Alford Academy Inspection

Dear Parent/Carer,

Alford Academy Inspection

Alford Academy was due to be inspected from Monday 16 March 2020.  On Friday 13 March 2020, Education Scotland informed us they are pausing all inspections until the Easter break. This is due to the changing situation with Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in Scotland.

We will update you when we receive notification of a rescheduled date.

Yours sincerely,

Moira Milne
Head Teacher
Alford Academy

‘Share the Air’ and 1:1s with parents – You said… we’re doing…

Thanks to all parents who have come along to my informal conversations this term.  Great discussions and feedback.

A key theme coming through these conversations and the feedback from Parents’ Evening surveys is ‘How can we better acknowledge and share the work of the Parent Council’. 

What we are doing?  … improving access to information about the Parent Council and their priorities.  Information can be accessed on the  website and school blog  and we will also  trial e-mailing Parent Council information directly to parents/carers.

Watch this space.. more to come in the future, we are actively working together with parents on this. 

Next Parent Council Meeting is on Monday 23 March 2020  at 7pm (please note change of date).  All welcome.


“Share the Air” Drop-In with the Head Teacher, Thursday 27 February 2020 – an invitation to Parents/Carers

An informal opportunity for parents/carers to meet with Mrs Milne 1:1 to ask for advice, discuss queries or share good ideas.  Please feel free to come along  between 4.00pm and 5.15pm on Thursday 27 February 2020.  On arrival at the campus come to the main reception where you will be welcomed and taken through to the school.  Please note that the Campus will be particularly busy this evening due to the S5/6 Parents’ Evening.   It was great to meet some new parents last term, thanks to all for coming along.


Scottish Government – Consultation

Scottish Government – Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 – Revised Statutory Guidance Consultation

The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 sets out the role parents, schools and education authorities must play in ensuring all parents are fully involved and engaged in their children’s learning and in the life and work of our schools.  The Scottish Government made a commitment to update, strengthen and modernise the guidance as part of its joint Scottish Government / Convention of Scottish Local Authorities “Learning Together” Action Plan.

We are now seeking the views of a wider audience to refine the updated guidance.

We are running a full public consultation on the draft updated guidance, from Friday 24 January 2020 until Thursday 30 April 2020.

We would be grateful if you can complete the consultation questionnaire on the refreshed guidance which can be accessed at:

We hope to hear from anyone who has an interest in how parents can be fully involved and engaged in children’s learning. For more information on the public consultation and how you can be involved in this please contact:

Dyslexia Workshops

Tuesday 3rd March and Tuesday 10th March 2020

Banchory 10.00-12.00

SCILL (SCIO) welcomes Dyslexia Routes founder Sharon Hall who will be running a workshop for parents and professionals in two parts.

The first workshop on Tuesday 3rd March will concentrate on explaining Dyslexia, its characteristics and how it is experienced. Sharon will explain how dyslexia affects learning and how you can support your child. She will also cover sources of help for parents/carers and professionals.

It will be followed by another workshop on Tuesday 10th March which will cover strategies for use at home and school and how to work collaboratively with your child’s school. It is possible to attend just one of the workshops or to attend both if you are able to do so.

This is also an excellent opportunity to meet like minded people and have all those questions answered in a relaxed environment.

The venue will be the Activity Rooms 1 and 2, Hill of Banchory Community Education Centre, Firbrae, AB31 5ZT. Refreshments will be provided.

The cost is £5 per person for one workshop and £7.50 per person if both workshops are booked. Places are limited so please email or call 07913 326816 to book.

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.


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