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S5 Horizons – RGU Study skills, Exam preparation and Project Trust

S5 Horizons – RGU Study skills, Exam preparation and Project Trust

On Tuesday 22 March, Robert Gordon University delivered a workshop to the S5s on note taking and revision skills. This included identifying what type of learning style, what learning methods to use to be an effective learner as well as exam preparation tips. They also covered how to manage your mental wellbeing; what affects our mental health, what can we change and how we can find support. The pupils comments were:


Really helpful and in depth, I learned what learning style works best for me

It was interesting and useful

Very interactive session, good because of personal examples used

Helpful and informative


Project Trust also delivered a presentation on taking a gap year and volunteering with project trust overseas. Pupil comments were:


Great to hear about someone’s actual experience rather than an overview

I think what project trust is doing is amazing and I can’t wait to participate this year.

Definitely considering taking a gap year with project trust inspiring and informative

The presentation made me seriously consider going on a gap year with project trust. It seems like good life experience

The presentation I found really inspiring as it made me realise that there is maybe a good option of what to do after school as I still don’t know what I want to do after I leave school.     

British Physics Olympiad

British Physics Olympiad

In November 2021, four of our senior pupils from Alford Academy took part in the British Physics Olympiad. The Olympiad is a a competition open to all schools, in which pupils across the UK produce written answers to several challenging questions in theoretical physics. Their answers are sent to Oxford University for marking and results are released later, once all papers in the country have been reviewed by markers.

Our pupils worked hard to prepare for this extracurricular activity and developed their problem solving skills and their confidence to deal with new tasks. This year, 2,300 pupils from 393 schools across the UK took part in the competition.

Our pupils were awarded two bronze II awards and two commendations for their performance in the written exam.

We would like to thank the Rotary Club in Alford for sponsoring us to take part in this competition and to everyone in the academy for their time and effort in helping us.

Senior Horizons- CV and Cover letter Session

Senior Horizons- CV and Cover letter Session

On Tuesday 1st March our senior pupils in S5 and S6 who will be leaving Alford Academy in summer 2022, were invited to take part in a practical session lead by our career advisor, to help write a CV in preparation for their future pathway.

The turn out was very good and pupils followed a step by step process to create their personal CV’s and covering letters.

The session was lead by Jemma Kinnaird, our Skills Development Scotland Career advisor and Aimee Maitland, our Developing the Young Workforce school coordinator.

After the session, pupils were equipped with an up to date CV ready for distributing to potential employers.

Pupils said:

“This was extremely helpful and informative and now I have a CV that I can use straight away and update regularly when I need to”.

“Very helpful and now I can write a CV. This helped me develop my personal CV and made me think of aspects to add to my CV that I wouldn’t have considered”.


Christmas Cyber Challenge

Christmas Cyber Challenge

Computing Science have been working on the Christmas Cyber Challenge presented by DressCode and sponsored by @jpmorgan.  Cyber advent calendar for both Primary and Secondary pupils!!  DressCode have lots of Micro:bits to give away.  Complete all the 25 challenges and be entered into the prize draw for a chance of winning one of your own.  Good luck!!  #ChooseComputingScience

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Great win at Gordonstoun

Great win at Gordonstoun

The Senior Boys football team played their first match since February 2020 on Thursday afternoon in the second round of the Scottish Cup against Gordonstoun.  Alford won the match 2-0 thanks to 2 goals from Marley.

The opening exchanges were fairly scrappy as both teams got used to the heavy pitch and Alford struggled to find the space to get the ball down and play.  Alford struck first through a very well taken free-kick by Marley.  He curled the ball into the keeper’s bottom left corner from 25 yards, a great finish. The rest of the first half was highly competitive but mostly played in the middle of the pitch. Half-time Gordonstoun 0 – 1 Alford.

The second half started brightly for Alford as we controlled the ball and started to stretch the Gordonstoun defence, leading to more space for our midfield to play in.  In the 55th minute, Cameron took a quick throw-in to Ewan, who arrowed a 50-yard ball across the pitch to the on-rushing Marley, who calmly slotted the ball beyond the keeper to make it 2-0 Alford. A peach of an assist from Ewan and composed finish from Marley.

From then on, Alford controlled proceedings and had a number of chances to add to the lead.  Good strikes from Shay & Thomas went narrowly wide, Marley had a superb volley ruled offside, Arran had a shot deflected wide and Callum came close to scoring a third, too.  There was a bit of a stramash in the Alford box in the 90th minute but it came to nothing for the home side. The Alford defence stayed strong and resilient throughout and Devon did not have a save to make throughout the game.  Full-time Gordonstoun 0 – 2 Alford.

A very encouraging performance from Alford and great way to start the season, the boys all worked hard for each other and showed a lot of quality during the 90 minutes.  We go into the 3rd round and are looking forward to taking on Mintlaw in the league next week.

Thank you to Gordonstoun for a good game and the added bonus of feeding us after too!


Running club is setting the pace

Running club is setting the pace

Running club has started again this term, we meet every Thursday after school (3pm – 3:45pm) and meet in PE. We are currently doing our own version of couch to 5km and are all just starting out again!  If you would like to join us all you need to do is speak to Mrs Rees-Jenkins in Science or go visit our Active schools team!

You can book in online:

Everyone is welcome and all abilities of walker to runner can join in 🙂

Run club is just fun and a great way to relax after a busy day!

Mrs Rees-Jenkins (Science)

Inverurie Music Award Scheme Continues to Support Our Young Musicians

Inverurie Music Award Scheme Continues to Support Our Young Musicians

Alford Academy pupils once again have an opportunity to submit a request for financial support from the Inverurie Music Award Scheme.  Since its launch in 2019, a number of our pupils have received a financial award to assist with the cost of purchasing a musical instrument, sheet music, lessons, travel to workshops, etc.  Full details about the scheme and the eligibility requirements can be found here.  Although the application deadline is 12th November, these have to be approved by Mr Trueman.  Please therefore have completed application forms submitted to him no later than Friday 5th November (remember, remember….).

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Update from Active Schools

Update from Active Schools

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Tennis Term 1 2021-2022 – link to flyer

Active Schools Alford are now able to offer tennis sessions starting on the 5th of September at Alford Community Campus. There are limited spaces available so booking is essential. Please see the flier for more details and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Active Schools Alford Team.



Pilates for Teenagers during Easter

Pilates for Teenagers during Easter

A fun and dynamic way to get young people up and moving during the Easter holidays.
TWO taster classes on 8th and 15th April at 10am!
We will then be opening up a block of classes over the summer term.  These will be on a Thursday 5PM (bookings not yet open).
🔹LIVE Online Class
🔹45 minutes via Zoom
🔹For teens age 12-16 years
🔹No previous experience required
🔹£5 per person per class.
Book your spot on our online class booking website
Ginetta Junior Championship

Ginetta Junior Championship

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Breakell Racing Make Ginetta Debut In Juniors

Well Done Fergus! (You’ll be needing some time off? – better be nice to your Guidance Teacher 😆)

Every Race Live on ITV4 alongside British Touring Car Championship:

Rounds     Date Venue/Circuit
1,2,3 8/9 May Thruxton
4,5,6 15/16 May Snetterton (300)
7,8,9 12/13 June Brands Hatch (Indy)
10,11,12 31 July/1 August Oulton Park (Island)
13,14,15 14/15 August Knockhill
16,17,18 28/29 August Thruxton
19,20,21 18/19 September Croft
22,23,24 25/26 September Silverstone (National)
25,26,27 9/10 October Donington Park (National)
28,29,30 23/24 October Brands Hatch (Grand Prix)
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