amongst the first able to participate in Duais Iain Muir. www.cnag.org.uk/

Ri Chèile: An annual public-speaking event, in Gaelic and Gaeilge, which is organised by CnaG. Pupils from across Scotland and Ireland gather and compete by giving a short lecture in their own language. www.cnag.org.uk/

Useful Links:

Some more information about Gaelic related matters can be found on the following sites:






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