Headteacher Update 11/11/19 - 23/11/19

Welcome to the Headteacher update.

I wanted to start this week by thanking our fantastic Parent Council, who have had a busy week with charity work and a Bingo Tea.

I was very pleased to see our Senior Pupils and Parent Council supporting Strathcarron Hospice. They worked in partnership with Victoria's Coffee Shop in Stirling and planned a charity coffee morning event. Well done and what great role models our pupils are.

Quality Improvement Awards 2019

Well done to the staff and partners at Alloa Academy who were recognised at the the Scottish Government and Healthcare Improvement Scotland's Quality Improvement Awards (QI Awards).

I am delighted to let you know that Alloa Academy were winners in the 'Towards Better Outcomes (8+ years)' category.

This is a very important national award which is selected by the Scottish Government.

A major part of this success was how the Alloa Academy Pupil Support Team have improved the support for pupils moving into positive destinations. We have moved from 84% positive destinations to over 96% for this session. This has been a three year improving trend. It is an outstanding achievement and above the national average of 94%.

Following the awards night (highlighted in the article below) there was a national conference and workshops to share practice on each of the areas.

Liz Thomson presented the work from Alloa Academy to schools across Scotland. Not only was her presentation very well received from hundreds of colleagues, she went on the win the 'People's Choice Storyboard Award', presented by the Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative Team.


Bingo Tea

As stated earlier, the Parent Council are a great support to our school. This past week they ran a Bingo Tea which raised over £500 funds.

Thanks to Mr Barnes who demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. He has added 'Bingo Caller' to his growing skillset! Many thanks Gordon.

Thanks also to the school community for fantastic turn out, great donations, baking and the fun everyone had.

Digital Learning

Mr McGhee (DHT) has been a real driving force behind our move towards digital learning. He has met with the Parent Council and spoken at weekly assemblies about the partnership work which aims to deliver on a new Digital Leaning Strategy. This has the potential to transform how we work and learn in Alloa Academy.

The digital work involves us working in partnership with Google and Tablet Academy. The initial plans will see our students learning in partnership with Google on Google Classroom. We plan for the pupils to develop their expertise and in time lead the delivery of training for staff and pupils.

Pupils who are interested in getting involved can apply using the link on the poster. For further info, please watch the video below.

Anti Bullying goes National on the BBC

Well done to Mrs McNeil and the Pupil Leaders who spoke on BBC Radio Scotland during Anti Bullying Week. We are so proud of staff and pupils for taking part in discussions on BBC Radio Scotland.

The were raising the importance of pupil leadership and pupil voice in tackling bullying and done a fantastic job!

Go to 29 mins to hear our star pupils and staff.


Lachlan on the BBC

Lachlan Morris stole the show on the national news last week with his fantastic use of new technology. Please click on the link to find out how he is making fantastic use of the new speech technology.


Tweet of the Month


With 175 likes and lots of comments, how could it not go to Lachlan?! Great work - making the national news is fantastic!

Boccia Superstars

Well done the the ASN and EASN students who took part in a Boccia Tournament. Not only are you learning a fun sport, but also working with other learners and growing in confidence.

Peter Pants and the Muted Mermaid

It looks like this years set is going to be outstanding!

'Peter Pants and The Muted Mermaid' school pantomime tickets are on sale. Tickets cost £2.00 per child: S1-S3 and £4.00 per adult: S4-S6 performances take place Wednesday 4/12/19 & Thursday 5/12/19.

Tickets can be purchased from the school office or during interval/lunch!

Book Week

Well done to the pupils and staff promoting reading on National Book Week.

You can see the pupils below receiving free books as gifts and also S1 English students visiting the Speirs Centre Library to see ‘World of Norm’ author Jonathan Meres. Thanks to the Scottish Book Trust.

Pupil Equity Fund 2019/20

To share with the community some of the strategies we have in place at Alloa Academy, we have developed the following report (See link below).

I hope you find the report (below) interesting and if you have any questions in relation to PEF please get in contact.

Pupil Equity Fund


Parents/Carers Information Evening future dates

S2 - Monday 2nd March 2020 4.15pm – 6.45pm

S3- Monday 13th Jan 2020 4.15pm – 6.45pm

S4- Monday 25th Nov 2019 4.15pm – 6.45pm


This week, we say farewell to Anne Pearson (Chief Education Officer). Anne has been a massive support to Alloa Academy in her role as Chief Education Officer. Anne lives and breathes Alloa and is also the former Headteacher of Park Primary. She has greatly contributed to the Alloa Academy Learning Community and is very much part of the family.

Personally, I will really miss Mrs Pearson, she appointment me to Alloa Academy and I will forever be grateful for this opportunity and all of her support.

Lorraine Sanda (Quality Improvement Manager) has taken over the role Chief Education role in Clackmannanshire on a temporary basis. We are lucky to have the continuation of great support.


Enjoy the week ahead,


Colin Bruce