Prelim Information 2017

Prelim Timetable 2017

Prelim S4-5-6 Exam Planning document

Revision Support Sessions for Prelim Exams (Pupil Booklet)

Trainee Payroll Administrator post

“Sparrows are a global market-leading mechanical engineering contractor, focused on delivering outstanding lifting and handling engineering, product, operations and maintenance solutions to the offshore oil and gas industry. Headquartered in Aberdeen, Sparrows employs over 1800 people through its 21 operating bases spanning 5 continents.

 We are currently recruiting for a Trainee Payroll Administrator. This position is a great opportunity to begin a career in payroll with a company who believes in investing in people and developing their staff internally.  The successful candidate will follow a structured 18 month training path including undertaking CIPP qualification leading to full payroll administrator status with the company with the opportunity to gain not only UK but international payroll knowledge and experience.

 You might have just completed your Highers, be about to start your career or maybe you have started college or university and have decided that it wasn’t the right choice for you, or you may have started your career and be looking for a career change.

 The payroll team is based at our head office in Aberdeen and process payrolls for the company both within the UK and our overseas locations.

 The main responsibilities of this role encompass all aspects of day to day payroll including:

 Statutory Payments Calculations

  • Processing new starts and P45’s for leavers.
  • General maintenance of the online payslip system.
  • Responding to queries
  • General Administration
  • Learning and Familiarisation with Sparrows processes
  • Leading to full end to end UK and International payroll processing at the end of the training program.

We offer a competitive remuneration package including:

 Full study support in gaining a CIPP qualification.

  • 30 Days Holiday per year
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Private Health Care
  • Life Assurance”


The closing date for applications is Friday 13th Jan.  Applicants should apply directly to Jamie Hughes at Sparrows –

Want to Study Accountancy?

ABB have an Apprenticeship programme which is currently open for applications, closing 12th March 2017.  Below is a link to their website which includes more details on this:

ABB are seeking students with Higher grades ABBB and Nat 5 English and Maths grades A/B to come and join their firm and begin their Accountancy career, starting Summer 2017.

They would also like to draw your attention to their work experience programme which is currently open for applications for students in fourth year and above.  As well as supporting the schemes through the City and Shire Council they also have 3 positions available for students to join them in their school holidays.  They have one position in Feb half term, and two during the summer holidays.  All information on this programme is available through their website including how to apply.  They will be reviewing applications for the position in Feb half term shortly after the Christmas holidays.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica at AAB using the email

Communication with Parents

Parents – frustrated when letters from school go missing?

Now is the time to get involved in shaping the future of communication with schools. Aberdeenshire Council is rolling out a new service to communicate with parents by email, text message and a new app for smartphones and tablets.

A parents’ survey is available that will directly influence how the school uses the new messaging service – you can complete it at the following link;

This improved system will allow us to send home newsletters, certificates and other communication electronically, saving the school money currently spent on text message and printed newsletters.

We are scheduled to begin using this technology hopefully next year and are seeking parents’ views on what they want to receive, delivery methods and how often they want to hear from the school.

Please note, telephone and letter communication will still be used for communication that is of a sensitive or confidential nature.

 Further information is available by visiting  


Aberdeenshire’s 2017-2020 Children’s Services Plan

Dear Parent/Carer,

As part of developing Aberdeenshire’s 2017-2020 Children’s Services Plan, Aberdeenshire Council are seeking the views of a wide range of stakeholders. This includes children and young people, parents and carers, and feedback from those who lead and deliver services to children and their families across Aberdeenshire.

The consultation provides an explanation of what the Children’s Services Plan is about, and what types of things we would like to know from parents and carers. There is a very simple registration process that will just take a minute (Click the ‘Register’ button at the top of the page and follow the on-screen instructions.)

Please click on the following link to go to the online consultation, which will be open for responses until Wednesday 7thth December 2016:

There will also be a further consultation in Spring 2017, with an opportunity to comment on the draft Children’s Services Plan.

Many Thanks,

Adverse Weather Information

During the dark winter days, we encourage pupils to put safety first.  This includes dressing appropriately so that they can be seen at all times and to wear appropriate outerwear/footwear for the weather conditions.  Pupils have been reminded about the procedures to follow in the event of wintry weather, please discuss these arrangements with your son/daughter including if the school were to close during the day.  If unable to get into school, pupils should work through the materials appropriate to them as instructed by their class teachers.  Information about changes to school bus routes or school closures will be posted on the Aberdeenshire Council website and on the school infoline.


To access the school infoline:

  • Dial Aberdeenshire Council’s access number: 0870 054 4999
  • Enter Mintlaw Academy’s Pin number: 021100
  • You will then be taken to the MAIN MENU where you will be given 4 options.
  • PRESS 1: to hear our school’s message about adverse weather

Parent Conference – Thursday 17th November 2016

We plan to hold the second annual Mintlaw Academy Parent Conference on the evening of Thursday 17th November.  The purpose of this unique event is to give parents and carers the opportunity to find out ways in which we can all work together to better support pupils in their learning.

Please click on the link below to sign up for workshops.

Parent Conference Workshops



Open University: Young Applicants Schools (YASS) : – Information for Parents/ Carers and Students.

YASS Information

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

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