Bellahouston Academy’s First Ever Microsoft Office Specialist Master

Kieran Shepherd MOS Master


Kieran is a most talented young man when it comes to using  all software packages on computers.

He has recently passed Specialist Exams in Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access, and in addition has successfully passed Expert Exams in Word and Excel.

He has therefore been accredited with the title of Microsoft Office Specialist Master, and is the first ever pupil to achieve this in Bellahouston Academy.

Well done Kieran! A terrific result!

Ross McEwan interview on BBC Radio Scotland

A free business accelerator hub is housed in Royal Bank of Scotland’s global headquarters in Gogar, Edinburgh.  It was launched in partnership with KPMG and supported by Entrepreneurial Spark. This is an interview on BBC Radio Scotland with RBS Chief Executive Ross McEwan about the bank’s support for entrepreneurship

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Ken Barclay from Royal Bank of Scotland comes back to visit!

We are delighted that Ken Barclay, the Corporate Head of the Royal Bank of Scotland came to join us once more to support young people in Business Management courses.

His talk was very interesting and engaging and pupils benefitted hugely from this, gaining a real insight into working for a business at the very highest level.

Thanks so much to Ken for giving up his valuable time to help support our pupils!

Celtic Connections here we come!



We are excited to announce that in collaboration with the Faculty of Performing Arts, the Faculty of Technologies will be taking some of our pupils to the fantastic Celtic Connections festival in January.

The concert will take place in the main auditorium of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

There will be performances by Jason Singh, neXo and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Juniors.

Sounds like this will be an amazing opportunity for our young people to enjoy a terrific performance opportunity!

More news on this in the new year.

Ken Barclay, Chairman of RBS, comes back to visit Business students

Early in the new year, Higher Business Management pupils will get the chance to question Ken Barclay, the Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

This will be Ken’s second visit to the Bellahouston Academy, and he will share some of his experiences ofthe business world with our pupils, helping our young people to understand the issues and solutions that make businesses work.

We look forward to his visit!



Global Learning Event – The Hour of Code

All of our S1 pupils and S2 pupils will be taking part in The Hour of Code during the week 7th-11th December 2015.

Pupils will get a chance to learn more about coding and its importance as essential skills development in the 21st century. We want to ensure the Bellahouston Academy’s young people are given the chance to develop computational thinking skills, that will help them in their future.

We are excited to announce that many of Bellahouston Academy’s teaching staff will also be take part in The Hour of Code and will be joining classroom as complete novices. We are hoping to get as many staff as possible involved to increase understanding of the valuable place Computing Science has within the school community.

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Technology Entrepreneur inspires our young people

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All of S5/S6 had a visit from Technology Entrepreneur Ian Ritchie, who explained to them the merits in getting involved in Engineering. This was arranged as part of the PSHE programme, and many of our Computing Science, Administration and IT, Business Management, Practical Metalworking, Practical Woodworking students were inspired by hearing the experiences of Ian Ritchie.

Our Computing Science Ambassador from Glasgow University was also in attendance and met up with Ian Ritchie for the first time.

To find out more about Ian Ritchie, click link below:

More about Ian Ritchie


Pupil Feedback:

I was impressed by today’s assembly and learnt a lot about the internet.

I found it really interesting on what he does and how he is successful in his life, it inspired me to be aware of my future and gave me a little bit of a wakeup call to keep me motivated this year and do well in my studies.

The Speech from Ian Ritchie was really good

The speech was very interesting today.

The talk was very inspiring. It made me think about my future.

It was very interesting and informative. I learned a lot.

It was interesting –  was interested in finding out more about how the Internet World started.

The speaker was well-spoken and the talk was well organised.

The talk was very informative.

Well informed, piece of paper had lots of information

It was a good assembly overall, and to improve it should be shorter.

Good communication

The leaflet had good information

The event could have been longer.

Well-spoken, something different as covered different jobs and aspects. May encourage people to choose that job.

It was a well put-together presentation and it was interesting to  learn about Ian Ritchie and what he has previously done in his career.

Very inspirational and Motivational. Helped me with future plans.

Very interesting and I learned new things.

It was a good presentation, he was confident in what he was saying.

It was very interesting. It can help me with what I do in the future. Well presented.

Enjoyed it, got some good information and motivation.

It was good. I enjoyed the assembly. He explained in detail throughout the powerpoint. He answered the questions and explained even more after making it easier to understand.