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Academy Avenue, Alva, Clackmannanshire. FK12 5FE.
tel: 01259 760342; fax: 01259 769162; email: alva@edu.clacks.gov.uk

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Easter Newsletter 2014

Please click on this link to read the latest news from Alva Academy.

 

Senior study leave arrangements 2014

Please click here to view the arrangements for study leave for 2014.

 

SQA Exam Timetables 2014

Please click here to view the official SQA Examination Timetable for 2014.

 

School Transport Update

Tillicoultry bus service/path to Alva. Please note that there is no change to the current service for the session 2014-2015.

2014 National Qualifications - message to candidates

Please click here to view important information from the SQA for those of you studying for your 2014 National Qualifications.

Information on Concussion

Please click here to view the new document the school is working with. The important point for parents to note is to make sure they inform the school if their child has been diagnosed with concussion.

Transport - Safety Concerns

If you are dropping your child at school it is essential that you use the Drop Off zone opposite the factory. It is dangerous to drop pupils off elsewhere, as they will have to cross a busy intersection. The factory reported a near miss with a lorry and a parent dropping a pupil off on the corner opposite. It is clearly illegal to do this. Please use only the drop off zone for the safety of all concerned. Please do not come up Academy Avenue, as there is no place to turn your car in the school grounds without causing an obstruction.

Parent Council Budget Feedback

Please click here to view the letter from Parent Council regarding recent budget consultation from the Clackmannanshire Council.

Important changes to the Appeals Process from SQA.

In the academic year 2013-2014, SQA will introduce new ‘Results Services’ to replace their existing appeals service.

SQA have prepared a question and answer guide to give you more information about the changes.

Link to questions/asnwers

http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/65427.html

Link to PDF booklet

http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/FA6669_SQA_Results_Services_A5_8pp_brochure_web.pdf

Education Scotland Inspection Report

Please click here to see a letter from Mrs S MacKerron, Head Teacher, regarding the Inspection Report available today from Education Scotland. Also available here is a direct link to the Education Scotland Inspection Report. If you require a printed copy of the letter or the Report please contact the school.

Curriculum for Excellence - Leaflet about the New Qualifications!

Please click here to view the new leaflet which has been produced to help parents and carers understand better how their children will benefit from changes under Curriculum for Excellence as the new qualifications are introduced. This leaflet has been developed closely with the National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) and covers information on Curriculum for Excellence, the key benefits for young people, and examples of the different routes pupils can take through their education from age 3-18.

Photographs and Video Recording

Please click here to view our policy on photographs and video recording of pupils.

Uniform

Alva Academy pupils stand out in their local community because of the pride they show in how they wear their school uniform. I believe that this is in part because our pupils worked with staff to agree the school dress code and in part because our parents/ carers support us well.
Of course there are important benefits other than improving the image of the school. These include:-

- Security is better - it is easy to spot someone who should not be in the school grounds and buildings
- Our pupils can feel a strong sense of belonging and commitment to the school
- It helps create a sense of purpose within the school environment
- It helps prepare our pupils for later life as in most work places there are dress codes
- It can be less expensive for parents and carers too.
- It can improve classroom safety in some subjects e.g. technology, science, PE
- The differences between pupils are reduced, which in turn can reduce some causes of isolation and bullying.

As we start the term I will look forward to your continuing support in this matter.

Click here to veiw the current uniform brochure including prices.


Sharee MacKerron

National Parent Forum of Scotland

Please find links to two new resources produced by the National Parent Forum of Scotland

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/NPF/2013/04/26/the-curriculum-for-excellence-learner-journey/

 
1. Nationals in a Nutshell.

These are summaries of National 4 and National 5 qualifications in over 30 subjects. They describe the skills your child will be aiming to develop, an overview of their learning experiences and how they will be assessed.

2. Illustrated Curriculum for Excellence Learner Journey

This is designed to give a clear picture of what the learner journey will look like for your child

House System

red square Falcon (F1 - F7) - Mrs Nicholson

Cyan Blue Square Harrier (H1 - H7) - Miss Grant

Blue Square Kestrel (K1 - K7) - Mrs Gibson

Green Square Merlin (M1 - M7) - Mr Bradbury

Yellow Square Osprey (O1 - O7) - Mrs McEwen

 

Alva Academy has an excellent team of pupil support teachers who work hard to get to know the children well and form good links with parents and carers. If any parent or carer has a query or concern relating to their son or daughter they should always contact the pupil support teacher in the first instance. The pupil support teacher may then pass the matter on to the Year Head to deal with if they feel this is more appropriate.

Alva Academy Handbook 2013-14

Please click here to download the new Alva Academy Handbook for 2013/14.

Curriculum for Excellence
Be at the heart of your child's learning.

This link will provide information to parents about the recently launched National campaign which seeks to provide information for parents and carers about Curriculum for Excellence. Click here to see it.

 

It includes the latest CfE briefing -A guide for Parents and Carers - designed to support you to be at the heart of your child's learning and raise your awareness of the wealth of information available on the Parentzone website. We encourage you to visit the website:
www.educationscotland.gov.uk/parentzone

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