Headteacher School Update. 1st June 2020



Welcome to the weekly update. As each week passes new information may become available, however, relevant information from previous updates will remain.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined the plan for moving forward beyond the current lockdown. There are still many details to be worked out, however, we are advanced in our planning and we will inform parents and carers of our approach to gradually bring young people back into school from August 2020. Please click on the link below to view the council update on the First Minister's announcement.

Please stay safe and take care.

Kind regards: Mr Black (Headteacher)

Receiving Updates

Who to contact

As we move into the new session 2020-2021, each year group will have the following members of the senior leadership team as their year head. From Monday 1st June 2020 please use the following links:

S1: Mr Arnold (DHT) - clparnold@glow.sch.uk
S2: Mr Clancy (DHT) - cltgclancy@glow.sch.uk
S3: Mr Burrell (Acting DHT) clrburrell@glow.sch.uk
S4: Mr Murray (DHT) - clemurray@glow.sch.uk
S5/6: Mrs McMaihin (DHT) - clhmcmaihin@glow.sch.uk

Lornshill Academy School App

Please take time to download our school app where we will post messages and updates.

Please ensure we have a current mobile telephone number so you can be informed about school updates by text.

Please ensure we have a current email address so you can be informed about school updates.


All pupil estimates have now been submitted to the SQA and have been signed off by us as a school and Lorraine Sanda our Chief Education Officer. Our estimates are in line with what we expected our young people to achieve earlier in the year and we look forward to pupils receiving their results in August.



Throughout the lockdown period we have tried to ensure a good balance of providing learning materials and support. There are regular communications with staff where there are difficulties around learning, access or wellbeing. At all times we wish to be sensitive to the current challenges whilst still trying to ensure our young people can progress their learning and be in the best position possible for when we return.

We have now completed our learner engagement tracking and we will be contacting families where appropriate in the next few weeks. This is to ensure we can further support learning at home but, also where appropriate, to identify particular difficulties that families may be facing with regards to young people engaging with their learning tasks.

We are currently working with the council to look at access to the internet and devices as we move forward. These issues are rarely resolved quickly, however, we are taking these issues into consideration as we move forward this term and beyond. I will update all parents and carers as soon as we have any information.

We know that circumstances may prove difficult at times, please let us know, so we can be aware, and or support if possible. We need to get the balance of keeping our young people busy and engaged, but also understand the unique set of circumstances we find ourselves in and that school work may, at times, need to take a back seat. However, if we continue to work together we can support learning, structure days better and be ready to hit the ground running when we return.

Below is some samples of learning materials that pupils are accessing to share with parents and carers. These are continuing to develop, but I thought it would be helpful to share at this point.

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Good to know

other information

Senior Leadership Team responsibilities

As planned we have moved team responsibilities across the senior leadership team. There is several reasons for this change, but mostly to ensure we as a school continue to evolve and develop best practice in key strategic elements of our work. The new responsibilities are as follows:

Depute Headteacher: Personal Support - Mr Arnold

Depute Headteacher: Performance - Mr Clancy

Depute Headteacher: School Improvement - Mr Murray

Depute Headteacher: Learning & Curriculum - Mrs McMaihin

Out New Top Team for 2020-2021

Robbie Warnock / Alexander Payne / Alexander Young / Kye O'Hagan / Robbie Warnock / Rachel Pirie

Digital Clacks


Clacks Council Education Services


P7 Transition

Over the next few weeks we will be working with all of our associated primary schools on transitioning our current P7's into S1 for August.

To date we have had an incredible response to the tasks set and staff are enjoying getting to know our new S1 through their tasks and information shared.

At present we are planning for our new S1 to visit the school on the week beginning 15th June 2020. This has still to be confirmed with many organisational factors still to be addressed. However, we aim to work towards this and will inform parents nearer the time how this will work.

S2 & 3 Learning Grids for week beginning 1st June 2020

New S2

Senior Phase Learning

All new S4,5 and 6 classes will be notified through their google classrooms of the work to be completed. Please contact the relevant Faculty Head if there are difficulties in completing set tasks.

For May we are trialling an online timetable for the senior phase to identify when pupils can message staff through the stream chat and staff will be available to respond. This does not replace the current way of working, but we hope it will add to the pupil - staff communication strategy.

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