Parent Letter

Attendance Letter to Parents

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Montrose Academy expects all pupils to have good attendance at school. Pupils who regularly attend school and are on time are more likely to fulfil their potential. Regularly being late to class or missing classes can lead to gaps in knowledge and affect a pupil’s progress and attainment.

Please read guidance from our updated Attendance Policy with changes that come into effect on Monday 14th September:



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There are no formal examinations for courses at National 2, 3 and 4.  These courses are assessed internally by teaching staff with marking subject to external moderation by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Almost all National 5 courses have an external examination. Higher and Advanced Higher courses in all subjects also have external examinations.

Young people in S4, S5 or S6 sitting external examinations will have a period of exam leave from Thursday 30 April to Tuesday 19 May inclusive.  Young people will also be excused attending school the day before any examination which falls out with that period.  This will give young people additional time to revise and prepare for their exams.

Any young person who wishes to attend school during the period of study leave is entitled to do so.  School staff will be available to answer questions and provide support.

Pupils with no external examinations are expected to continue attending school and will be able to access a variety of learning experiences.

I hope this letter clarifies arrangements for the exam leave that will operate in Angus secondary schools this session.  If you have any specific questions about exam leave arrangements, please contact the school in the first instance.

Parents’ Open Evening – Tuesday 17th September 6pm-7.15pm

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This is the first of these new termly events to give parents the opportunity to meet informally and discuss with other parents and staff about what we can do together to benefit our young people. Each meeting will have a different theme – agreed by parents. The theme of the first meeting is Communication. You will agree the next themes at this meeting too. Your child will receive  a letter tomorrow at Check- In with a tear off slip if you are able to attend. If you prefer call the school office on 907500 to book your place. 

The School Leadership Team will collate  information/ideas and share it with all parents. Refreshments will be available and staff will be on hand to support. We very much look forward to seeing you at this event.

School Christmas Dances

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This year’s Christmas dances will be held in the school’s  Assembly Hall . details are as follows:

S1/S2 – Thursday, 8th December from 7:30pm to 10pm; tickets cost £4 and include a snack and juice.

S3/S4 – Tuesday, 13th December from 7:30 to 10:30pm; tickets cost £4 and include a snack and juice.

S5/S6 – Thursday, 15th December from 8pm to 11pm; tickets cost £8 and a finger buffet will be served.

Coping with Senior Phase Evening

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Coping with Senior Phase Evening
We held a very successful evening with around 40 of our parents/carers of pupils in S4-S6 attending last Thursday.  The focus of the evening was to communicate strategies for best supporting young people as they progress through S4-S6.  If you were unable to attend then please have a look at the Power Point attached.  If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact the school.