Adverse Weather Arrangements

Information for Parents

Aberdeenshire school closure information

Help your child learn at home

Scholar Parental Leaflet

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.

Fresh Start – Group Blog

 11. 6. 13 

Our group took photos of the space that we are goEco Picture 1ing to be working on, printed them off and mounted them on an ‘ideas’ sheet.




 We researched ideas for the eco space and looked on the internet for more information about eco spaces. We gained more ideas about what we could create for the space  and put the information on to the ideas sheet.


We have had our boiler suits and gloves delivered!DSCN0283





Yesterday afternoon Martyn, Josh and Deacon went to Fresh Start.  We showed Alan (Mrs Richard’s husband),  Mr Horbery and Alan’s dog what our plans are for the eco space behind the school. Then  we came inside, had toast and tea and tried on our boiler suits and new working gloves. Now all we need is our steel toe capped boots and we are ready to get working. After all the planning is done then we can get to work on it and get it done so it’s a more eco friendly area for wild life.


We came up with some fundraising ideas to raise money for our plans.


Clearing the area in the pouring rain! DSCN0295






Making use of the good weather we went out and worked really hard to clear through the weeds to make a path to the eco space. Hopefully we plan to put down a wooden path here that would be a good access to the site.














It was a freezing day and it was raining heavily so Mr Carnie and I got changed into appropriate clothing, boiler suits and waterproof gloves. When I was getting changed Mr Carnie was getting litter pickers, bags and a bag holder which keeps the bags open. We set off into the wet forest and started to pick up litter. We set out with two empty bags and when we were finished we had 2 bags full.




We made a questionnaire about how to plan out the eco area to transform it. We have cleared most of the area but there is room for improvement.



We dug out some of the path for the new path that will be laid later in the year.


Martyn was hammering nails into the wood that will form the  path into the Eco Space.


We took measurements of the area to make up the detailed ‘After’ plan.


We took photos for the ‘Before’ section of the scrapbook. The scrapbook we have created will help us achieve the John Muir Award.   We also researched tips on how to do an Eco garden.


We discussed our ideas made up the plan for the Eco garden.  Deacon made a detailed measurement of the walkway.  We had a look around the area to see where to put bird/bat boxes and  identified the need to clear some trees.

School Uniform Update…..

Thank you to all parents who have commented on issues with the uniform.
The school Dress Code Leadership is working closely with the supplier(s) and the Headteacher will issue a letter to all parents on Friday 21st June  to clarify issues.
The website will also be updated.
In the meantime Mintlaw Academy thanks you for your patience.


Previous uniform updates

School Uniform Information

Please find below relevant documents for the school uniform

School Uniform letter

School Uniform Order Form S56

My S3 Curriculum

Please find enclosed information about the 6 curriculum areas at Mintlaw Academy

Core Programs

Expressive Arts


Social Subjects


Support for Learners


Parental Survey Results

Parental Survey Results

Mintlaw Academy Parents Questionnaire









My child enjoys being at school


90% (90%)


My child finds school work stimulating and challenging


91% (90%)


The school has a good reputation in the local community


94% (94%)


Teachers are good at letting me know my child’s strengths and weaknesses


88% (84%)


Teacher’s in this school set high standards for pupils’ attainment


96% (95%)


School reports give me helpful information about my child’s progress


95% (95%)


The school encourages my child to work to the best of his/her ability


98% (97%)


Staff make me feel welcome at the school


97% (95%)


Parents’ evenings are helpful and informative


99% (98%)


School buildings are kept in good order 


97% (99%)


The school has explained how I can support my child with his/her homework


87% (82%)


I have a clear idea of the school’s priorities for improving the education of pupils


86% (87%)


My child is treated fairly in the school


97% (96%)


The school deals effectively with inappropriate behaviour


87% (84%)


The school makes it clear to parents what standard of work it expects from the pupils


93% (92%)


There is a mutual respect between teachers and pupils at the school


94% (92%)


Staff show concern for the care and welfare of my child


99% (99%)


The school is good at consulting me on decisions which affect my child


88% (92%)


If I raise a matter of concern the school will do something about it


97% (96%)


The school is well led



97% (96%)


Figures in brackets = S2 Parents

Parental Posts

Keep up to date with the latest comments made by our parents.


“I believe that pupils at Mintlaw Academy are very privileged to be taught by dedicated, hardworking and inspirational teachers” (28/11/12)


“As a parent attending my last parents evening I would like to thank the teachers and support workers for doing an excellent job in the last 6 years. Everyone has been helpful to my daughter in stimulating her in the different subjects. Also in giving her encouragemewnt to improve and show her true worth and abilities. Thanks” (28/11/12)


“I think overall the presence of Mr Horberry is having a positive effect on the school in general. I am much more positive about my daughter’s second year than her first and hopefully the school as a whole with regard to work ethic and respect for other will only improve” (27/2/13)


“S2 Parent Information Evening held on 21/2/13 was well presented. Information given in a positive way” (27/2/13)


“School appear to be well run and focused on the pupils and their development” (27/2/13)


“The school has got a good reputation any small problems we have ever had has always been dealt with extremely well.” (27/2/13)


“School improvements are noticeable and have been long needed” (27/2/13)


“The pupils on the desks were very helpful. A credit to the school” (27/2/13)


“I am very happy my child has moved into the Academy without any problems and enjoys school” (7/11/12)


“I was impressed to see the Headmaster open evenings – I don’t have any issues so haven’t attended – but good to know it is there” (15/11/12)


“My daughter has a lot of support from teachers this year, this is great” (15/11/12)



“Already more positive outlook with new Headteacher in place appears to be more receptive to both pupil and parents views / opinions” (15/11/12)

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