Improvements to Online Payment for Cashless Catering in Secondary Schools

A letter has been sent out to all parents and carers of pupils registered at Secondary schools across Aberdeenshire in relation to the payment for school meals. School meal payments should be simpler following an upgrading to an improved system for online payments. This will help reduce administration and cash handling in schools and to improve the customer experience for parents and carers paying into the system, allowing balances and account history to be viewed.

The new system will require one off registration. See important details by clicking on the following link-

Cashless Catering in Secondary Schools and Online Payment Facility.

As far as the pupil experience will be concerned, there will be no difference for Secondary school pupils and online payments for Primary school pupils will be introduced during the coming academic year through a phased roll-out programme.

All Secondary schools have been transferring to the new system over the Summer holidays and this will be operational for the start of the new term. Any balances remaining at the end of the last school year (2014-15) will be automatically transferred across to the new system.


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.

Dates for your Diary

Holiday Dates – Session 2016/17

  • October – Monday 10th October to Friday 21st October 2016
  • Christmas – Thursday 22nd December 2016 to Thursday 5th January 2017
  • Mid Term – Friday 10th February to Monday 13th February 2017
  • Easter – Monday 3rd April to Monday 17th April 2017 (includes Good Friday – 14th April)
  • May Day – Monday 1st May 2017
  • Occasional Day – Monday 5th June 2017
  • Summer holidays start on Monday 3rd July 2017

In-Service Closure Dates for 2016/17

The following dates have been set as closure days for Session 2016/17

  • Monday 14th Nov 2016
  • Tuesday 15th Nov 2016
  • Tuesday 14th Feb 2017
  • Wednesday 15th Feb 2017


S3 – Thursday 3rd November 2016

S1 – Wednesday 9th November 2016

S5/S6 – Thursday 8th December 2016

S4 – Wednesday 18th January 2017

S2 – Thursday 26th January 2017


S1, S3, S4-6 Tracking Reports issued Thursday 6th October 2016

S4-6 Reports issued Thursday 24th November 2016

S3 Reports issued Thursday 19th January 2017

S2 Tracking Reports issued Wednesday 1st February 2017

S4-6 Tracking Reports issued Tuesday 7th March 2017

S1 Reports issued Friday 17th March 2017

S2 Reports issued Thursday 30th March 2017


S3-5 Options Evening Wednesday 11th January 2017


S1 – S6  Awards Ceremony Thursday 15th June 2017 (tbc)


Tuesday 2nd May – Friday 2nd June 2017


P7 Parents Evening Wednesday 21st June 2017

P7 Visit Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd June  2017


Monday and Tuesday

Registration     8.40 – 8.50am

Period 1             8.50 – 9.40am

Period 2             9.40 – 10.30am

Interval             10.30 – 10.45am

Period 3            10.45 – 11.35am

Period 4            11.35 – 12.25am

Period 5             12.25 – 1.15pm

Lunchtime        1.15 – 2.10pm

Period 6             2.10 – 3.00 pm

Period 7             3.00- 3.50pm

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Registration      8.40 – 8.50am

Period 1              8.50 – 9.40am

Period 2              9.40 – 10.30am

Interval              10.30 – 10.45am

Period 3              10.45 – 11.35am

Period 4              11.35 – 12.25am

Lunchtime         12.25 – 1.20pm

Period 5              1.20 – 2.10pm

Period 6              2.10- 3.00pm


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

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.

Our New Website is Live!

I am delighted to give you a very warm welcome to Mintlaw Academy’s website, which will provide you with a wealth of information about the school. Whilst the website is continuously developing and improving, we hope that you will enjoy the new, modern layout and that you will find it accessible.

We see our website as being a key resource for learning and teaching as well as being a major means of communication with both the Mintlaw Academy community and the wider world. I hope you enjoy it.

Linda Duthie

Mrs Linda Duthie, Head Teacher Mintlaw Academy

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