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Career Fair – 2024

Career Fair – 2024

On Thursday 15th February, Alford Academy hosted it’s annual career fair. 60 different employers and further education establishments were on site to talk to our pupils, parents/carers and members of the community. The evening was very busy and there was a real buzz on campus.

Our thanks to Developing the Young Workforce for organising this successful career evening.

We hope it was helpful for all who attended to think about future pathways.

National Apprenticeship Week – W/C February 5th 2024

National Apprenticeship Week – W/C February 5th 2024

National Apprenticeship Week starts on Monday 5th February 2024.

National Apprenticeship Week 2024 LIVE – 

Find out more information regarding apprenticeships and hear from Companies such as M Group Services, National Nuclear Laboratory, Arnold Clark, Weightmans, ABP Beef, BT, and many more will be joining us each day.

They will be discussing the stereotypes surrounding apprenticeships and highlighting the incredible opportunities they offer within their organisations, including degree apprenticeships. This is a fantastic chance to hear directly from current apprentices about their own experiences.

If interested you can REGISTER for NAW 2024 LIVE by clicking on the following link to Register Now

We are looking forward to celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2024 with you and a community of apprenticeship enthusiasts.

S5/6 Work Experience in Technology

S5/6 Work Experience in Technology

An opportunity has arisen for S5 and S6 pupils interested in a career in Technology to attend work experience. The events are in Glasgow but may be of interest to some S5/6 pupils.

Please use the links to learn more about the J.P. Morgan Work Experience Day and Application Masterclass events.


Eligibility criteria:

  • JPM Work Experience – S5 and S6 students (no students over 18)
  • JPM Application Masterclass – S5 (no students over 18)





Whatever your exam results please don’t despair many people in interesting job roles across Scotland and at Alford Academy haven’t taken a straight, obvious or traditional path to get there…

Everyone’s journey is different.  There is #NoWrongPath.


Interested in working in film & tv?

Interested in working in film & tv?

The BECTU Vision Roadshow is here to help.
Do you know anybody looking to get into film & tv? We’re touring Scotland in May and June with our free to attend events which will be sharing insight on:

  • What roles exist within a film crew
  • What it’s like to work on a film/television drama production
  • How crews are hired and what employers are looking for
  • Practical signposts for support available to help with your next steps

Each fun and informal Roadshow consists of a 1-hour presentation followed by an opportunity for coffee and a mingle where we’ll have industry professionals on-hand to share their experience and advice.

Attendees will be the first to find out about a range of exciting opportunities coming up in 2023, which includes our flagship training course Hit the Ground Running, monthly sessions and networking events.

Book ticket via the links below:

 Aberdeen: Tuesday 30 May 2023, 18:00, Aberdeen Arts Centre

 Inverness: Thursday 1 June 2023, 17:30, Eden Court

 Dumfries: Tuesday 6 June 2023, 19:30, Robert Burns Centre

 Dundee: Monday 12 June 2023, 18:00, Dundee Contemporary Arts

 Glasgow: Thursday 22 June 2023, 17:00 , Grosvenor Picture Theatre

 Edinburgh: Tuesday 27 June 2023, 18:00, Grassmarket Community Project 

We welcome all ages to the Roadshow. Under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult. All venues are fully wheelchair accessible. We offer BSL interpretation on request via

S1 Pupils learn lifesaving skills

S1 Pupils learn lifesaving skills

Paramedics from Scottish Ambulance Service came into Alford Academy today to teach pupils how to deal with a casualty who has suffered cardiac arrest.  The input was part of a series of scenarios S1 pupils have been going through with Guidance teachers called – ‘keeping yourself safe’.

The pupils learned how to –

  • check for danger to help keep themselves, the casualty, and bystanders safe.
  • check for a response from the casualty by shouting and gently shaking them.
  • shout for help & how to call 999 and what information is required.
  • check the casualty’s airways by looking into their mouths and opening their airway.
  • check for breathing by watching if their chest moves up and down & putting an ear above their lips and nose to hear if they are breathing.
  • check their circulation by looking at the colour of their skin.
  • perform chest compressions & use the defibrillator to help a casualty who has suffered cardiac arrest.

Pupils were able to put their learning into practice by using the manikins to perform this sequence.

