Default news category, unless another is used. Most news items will be an acknowledgement and celebration of our young peoples’ achievements.

Parent / carer letter

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are heading for the conclusion of our SQA Prelim Exams for S4-6. Pupils will receive their results next week. We will be working hard to support pupils attain the best possible results that they can as we head towards the final push for exam candidates.

Our attainment in the school is on an upward trend. We will again be supporting that this year with our Easter school – details to follow.


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New building:

At the recent Parent Council various early plans for a new £7.5 million extension were shared and discussed. This is an exciting project and we will ensure that Charleston Academy gets a building that will support learners over the coming years.  A key priority for the new building is a new Science department.

Medical advice:

The school has a First Aider, but no facilities for sick children. We have had a number of children who have been unwell prior to leaving for school. It is important that sick children are not sent to school because other children with underlying health issues are vulnerable.

Staffing update:

Mairi Sutherland has worked in the school for many years and is our Faculty Head of Science post holder. Mairi is now Acting Head Teacher at Kilchuimen Academy. The Faculty Head of Science post will be advertised nationally.

Shaun Foster (Biology) has been appointed Acting Depute Head at Kilchuimen Academy until the end of June 2020. We will be making arrangements to cover his classes during this period.

We wish them all the best in their new roles.

Curriculum Consultation with parents – 16th January 2020:

We invited all parents to a consultation regarding the curriculum now and in the coming years.  We met a number of parents and a summary of that meeting is below:

·        Parents were supportive of the changes we have made this year and understanding of the reasons for the changes.

·        They supported choice for languages in S3. Also, a major/minor choice in S1/2.

·        They are keen we develop Spanish as an option in the coming years.

·        They liked the S4 HE intensive option and would like to see similar from Technical, possibly construction related.

·        They feel that for the future we should be looking more to develop courses relating to sustainability, health care, and construction.

·        Skills are important.  Work related learning is important and valued by them.

·        Pathways for learners from Charleston should be clearer. In session 2020-21 a group of S6 pupils are developing a “My Story” webpage about former pupils and their learning/employment journeys.

·        Independent learning was viewed as important for school and later life. A need to develop study strategies/homework at an early stage was identified.

·        A recognition that extra-curricular activities support the development of skills for life and work.

As our roll rises there in scope to be more creative with the subjects we offer and enhance our curriculum in this way.  We will continue with a cycle of consultation over the coming years.

Key dates:

4th February – P7 Open Night

11th February – S4 Parent Meeting

17th and 18th February – Holiday

19th February – INSET – staff only

20th February – S5/6 Parent Meeting

27th March – Term ends

14th April – Start of summer term

Thank you for your continuing support of the school. During the summer term we will be looking to involve some parents in the planning of our School Improvement Plan for session 2020-21.

Yours faithfully,

Gordon Stewart

Head Teacher – Charleston Academy

SQA Progression

The National SQA Progression success between levels e.g. National 5 to Higher can be found at:
A good indicator of likely success between levels.

For example, what an Award at National 5 converts to at Higher nationally in Maths.

Inverness College UHI Open Day

Inverness College UHI are holding their next Open Day on Tuesday 14th January 2020 from 5pm -7pm. This will be held at our main Campus site.
Members of Staff from many of our Curriculum areas will be available to chat with prospective students/parents and carers during the evening and answer any questions they may have. Applications are still being accepted for many of our January start courses as well as our full time provision for the new Academic year 2020-21. Full details of all of our offering is shown on our main Inverness College UHI website
There may also be the opportunity to undertake a tour of Inverness College UHI during the Open Day Event.

Climb Scotland Climbing competition

On Friday 11th October 12 pupils travelled to Perth to compete in the heats of the Climb Scotland Fun competition.  We had a great day at Perth College UHI climbing wall and the pupils climbed well.  The grades were a bit harder this year but the climbers rose to the challenge and competed well.  The results were submitted and we waited to hear if anyone made it to the finals in November

Finals day – Saturday 16th November

Jasper Kinghorn had qualified for the Youth A boys Lead Final and Catriona Garvie Qualified for the Youth A girls Top/bottom rope final.

The competition this year was really tight with a huge number of competitors from across the country.  They both did exceptionally well to make it into the top 5 climbers per category.

They both climbed well on the day and had a great time seeing other climbers and attempting the routes.

Catriona was 2nd in her category and Jasper was 5th.  A great achievement all round and another success for the Climbing Club.

Well done to everyone who competed this year!