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.

School Uniform

Senior Pupils:

In order to prepare for the new session, Academy Uniforms will be in school on Tuesday 31st March 2015 to measure and size students currently in S4 who will be staying on for S5 or any S5 student progressing to S6 who wishes to replace their blazer.   All S5 and S6 pupils are required to wear a blazer as part of the senior uniform.  They can be purchased for £40 per blazer (minimum £10 deposit, the remaining £30 to be paid upon collection of blazer).  Blazers may also be leased from the school for a £10 returnable deposit.  Alternatively, pupils will be issued with details of their size requirements and blazers can be ordered online from Academy Uniforms (until Thursday 30th April for delivery in June) via the following website:   www.academyuniformsltd.co.uk

Please note, current S5 pupils leasing a blazer and leaving school this summer should return their blazers on Friday 24th April.

 All Pupils:

Academy Uniforms will be in school on Tuesday 31st March 2015 for orders of jumpers (£16.50) and cardigans (£17.50) from 3.30pm till 6pm.  Ties are always available to purchase from the school office for £2.50.

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.

Adverse Weather Arrangements

Information for Parents

Aberdeenshire school closure information

Help your child learn at home

Scholar Parental Leaflet

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

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

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.

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