Headteacher Weekly Update 18/3/19 - 22/3/19

I am delighted with the winning Vision and Values design (Design 1 above).

The participation from pupils, staff, partners and parents was overwhelming. This work supports our drive for everyone in our learning community to have a say in school life.

I love how our Vision and Values image displays our local landmarks including the Glassworks, Ochill Hills, Church Spires and the River Forth. We really do live, work and learn in a lovely part of the country.

We will now go about displaying the design around Alloa Academy and embedding our Vison and Values into our school ethos and daily practice.

Thanks to everyone who was involved in both the designing and voting for our new Vision and Values.


Supporting our Learners

Well done to Mr McAdoo (PT ASN) who went above and beyond to share strategies to support learners with Additional Support Needs. This video can assist staff, pupils, parents and partners.

His video supports dyslexic learners and is a fantastic professional learning resource. I look forward to more videos that support professional learning and continue to improve pedagogy.


National Recognition - Pupil Led Enquiry

I am really proud to report that our Pupil Led Enquiry Project has been shortlisted for the Scottish Education Awards 2019.

We are down to the last 3 for the 'Children and Young People's Participation' Award'.

The Pupil Led Enquiry programme has had a large impact on ensuring pupils have a voice within Alloa Academy. The young people are at the heart of what we do and this programme has given emphasis to this by putting them at the heart of the decision making process around health and wellbeing.

The pupils involved have developed many skills such as confidence, communication, working with others, in addition to raising self esteem, achievement and self worth. The projects which the young people identified and developed have had a significant impact in the school and at authority level (anti-bullying policy). In a recent survey carried out with all pupils in the school on their health and well-being (PASS), pupils identified that they were happy when in school.

Staff in school have felt the impact also in terms of positive changes to courses, and learning and teaching (especially in PSE)

As a result of the work we have seen a marked improvement in the number or relationship issues (bullying/ conflicts) between pupils in S1 - S3, that were being supported by Pupil Support Guidance staff. Pupils are more able to resolve the issues between peers.

Another pleasing consequence of the group is that some of the pupils who have been involved have grown in confidence and started their own support groups, where by they work in partnership with our Welling Worker to offer support to minority groups (LGBT, ESOL and New to English). The pupils involved are great role models to our school community.

Tweet of the Week

'Tweet of the Week' goes to Luca Allison (S5). Luca is a International Kickboxing Champion and it was fantastic to hear about his success at the Asian Pacific Games, held in Bangkok. We were all delighted to see his Gold Medal for 'Glory Kickboxing' and Silver for 'KI Kickboxing'.

Professional Learning

There has been a real buzz around Professional Learning at Alloa Academy this year. All teachers have focused developments on 'Assessment Is for Learning' strategies being supported by the Tapestry Programme. Tracking and Monitoring developments have also been a focus with all-staff now trained in the use of Progress Didbook. Many of these developments will be reflected in our annual ERD meetings,

It is great to see that staff are making use of the Padlet to share best practice. Keep the sharing going!


Mr Barnes (Depute Headteacher), Mrs Murray (PT Technology) and Mrs Miller (Languages) have been working in Partnership with University of Stirling on a programme called 'Critical Collaborative Professional Enquiry'. The work has involved in-depth professional reading about Interdisciplinary Learning (IDL) and Digital Learning. The picture below shows them presenting to colleagues across Clackmannanshire. Great stuff!

Numeracy Awards

Well done to all pupils who have achieved awards for Numeracy over the past week. It is lovely to see the achievements of these top learners being celebrated across the the school.



I'm pleased to let you know that Aaron Calder was successful on interview for the Music teacher position in Alloa Academy. We look forward to welcoming Aaron to our school from Bathgate Academy in the coming months.

Congratulations to Fiona Hickford in EASN who was successful in interview for a teaching position at Carrongrange High School. We wish Fiona all the very best in her new role. She will remain in post for the coming weeks and we will look to recruit this important teaching role in EASN. If anyone is interested in developing there practice in this area, please contact myself or Mr Bryce.

This week will be Sarah Rankin's (English) last week in Alloa Academy as she is moving to teach at Paisley Grammar. Please take time to wish Sarah all the best in her new position. She has been a fantastic teacher in our school.

Finally - Easter Study

This coming week, we will share the Final Easter Study Plan with our S4 - S6 learners and parents. Pupils will sign up to these sessions via House Group.

I hope pupils can make use of this excellent offer to support study during the holidays.

Have a good week.

Kind regards,

Colin Bruce




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