Early Closure Practice – Thursday 20th November 2014

As the winter is fast approaching it may be that due to severe and rapidly changing weather conditions that closing the school early to enable the safe journey home for pupils might need to be considered

Making sure that over 550 pupils leave the school safely using the correct bus is a challenging task and we have to ensure every single pupil is accounted for.

This process needs to be swift and efficient. To this end we plan to practice our Early Closure Procedure on Thursday 20 November starting from 2.30 pm, so please expect pupils to be home earlier than normal.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, although we are sure that you will understand that planning for the safety of our pupils has to be a priority.

Yours sincerely

A Horberry


 Please note Orchestra and Badminton club will be on as usual.  Pupils will be informed where to go when called to the Social Area.

Forthcoming Events

PTA Fashion Show

Friday 21st November – 7.30pm start

 Parents’ Evenings this term:

 S2 – 13th November

S1 – 25th November

S3 – 3rd December

 Parents’ Evenings take place at the Academy from 5-7pm, we look forward to seeing you there.

Careers Fair

The Careers Fair will now be held on Thursday 26th February 2015


Cashless Catering Online Payment Survey

 For some time now parents have been able to add monies onto pupils’ cashless catering accounts online through the Council’s website. As part of the Council’s ICE (Improving the Customer Experience) Project, school catering have been working with the project team to improve the customer experience by reviewing the current online payment system to make this an easier, more reliable and informative system for parents to use.

 As part of this ongoing project we would like to get feedback from parents with regard to both the current online payment system and the functionality they would like to see improved and incorporated into an online payment system.

 To gain this feedback we would like parents to complete a short survey which is available online at:


 The survey is also available to complete on the school catering webpages at:


 The survey can also be completed through the Council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.  A link to the survey is also available on the current online payment page.

 The survey will run from Monday 3 November 2014 until Monday 24 November.


Adverse Weather Arrangements

Information for Parents

Aberdeenshire school closure information

Help your child learn at home

Scholar Parental Leaflet


Very well done to pupils in S4 who have achieved excellent National 5 exam results.  In particular the following pupils are to be congratulated for achieving top grades across all their subjects;

  • Naomi Bruce (including Grade A in Music Higher)
  • Mathew Henderson (including Grade A in Music Higher)
  • Rebecca Bruce
  • Rachel Cameron
  • Owen Gillanders
  • Sam Graham
  • Lara Rydlewicz (including Grade A in Music Higher)
  • Murray Watson

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 In S5 the following pupils achieved outstanding success by obtaining 5 or more “A” Grades at Higher

  • Rebecca Phelan
  • Kieran Yule
  • Catherine Donald

 In S6 the follwing pupils have to be recognised for achieving 2 or more “A” at  Advanced Higher

  • Stephanie Barclay
  • Shona Brown
  • Jack Daniel 
  • Stefani Duncan
  • Michaela Harley
  • Stuart Mair
  • Hanna Smith
  • Natasha Walker 

 Very well done to them all

Term Dates 2014/15

School starts on Tuesday 19th August 2014

  • October - Monday 13th October to Friday 24th October 2014
  • Christmas - Monday 22nd December 2014 to Friday 2 January 2015
  • Mid Term - Friday 13th February to Monday 16th February 2015
  • Easter - Friday 3rd April  to Friday 17th April 2015
  • May Day - Monday 4th May 2015
  • Summer holidays start on Monday 6th July 2015

Occasional Days

  •  Monday 1st June 2015

In-Service Closure Dates for 2014/15

The following dates have been set as closure days for Session 2014/15

  •  Monday 17th Nov 2014
  •  Tuesday 18th Nov 2014
  • Wednesday 19th November 2014
  • Tuesday 17th Feb 2015
  •  Wednesday 18th Feb 2015

Mintlaw Celebrates Success Programme

Awards Ceremony programme


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School uniforms ordered from website

Academy Uniforms will be in school on Monday 18th August (in-service day) from 1-3pm to issue uniforms and blazers ordered prior to the summer holidays.

National 4 & 5 SQA Information

Please find below links to the latest information about the National 4 & 5 courses your child will be completing this session. 

 Curriculum for Excellence Learners Guide

Curriculum for Excellence Parents Guide

Young Engineers showcase at SubSea UK


 Mintlaw Academy Young Engineer ROV team were given the honour of attending and presenting at the SUBSEA UK EXPO and also their Business Dinner ….more

Raising Attainment

Raising Attainment – Target Setting

Mintlaw Academy is committed to raising the standard of attainment for its pupils.. A new initiative has been introduced to support pupils achieve their best potential.

In all subjects from S4-S6 all pupils will be issued with a target from their teachers which will be closely monitored throughout the session.

Pupils who are not working at their expected level will be offered additional support and strategies to get them “back on track” early and before the exams.

The role of parents is vital in this and it would be helpful if these targets and current level of performance is discussed at home.

British Schools Judo success

Morgan Macdonald, S3 pupil at Mintlaw Academy, was one of the 565 pupils taking part in the British Schools Judo Championships in Sheffield recently.  Morgan took part in the 55kg category and won the bronze medal.   Morgan is now ranked 20th in Britain.  He was delighted with his performance and the school is proud of his achievement at a national level.  Morgan is also part of the Mintlaw Academy Under 15 football squad which is enjoying a very successful season.Morgan MacDonald



Subject Choice Booklet

Please use the links below to view our  Subject Choice Booklets

Senior Phase Choice Booklet 2014 2015

Senior Phase Option Sheet 2014 2015



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