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Session 2019 – 2020
Inspection of Ellon Academy Community Campus – October 2019
Dear parents/carers – HM Inspectors from Education Scotland will be visiting Ellon Academy to conduct an inspection during the week commencing Mon 28th October ‘19. You can find out more about inspection, from the Inspection and review documentation pages of Education Scotland’s website.
Inspection Briefing for Parents
This briefing aims to help parents to understand the inspection of a secondary school.
What happens in the inspection of your child’s secondary school?
Your child’s secondary school is to have an inspection to find out how well your child is being educated and looked after. HM Inspectors (HMI) will take account of the type and nature of the school and its young people’s needs. The inspection will be carried out by a team which may comprise of inspectors, Associate Assessors (AA), Assistant Inspectors, a Health and Nutrition Inspector and a Lay Member (LM) working for Education Scotland. The inspection published letter will highlight what the school does well and where it needs to improve.
Before the inspection
You will receive a pre-inspection questionnaire so that we can find out what you think about the school. Staff, partners and young people will also be invited to complete a questionnaire. All responses will be treated in confidence unless they raise concerns about the wellbeing of young people or staff in the school. Information given to us will be seen only by the inspection team. We will not tell anyone else where our information came from unless the wellbeing of a person is considered to be at risk.
During the inspection
- We will visit classrooms, observe learning, and talk to staff and young people about their learning.
- We may spend some time looking at your child’s work and reading his/her reports.
- We may work with your child as part of a small group or in a classroom.
After the inspection
We will publish a letter for parents on our website and send an electronic copy to the education authority or Board of Governors, and where appropriate to the chairperson of the parent council. We will also publish a document called the Summarised Inspection Findings (SIF) which provides some detail supporting the evaluations made by inspectors.
If necessary, the secondary school, with the support of the education authority or Board of Governors, will amend its school improvement plan to bring about any improvements that the letter says are needed. In some cases, we will carry out a further inspection to support the school to make improvements or to gather information about any innovative practice identified through the inspection.
Ellon Academy Family Learning Event – Wednesday 9 October 2019, 7pm – 8pm
We are holding a family Ellon Cluster learning launch evening to give information to parents/carers on a new cluster wide initiative for all parent/carers in all Ellon primary and secondary schools. There is a letter being sent by Xpressions to all P1 – S6 parents. Please read and then action as follows:
Click here to complete the Attendance Return Slip.
Session 2018 – 2019
Notice 19/11/2018 – Adverse Weather/Early Closure Drill
There will be a drill on Thursday 22/11/18 during Period 6. All pupils must attend their P6 class as normal & the drill commencement will be announced over the tannoy. Please familiarise yourselves with Assembly Points which are displayed in the following areas –
- Display Board at school Reception Window
- Pupil Entrance
- Display Board beside S52 (Ms Booth’s office)
All pupils who travel by school bus MUST have their passes with them on Thursday 22/11/18 – please ensure you check the details on your pass against the information displayed BEFORE 22/11/18 – any issues need to be raised with the school office asap.
Notice 15/10/2018 – Parental Involvement and Engagement Strategy and Action Plan 2018 – 2021
Please find the link to this document here.
Notice 11/10/2018 – Communication From School To Home
Dear Parent/Carer – As of 29/10/18, we shall use e-mail + Xpressions only (not texts) for sending out letters which contain lengthy content and/or attachments as our method of communication. As texts do not accommodate this, if not already done so, could you please ensure the school holds an up to date email address if you do not have the Xpressions App. Homework & absence texts will continue to be sent as normal.
Notice 20/08/2018 – School Transport Team
Just to make you all aware, we are currently having issues with our card printer which we use for pupils bus passes, and are now unable to print them. We will include a slip for any pupils who will not receive their pass to say they should use the letter as a temporary pass until the printers are fixed.
This will affect all Privilege pupils, Primary and Secondary (they get a new pass every year of a different colour) and all New P1 entitled pupils (the Secondary should have the pass from the induction days).
We can only apologies for this inconvenience, we are awaiting IT to get back to us hopefully with a fix. We will update you as soon as the issue is solved.
School Transport Team – Aberdeenshire Council
The new number is 0370 054 4999. Pin Number remains the same 021040.