School Announcements

SQA Annoucement – N5 Exams
October 7th, 2020 at 8:26 pm

Arrangements for the assessment of National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses in the 2020–21 session
Wednesday 7 October 2020

The following message has been shared on our website and directly with schools, colleges, local authorities and key educational stakeholders as well as parent, carer and learner representative bodies.
The Deputy First Minister has today announced a number of measures for the awarding of National Courses at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher in 2020–21. There will be no external assessment of National 5 courses this year – either by an exam or by coursework. Higher and Advanced Higher externally assessed exams, including the completion of coursework where appropriate, will remain as planned.
The Deputy First Minister’s statement draws on the Priestley Review, which reflects on awarding in 2020. We will duly reflect and consider the review findings and will be responding to the Scottish Government on next steps shortly.
I give you my assurance that SQA is committed to listening and being responsive to the needs of schools, colleges, stakeholders, learners and parents/carers and will play its full part in delivering the measures outlined by the Deputy First Minister today.
National 5
National 5 courses will now be assessed using an alternative certification approach. This will be based on teacher and lecturer judgement supported by assessment resources and quality assurance.
SQA has today published broad guidance on evidence gathering and estimation, with a very clear focus on the quality, not quantity, of evidence. This is accompanied by an SQA Academy Course on quality assuring estimates. This will be followed after the October break by subject specific guidance, published on a rolling basis, on the work that learners need to complete. Where possible, we will specify between two and four pieces of work per subject that will form the basis of arriving at a final award. We will also provide some additional resources that teachers and lecturers can draw on for assessment purposes.
Crucially, we will work with schools and colleges through the year on the quality assurance of their learners’ work, including sampling work and feeding back to teachers and lecturers to ensure standards are maintained. This is essential in providing fairness to learners across Scotland and central to SQA’s role as Scotland’s awarding body.
We will also work with Education Scotland, local authorities, regional improvement collaboratives and others to support a local and national approach to moderation and quality assurance, including the provision of assessment resources. We will provide an update on this work as soon as possible.
You may know that, in August, we undertook two consultations on modifications to assessment across National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher and changes to the exam timetable. In total, we received a very significant volume of responses – over 23,000 – from learners, parents, carers, teachers, lecturers, and stakeholders – including professional associations. SQA has analysed all the feedback received and acted on it.
In response to this consultation, we have today published information on the modifications for individual subjects. These are designed to assist learning and teaching and are available on each NQ subject page. We have also provided an Outcomes of National Consultation document which contains all the final modification decisions and analysis, alongside an Equalities Impact Assessment and Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment of the course modifications.
Higher and Advanced Higher
Today we can also confirm that the Higher and Advanced Higher exams are planned to start on Thursday 13 May 2021 and finish on Friday 4 June 2021, with Results Day on Tuesday 10 August 2021. We will publish the full exam timetable at the end of October.
Although the decision has been taken to remove National 5 exams and move Higher and Advanced Higher exams to the end of the planned timetable, a summary of the timetable consultation is now also available on our website.
Contingency arrangements for Higher and Advanced Higher
As the Deputy First Minister has said, a system-wide, collaborative approach is imperative to the delivery of the assessment and moderation approach for 2021. A clear contingency plan will continue to be developed, including key checkpoints up to the February break to assess public health advice and its impact on the plans for these exams.
For its part, SQA is continuing to engage directly with the system on contingency arrangements for the Higher and Advanced Higher exams, should the current position change in the coming months. We are currently speaking with more than 450 staff from schools, colleges, and local authorities, to help us collaboratively develop appropriate contingencies. We are also speaking with parent, carer, and learner representatives to ensure their views are heard.

Fiona Robertson
SQA Chief Executive and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer


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Face Coverings – School Transport
October 2nd, 2020 at 8:51 am

Face Coverings – School Transport

See a message from Vincent Docherty, Head of Education, on face coverings on school transport. CLICK



Ironside Memorial Endowement
September 17th, 2020 at 8:30 am

Ronald Ironside Bursaries

Calling all school leavers moving on to further education. If your course has a science or engineering element in the first year of study you may be entitled to a bursary. Applications are available here or from the school office. Make sure you apply, you never know until you do. Good luck with your studies.

Facemask Guidance – 31.08.20
September 1st, 2020 at 8:28 am

Please find the guidance which was issued to all school transport providers. 

You will be aware that the Scottish Government has announced that from Monday 31 August all pupils should wear face coverings when travelling on school transport, unless they are exempt. Pupils may be exempt if they are aged under 5 years or they have a relevant health condition. Information on face coverings can be found here –


• The onus is on schools and parents to do what they can to ensure pupil compliance.
• There is no requirement for drivers to enforce the wearing of face coverings.
• Parents/pupils are responsible for ensuring that pupils have their own face coverings.
• Pupils should wear a face covering before boarding the vehicle and for the entire duration of the journey.
• Pupils who are exempt from wearing a face covering are not required to show proof to the driver.
• If any pupils travelling by minibus/bus/coach do not have a face covering the driver should allow them to board. Drivers should not challenge any pupils who are not wearing a face covering.
• If drivers have particular concerns or a large proportion of pupils fail to comply you or your driver should report this to the school.
• If any pupils travelling by taxi/private hire car do not have a face covering the driver should if possible provide the pupil with a disposable mask. If the pupil waiting to board is accompanied by an adult the driver can refuse travel. If there are situations where pupils repeatedly fail to wear a face covering this should be raised with the school.

Huntly Green Travel Hub
August 12th, 2020 at 12:06 pm

Dear parents/carers,
We would like to remind you that we are still looking for pupils to take part in the Green Routes to School research project, which will inform the future activities of the Huntly Green Travel Hub. This research aims to find ways to make it easier and safer for kids in Huntly to cycle or walk to school.
We would like to invite your child/ children to fill in an anonymous online questionnaire about how they get to school, and their thoughts on cycling and walking in Huntly. This should take 10 minutes to complete, and all participants may be assisted by an adult.
All children from Gordon Primary School and The Gordon Schools are invited to take part. Their thoughts and opinions are very important in this research, and we are very grateful for all participation.
If you would like to sign your child/ children up to participate, please use this online consent form
You will then be sent a link to the survey for your kids via email.
If you have any questions, please contact
Thank you.

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At The Gordon Schools we have recently renewed our Vision.

This guides our everyday actions and expectations and is a statement of what we are trying to be and do as a School.

An easy way to remember our Vision, is using the initial of our School – T G S





Is about treating one another positively, kindly and with respect. We are all a part of the School community, the Local Huntly community and beyond. Our actions here affect other local, national and international communities. We must consider what consequences our actions will have on others and on our environment, both locally and globally.



We need everyone to value and look after their health. This includes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

TGS should be a happy place, with support for everyone to feel good about their health. We want you to develop confidence and resilience for life in and beyond School.



Success means being the best possible version of yourself that you can be. If you succeed with this then you will learn as well and achieve as much as you can. Have a growth mind-set – explore new things and aim for future successes! At TGS we want you to be proud of your achievements and successes and we will celebrate those with you.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information – we will be happy to help.

Mr P Gaiter
The Gordon Schools, Huntly






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