Welcome to Alford Academy A Community School in rural Aberdeenshire

Our Mission Statement: Alford Academy recognises that one size does not fit all.
Our young people are born individuals and should leave school as individuals.
Alford Academy is committed to unlocking each youngster’s potential, raising their aspirations and helping them be all they can be, in a safe, healthy and caring environment.

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Parent Council AGM and most recent minutes
Please note Alford Academy Parent Council's AGM will be held on Tuesday 30th September at 7pm in the Academy. The agenda for this meeting is attached
.  The minutes from our previous meeting can be obtained here

Fresher's Fayre Booklet
A list of current clubs groups and activities on offer at Alford Academy and the surrounding communities can be found in the Fresher's Fayre information booklet.  A copy of this can be found by clicking here


Safe Summer In Scotland

Scotland's Acting Chief Medical Officer has issued advice regarding staying safe this Summer in Scotland, covering a range of topics to help ensure we all get the most  out of this summer.  Her letter can be accessed via this link
, and the NHS website by clicking here

Chase Bowl
Events Week - Transition Extreme Consent Form
An electronic version of  the TX Consent form can be downloaded from the school website by clicking here

Spring Newsletter
The Spring newsletter is now available!  Copies can be obtained from the schools website by following this link

Consultation with parents on configuration of school day
The consultation period is now closed. Thanks to all for their participation in this process. All feedback received is now being considered.

Events Week 2014
The events week booklet and individual pupil choice forms (yellow paper) are being issued in registration tomorrow, but are available on the schools website now.  Note the choice form is a generic one for reference only. 

CEOP / Police Scotland
Police Scotland have released a YouTube video showing teenagers react to material they had posted online thinking it was private, and highlighting the need for being aware of the possible consequences.

For those who have not seen the Academy Winter newsletter, a copy can be obtained from the schools website by following this link

Nominations open for Individual Excellence Awards
In advance of the awards Ceremony for 2014, nominations are now being taken for awards for individual excellence.  Paper forms are available in school, but for the first time it is also possible to make nominations online using the form on the schools website.

Consultation on the Pattern of School Term Dates 2015/16 to 2019/20
Aberdeenshire Education, Learning and Leisure Service are currently consulting on the pattern of school term dates for the next five sessions from 2015/16 to 2019/20. We are seeking feedback from parents and carers. The consultation takes the form of  a short online survey which can be accessed by the following link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/school_termdates.  The consultation runs until Friday 4 April 2014.

Leadership Position Application Forms
The following application forms are now available on the schools website.
S5 Prefect
S6 Prefect
Senior Prefect
House Captain
Vice House Captain
Reference form



Alford Academy Standards and Quality Report (SQUIP) for session 2012-2013 has now been published on the schools website.

S2 into S3 Subject Choice Booklet

An electronic version of the S2 into S3 subject choice booklet is now available on the schools website.

Senior Phase Course Choice Booklet

An electronic version of the 2014-1015 Senior Phase Course Choice booklet is now available on the schools website.  This contains advice on all aspects of the course choice process as well as detailed information on the courses being offered.  Copies of the choice request form can be found here.

New Qualifications - New Opportunities

The SQA have produced two guides to the new National Qualifications, one aimed at learners and one aimed at parents and carers.  Copies can be obtained by following the above links.

Course Choice Evening Invitation Letter

A Copy of the invitation to the parents of S4 5 and 6 pupils which was issued last week via school bag mail is now available on the school website.

Term Dates for 2014-15

The Aberdeenshire document showing the pattern of term dates has been uploaded to the school website for your reference.  Please note that occasional days have not yet been set.

Dress Code Order Forms
Dress Code Order Forms are now available to download from the school website, and can be accessed via this link


S2 into S3 Subject Choice Booklet

This booklet is available to you from January 2014, to assist you in the completion of the ‘S2 into S3 Subject Choice’ consultation process.  It will be updated in early March 2014, to provide you with the information you require to assist with completion of the final S2 into S3 Subject Choice forms from 6 March 2014, in preparation for session 2014-15.

New Resources from NPFS
The National Parents Forum for Scotland
have published two new resources.  The first is part of the nationals in a nutshell series and covers Assessment in National Qualifications
.  The second is Pointers for Parents and Pupils - Resources for learning and revising for National Qualifications.  We are expecting paper copies of both to be made available to parents of S3 and S4 pupils in the near future.

Use of Standardised Assessments in Aberdeenshire Schools

Aberdeenshire have produced a guide on the use of standardised assessments in schools.  Alford use the MidYIS assessments which are administered in S1.

Alford Academy Handbook 2013

Copies of the handbook are available to download from the school website using
this linkThe handbook is designed to inform parents of life at Alford Academy. 

Alford Academy - A Game on Scotland Commonwealth School
Alford Academy is delighted to announce that we have officially been recognised as a Game on Scotland Commonwealth School and can now be found “on the map” via the link.  In doing this, we have also become the first Secondary school in Aberdeenshire to sign up!  Furthermore we are delighted as well that our partners at Bogra Zilla Boys School are now the first school in the whole of Bangladesh to have signed up to the challenge!

Private Fostering - Be Safe, Be Sure
The Scottish Government are currently raising awareness of Private Fostering through their 'Be Safe, Be Sure' campaign.  More information on this can be found on their website.





Alford Community Blog
Aberdeenshire Council
School Closures
School Catering Service
Instrumental Music Service
Aberdeenshire Council’s Support Directory for Families
Aberdeenshire: Information for parents and carers

Parental Calendar 2013-14
Dates for Your Diary

Tuesday 3rd - S5-6 Parents Evening 5-7:30pm
Thursday 6th - S2 Course Choice Evening
Friday 7th - S3 MMR Inoculations
Wednesday 12th - S2 Parents Evening 5-7:30pm
Wednesday 12th - Parent Council Meeting
Thursday 13th - S3-5 Course Choice Return deadline
Thursday 20th - S2 Course Choice Return deadline
Tuesday 25th - HPV Inoculations
WB Monday 31st - S4-6 Drama Practical Exams

Thursday 3rd - Church Services
Thursday 3rd - Last Day of Term
Friday 4th - Occasional Day Holiday
Monday 21st - First Day of New Term
Monday 28th - S4-6 Exam leave starts
Tuesday 29th - First SQA Exam

ɸ - Experimental electronic parent calendar


Alford Academy is a Green Flag school