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Exam Transport 2024


Please see information below from West Lothian Council regarding exam transport.   Thank you.

During the Exam period school transport will still run at its normal time. All students sitting exams that begin and end within the normal school time will be expected to either make use of the school transport provided or make their own arrangements to get to and from the exams they are sitting.

West Lothian Council will provide additional school transport for exams for students who have an entitlement to free school transport where an exam falls on a day when transport to and from school would not otherwise be provided (including local holidays and in-service days) or where an exam finishes after the normal school time.

Students must register for this transport during the exam period. All info & the registration form are available at Exam Transport 2024. Applications open on the 29 March and the deadline for completion is 17 APRIL.

Study Skills Information

Please see attached Study Skills Resources for S4-S6 students.    Weekly Study Timetable (PDF) [77KB] (opens new window)     Revision Techniques Booklet (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)   

March 2024 Newsletter

Please see link to access our March Newsletter.

February 2024 Newsletter

Please use link to access our February Newsletter. 

Course Choice Process

Students in S2-5 will begin the course choice process over the coming weeks. Please find attached, information regarding the process and how you can help support your child at home. Information regarding courses can also be found on our Pathways website: https://www.armadalelearningpathways.co.uk/   Course Choice Process (PDF) [771KB] (opens new window)

Study Support Timetable S4-S6 Students

Please see attached Study Support timetable currently running for our S4-S6 students.    Study Support Timetable (PDF) [176KB] (opens new window)

Families and Young People Advice Service (FYPAS)

Happy New Year to you all and hope you all had a lovely festive break.

I'm sure you are all very aware of the current cold snap we are experiencing so we're just checking in to let you know that our School Bank Partners still have a lovely supply of warm jackets, wellies, winter boots, hats and gloves!

It's still very much winter so if you have any young people in need of any winter items please get in touch and I can look to refer you.

Also, just a reminder of some of the other things I can do to assist you -

· Benefit health checks to ensure your income maximised

· Advice, guidance and support on what and how you can make claims if appropriate

· Advice on available grants

· Cost of the school day assistance, including Free School Meals, School Clothing Grant, Education Maintenance Allowance

· Debt, Housing and Energy Advice

I am available by contacting the school, completing this online form https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/families-financial-support or emailing fypas@westlothian.gov.uk

Kind regards

Dianne

December 2023 Newsletter

Please use link to access our December Newsletter

Curriculum Survey - Parents/Carers 2023

As part of our curriculum review, we are looking to gather the views of parents/carers. Please could you access the form using the following link and complete to help us with this process?

https://forms.office.com/e/MUYSZKEvr0

School Transport/Bus Passes

Please see the link below re information regarding transport for mainstream schools.

https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/schooltransport

BREAKFAST CLUB - START DATE TO BE CONFIRMED

For many children, breakfast can be the most important meal of the day. Studies have shown that children who start the day with a healthy breakfast have better concentration, are more alert and perform better in school. 

We will be running a free Breakfast Club in Home Economics, Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 8.30am.  This will also be a place where students have the opportunity to socialise with their peers and spend time with students from other year groups.  

 All students most welcome.  

Deliberate Firesetting - Information for Parents and Carers

Please see attached information re Deliberate Firesetting.   Deliberate Firesetting (PDF) [158KB] (opens new window)

LEAPS 

At Armadale Academy we work in partnership with LEAPS to support our S5 and S6 learners in applying to Higher Education. 

LEAPS is a widening participation programme which aims to encourage and advise students who are traditionally under-represented in higher education. They support young people in South East Scotland, raising aspirations and providing impartial advice about higher education. They currently work with state secondary schools throughout South East Scotland, supporting pupils who match LEAPS eligibility criteria.

For more information, please see the link below. Our S5 and S6 students will soon be briefed on this support in preparation for LEAPS interviews next term.

https://www.leapsonline.org/node/1067

School Clothing Grants & Free School Meals - 2023/24

West Lothian Council are now able to accept applications for the 2023/24 academic year for School Clothing Grants and Free School Meals.

Here is a link to the web page which has all relevant information and a link to the online application School Clothing Grants, Free School Meals & Milk - West Lothian Council.

This link to the Cost of Living Hub West Lothian may also be of interest to you Cost of Living Hub West Lothian - West Lothian Council

Forgotten Lunch Money

Please see attached for important information regarding break and lunchtimes from Mrs McGee, DHT. Forgotten Lunch Money (PDF) [394KB] (opens new window)

School Transport Update

Dear Parent/Carer,

The Passenger Transport Service are aware of ongoing issues on some school transport services. An update has been provided on the West Lothian Council website and can be found using the following link. A high number of applications are being received and the Passenger Transport Service thank you for your patience as they continue to work through these enquiries.

Uniform Ordering Information


BE Uniforms are the school's uniform supplier, please see the link below to order online and for information regarding delivery.  

Young Persons Free Bus Travel Scheme

Please click on the link below for information on the new Young Persons Free Bus Travel Scheme.   

Applications are now open and free travel will be available from 31 January.
Please note the free bus travel is for the public bus network only, this does not include school transport.
Thank you.

School Leavers

If your child has decided to leave school but has not yet secured a positive destination we continue to be here to help. If your child would like support in securing a positive destination, please advise them to contact our SDS Careers Adviser, Faye Mathieson, for career information, advice and guidance at louise.russell@sds.co.uk or contact their Head of House directly and we will be happy to help. (email addresses below).  

Cochran Head of House          caroll.gordon@westlothian.org.uk

Wood Head of House               ross.gibson@westlothian.org.uk       

Honeyman Head of House       kerrie.brown@westlothian.org.uk

Please also follow link below which provides a range of guidance for applying to college, employment, apprenticeships and much more

I Pay Impact Automated Payments - How to Cancel  

Instructions on how to cancel I Pay Auto-Payments can be found in the attached document.   Thank You.    IPAY Autopayments (PDF) [97KB] (opens new window)

Helpful APPS for Students

Please click on link for some helpful APPS for students.    Helpful APPS for Students (PDF) [216KB] (opens new window)

Armadale Academy Learning Pathways

Parents Portal

Parentsportal.scot  -  if you haven't already signed up please click on the link Parentportal.scot (opens new window).  Services available include Annual Data Check, View Attendance, View Timetable (secondary) & access to iPayimpact.  Next service due for release will be Permission Slips/Consent Forms for trips etc.  Further information can be found at parentsportal.scot

Managing Pupils' Healthcare Needs in West Lothian Council Schools

Please click on link for information on managing pupils' healthcare needs in West Lothian Council schools.    Managing Pupils' Healthcare Needs in West Lothian Council Schools (PDF) [553KB] (opens new window)

Asthma Awareness Information

Please see attached NHS Lothian Asthma Awareness information.    Asthma Awareness (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)


Mental Health Support Information for Parents and Carers

Please find attached Mental Health Support Information for Parents and Carers.    Mental Health Support Information for Parents/Carers (PDF) [749KB] (opens new window)

Winter Ready 

Work for students in the event of 'Snow Days' can be accessed from here  


 


Improvements in Attainment Poster

Please find attached Armadale Academy Improvements in Attainment Poster.    Improvement in Attainment Poster (PDF) [711KB] (opens new window)


  HMIe Report

Please find attached the letter prepared by HM Inspectors following the inspection of the school.  The letter and Summarised Inspection Findings (SIF)  will be published on the Education Scotland website at Education Scotland (opens new window)


RME (Religious & Moral Education)  

If any parent/carer wishes to withdraw their child from RME and Religious Observance in the school, they should contact Mrs McGee, DHT in the first instance.