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January 12, 2022

New National Entitlement Cards – Information and Sign Up Forms

Dear Parents/Carers

Please find below information related to the new National Entitlement Cards which allow young people in Scotland to access free bus travel.

To apply please complete the relevant form below:


January 6, 2022

HT Update – 6th January 2022

Dear Parents/Carers and Pupils,
As we start back for the new term I find myself in the very surreal position of announcing that this will be my last term as Head Teacher here at Grange Academy.  After almost 11 years of being a ‘Heidie’ I’ve decided it’s time to go, move on to pastures new and let someone else take over the reins.  It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as your Head Teacher and my time here at Grange Academy has been for the most part the happiest of my career.  I will finish at the end of March and the recruitment process for a new HT will commence in the very near future.
With 12 weeks remaining it’s a bit early to be saying farewell but thank you for your support, advice and encouragement in my time here at Grange.  Our young people are second to none and I will miss them greatly when I leave at Easter.
Kind regards, 
Robert Johnston
Head Teacher

January 5, 2022

School Update – 5th January 2022

Dear Parents/Carers and Pupils,
We are looking forward to welcoming you all back to school tomorrow morning after what I hope has been a good rest.  The school day starts at the usual time of 08:45 and it is essential that as a school community we make every effort to keep ourselves and others safe over the coming weeks.  As challenging as it can be we are asking pupils and staff to wear masks, wash/sanitise their hands regularly and to socially distance from each other whenever possible.  It is also important for us to test regularly (twice weekly) using the LFT kits available from the school office.
Please make every effort to do an LFT this evening or tomorrow morning before coming to school.
Pupils should not attend school with symptoms (cough, temperature, loss or change to taste or smell and any cold-like symptoms such as sore head or sore throat) and they should isolate and book a PCR test – a negative LFT is not acceptable if someone has symptoms.  Please remember LFTs should only be used for asymptomatic testing, (ie. when you don’t have symptoms), and results should be uploaded to the portal (details included in all test kits).  If you have symptoms – stay off and book a PCR.
With regard to the latest government advice issued this afternoon relating to periods of self-isolation please note that new isolation rules will not apply retrospectively – if staff and pupils are currently isolating they should follow the isolation dates previously given.
Given the current weather conditions we would also recommend that pupils wrap up well and wear warm clothing as teachers will have to keep some windows open in class to ensure good ventilation.
Our Senior Phase Assessment Block will take place from Friday 7th until Friday 21st January 2022.  The schedule is available on our school website here.  If a pupil requires to be absent when they should have an assessment – please contact the school office.
Kind regards and a Happy New Year to everyone!
Robert Johnston
Head Teacher

December 17, 2021

School Update – 17th December 2021


It’s been another busy week in Grange Academy with the added challenges of increased staff absence and, as in wider society, an increase in the number of pupils and staff self-isolating.  Despite these challenges, there continues to be a positive energy and lots of exciting things happening within the school.

This week has seen us offering LFD Asymptomatic Testing kits to pupils in the Street at the start of the school day.  Any pupil who wishes to have some for the return to school in January can collect them from the school office.

Our Parent Council’s 12 Days of Christmas raffle was a tremendous success raising £954.  A huge thank you to all those supported the initiative by buying tickets, to our Parent Council members who not only organised the entire event but also donated and collated the incredible range of prizes and to our very own Mr Adams (PE Department) for selecting the winners each day and Mrs Carrie (School Office) for admin and ParentPay support throughtout.

Miss McBride (PT Transitions) has been out visiting our associated primaries over the last few Friday afternoons.  Visits to Shortlees PS, Crosshouse PS, Hillhead PS and Annanhill PS have already taken place and Miss McBride will be undertaking two Teams calls with Gargieston PS this afternoon.  We look forward to our Transition programme continuing in 2022.

Our Grange Advent Revision calendar continues to give daily tips and advice for Senior pupils in the run up to the January Assessment Block.  These daily videos will continue right through until the 24th December being released at 9:30am each day.

A reminder to our Senior Pupils who may want to undertake some studying over the holiday that resources are available on our Grange Academy Tile on Glow (Sharepoint).  Information on how to set that up is available on our school website here.

Mr Cowan (DHT) and I have been meeting with all Principal Teachers (Curriculum) over the last two weeks to review Senior Phase attainment following the recent S4 reports and S5/6 Parents Evening.  These have been very fruitful discussions allowing a chance to hear about the hard work of our Senior Pupils in the run up to the January Assessment Block.

Thanks to Mrs Brotherston (DHT) who has been working with some pupils to record Christmas Festive messages that will be shared with the residents of our local care and nursing homes.

A very warm welcome to Mr D Baird (Technical) and Ms J McKenzie (Art) who will join us full time from Monday 20th December.

As intimated last week, we close for the Christmas Holidays on Wednesday 22nd December at 2:30pm and reopen on Thursday 6th January 2022 at 8:45am.

Have a lovely weekend

Robert Johnston
Head Teacher

December 13, 2021

Asymptomatic Testing

Dear Parent/Carer,
As mentioned in recent communications, we are encouraging all young people and staff to self-test regularly using LFDs (Lateral Flow Devices).  In the remaining days before the Christmas break we are having a final push on this and hope that the majority of pupils and staff will take part in the self testing programme.
LFD test kits will be available in The Street before school, morning interval and lunchtime from tomorrow for pupils to collect.  NB.  Kits will only be distributed to pupils who have a school bag to carry them in.
Staff and pupils are encouraged to start testing as soon as possible and also test prior to returning to school after the holiday.
Please see attached letter from NHS Test & Protect
Kind regards
Robert Johnston
Head Teacher
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