SQA Exam Timetable 2014
Please click here to view the official SQA Examination Timetable for 2014.
World of Work Afternoon
Alva Academy will be hosting its first World of Work Afternoon for S4-6 Pupils on Thursday 13th March 2014 - organised by one of our very own S5 Employability classes!
We have a wide range of employers coming along to give information to pupils and parents about the opportunities available to them.
Parents are invited to attend between 1.00pm and 1.40pm. We hope to see you there!
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.
Children's Services Inspection
Our local authority is currently involved in a Children's Services inspection. This note is to inform parents/carers that during this inspection period, inspectors will be:-
- Looking at some children's files and other information
- Inviting parents/carers and young people to meetings
Upon completion of the Inspection a report will be published and details of where you can access this will be made available.
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
Link to PDF booklet
Please click here to view December 2013 Newsletter.
S4, S5 and S6 Prelim Timetable for January 2014 - updated 20.12.13
Please click here to view the timetable for prelim exams which will take place from 27th January to 19th February 2014 inclusive. Any pupil who has two exams timetable for the same time and day should speak to Mr Donoghue.
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.
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.
National Parent Forum of Scotland
Please find links to two new resources produced by the National Parent Forum of Scotland
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
Falcon (F1 - F7) - Mrs Nicholson
Harrier (H1 - H7) - Miss Grant
Kestrel (K1 - K7) - Mrs Gibson
Merlin (M1 - M7) - Mr Bradbury
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:
- CfE Broad General Education Presentation
- Parental Communication
- Parental Complaints
- School Catering Menu and Price List 2013
- Football Fixtures @ 10 February 2014
- School Brochure
- Free School Meals
- Clothing Grant
- Education Maintenance Allowances
- Additional Support for Learning
- Placing Request
- Safe Surfing - Advice for schools
- School Calendar 2013
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