Parental Newsletter – 08.10.20

Dear Parent/Carer,

Below is a copy of this week’s newsletter which was sent out yesterday via our GroupCallXpressions app or via email for those without the app. If you did not receive it, please contact our school office so we can check your details are up to date.

Parental Update 08.10.20

Also sent out yesterday was a summary of the work undertaken as part of our Recovery Plan during this term.

Hillhead High Recovery Graphic – September Update


University of Strathclyde Events

Virtual Open Days

Our Undergraduate Open Days will be taking place virtually this year on:


Wednesday 28th October        1.30pm – 6pm

Saturday 14th November         10am – 2.30pm


More information will be posted as and when it becomes available on our website here.


Higher Education Information Evenings

At this time of year we would ordinarily be visiting many schools to provide information to parents as well as pupils about the UCAS process. In recognition of this we have scheduled Information Evenings which will be particularly useful for parents. Our first one of these was very successful and well attended.  Please pass this information on to your students. You and your students can register for one of the dates provided here:


Thursday 8th October 6pm


Monday 19th October 6pm


As always you  contact us on and we may be able to arrange an alternative date for your school.


UCAS Events


UCAS are running a number of subject specific virtual events over the coming weeks. Strathclyde will be in attendance along with a wide selection of other Universities from across the UK. The details are as follows:


16th October     Biological and Physical Sciences

23rd October     Social Sciences, Humanities and Teaching

2nd November   Maths, Engineering and Computing


For further information please visit the UCAS site:


UK University Search Fair


UK University Search are holding a virtual fair on Wednesday 11th November. Strathclyde will be in attendance along with a number of other Universities. For further information please see here.

Business Apprenticeship Information Evening

Ernest Young are hosting a virtual information evening for anyone interested in a business apprenticeship in the finance industry.
This is a great opportunity to find out more information and some hints and tips that will be useful when applying for apprenticeships.
More information is available in the below link
Please speak to Mr Richardson once you have registered or if you need any more information.

Business, Law, Finance Virtual Exhibition

It will provide you with an opportunity to:
  • Chat to subject teachers and admissions specialists, and start comparing unis and courses.
  • Meet current students to find out what uni life’s really like.
  • Get advice on applying to uni through UCAS, and making your personal statement stand out.
  • Discover apprenticeships, what they are exactly, how to apply, and the careers you could achieve.
  • Find out about student finance, what you’re entitled to, and how to apply.
  • Explore over 100 unis and colleges.​


We are pleased to announce that in the coming weeks Hillhead High School pupils (S1 to S6) will be issued with a brand new, Glasgow City Council Supplied and Managed, iPad.

Initial details are available in the following letter:

Connected Learning – Pupil iPad Deployment Letter 04.09.20

Parents and carers are encouraged to access the video presentations linked within the letter.

College/ Foundation Apprenticeship Update

Due to COVID-19 there have been some changes made to the Tuesday and Thursday afternoon college offering as well as Foundation Apprenticeships.
If you have any questions about these changes, or want more information about college or Foundation Apprenticeships please contact Mr Richardson on
There are slight differences between college and Foundation Apprenticeships, for this reason they have been separated into two sections for this update.
College Courses (Tuesday and Thursday Afternoon)
The courses will take place ONLINE until December, at which point they will be reviewed.

The college will deliver the courses on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in a variety of 3 ways:


1                    Pre-recorded lessons

2                    Live Virtual lessons

3                    Project based student centred activity

On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons pupils should work from home. If there are any difficulties with ICT or internet access, please contact Mr Richardson on the details above.
The below college courses will begin on the 7th September;
Introduction to Sport, Fitness & Outdoor Education : Level 5 – Glasgow Kelvin College – Springburn Campus
Professional Theatre Preparation : Level 6 – Glasgow Kelvin College – Easterhouse Campus
SFW Early Learning and Childcare : Level 5 – Glasgow Clyde College – Anniesland Campus
SFW Early Learning and Childcare : Level 5 – Glasgow Kelvin College – Springburn Campus
Automotive and Engineering : Level 4 – Glasgow Clyde College – Anniesland Campus
These courses being on the 14th of September;
NPA Professional Cookery : Level 4 – City of Glasgow College – City Campus
NPA Legal Studies :: Level 6 City of Glasgow College – City Campus
Up in the air and on the Ground : Level 4/5 – City of Glasgow College – City Campus
The induction for these courses will take place between 31/08/20 and 14/09/20. The colleges have access to GLOW email addresses so keep an eye out for an update from them.
Foundation Apprenticeships (Tuesday and Thursday All Day- Engineering Systems Tuesday, Thursday, Friday All day)
All Foundation Apprenticeships will take place online with the exception of Engineering Systems (more information on this below)
On Tuesdays and Thursdays pupils should work from home. If there are any difficulties with ICT or internet access, please contact Mr Richardson on the details above.
Work is ongoing at the moment to adapt the work placement section of the framework to fit with COVID-19 restrictions in a way that still provides pupils with an outstanding work related learning experience.
Engineering Systems
This course is different to the other frameworks as it is over 3 days (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday). This course will include some on-site lessons. Specific information has been emailed to the pupils on this course.

Face coverings update 27.08.20

Below is a copy of information sent out via GroupCall Xpressions app and email on 27.08.20. If you have not already done so, please download the free app or ensure we have an email address on file for you so you receive important updates.

Dear Parent/Carer,

As you will be aware the advice around wearing facemasks is changing and from Monday 31st we need everyone (except those with exemptions) to wear a mask in those busy areas. Many pupils are already wearing them when moving around school and you may have seen picture we shared on Twitter last week of staff wearing them as they move around school.  Others will be used to wearing them on public transport or in local shops. We will go over the advice again during registration classes tomorrow and produce some resources for our website. There is some really useful material on the Young Scot website to help support pupils and you can find it here.

Pupil Support staff will also have a small supply of masks for next week in case any pupil requires one.

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