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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.

Class Magazine

Class Magazine

S2 Study and Organisation have been working on a project to create a digital magazine.

We wanted young people to read more so we decided to make a digital magazine because everyone uses their phones nowadays. We wrote lots of different articles as people are interested in lots of different topics. 

During this project we had to work as a team and communicate with each other. We had to use our literacy, research and IT skills, and work towards a deadline. You can read our magazine by scanning the QR code advertised around the school or clicking the link below. 

We enjoyed working on this magazine project and we hope you enjoy reading it.

S&O Magazine



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”.

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

HWB Family Learning Event : Thursday 16th March

HWB Family Learning Event : Thursday 16th March

On Thursday 16th March we hosted a health and wellbeing family learning event with a focus on supporting our S3-6 young people as they prepare for their SQA exams. Our S3 and S4 MH peer educators shared some information about their role in school and how support can be accessed and then led the groups around four workshops with a focus on :

Resilient thinking skills and strength spotting

Healthy food choices and brain boosting snacks

The importance of sleep and anxiety management

Nutrition and exercise to help your wellbeing

We welcomed the following providers and they delivered their information in a varied and informative manner.

A Shearer – Full Colour Coaching

D Tuckwood and F Burnett – Public Health Team / NHS

T Stoddard – Trainee School Nurse / NHS

Lyndsay Van Der Starre – ElevateUfitness

We will share information from the workshops with you digitally, please look out for an email with the link to the resources.

Students applying to study at RGU.

Students applying to study at RGU.

On Wednesday 22nd March Kirsty Mackay, our RGU Hub officer will be in Alford Academy.

All pupils who have applied to RGU will have received an email with a QR code to scan and book an appointment with Kirsty to discuss their application and any queries they have regarding Uni – funding, accommodation etc.

You can simply book an appointment at a time that suits best during the hub day.  The appointments are not mandatory and are available to students if they wish to attend. It is a casual chat but will hopefully answer any queries they do have.

Please check your emails if you have applied to RGU and would welcome this input and help.

How to apply for a Scottish Apprenticeship – Thursday 9th March

How to apply for a Scottish Apprenticeship – Thursday 9th March

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is delivering a national webinar for senior phase pupils, parents and carers on How to apply for a Scottish Apprenticeship on the 9th of March.


The session will include a panel discussion with SDS Careers adviser, Apprentice employer and an Apprenticeship offering their experiences and advice.

Join Skills Development Scotland in our webinar for senior pupils, parents and careers on ‘How to apply for a Scottish Apprenticeships’ as part of #ScotAppWeek23.

Find out about apprenticeships and get tips on the application process.

Sign up

How to have meaningful career conversations – Webinar Thursday 23rd March

How to have meaningful career conversations – Webinar Thursday 23rd March

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is delivering a national webinar ‘How to have meaningful career conversations’  on Thursday 23 March at 6.30pm.

Parents and carers can join this webinar to hear about the value and benefits of having career conversations and get some practical hints and tips on how to approach these. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions.

Parents and carers can register for our session here:

Careers Evening – Alford Academy Thursday 2nd March 6-8pm

Careers Evening – Alford Academy Thursday 2nd March 6-8pm

Join us for Alford Careers Evening 2023 

Date – Thursday 2nd March 2023

Time – 6-8PM 

Where – Alford Academy 

All pupils, Parents / Carers, Employers and Community Members are very welcome to this exciting event.

55+ Organisations will be represented from a variety of different sectors.  The event will enable the young people of Alford Academy and their families to see the wide range of opportunities available.  We hope to inspire young people as they consider their future in the world of work.

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event.

So far we have the following organisations who will be in attendance – click on their names to find out more about what they do.

If you represent an organisation and would like to sign up please do get in contact –

1.       Aberdeenshire Council – Resourcing Team
2.       Aberdeenshire Council
3.       Aberdeenshire Council – Foundation Apprenticeships
4.       Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action
5.       Acumen Financial Planning
6.       Alford Golf Club
7.       Anderson, Anderson & Brown LLP
8.       Armed Forces Careers
9.       Baker Hughes
10.   Boskalis Subsea Services
11.   Bristow Helicopters Limited
12.   Cairngorms National Park Authority
13.   Chloe’s Kitchen Creations
14.   Circle Health Group
15.   CNR International
16.   Co-op
17.   Country Flavours
18.   Countryside Learning Scotland
19.   Dean’s of Huntly Limited
20.   DYW North East
21.   Everlongart and Gift Shop
22.   Expro North Sea Ltd
23.   FES FM
24.   Heriot – Watt University
25.   Inspire PTL
26.   Kirkwood Homes Ltd
27.   MCR Pathways
28.   Mackie’s of Scotland
29.   Morven Vet
30.   NHS Grampian
31.   Nicol of Skene
32.   North East of Scotland College
33.   North Link Ferries
34.   NRC Environmental Services UK Ltd
35.   Peterson UK LTD
36.   Pipeline Technique
37.   Police Scotland
38.   Port of Aberdeen
39.   Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
40.   River Dee Trust
41.   Robert Gordon University
42.   Royal Air Force (RAF)
43.   Royal Navy Careers Service
44.   SaxaVord Spaceport
45.   Scotland’s Rural College – SRUC
46.   Scottish Ambulance Service
47.   Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
48.   Skills Development Scotland
49.   SPE Aberdeen and Energy Institute
50.   Stonehouse Sales and Lettings
51.   Subsea7
52.   TauRx Pharmaceuticals Ltd
53.   Technip FMC
54.   Total Energies
55.   University of Aberdeen
56.   W & W Mackie Ltd
57.   Wood PLC
58.   Young Smile Dental Care


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