Headteacher Update 16/9/19 - 4/10/19

Pupil leadership is something we value at Alloa Academy.

Pupil leadership is embedded at all levels of our learning community, I am very proud that there are many great examples of our young people taking the lead in this Headteacher update.

Leadership Team learn at the Dunmar.

Our Senior Leadership Team enjoyed a leadership development session held at the Dunmar House Hotel. It was delivered by Alloa Academy staff and is aimed to support and encourage our new Senior Leaders serve our school community and live our school values - Respect, Ambition and Resilience.

What is good about this event, is that it highlights the importance of offering opportunities for our learners to lead, it also enables our pupils to work in collaboration and explore their own leadership qualities.

Since this event, the Leadership Team have worked in partnership with staff in many areas of our school including Prom Planning, School Events, Inter-house events, Charities, Pupil Led Assemblies and the Yearbook Team. They are also linking with staff working groups to support school improvement. More to follow.

Pupil Council/Leadership Team at the National Conference

It was nice to see pupils from both our Senior and Junior Leadership Team work in partnership with Pupil Councils from across Scotland, at an event held at The Royal High School in Edinburgh. Not only did the Alloa stars make new friendships with other pupils, they also learned about leadership styles and about what other Pupil Councils are working on within their schools. This is a great example of our learners 'looking out' for inspiration.

Scottish Learning Festival 2019/20

Our Pupil Led Enquiry Team took their learning to the Scottish Learning Festival, held in Glasgow on 26/9/19. It is fair to say that our team blew the socks off educationalists at the event! Education Scotland were so impressed with our young people, that they tweeted a video out about their work.

Very well done to everyone involved.


Alloa Academy Learning Festival - Transition Event

S1 Pupils welcomed our P7 Cluster to the Alloa Academy Learning Festival 2019/20. This transition event enabled the P7s to get a flavor of learning in Alloa Academy and enabled our S1 pupils to lead the learning activities.

I was very impressed with how our S1s welcomed and lead the activities. Thanks to everyone involved. Mrs Murray - fantastic planning!

Band Night 2019/20

On the 24th September, Alloa Academy held its annual Band Night. This involved our pupils drumming up support and coordinating bands from across Clackmannanshire schools to perform to the local community.

The night was a resounding success and it was great to see students from Alloa Academy, Lornshill Academy and Alva Academy, enjoy the night together.

I enjoyed taking part in the staff band. It is fair to say that stadium tours for the staff band are on hold!


Alloa Academy is a proud Rights Respecting School and it is nice to see pupils and staff celebrate the diversity in our school community. Mr Calder has many rainbow lanyards if any staff want to collect one for their ID badge.

Peter Pants and The Muted Mermaid

The Panto is gaining momentum and I'm delighted to see our local newspaper covered our hard work in a press release. I have copied a link to this below.

Well done to everyone involved, I'm really looking forward to this years show.


Clax 1400 Coffee Shop

Our partnership work with Columba 1400 is going from strength to strength. The Clax 1400 Coffee Shop held at the Bowmar Centre is open every Friday. It is run by Alloa Academy parents and pupils who attend Secondary Support.

We had the pleasure of visiting this week to meet pupils on work experience with CLD - I highly recommend it. Clax 1400, do a delivery service to Alloa Academy for any staff that would like a delivery - get in touch!

Parent Council 30/09/19

The Parent Council were delighted to see a very good turn out at the S1 Parents Information Evening, where we had 67% attendance.

This is an improvement on some of our previous Parent Information Evenings.

At the Parent Council we discussed the Bingo Tea Night which is held on 21st Nov 6pm.

We are hoping staff, pupils and parents can donate items for the raffle and possibly some home baking. Any donations can be handed to the school office.

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

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

S5/6 – Monday 11th Nov 2019 4.15pm – 6.45pm

Cluster Open Evening

Date – Tue 29th October 2019

ASN Information Day

Thanks to staff who supported the Clackmannanshire ASN Fayre, held at Lornshill Academy 05/10/19 . It is great for our parents and partners from across Clackmannanshire to learn about the wide range of support we offer at Alloa Academy. Many thanks to staff who gave time on Saturday for this event. Well done.

Tweets of the week(s).

Mr West and the Maths Team, regularly lead the way with the use of IT. This past week Mr West has developed a fantastic online resource that I highly recommended. Enjoy Westy's Puzzles!


Mrs Young is not only a fantastic music teacher, she always goes out her way to support the wider school community and charities. Lets get behind Mrs Young and support the Shoe Box Appeal. Well done Mrs Young.

Enjoy the week ahead,


Colin Bruce