Outstanding Exam Success for Mintlaw pupils

Yet again Mintlaw Academy pupils have gained some excellent grades in the latest SQA Exams.   The numbers of pupils attaining 5 or more awards at National 5 in S4 has increased again for the third year in a row and the S5 pupils who have achieved  3 or more Highers awards have risen to the highest ever!   Well done everyone.

Please see pictured below the pupils who achieved Grade A’s in ALL their subjects.

exam result photo

Improvements to Online Payment for Cashless Catering in Secondary Schools

A letter has been sent out to all parents and carers of pupils registered at Secondary schools across Aberdeenshire in relation to the payment for school meals. School meal payments should be simpler following an upgrading to an improved system for online payments. This will help reduce administration and cash handling in schools and to improve the customer experience for parents and carers paying into the system, allowing balances and account history to be viewed.

The new system will require one off registration. See important details by clicking on the following link-

Cashless Catering in Secondary Schools and Online Payment Facility.

As far as the pupil experience will be concerned, there will be no difference for Secondary school pupils and online payments for Primary school pupils will be introduced during the coming academic year through a phased roll-out programme.

All Secondary schools have been transferring to the new system over the Summer holidays and this will be operational for the start of the new term. Any balances remaining at the end of the last school year (2014-15) will be automatically transferred across to the new system.


Changes to the School Day

Please remember that as of 18th August the times of the school day will be:

 Mondays and Tuesdays – 8.40am till 3.50pm (interval 10.30-10.45, lunch 1.15-2.10pm)

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – 8.40am till 3pm (interval 10.30-10.45, lunch 12.25-1.20pm)

Award Assemblies – Thursday 25 June


Award Assembly



School Uniforms

Please note Academy Uniforms will be at Mintlaw Academy on Thursday 4th June 2015 for issue of any uniform items ordered previously.  Orders can be collected from the Academy from 3.30-6pm (pupils from the Academy can collect orders during the afternoon).  Following the 4th June, pupils may collect their orders from the front office of the Academy.

 Please note school knitwear may also now be purchased from Jazmayne (Clerkhill Road) as well as Donalds in Peterhead and Pomprint in Mintlaw.

 School ties are available from the front office for £2.50.

Aberdeenshire GIRFEC Website

I would like to draw your attention to the new Aberdeenshire GIRFEC website.  This is now the central way of containing information on GIRFEC for practitioners, young people and parents / carers.

It now means that information can be contained in one place and is intended to help everyone navigate through a complex landscape.

Please use the link below




The Scottish Government provide schools with a statistical “toolkit” which enables teaching colleagues to access school performance data. Please see below for some interesting statistics.

  • Mintlaw Academy S6 Boys leaving 2013/14 -100% Positive Destinations (Insight Data) – this is 10% above the Aberdeenshire Average.
  • Mintlaw Academy S4 Girls leaving in 2013/14 – 100% Positive Destinations (Insight Data) – this is 15% above the Aberdeenshire Average.
  • 85% of Mintlaw Academy S6 Girls  left to go to Further Education compared to 69% Aberdeenshire Average
  • 82% of Mintlaw Academy  S6 Boys left to go to Higher Education compared to 62% Aberdeenshire Average
  • 27% of Mintlaw Academy S5 Boys left to Higher Education compared to 9% Aberdeenshire Average !

Clearly Mintlaw ranks amongst one of the best performing in the region.

Senior Choice Booklet



Dates for your Diary

Dates for your diary – Awards Ceremony – change date to Wednesday 17th June 2015

Dates for your diary – Primary 7 visit – 24th, 25th and 26th June 2015

My School App

 Our Mintlaw Academy app is available to download from either the Apple App Store or Google Play.  Look for ‘myschoolApp’.  You will then need to sign in with your name, email, phone number, and your own PIN which you make up yourself.

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