Mintlaw Academy Pupils’ Exam Success


We are very proud of the attainment of all our S4, S5 and S6 pupils in their recent SQA exams and qualifications. The pupils in the photo above received top grades in all the qualifications that they took before the summer. Congratulations to them and to all our pupils and a huge thanks to all our staff and parents for their support in helping all our pupils to experience record breaking success.

Communication for parents

Aberdeenshire council has changed the way parents receive online alerts about school closures and changes to school transport. You can now sign up for these notifications through myaccount on the Aberdeenshire Council website – if you currently pay for school meals online, you will already be registered.

 myaccount is a simple, secure way of accessing a range of Scottish public services using just one username and password and 13,000 parents across Aberdeenshire are already enjoying the benefits of it.

As well as being able to sign up for alerts, your home page will automatically give you handy information such as your bin collection days, where your nearest recycling centre is and the names of your local councillors.

So, if you want to be kept up-to-date and take advantage of the other myaccount benefits, sign up to the new system by going to the Aberdeenshire Council website and clicking on the red register button in the top right-hand corner.

Help and more information for parents and staff on myaccount can be found here

Academy Uniforms at Mintlaw Academy


Pupils are expected to wear school dress while at school and

when participating in organised school trips or activities.

School Dress:

  • Mintlaw Academy blazer (S5/S6,optional for S1-S4)
  • Mintlaw Academy tie
  • White shirt
  • Mintlaw Academy black jumper/cardigan (optional)
  • Black trousers or skirt
  • Sensible black shoes (not black trainers)

 How to order school dress items:  (Prices may be subject to change)

v  Ties from the school – £2.50

 v  Academy Uniforms – blazers/knitwear –

order online or free delivery to the school in June, August and December

Blazer – £41.50 to purchase  (Senior pupils may lease from the school – £10)

Knitwear (100% cotton) – Jumper – £16.50, Cardigan – £17.50

v  Pom Print (Mintlaw) – knitwear only

v  Jazmayne (Peterhead) – knitwear only

v  Donalds (Peterhead) – knitwear and ties


National Qualifications – Supporting our Students

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

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.


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

Holiday Dates – Session 2016/17

  • October – Monday 10th October to Friday 21st October 2016
  • Christmas – Thursday 22nd December 2016 to Thursday 5th January 2017
  • Mid Term – Friday 10th February to Monday 13th February 2017
  • Easter – Monday 3rd April to Monday 17th April 2017 (includes Good Friday – 14th April)
  • May Day – Monday 1st May 2017
  • Occasional Day – Monday 5th June 2017
  • Summer holidays start on Monday 3rd July 2017

In-Service Closure Dates for 2016/17

The following dates have been set as closure days for Session 2016/17

  • Monday 14th Nov 2016
  • Tuesday 15th Nov 2016
  • Tuesday 14th Feb 2017
  • Wednesday 15th Feb 2017


S3 – Thursday 3rd November 2016

S1 – Wednesday 9th November 2016

S5/S6 – Thursday 8th November 2016

S4 – Wednesday 18th January 2017

S2 – Thursday 26th January 2017


S1, S3, S4-6 Tracking Reports issued Thursday 6th October 2016

S4-6 Reports issued Thursday 24th November 2016

S3 Reports issued Thursday 19th January 2017

S2 Tracking Reports issued Wednesday 1st February 2017

S4-6 Tracking Reports issued Tuesday 7th March 2017

S1 Reports issued Friday 17th March 2017

S2 Reports issued Thursday 30th March 2017


S3-5 Options Evening Wednesday 11th January 2017


S1 – S6  Awards Ceremony Thursday 15th June 2017 (tbc)


Tuesday 2nd May – Friday 2nd June 2017


P7 Parents Evening Wednesday 21st June 2017

P7 Visit Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd June  2017


Monday and Tuesday

Registration     8.40 – 8.50am

Period 1             8.50 – 9.40am

Period 2             9.40 – 10.30am

Interval             10.30 – 10.45am

Period 3            10.45 – 11.35am

Period 4            11.35 – 12.25am

Period 5             12.25 – 1.15pm

Lunchtime        1.15 – 2.10pm

Period 6             2.10 – 3.00 pm

Period 7             3.00- 3.50pm

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Registration      8.40 – 8.50am

Period 1              8.50 – 9.40am

Period 2              9.40 – 10.30am

Interval              10.30 – 10.45am

Period 3              10.45 – 11.35am

Period 4              11.35 – 12.25am

Lunchtime         12.25 – 1.20pm

Period 5              1.20 – 2.10pm

Period 6              2.10- 3.00pm


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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