Dress Code

Pupils are expected to wear school uniform while at school and when participating in organised school trips or activities. The School Uniform for Mintlaw Academy is:

  • White shirt or blouse
  • Black trousers or skirt (no leggings)
  • Sensible black footwear (can include all-black trainers)
  • Mintlaw Academy tie
  • Mintlaw Academy black jumper/cardigan (optional)
  • Mintlaw Academy blazer (S5/S6 and S4 prefects, optional for S1-S4)

Other Dress Information:  

For PE, pupils are expected to have a full change of PE kit including footwear and clothing suitable for participating in indoor and outdoor activities.

Suppliers of School Uniform:

  • Ties from the school office – £2.50
  • Academy Uniforms – blazers and knitwear –
  • Pom Print (Mintlaw) – knitwear only
  • Jazmayne (Peterhead) – knitwear only
  • Donalds (Peterhead) – knitwear and ties

Please remember to label all pupils’ clothing and personal items with their name. Numerous items of clothing and other items are handed into lost property and are never claimed, then donated to charity following a period of time.

Information for Supporting Your Learner

Supporting Your Learner – Higher History

Supporting Your Learner – National 5 History

Supporting Your Learner Higher Geography

Supporting Your Learner HMS

Supporting Your Learner N5MS

Supporting Your Learner National 5 Geography

Rights Respecting Schools

Rights Respecting School Letter Feb 2018

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: 0370 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

You can also find out about school closures by registering to receive e-mail alerts or subscribing to the school closures RSS feed, on the Aberdeenshire Council website.


2017 customer Service Excellence Report

Mintlaw Academy – 2017 report

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  


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

YASS Information

Good News

S2 TRUST – Journalism Task

Nicola McAlley from STV selected the following entries for recommendation

Liam (S2)

Journalism Project – Liam

Phoebe (S2)

Callum (S2)

Good News – April 2020

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Mintlaw Academy pupils’ Donation for Bunono School, Uganda

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Photo: Marlyn Somers (3rd right) and Trixie Findlay (4th Right) with the cheque for £200 and the pupils who made it possible.

S1-4 pupils from the Horizons Group and Enhanced Learning Suite at Mintlaw Academy have raised funds for Bunono School in Uganda by running an enterprise, which has included making and selling bird feeders and holding a raffle. Bunono School is the beneficiary of the charity ‘Uganda Person to Person’ founded 10 years ago by Marlyn Somers, an optical dispenser from Forres. Bunono School also opened 10 years ago and now has a roll of 600 pupils, who receive a Primary Education. Uganda Person to Person is so called as all money donated goes directly to the school with no administration fees. Marlyn accompanied by Trixie Findlay from Elgin were invited to speak to the pupils earlier in the session and as a result,the pupils and staff of the Additional Support for Learning department were so touched by Marlyn’s work and the needs of Bunono School that it was decided that they would help with resources by fundraising. Some pupils also wrote to the school and their letters along with photos of their enterprise work were taken out to Uganda in January. Marlyn and Trixie have recently returned to Mintlaw with photos and news of the pupils and their trip. The sum of £200 will be used to fund a shower cubicle for the boys at the school and the department will continue to raise funds to help with resources.

Celebration of Success for Mintlaw Academy’s Young Photographers

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Photo:  Callum Davidson ,Senior Winner (Far left), Kenneth Chalmers, Intermediate Winner(2ND from left), Kathleen and Norman Laird (back right), Dr Bob Murray and Lena Levy (front) accompanied by the S1-4 pupils  .

S1-4 pupils from Mintlaw Academy’s Additional Support for Learning Department have recently taken part in the local heats of Young Photographer of the Year, a competition sponsored nationally by the Rotary Club of Great Britain and Ireland and locally by Central Buchan Rotary Club. The pupils were given the theme “My Beautiful World” on which to base their photographs and their entries were judged by Peterhead Photography Club with Norman Laird (Chairman) and Kathleen Laird (Secretary) at the helm. Rotarian, Dr Bob Murray was instrumental in the success and co-ordination of the project by providing the link between the school and the Photography Club. A Prize giving event was held at the academy, which was attended by all the pupils who took part, Lena Levy (Central Buchan Rotary Club President), Dr Bob Murray, Norman and Kathleen Laird, Alan Horberry( Head Teacher) and various staff members. Dr Murray announced the winners as follows

Intermediate Competition-

1st Kenneth Chalmers, 2nd Danny Burnett, 3rd Sean Davidson

Senior Competition-

1st Callum Davidson, 2nd Lauren MacLean, 3rd Katie Matthew

Lena Levy presented the winners with trophies and all participants with a certificate from the Rotary Club. On behalf of the Rotary Club, Dr Murray presented the school with a Tripod. A selection of photos from all participants will be shown at the North East of Scotland Open Studio Art Exhibition in the Kemp Hall, Old Deer in September. Kenneth and Callum’s photos will now be entered at Rotary District 10/10 level to compete against young photographers from Shetland to Fife and out to the Western Isles. The importance of the positive impact on and skills developed by pupils through photography is highly valued by the Additional Support for Learning department at Mintlaw as is the encouragement and recognition of their achievements by the Rotary and Photography Clubs. Various photography courses are taught within the department by Mrs Heather Reid and since the introduction of the courses the S3 and S4 pupils have successfully gained an SQA qualification each year. The tripod gifted by the Rotary Club will be used in the teaching of these courses and for creating images for next year’s competition.

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