Dear Parents and Carers,
If your child undertook SQA qualifications in session 2019-2020 their SQA exam results will be released on Tuesday 4 August 2020. Your child’s Scottish Qualification Certificates (SQC) will arrive by first class post on this date to the address we shared with you in the entry confirmation report issued on the 13 May by email. If they have signed up for MySQA they will receive their results via text or email from 8 am on 4 August.
The SQA operate a candidate advice line, available from 4 to 7 August for help regarding the results certificate. You can contact the SQA using any of the methods below.
0345 279 1000
Candidate enquiry form (https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/38676.html)
Tweet to @sqasupport
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) also provide an Exam Results Helpline. The SDS Exam Results Helpline will be open from 8 am on results day, the number to call is 0808 100 8000. The helpline offers advice, information and guidance for young people and their parents and carers. The helpline’s careers advisers have unique access to information on UCAS course vacancies at UK colleges and universities, Confirmation and Clearing, advice about Modern, Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships and jobs or volunteering.
On results day and in the days following, Alford Academy will be operating a call back service where you have one of the following queries
- My child didn’t get their certificate or MySQA text and need to know their results.
- I think something is wrong or missing from child’s certificate
- One or more of child’s results looks wrong
To request a call back, please complete the form below in full and we will contact you as soon as we are able to discuss your query.
SQA Coordinator & Depute Head Teacher
This term has been a rollercoaster with lots of ups and downs but our pupils (and staff) have risen to the challenge! Staff have had to explore and familiarise themselves with whole new ways of teaching through Google classroom and online resources while pupils have had to learn to rely more upon themselves and use their initiative. The progress from when we started e-learning before Easter to now has been staggering. Quality of work has improved, confidence in using digital methods has increased and a mutual respect for what everyone is going through these days has developed.
In Enterprise and Creativity we have set work to try and increase both fundamental practical skills and knowledge so pupils are primed to return to the Art rooms, workshops and kitchen! The work pupils have produced has been amazing. Below is a short video showcasing only a very small portion of the work produced. We wish to thank the pupils for their dedication and the parents for their continued support over the last term. Stay safe and have a great holiday!
Enterprise and Creativity Video
Well done and thank you Team Alford!
As school session 2019-2020 draws to a close, the year of lockdown, no SQA exams and learning from home, it’s time for everyone to switch off from school work and relax. We leave you with this special message today to celebrate how well we work together.
All in this together
We’ll be in touch with pupils and parents again at the beginning of August. Stay safe and well and enjoy a well deserved holiday!
Alford Academy Senior Leadership Team (Mrs Milne, Mrs Lees, Mr Gardner and Mr Cookson)
Dear Parents, Carers, Partners and most importantly our Pupils,
Virtual Awards Ceremony 2020
We are delighted to now share the link for our 2-3pm Premier of this year’s celebration of our pupils and the community they represent.
The Programme for this event is as follows:
- Alford Academy Pipe Band
- The Head Teachers Address: Moira Milne
- Keynote Address: Jasper Tissen – Dutch Olympic Team and Former Pupil
- Awards for Endeavour and Attainment
- Awards for National Qualification Prizes
- Awards for Individual Excellence
- Awards for Team Excellence
- The Chaplaincy Team: Euan Glen
- Trophies and Shields ( Including the Chaplaincy Team: Sheila Mitchel & Alford Academy ‘Virtual’ Pipe Band)
- Leadership Awards
- University of Aberdeen – Principal’s Aware for Excellence (S4 & S5)
- School Dux Shields for Overall Excellence
- A Message from our Senior Exec and Vote of thanks
- The Chaplaincy Team: John Cook – The Blessing
- Alford Academy Staff Video: We are all in this together
Alford Academy Senior Leadership Team
With the end of term now upon us, we thought it would be helpful to highlight some resources and opportunities that we have / will be releasing on our social media sites and on the Live Life at Home website during the summer to help keep children active during the summer holidays.
Our main challenge for the holidays is our “Virtual Distance Challenge”. We will send out further details on this challenge later this week.
We will also be continuing our #MindfulnessMonday theme with videos of activities to take part in thanks to our partnership work with Mindful Stonehaven. Keep an eye out for these on Facebook and Live Life Aberdeenshire’s YouTube channel.
Finally, you can find all the Active Schools resource cards on the Live Life at Home website, which you can download and use at any time alongside many other resources from across the service – bit.ly/LLAhome. Also, if you enjoyed our weekly challenges and sports day videos then these are available on the Live Life Aberdeenshire YouTube channel at any time to have a go at- https://bit.ly/LLAyt
We hope you enjoy our summer content on social media and, if the weather allows, a fantastic physical activity filled break.
Please feel free to share our social media pages with your friends and family and we’d love to see you getting involved in some of the challenges.
Active Schools Coordinator – Alford
This is the 4th and final Staff Pets collection. Final totals for pictures are:
- Dogs – 28
- Cats – 14
- Rabbits – 2
Dogs Win! Thanks to all staff who submitted a photo!
Most UK universities require applicants to sit an admissions test in addition to their other entry requirements. The UCAT is required by the majority of UK universities and must be sat in the summer of 2020 by students who want to apply to member universities for entry in 2021.
More information on the UCAT website
“Together, together, together everyone 🎵🎶”
How are you? I hope you are doing okay. I can hardly believe that today is the start of the last week of school session 2019-2020 and I’m sad that we can’t all be in school and taking part in our usual end of term events. However, it’s how it has to be just now and we can still celebrate your achievements in a different way, watch this space for some premieres this week!
I want to reassure you today that we are working hard preparing for your return to learning in school in August and very much look forward to seeing you. We will share more information as soon as we can, but at the moment are waiting for more guidance from the Scottish Government.
As always, we really value your views. This week as you finish off school work please also look out for a survey we are sending you in the next day or two. Take time to share your feedback and ideas. Remember ‘we’re all in this together’ and need to work together to keep everyone safe and learning to be the very best they can.
Have a really good week everyone.
We would like to invite pupils to join us for our upcoming Virtual Open Days. These will provide key information on our programmes and campuses, as well as give attendees the opportunity to engage with current students through panel sessions and other live content. Our Edinburgh Campus event will take place on Friday 3 July, with details available on a wide range of subject areas including the Social Sciences, Technology and Engineering. Those interested in pursuing Textiles and Design programmes are encouraged to register for the Scottish Borders Campus event that will run on the same date.
Registration forms are available at https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/visit/open-days.htm.
In addition to this activity, we will also be hosting a series of follow up webinar sessions between Monday 6 July and Friday 17 July. During this time, there will be further opportunities to put questions to our academic staff and admissions colleagues. As part of the programme, our Scottish and UK Recruitment Manager will lead two information sessions for parents and carers, covering not only the support Heriot-Watt University offers to students but also the broader higher education climate in Scotland. These will take place at 19:00 on Tuesday 7 July and Wednesday 15 July, with the link to join us now available at https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/visit/open-days.htm.
If you feel this webinar would be of interest to anyone within your school community, we would be extremely grateful if you could pass on this information.