Headteacher Weekly Update 18/2/19 - 22/2/19

Congratulations to the winners of the Lochay Homes Art Competition.

Dawid Rola (S1) Mia Mitchell (S3) Leon Alison (S3) Abbie Taylor (S4) each won £100 in vouchers. They produced excellent art work which was based on the Alloa Harbour theme. It was great to see the pupils being awarded the prize with their families present.

The work is displayed in the new Lochay Homes development which is located directly opposite our school.

Thanks to the @alloa_artdept and pupils who were involved in this great partnership.

Learning Environment

It is pleasing to see staff and pupils working together and taking great pride in the appearance of their classrooms and corridors. I can see real improvements. It is important that we make sure Alloa Academy is welcoming, up-to-date and stimulating for our learners. Here are some pictures of our staff and pupils making improvements to their displays this week.

Course Choice

It was senior course choice this week and the Pupil Support, SMT and SDS staff were very busy supporting our senior learners and their families. Once the course choice process is completed, SMT will plan the timetable for next session. It will be nice to offer increased vocational courses including Foundation Apprenticeships in Alloa Academy.

Tweet of the Week

'Tweet of the Week' this week goes to Mrs Ross-McAllister. Well done and thanks for promoting our Merits with your fantastic poster.


I am delighted to report that we have been successful in securing £5000 worth of funding via a Forth Valley DYW initiative that will enable us to open a Automotive Garage.

The successful bid enable us to open a Automotive Garage/Workshop which is located next to the school. We are in the process of purchasing the tools and resources for our learners and it is likely we will have targeted groups studying National 4 Skills for Work -Automotive Skills from May 2019.

Active Learning - Zoo Lab

The Geography staff and pupils welcomed the Zoo Lab to the Social Subjects faculty this week. I am always amazed at the amount of Active Learning that takes place in Social Subjects and this is just one of the latest active lessons which engages our learners and inspires them. Well done.

Pupil Voice

At the Clackmannanshire Heads Of Establishment meeting a group of our pupils lead the headteachers in various activities and presentations.

They talked about their work with local elected members and senior mangers wherby they gave their views in the budget consultation.

They are keen to ensure every young person across our schools are able to express their views on important issues. They are working in partnership with the Community Learning and Development Team.


We say goodbye to Julie Knox who has given an amazing ten year service to the children and families of Extended Additional Support Needs in Alloa Academy. Julie is a lovely person and great teacher who we wish well. Julie moves to work in Falkirk Council.

We welcomed Cathy Heads into EASN this week. She will teach the Senior Phase class in EASN. Cathy has came to Alloa Academy from Perth and Kinross. She knows the school and community well, as she has worked in Alloa Academy previously and lives locally.


I hope the staff enjoyed the Inset days which covered many topics from School Improvement Planning, Skills Development Scotland - Education Standard to Health and Well-being - Mental Heath Recovery.

Enjoy the week ahead.

Kind regards,

Colin Bruce




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