Pupil Support Site

Supporting pupils during remote learning and beyond.

We have established a Google Site where pupils can access helpful information and resources on the following topics :

  • Remote Learning
  • Time management and organisation
  • Assistive Technology
  • Google Classroom ‘How to’ guides
  • Support for wellbeing with a focus on physical, mental, social and emotional health

Pupils can access this resource via this link Pupil Support Google Site (via their Glow account) or via the tile (below) on the Alford Academy Glow Launch Pad. Remember to add the tile to your own Launch Pad by clicking on the ‘i’.

World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day takes places on Wednesday 3rd February and is a chance to highlight the importance of sharing stories by challenging and encouraging everyone to grab a book, find an audience, and read-aloud!

We are looking for families to take part this year and share with us any activity where there is some reading aloud taking place. This could also involve any family favourites / traditions as well as any audio books or podcasts that are listened to as a family.

More information to follow!

#WRADChallenge #WorldReadAloudDay

Johnston Carmichael – School Leavers JC Futures Programme

Johnston Carmichael is currently advertising for their JC Futures programme, which is a 6 year programme suitable for school and college leavers looking for a career in accounting.

Johnston Carmichael is also holding a virtual open evening in February to provide more information on the firm, the types of roles available in the JC Futures programme and the types of training offered. Students interested in attending should book a place through Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/johnston-carmichael-online-open-evening-tickets-136273017263

The JC Futures brochure which outlines the firm and the programme can be found here. 

Applications: On the bottom of the document is a link to the web page where candidates can apply.  The webpage can be found at:  https://johnstoncarmichael.com/careers/starting-out/school-leavers .


Remote Learning continues

Yesterday the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon,  shared that current lockdown measures will stay in place across mainland Scotland and some island communities until at least the middle of February.  This means that pupils will continue remote learning until at least mid-February, except in the case of vulnerable children and those of key workers. The Scottish Government will review this decision on 2 February 2021.

I’d like to thank our parents for their on-going support. This morning we have again received very positive feedback about the learning activities and ‘check-ins’ that are taking place.  Well done to everyone for the time and effort this takes as we all continue to face the challenges of working and learning from our homes.

In the meantime, wellbeing continues to be at heart of our daily work and remember we are here to help should you need us.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Take care everyone.

Mrs Milne, Head Teacher



Well done Team Alford

Well done everyone!

It’s been a busy week. We’ve worked hard together and now it’s time to switch off for the weekend.

Make sure you take some well earned rest over the next 2 days so that we are all ready on Monday morning for our second week of remote learning.

Take care everyone and let’s make sure we are all doing what we need to do to minimise the spread of the virus.  Stay home. Stay safe and well.

Moira Milne, Head Teacher


Monday 11 January 2021 – Start of term for pupils

Good morning to everyone, time to get planning as we start remote learning!

We’ve shared information about ‘live’ check-in sessions (via e-mails at the end of last week) and throughout today teachers will be uploading learning resources to Google classrooms.  It’s important pupils plan their week ahead and take care to be kind to themselves.  We may all feel the pressure at different times during these on-going challenging times, it is important that our days do include breaks, getting fresh air and exercise etc. , and that we talk about any concerns we may have.

Remember we are here for you should you need us.  All the best as we start this first week of learning for pupils in 2021.

Mrs Milne

Hello from Alford Academy Staff

The end of a busy week for the Alford Staff Team, planning and preparing for remote learning starting from Monday 11 January 2021.

We are sorry that we are not welcoming you back on campus but that’s how it has to be to keep us all safe and well.  Looking forward to Monday and working and learning together on-line. Look out for the e-mails sharing more information about this.

A huge thank you to all our staff, teaching and non-teaching for their work this week.  A special mention to Ali Smith and the janitorial team who are out there snow clearing and gritting!

Stay safe and well everyone.

 Mrs Milne  


Return to school – Update

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope you have managed to enjoy Christmas and that this finds you and your family well.  Further to the communications sent on Wednesday 23 December 2020 and Tuesday 29 December 2020, please find below a summary of some key points:-

  1. Alford Academy will be open to staff only on Tuesday 5 January 2021.
  2. On-line learning for all young people will commence on Monday 11 January 2021 and will continue until at least Monday 18 January 2021.  Pupils will not return to learning on campus until at least Monday 18 January 2021 with the exception of pre-registered children of keyworkers and vulnerable children.
  3. Children of keyworkers and vulnerable children may attend school from Wednesday 6 January 2021 for learning and childcare during normal school operating hours. The keyworker definitions were issued in the communication of 23/12/20.  Both parents would require to be category 1 or 2 workers (or one in a single parent household).  Transport and catering will be available for these pupils.   The ’Education and Children’s Services Registration for School Attendance (Key Workers)’ form can be accessed via Registration Form .    Forms must be completed and submitted before 12pm on Monday 4 January 2021. You will need to submit one form for each of your children.
  4. Any pupils/staff who have Covid-19 symptoms/are unwell and/or are self-isolating must not attend school.

Further information will follow.  In the meantime I wish you all the best as we head towards 2021.

Moira Milne