Headteacher Update 13/01/2020 - 17/01/2020

Alloa Academy pupils and staff are pushing ahead with our new digital learning strategic plan that aims to up-skill pupils and staff in the use of Google Classroom. We feel this could have a massive impact on the learning and teaching across Alloa Academy

In the picture above you can see Melissa Smith (S4) and Mr McGhee (Depute Headteacher) taking part in a Clackmannanshire Digital Strategic Working Group. The group includes Lorraine Sanda (Chief Education Officer) , Pam Currie (CEO Co-lab and Tablet Academy), Rona Grant (PT Improving Outcomes), David Kay (Parent and Learning Mediator) Allison Littlejohns (Headteacher Alva Primary) and Councillor Donald Balsillie.

Over the coming weeks, pupils will be appointed as Digital Leads for Alloa Academy as we aim to improve digital learning and develop sustainability. More to Follow!

MCR Pathways

We are delighted to welcome our latest member of the Alloa Academy family, David Cunningham from MCR Pathways. David enjoyed his tour of Alloa Academy by Mr Bryce and myself earlier this week.

David will be based in the Pupil Support (Guidance) base in Alloa Academy.

MCR Pathways is a school-based mentoring programme. The charity was founded in 2007 to address the outcome gap between care-experienced young people and their peers. MCR support young people in or on the edges of the care system to realise their full potential through education. MCR recruits, trains and matches each volunteer mentor with a young person.

The MCR Pathways journey began in St Andrew’s Secondary, in the East End of Glasgow school, where we developed the programme over 5 years. The evidence was soon overwhelming that MCR mentoring made a huge difference on young people’s confidence and engagement with school. MCR Pathways has since expanded into new Local Authorities across Scotland including Clackmannanshire.

The MCR Pathways vision is that every care-experienced and disadvantaged young person in the country gets the same education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as every other young person.

You can find out more from their website https://mcrpathways.org/

You Said, We did.

A huge thanks to all parents and carers who took part in our Parental Survey in October 2019.

The following YOU SAID, WE DID document shows some of the progress so far. Your views really help us to improve and we appreciate your ongoing support.

Miss McEwan (PT Family Learning) has been a real driving force behind this work.

February Inset.

On Monday 17th Feb 2020, I am very pleased that we will host a CLPL session on Relationships by Andy Vass in Alloa Academy.

In response to our self evaluation we have developed a 'Promoting Positive Relationships' working group which aims to tackle to continue to improve relationships and build upon our professional learning (Learning to Lead Learning -GTCS Excellence in Professional Learning). It also aims to improve our systems that promote positive relationships.

Andy has a wealth of experience in this area and you may have already read his pocket book. Please find links below.

We believe his approaches will fit in with Alloa Academy 's ongoing work on 'Ready 4 Learning' and Resilience.




The Assessment Block is upon us.

Students in S4-S6 are about to start the Assessment Block (Prelims). This runs between Monday 20th January - Friday 31st January.

We have issued pupils with timetables for the assessments and this includes the location and time for each assessment. The timetables are also displayed in the school.

I have written to parents and carers to give them the option if they wish to have study leave. If you wish your child to have study leave, please complete the tear off slip with the dates required. This should be returned to the school office.

Students studying N3/4 level subjects, should use this time to complete internal assessments issued by your class teacher.

Good luck in the Assessment Block. It will give you a good indication of how you are progressing and your next steps in learning

Tweet of the week

This weeks 'Tweet of the Week' goes to Alloa Academy Music, James Twist, Sophie Dickson and Cameron Graham.

Sophie, James and Cameron should be very proud of their success in the annual Clackmannanshire Burns competition.

We are all delighted.

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 interesting and if you have any questions in relation to PEF please get in touch.

Pupil Equity Fund

Standard and Quality Report 2018/19

I have included the following link to the Alloa Academy Standard and Quality Report 2018/19. It reviews the progress made in the last academic year.

Alloa Academy Standards and Quality Report 2018/19

Parents/Carers Information Evening future dates

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

Parent Council 13/1/20

Thank you to the parents council members who supported our meeting this week. We discussed a the following matters.

  • Communication (Need for more use of the app, some parents not getting group calls, C Bruce to link with the school office)
  • School Panto feedback
  • Funds and Charity status
  • School Mini Bus (Discussions on replacement bus)
  • MCR Pathways (New partner to support to Alloa Academy)
  • School Day (Work to be undertaken to enable improved collegiate work between Forth Valley College, Lornshill and Alva Academy)
  • BGE Reports discussed including levels moderation work.


Good luck to the S4-6 pupils who have prelims. We are here to help and support you.


Colin Bruce