School Transport

For information regarding the entitlement to free School Transport following changes to School Catchment Zones please click on this link or see the “Other Links” tab above.

Cullen catchment area: consultation affecting KGS…

The Children & Young People’s Services Committee has approved a statutory consultation on amending the Keith Grammar School/Buckie High School catchment area delineation as it affects the Cullen Primary School catchment area.

Please find attached, a letter from the Corporate Director (Education & Social Care) for parents with information regarding how to respond with comments:

2017-cullenrezoning-parent-notification

 

S4-S6 Prelim Exams – Monday, 16th January 2017…

With Preliminary Examinations fast approaching, due to start on Monday, 16th January 2017 until Monday 30th January 2017 inclusive (see “Exam Information” tab at top of screen to locate the timetable), the following web links may prove useful to pupils and parents at this important time.  All the very best with the revision and assessments!

https://education.gov.scot/parentzone/learning-at-home/Supporting%20study

https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/apr/19/students-revise-exams-revision-science?CMP=share_btn_tw

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/helping_with_exams/

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/may/15/parents-exam-related-stress

https://education.gov.scot/parentzone/learning-at-home/what-can-i-do-as-a-parent/General%20tips%20for%20supporting%20learning%20at%20home

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/41292.html

Key dates…

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SQA Results – Tuesday, 9th August 2016

The KGS Senior Leadership Team – Mr Macpherson, Mr McLauchlan and Miss Buchan – will be in school from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm on Tuesday, 9th August 2016 (SQA Exam Results Day) to offer advice and support following examination results received.  This may include requests for the school to consider possibility of Clerical Check/Marking Reviews.  As a reminder, Mr McLauchlan was Year Head last session for S4 and S6, Miss Buchan for S5.  Mr Macpherson as Rector has overview of all learners alongside timetable and course choice overview.  All are more than happy to assist as necessary – call us on (01542) 882461.  Further generic advice is also provided by SQA along with helpline numbers as detailed below.  The following link provided by SQA – http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/65952.html – provides video guide and step-by-step overview of the exam certificate as well as Frequently Asked Questions to support you.

Registration for MySQA has now closed.  If students have registered and their account has been activated (last day for activation is 20th July 2016 – registration now closed), exam results may also be received by text message/e-mail as well as traditional post.

For advice on university admissions:

The Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is also happy to speak to any applicants if grades are not what was expected for admission to College/University (conditional acceptance). Their operational hours Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 6.00pm and you can contact them using the following methods:

  • Telephone: 0871 468 0468
  • E-mail: enquiries@ucas.ac.uk
  • Postal address: UCAS, Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ

For careers advice:

Please call the Skills Development Scotland Exam Results Helpline. Qualified Careers Advisors will be on hand to offer careers advice, and discuss clearing vacancies and alternative options. The helpline number is 0808 100 8000. The 2016 helpline will run from Tuesday 9 August until Wednesday 17 August 2016. The opening hours are as follows:

  • 9 and 10 August: 8.00 am – 8.00 pm
  • 11–17 August:  9.00 am – 5.00 pm

The Moray Council: consideration of a move to a 33-period week (2017/2018)

During May 2016, Head Teachers in Moray are engaging in discussions with staff, pupils and parent councils regarding the consideration of a move to a 33-period week from session 2017/2018.  Opportunity will be given to consider either moving to the 33 period week or retaining the status quo i.e. a 30 period week for secondary schools. Views will be sought and reported back to the Director of Education and Social Care who will make the final decision on retaining the status quo or implementing a 33 period week from session 2017/18.  All KGS parents are invited to attend the Parent Council meeting on Tuesday, 10th May 2016 at 7pm where you will be able to ask any questions or share your thoughts on this proposal.  The following letter – The Moray Council 33 period week letter – was issued via pupil post this week.

Masterclass Revision Sessions – May/June 2016 Study Leave…

Masterclass Revision Sessions are being offered to pupils in S4 to S6 by all subject departments in the days prior to SQA examinations.  The purpose of Masterclass Revision Sessions is to provide final help with course content, key concepts or exam answering technique, to our young people.  The timetable of sessions is available by clicking here:  Revision Masterclass Support May June 2016

Easter Revision Programme @ KGS

Students in S4 to S6 who signed up to Easter Holiday Revision sessions will be provided with a copy of their choice grids at tutor tomorrow (Tuesday, 22nd March 2016).  Students in S4 to S6 who have not yet signed up are welcome to attend subject revision sessions on the dates/times outlined using the link below.  Revise and realise your full potential!

Easter Revision Sessions Timetable 2016

Additional Support for Learning – Scottish Government Survey

The Scottish Youth Parliament’s Education and Lifelong Learning Committee’s are conducting research on Additional Support for Learning to find out what is working well and what could be done better. The current financial climate is having an impact on support services; therefore the Committee wants to find out what innovative initiatives have been developed to support young people to the best of their ability. The surveys are currently being sent out to all local authorities in Scotland.

The Committee is planning to conduct research in secondary schools in all 32 local authorities to ask young people with additional support needs about their experiences of their education.  They are also asking staff who work with young people with additional support needs how they support young people and what innovative practices they believe should be developed nationally to ensure all young people receive the best possible education so that they can reach their full potential.

Please find the links to the Learner and Staff surveys at the end of this post. Research will come to a close at the end of March. A report detailing findings and recommendations will be shared with all local authorities and other educational establishments who participated. Meetings with elected representatives and with the Scottish Government to see what can be done to address recommendations based on findings will also follow.  No person or school will be identified except the local authority within the report. They would also like to assure you that no local authority would be placed at a disadvantage within reporting and when good practice is identified local authorities will be praised and it will be used as an effective example within both the report and discussions with stakeholders.

Links to Survey:

Learner Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ELLresearchASLlearner

Staff Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ELLresearchASLstaff

 

 

Parents Evening Booking System

Please click on the “Other Links” tab above to access a .pdf file containing a letter with details of how to access and use the Parents Evening Booking System (S3 example given).

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