S3 into S4 Course Choice form

S3 pupils now have their S4 course choice forms for session 2020-2021.

Following feedback from parents who attended the course choice evening in December, the above information evening will be repeated at Alford Academy.

You are invited to a Parents’ Information Evening on Tuesday 11 February at 5:30pm in the Academy. During this evening, there will be presentations on the planned S4-S6 curriculum, local job market intelligence, employability skills, flexible career pathways in Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships and Work Placement Apprenticeships and one-day-a-week College courses in partnership with Nescol.

Information from North East Scotland College, The Robert Gordon University, Skills Development Scotland and SRUC will be given to highlight flexible routes into employment and to help you to support your child to get “on the right route to the right job, through the right course via the right information”.

Members of the Senior Leadership Team will attend and will be available for questions at the end of the evening. The Information Evening is likely to finish at 6:15pm.

This evening is open to all parents of S3, S4 and S5 pupils.

The course choice forms for S3, S5 and S6 pupils will be distributed to pupils very soon.

Alford Senior Phase S3 into S4 2020-21


Careers, apprenticeships and college Parents Evening – 30th January, Copthorne Hotel, Aberdeen


Big Parents Eve event

January 30, 2020 5.30pm – 8pm

An opportunity for parents, carers, influencers and young people to

  • find out more about the different sectors and jobs in the region
  • explore how these are changing in the future
  • looking at the key skills young people will need for these new roles
  • speak to young people currently participating in foundation, modern and gradate apprenticeships in different organisations
  • find out about the different pathways into employment
  • ask questions and network with a wide range of organisations

The evening will start with a networking session over an evening buffet with a wide range of stand holders who will include:

  • Developing Young Workforce North East
  • Aberdeen City Council Education Team
  • Aberdeenshire Council Education Team
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • North East Scotland College
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Tullos Training
  • SRUC
  • Aberlour
  • NHS Grampian
  • and other key training providers

Please click on the link for more information and to register for free for this event.



S3 – S5 Parents’ Course Choice and Future Career Pathways Information Evening – Thursday 12 December 6pm – 6:45pm

Information from North East Scotland College, The Robert Gordon University, Skills Development Scotland and SRUC will be given to highlight flexible routes into employment and to help you to support your child to get “on the right route to the right job, through the right course via the right information”.

Members of the Senior Leadership Team will attend and will be available for questions at the end of evening. The Information Evening is likely to finish at 6:45pm.

In order to help us to plan for the evening, I should be grateful if you would complete the reply slip at the URL below. This will automatically register your interest with the school.


Register of Interest

Skills Scotland Aberdeen @ P&J LIVE at TECA


11th November 5pm – 7pm

14 – 24 year olds

Free entry

Families and Individuals welcome.

Explore future skills and get work ready at Aberdeen’s largest skills, career and apprenticeship event.

Register online for free tickets at skillsaberdeen.eventbrite.co.uk


Careers Evening 2019 – Exhibitors

Alford Academy would like to thank all the people who have put themselves forward to take part in our careers evening on Wednesday 9th October. The exhibitors represent a huge range from the world of learning and work.  This is an amazing opportunity for our pupils and there will be something for everyone from S1-S6. Confirmed exhibitors are listed below – we expect the list to continue to grow between now and Wednesday! This event is also open to the wider community who may be interested in finding out more about careers, education and training.

Aberdeenshire Council – Modern Apprenticeships and Work Experience

Aberdeenshire Council – Teaching as a Career

Aberdeenshire Council – Live Life Aberdeenshire (sports and leisure)

Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership (careers in Community Nursing, Care Management, Care at Home, Community Hospitals, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Health Visiting and School Nursing)

Aberdein Considine (estate agents, solicitors, financial advisers)

Army, Navy, RAF

Bancon Construction

CHAP Group (construction)

CITB (Construction Industry Training Board)

CLAN Cancer Support for All

Edinburgh Napier University

Hospitality Training

Johnston Carmichael (chartered accountants)

Mackie’s of Scotland (food industry)

METROL (STEM Ambassador – Metrol are an international technology company with a strong research & development base in electronic and mechanical engineering, they provide downhole wireless solutions for the oil industry using acoustic, electromagnetic and inductive telemetry)

National Trust for Scotland (career opportunities include everything from Catering to Architect, Archaeologist, Conservator, Curator, Property Manager, Events Manager, Guide, Gardener, Ranger and many more)

NATS (Air Traffic Management)

NESCOL (North East Scotland College)

NHS Grampian (all careers – please note there will also be attending an NHS Physiotherapy team, a Pharmacy team to speak about careers in both NHS and independent providers of pharmacy and representation from the University of Aberdeen Institue of Dentistry)

North East Arts Touring (creative industries including universities and courses in music, dance, visual arts, drama, lighting design, sound and stage makeup. How to work as a freelance artist, how to programme arts events and local professional development opportunities for young people)

Raeburn Christie Clark and Wallace (legal services)

Ringlink Scotland Ltd (providing land-based Pre-Apprenticeship Programme for young people 16 years plus, providing 6 months’ full-time employment and mentoring on a suitable rural business)

Robert Gordon University (general course information and specialist advice from the Business School and Pharmacy/Life Sciences)

SAAS (Student Awards Agency)

SDS (Skills Development Scotland)

SPE UK Ltd (Society of Petroleum Engineers)

SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) (agriculture, business, vet nursing, animal care, conservation, environment)

Strathclyde University

Subsea 7 (engineering, construction and services contractor to the energy industry worldwide)

University of Aberdeen

University of Edinburgh

University of St Andrews

University of Stirling

Youngsmile Dentists

Prospectuses only:
University of Dundee
University of Glasgow



Alford Parents – Careers Evening 9th October

Message to all Parents – would you be interested in sharing first-hand experience of your job and passing on advice to Alford pupils at our Careers Evening on 9th October? We still have a few spaces available for stands and so if any parents are able to help we would love to hear from you. We are particularly interested in hearing from parents that work in the engineering, science, food technology, agriculture, retail, childcare, business and tourism industries but input from all types of employment are very welcome. If you are interested please contact Caroline McIver for more information caroline.mciver@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Alford Academy Careers Evening Wednesday 9th October 2019

We would like to invite all pupils S1-S6 and their parents to the Alford Academy Careers Evening on Wednesday 9th October. The event will include a wide range of employers as well as professional bodies and colleges and universities and is a great source of information and support for pupils and their parents to find out first-hand about different types of jobs and what employers are looking for now and in the future. There will be useful information about the different pathways into employment and help for pupils looking at course choices. With organisations coming to Alford from across Scotland, this is a tremendous opportunity for pupils of all ages S1-S6, parents and adults in the wider community. The event runs from 6-8 pm. We look forward to seeing you.

SDS – Alford Academy Career Service

Careers Advice and employment support does not end when you leave school

Attention all Senior Pupils, Parents and School Leavers…..

  • Have you left school this summer or thinking about leaving ?
  • Are you looking for an Apprenticeship, Work or Training?
  • Do you want some help and support with job application forms, college applications, CV’s , Interview Skills or covering letters?
  • We have information about current vacancies and apprenticeships.

Come along to Alford Library on  Wednesday Afternoons between 1pm and 3pm.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Linda Johnston – Careers Adviser 

Telephone 0146 762 3623               

Mobile       07557 190081

Linda Johnston

Careers Adviser

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