Pupils at Mintlaw Academy surpassed themselves as the school continued to beat national and shire wide averages in key studies.
Figures released for the 2014/15 school term show that students at the academy have continued to improve on the year previous’ results in key areas like numeracy and literacy as well as positive destinations for those who have completed their studies.
Students leaving the school and achieving a positive destination – meaning employment, apprenticeships and further or higher education, rose from 93.4% to 96%, bringing it above the Aberdeenshire average of 95.6%.
The school has bettered national and shire averages at different levels in literacy and numeracy while continually outscoring it’s Virtual Comparator – a performance benchmarking tool based on the social and economic background of the academy.
The school has set out a long term improvement strategy to try and “re-define the ethos of the school and raise aspirations and expectations”.
The academy has also strengthened links with primary schools with a focus on numeracy.
Article from Buchan Observer by Sean O’Neil
Nominations are now being sought for The Scottish Education Awards. These are awards to recognise the support and effort that teachers, school support staff, schools and also parents/carers put in to helping pupils achieve their potential. Anyone can nominate a person for an award and the various categories can be viewed at
Nominations close at 12pm on Monday 15th February 2016.
As mentioned at the recent Parents’ Conference and in the covering letter for S4, S5 and S6 reports the following hyperlinks will take you to sites and resources that are very useful for helping parents / carers support their children in the run up to their National Qualifications.
Nationals in a Nutshell
Learning Together, Mintlaw Academy’s first Parent Conference took place on Thursday 19th November 2015.
Following a key note address from Mr Horberry, parents opted to attend up to three workshops/presentations on a wide variety of topics including Building Resilience, Internet Safely, Study Skills, Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, Teenage Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Technology in the Classroom, and a session led by local employers on the employability skills they look for in young people. There were also presentations from pupils on Wider Achievement and volunteering opportunities within the curriculum, and displays from the Mintlaw Academy Parent Council and PTA.
Parents had an opportunity to visit department and faculty stands and displays, enjoy performances by Drama and Music Department pupils and to view the work of pupils in the Art Department. The event was much appreciated by all who attended.
If you attended this conference we would be very grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes to complete a quick survey about your experiences. Your views will influence planning for similar events in the future and so your opinions are very important to us. Please complete the survey by clicking on the link below.
The 2nd – 6th November 2015 is Mintlaw Academies Celebration of Engineering, engaging with Industry is seen as an important factor to enhance the curriculum with the Faculty of Technology. Every pupil who has a class within the Faculty during this week will be given a presentation or take part in an activity either to help them with career options or to inspire them about Engineering.
We have a range of contributors to the week who will all bring something different for the pupils. Highlights of the week include visits and presentations from GE Oil and Gas Peterhead, an insight into the Carbon Capture and Storage project at Peterhead power station as well as the annual S2 Engineering Challenge delivered by NESCOL.
This aims to be an enjoyable week for staff and pupils and hopefully the building of strong industrial relationships.
Please click the link below to see how working in partnership with Shell our “Engineering Girls” are inspired by their course.
The inception of the Schools Litter Challenge arose from research conducted by Keep Britain Tidy, which highlighted a general ineffectiveness of litter prevention. Academies across Aberdeenshire were asked to take a creative and innovative approach and encourage their fellow students to reduce the amount of litter they create throughout the school day. Aberdeenshire Waste Team carefully assessed each entry and scores were given across a range of categories for effort, originality and effectiveness.
After careful consideration they chose the best three entrants with the follow results;
First Place: MINTLAW ACADEMY
Second Place: Banchory Academy
Third Place: Portlethen Academy