Alford Academy would like to thank Scottish Ambulance Service for providing such fantastic, worthwhile and potentially lifesaving training to our S1 pupils.

S3 Admin & IT help Alford Golf Club with digital technology

S3 Admin & IT help Alford Golf Club with digital technology

The S3 Admin & IT class visited Alford Golf Club on 16th May with their teacher Mrs Forsyth and the school’s DYW Employer School Coordinator, Romana Richards to present their admin and business project.

Iain Affleck (club manager), Harry Yorston (club captain) and Stuart Storrie (Club Council / School Liaison) represented the golf club and each of the pupils took it in turns to present their findings and suggestions on how the club could move forward in terms of technology. The pupils had researched the best options for the club’s filing system (saving files onto the cloud instead of locally), a facility for scanning images into usable documents, improving their website, social media presence to appeal to members of all ages, and a human resources app for staff. The presentation was very well received by the club and made the pupils and teachers feel very welcome.

Head Teacher Angela Wotherspoon said “The project was a valuable experience for our pupils as they were able to transfer the knowledge and skills that they have, to help solve a real-life problem.

Thank you to Alford Golf Club for giving our pupils the opportunity to work alongside them and for being so accommodating and open to their ideas, it is much appreciated”.

Business Breakfast – Thank you to our partners

Business Breakfast – Thank you to our partners

Alford Academy say thank you to our partners by hosting a Business Breakfast 

On Friday 5th May 2023 Alford Academy hosted a Business Breakfast and welcomed partners into the school.  The event celebrated our successes and explored how we can further enhance our relationships to prepare the young people of Alford Academy for the world of work and life after school.

Head Teacher Angela Wetherspoon welcomed guests and thanked them for their ongoing and invaluable support to the young people of Alford Academy.

Romana Richards, Employer School Coordinator, Developing the Young Workforce – explained her role of connecting employers and educators at the school.  She outlined how partners have worked with the school and explained further opportunities to collaborate. 

Stuart Cookson, Depute Head – discussed the forthcoming events that partners can support.  He explained the wide variety of Foundation Apprenticeships opportunities currently available to pupils and detailed how partners can get involved.

Jenni Rees – Jenkins, Principal Teacher of Achievement Pathways & Partnerships, explained the School Leaver Profile (SLP) which highlights the nine core meta-skills Alford Academy collectively feel are important for our young people to develop throughout their time at school to provide them with the most success for the future.  She outlined how partners can support the SLP to bring it to life for the Young People of Alford Academy.


Partners were shown a video explaining how they can become involved in the Young Persons Guarantee to support Young People aged 16-24 to reach a positive destination. Young Persons Guarantee

Following the presentation partners and staff enjoyed a delicious breakfast and discussed future partnership working.


Thank you to everyone who came to Alford Academy on Friday morning and made it such a positive event.  Your support is very much appreciated and we very much look forward to growing our partnerships further.

If you would like to work with Alford Academy to support young people into a positive destination please contact

Current Job Opportunities & Opportunities

Current Job Opportunities & Opportunities

Don’t forget to discover current job vacancies and opportunities for young people across the North East through the following websites –

Website What you’ll find The latest apprenticeship opportunities, which are searchable by location.
DYW North East Jobs Portal Entry-level positions, including apprenticeships, from local employers.
Young Person’s Guarantee Opportunity Finder A one-stop shop for jobs, apprenticeships, courses and volunteering opportunities. Searchable by location.



Alford Golf Club

Alford Golf Club

Alford Golf Club are valued partners of Alford Academy and our pupils are increasingly working with the club throughout our curriculum.

Our S3 Business pupils are bringing learning outcomes to life with students working on the clubs advertising and marketing to improve their social media presence and office handling.

Our Hospitality Foundation Apprenticeship students have been working in the kitchen and front of house to develop their hospitality/teamwork and communication skills which has been very successful.



The Golf Club would like to invite all non golfing members to an introduction to golf taster session on Saturday 13th May.
Come along to this free event to learn the basics of golf with our coaches. Then into the clubhouse for a refreshment afterwards.

Young junior (12 and under) 11.00 – 12.00
Adults 13.00 – 14.30

For more details or to reserve a place, please contact the club on 019755 62178 or email

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