Headteacher Update 25/11/19 - 29/11/19

Welcome to the Headteacher Update.

Thank you to everyone involved in the 'Skills Development Scotland' input that supported our S1 pupils develop new skills on digital learning.

Last Wednesday saw Skills Development Scotland (SDS) visit Alloa Academy to work with our S1 BGE classes on programming mini robots.

The pupils were imagining that, their robot, was a driver-less car of the future and solving the many problems that the programmers need to overcome in developing these cars of the future. Step aside Tesla!

Over the course of the day, every pupil in S1 got the opportunity to work with the robots and finished their session with a drag-race along the Business & Computing corridor.

Alloa Academy are grateful to David Phillips and David Irvine of SDS for taking their time to visit the school and provide this rich and valuable learning experience to our S1 pupils. Mr McPherson (Maths) was also instrumental in making it a success.

Our S1s clearly loved the activity. Enjoy the pics below.

Tedx Clackmannanshire

I hope everyone enjoyed the Tedx Clackmannanshire CLPL event held at Lornshill.

I thoroughly enjoyed the speakers and the bands.

I'm sure we could all take something positive away from the day.

Well done to the Lornshill staff who planned the event.

Morning session 9.30-11.00am

Indigo Velvet to open session

1. Gavin Oattes

2. Graham Goulden

3. Grant Small

4. Shumela Ahmed

Mid morning session 11.30-1.00pm

Emme Woods to play acoustic set

1. Bradley Busch

2. Liam Stewart

3. Isla Buchanan

4. George Gilchrist

Afternoon session 2-3.45pm

100 Fables to open session

1. Victoria Heaney

2. Jade Kilkenny

3. Sophie Cook

4. David Cameron

Critical Collaborative Professional Enquiry

Many thanks to the Alloa Academy staff who are engaging in the Stirling University 'Critical Collaborative Professional Enquiry'.

The staff engaged with Professor Mark Priestley and Senior Lecturer Valerie Drew.

The following link shows some of the curriculum development work that they are focusing on:


Inset Poem- The Average Child by Mike Buscemi

I have copied the poem that I shared at inset - it certainly made the Relationships Working Group think about how we best support every child.

I don’t cause teachers trouble;

My grades have been okay.

I listen in my classes.

I’m in school every day.

My teachers think I’m average;

My parents think so too.

I wish I didn’t know that, though;

There’s lots I’d like to do.

I’d like to build a rocket;

I read a book on how.

Or start a stamp collection…

But no use trying now.

’Cause, since I found I’m average,

I’m smart enough you see

To know there’s nothing special

I should expect of me.

I’m part of that majority,

That hump part of the bell,

Who spends his life unnoticed

In an average kind of hell.

Curriculum - Regional Improvement Collaborative

Gordon Barnes (Depute Headteacher) shared our developments in Curriculum within the Senior Phase. He spoke to Headteachers from other local authorities (Stirling, Falkirk and West Lothian) and explained the work that it involved from the staff in Alloa Academy.

There has been a significant amount of growth in the number of senior phase pathways which aim to help our young people into a positive destination.

We have moved from 35 to 67 options over a three year period. This has involved a massive amount of partnership work within each faculty, across other secondary schools (Alva and Lornshill) and also Forth Valley College.


English Visit the Theatre

Miss Bircher enjoyed taking some of our S1 pupils to attend a local production of "A Christmas Carol" at the Coach House Theatre. It was a fabulous and festive night!

Professional Reading - How Good Is Our School

How good is OUR School

Please click on the link above to access a resource that can support us to ensure our learners participate in self evaluation. This resource can help in the classroom setting, as part of our whole school evaluation or even as a working group.

Tweet of the Month

Mr English has stepped up on the social media front. He has embraced TikTok into his engagement with his classes. Well done.

Languges in EASN

EASN students are relishing working on Modern Languages. The image below shows Daniela remembering all of her French vocabulary. She is living our shared value of Ambition.

Peter Pants and the Muted Mermaid

At last, its Panto week!

I hope you can all make it along to cheer on our pupils.

'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!

The Panto Team Visit

Our school pantomime cast & crew had a great time at the Macrobert pantomime 'Rapunzel'.

All of the pupils represented the school to highest level and felt inspired by what they seen.

Johnny McKnight was reported as fantastic once again.

I'm sure our panto will top this!

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 contact.

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

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

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


Hazel Kelly has been appointed to Newbattle High School as a Teacher of Technology. Her start date is still to be agreed. Sorry to see you move on Hazel.

We will look to recruit a Design and Technology teacher over the coming weeks.

Enjoy the week ahead,


Colin Bruce