Scottish Education Awards 2016

Nominations are now being sought for The Scottish Education Awards.  These are awards  to recognise the support and effort that teachers, school support staff, schools and also parents/carers put in to helping pupils achieve their potential.  Anyone can nominate a person for an award and  the various categories can be viewed at

 Nominations close at 12pm on Monday 15th February 2016.

Learn Together – Parent Conference Event

Learning Together, Mintlaw Academy’s first Parent Conference took place on Thursday 19th November 2015.

 Following a key note address from Mr Horberry, parents opted to attend up to three workshops/presentations on a wide variety of topics including Building Resilience, Internet Safely, Study Skills, Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, Teenage Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Technology in the Classroom, and a session led by local employers on the employability skills they look for in young people.  There were also presentations from pupils on Wider Achievement and volunteering opportunities within the curriculum, and displays from the Mintlaw Academy Parent Council and PTA.

Parents had an opportunity to visit department and faculty stands and displays, enjoy performances by Drama and Music Department pupils and to view the work of pupils in the Art Department.   The event was much appreciated by all who attended.

If you attended this conference we would be very grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes to complete a quick survey about your experiences.  Your views will influence planning for similar events in the future and so your opinions are very important to us.  Please complete the survey by clicking on the link below.

Thank you








Mintlaw Celebrates Success Programme

Awards Ceremony programme


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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

Mintlaw Academy Young Engineers are set for Seattle for a once in a lifetime opportunity to compete in the International Final of the ROV Mate competition.

The Regional competition run by ROV Mate and sponsored by RGU and BP is open to all schools in Scotland and gives secondary school pupils the opportunity to design, build and fly model ROV’s. Rovs are an underwater robot which can carry out a series of tasks on the sea bed. The team of five from Mintlaw have spent 5 months, working every lunchtime and after school to prepare their vehicle for the tasks, building their model from scratch they have engineered different parts, dealt with electronic challenges but more importantly have developed a large amount of transferable skills that has prepared them for future challenges.

The International  final will be held in the Weyerhaeuser King Aquatic Centre Seattle Washington, USA from 20th – 22nd June, teams from several states in the USA, Hongkong, Tokyo and Egypt will compete to become the best ROV group in the world.

This is is a great achievement for the 5 boys as this was the first year the school have entered the competition. Pictured are the team, Douglas Leel, Liam Forbes, Kieran Yule, Gareth Swinney and David Finnie. The boys would like to thank their sponsors, Bill Mackie Engineering, Plumb Centre, Duthie Motors Longside and their mentor, Neil Stagg from BP.

ROV Team

Please let me take this opportunity to apologise to parents who had to wait an unacceptably long time last Tuesday (25 June) to order uniform. Our supplier was simply overwhelmed with demand and was unable to process orders as fast as we would have liked.

On a more positive note, the level of demand is a clear indication of the parental support for the “new” uniform and we are delighted that the school community is looking forward to embracing the school uniform next session.

The ordered items can be collected from school on Monday 19th August from 12pm or pupils can collect at school on Tuesday 20th August.

As a reminder all pupils are expected to be wearing the following uniform from Tuesday 20th August:

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)

We are pleased that local supplier Pomprint Designs Ltd can also supply school embroidered knitwear and this can be obtained by visiting them directly at Richard Allen House, Mintlaw Industrial Estate, Station Road Mintlaw. Please note should you wish to order embroidered knitwear in time for 19th August, the cut-off date is 1st August with Pomprint.

Uniforms can also be ordered online at

Clothing Grants are available for parents or carers on a lower income to help with the cost of buying a school uniform. For more information,

please go to

A price list for uniform items is listed below:


Item | Cost

Mintlaw Academy Blazer Purchase | £40.00

Mintlaw Academy Blazer Lease (for S5/6 pupils only) | £10.00

Mintlaw Academy Tie (from Mintlaw Academy only) | £2

Mintlaw Academy Jumper | £16.50

Mintlaw Academy Cardigan | £17.50

Mintlaw Academy Sleeveless Jumper (from Pomprint only) | £15.00


The following is not acceptable;

Facial piercing items.

Provocative items and clothes with offensive slogans or

drug/alcohol-related logos, which are inappropriate for school.

Casual/leisure wear (e.g. denim jeans/jackets, cropped tops)

For safety reasons, excessively long and baggy trousers, large

loop earrings or garments made of flammable materials.


Congratulations to all who took part in the competition, special thank goes to D Jennings from Central Buchan Rotary Club and  Prof. Pete Stollery from Aberdeen University the Adjudicator.

2013 participants          2013 prize winners

Prize winners were as follows:

1st – Matthew Henderson (piano)

2nd – Frances Bugden (Tenor Saxophone)

3rd – Catherine Donald (Flute)


Other participants were:

Jennifer Conlan

Matilda Gibson

Lara Rydlewicz

Naomi Bruce

Shona Brown

Rebecca Phelan

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


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