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Important Date for New Fifth and Sixth Year Students……

Students returning into either Fifth or Sixth Year in August 2019 should note that staff will be available on Thursday 8th August 2019 to discuss any changes to curricular choice which may be required following receipt of the 2019 SQA exam results on Tuesday 6th August 2019.

Please note that, if you do not wish to make any changes to subjects chosen for session 2019-20, there is no need to attend school on Thursday 8th August. You should only attend if you believe it may be necessary to change your subjects for session 2019-20.

The arrangements for that day will be as follows:

Thursday 8th August 2019

10am – new Fifth Year students should attend

12noon – new Sixth Year students should attend

Members of the Senior Leadership Team and Principal Teachers of Pupil Support will be available to discuss curricular choice in light of the 2019 SQA exam results and, where appropriate, agree changes to subjects chosen for session 2019-20 taking due account of all relevant information.

Important Dates ……

Some forthcoming important dates for your diary include ……

2018 SQA Exam Results due on Tues. 6 August 2019

Session 2019-20

Inset Days (Pupil Holidays): Mon. 12th & Tues. 13th August 2019

First Pupil Day: Wed. 14 August 2019 (8.55am)

2020 SQA Examination Diet – Important Dates

2020 SQA Exams begin: Monday 27 April 2020

2020 SQA Exams end: Thursday 4 June 2020

The 2020 SQA Exam Timetable can be viewed by clicking the link below:

SQA Exam Timetable 2020



Holiday Weekend – 4th – 7th May 2019

School closes on Friday 3rd May as normal at 2.55pm and re-opens on Wednesday 8th May 2019 for pupils at 8.55am.

Monday 6th May is May Day and is a holiday.

Tuesday 7th May is In-service Day 5 and is a pupil holiday except for any student in S4 – S6 who is sitting an SQA exam.

The relevant SQA exams on Tuesday 7th May are National 5 Spanish, Higher Grade Spanish, Advanced Higher Grade Spanish and Hospitality: Practical Cake Craft. The precise timing of these exams can be found in the individualised SQA exam timetables issued by Mr. Gerry McQuaid, acting Depute Head Teacher to all students.

Please contact the school for more information as required.

Tel. 01698 274976

Easter School 2019….Postscript

Easter School 2019 saw a large turnout of students from Fourth to Sixth Year who took the opportunity for additional support from their teachers in preparation for the forthcoming SQA exams which start on 25th April.

The Easter School subjects represented at this year’s event were  English, Mathematics, Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, Modern Studies, Computing Science, Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies, Business Management, Graphic Communication, Physical Education, Spanish, Hospitality, Music, Health and Food Technology, Art & Design and Cakecraft.

The link to the photo montage below shows pupils ready for the final push to this year’s exams in April and May!

Easter School Montage 2019

Easter School 2019 Off And Running……

Easter School 2019 began with a large number of S4, S5 and Sixth Year students in attendance on Monday for tuition in English, Mathematics and Computing.

We look forward to students attending throughout the week for a wide range of inputs across most subject areas at National 5, Higher Grade and Advanced Higher Grade. A previous post shows the programme for the week which can be downloaded.

Easter School 2019

Easter School 2019 will run from Monday 1st April until Thursday 4th April. Click the link below to show the programme planned for each day in detail.

Usually days are divided in two with each study class offered e.g. at Higher Grade in the morning and National 5 in the afternoon.  Some Advanced Higher Grade courses are also on offer.  Students can, therefore, create a programme of study which is customised to suit their individual needs.

All students in Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Year are urged to attend these classes as, over the years, the work done during Easter School has proved invaluable in improving attainment both for individuals and the school as a whole.

Forthcoming Holiday Dates

The dates for the forthcoming Spring holidays are:

School closes: Friday 29th March 2019 at 2.30pm

School Re-opens: Monday 15th April 2019 at 8.55am

Easter Weekend Holiday

Good Friday: 19th April 2019, pupil holiday

Easter Monday: 22nd April 2019, pupil holiday

May Day Holiday

Monday 6th May, pupil holiday

In-service Day 5

Tuesday 7th May, pupil holiday



Parents of students currently in Fourth and Fifth Year are invited to attend a meeting on Thursday 28th February 2019 from 7 – 8.30pm in the school theatre. At this meeting detailed information will be provided regarding students’ curriculum choices for session 2019-20.

This meeting will cover subjects at Advanced Higher Grade, Higher Grade, National 5 and National 4 and a final draft ‘Option Form’ will also be issued.

In addition, there will be a short presentation by a member of North Lanarkshire’s Foundation Apprenticeship Team about the increasing number of Foundation Apprenticeships which will be available to students from next session. This presentation will cover the detail of how this qualification can be achieved as it is a mix of classroom study and a placement in an industry relevant to the particular field covered by each Foundation Apprenticeship. These qualifications benefit from strong support from relevant industries as they were created in close partnership with them.

A key aspect of Foundation Apprenticeships is their equivalence to Higher Grades A-C. These have now been agreed with most Scottish Universities with many at A Grade equivalence and in certain cases, universities will count an appropriate Foundation Apprenticeship as equivalent to 2 B Grade Highers due to its relevance to the course being applied for.


St. Andrew’s Hospice Cheque Presentation

Refently a cheque for £600 was handed over to a representative of St. Andrew’s Hospice to support the work of the Hospice.  These funds were raised by staff and pupils who took part in the annual St. Andrew’s Hospice Schools’ 6K event in Strathclyde Park in September of this year. Well done to all involved and many thanks to the staff of the hospice for the excellent work carried out by them day in and day out caring for members of our local communities.