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Dear Students,

Following the latest advice issued by the UK and Scottish governments this evening, NESCol can confirm additional measures in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

From 9am on Tuesday (March 17) face to face teaching at the College will be suspended. Alternative methods of delivery are being finalised. Students are not required to attend but premises will remain open to students until Friday (March 20) for those who require access.

Updates and guidance will continue to be provided by email to students and staff, through, College social media channels and MyNescol.

Pupils should attend school on Wednesday’s and follow their timetabled classes. Work for college should be carried out in study time and at home.

Please use the following guidelines in order to access work for college courses.


The link to blackboard –


They sign in with their student and normal password.


For those that have not accessed Blackboard their password would be initials and date of birth format:

WwDDMMYY example Ww050391

Senior Pupil Leadership Opportunities for session 2020-21

Prefect Applications 2020-21 for S4 and S5 pupils

Applications are now live for the following leadership opportunities next session:-

S5 Prefect  – open to all S4 pupils


S6 Prefect   – open to all S5 pupils (Please note current S5 Prefects must ‘reapply’ for a S6 Prefect role however no reference is required)


S6 Senior Prefect   – open to all S5 Prefects or S5 House Captains/Vice-Captains


Head / Depute Head Prefect – open to all S5 pupils with a school leadership role in S5 or in exceptional circumstances a significant leadership role outwith school


Closing date for all applications is Monday 30 March 2020.

House Captain/Vice Captain Applications 2020-21 for S4 and S5 pupils

Applications are now live for the following leadership opportunities next session:-

House Vice Captain – open to all S4 pupils


House Captain    – open to all current S5 Vice House or House Captains (please note current S5 House Captains must reapply if they wish to continue in the House Captain role next session) or in exceptional circumstances S5 pupils with another significant leadership role in or outwith school.


Closing date for all applications is Monday 30 March 2020.

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.


S3-5 Course Choice Consultation 2020 – 2021

The Course Choice Consultation forms are live and can be accessed via the link below for your child’s correct stage.

S3 into S4

S4 into S5

S5 into S6

Pupils can complete the consultation forms at home in discussion with parents / carers but they will also have the opportunity to complete their course choice consultation in school.

Please complete the relevant form above by Wednesday 18th December.

A reminder that parents and carers are invited to the S3 – S5 Parents Course Choice and future Pathways information evening on Thursday 12th December, 6pm – 6:45pm. Please see more information regarding this on the blog post dated 3rd December 2019.

Many thanks.

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

Scottish Cup 2nd Round Victory for Alford Senior Boys!

The Alford boys senior football team recorded their first victory in over 2 years today in a hard-fought Scottish Shield Cup match against Aberdeen Grammar.  Alford found themselves 2 goals down in the first 10 minutes after some sloppy defending from a corner & being caught out from a long ball.  Alford’s midfield then started to get themselves onto the ball a bit more and put some pressure on the Grammar defence.   

Keigan pulled a goal back for Alford after being gifted the ball on the edge of the box, his powerful low drive was tipped onto the post by the ‘keeper before rolling across the goal-line.  Devon pulled off a spectacular save to keep Alford in the game half way through the first half.   

10 minutes before the break and Alford found themselves level after some neat interplay set up Liam, who saw his first shot parried by the ‘keeper before sweeping home with his left foot. There was an incident following the goal amid Alford’s celebrations, where a Grammar player was sent off for violent conduct & Liam was booked for his part in the stramash. 

Marley was causing the Grammar defence problems and when he was brought down 25 yards from goal, Sean stepped up to expertly curl the ball round the wall and smash into the underside of the crossbar. 3-2 to Alford at half-time! 

The second half was a tense affair as Alford failed to take advantage of the extra man.  At times, Grammar were outplaying them and looked as if they had the numerical advantage.  Grammar deservedly equalised in the 60th minute to set up a final third of the game that was end-to-end and not short of chances for both teams. 

Ultimately, it was Alford that got the winner with 5 minutes left making the final score 4-3. Keigan found space in the box to fire it past the on-rushing keeper into the roof of the net to send the Alford team wild!  An excellent win and we’re all looking forward to the next round away to Elgin Academy.  The boys have another tough match this week – away to Peterhead in the North of Scotland Cup on Thursday.  Good luck! 

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


UCAS Exhibtion – Thursday 26th September 2019

Alford Academy has secured a number of tickets for the UCAS exhibition in Elphinstone Hall at Aberdeen University on Thursday 26th September.  A bus will depart the campus at 9.15am and return at approximately 1.30pm.  The event is free to pupils in S5 & S6 who wish to apply to university this year and will have displays, talks, and interactive stands  from UCAS experts, many universities, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland,  employers and gap year specialists.

Please give your name to your guidance teacher ASAP to secure your place.

RGU sessions

RGU are running the following sessions for S5 and S6 pupils :

Engineering & Computing

Thursday 5th September 2019

Architecture, Architectural Technology, Surveying and Construction Management

Thursday 5th September 2019

Creative and Cultural Business

Friday 6th September 2019

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