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 now in the middle of a very busy term in the school year. We conclude in December with a busy week of Assemblies, Christmas dinner, and two pupil dances.

We return in January to Prelims for S4-6. 

Christmas Bazaar:

The Charleston Community Complex is holding the annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 7th December 11am – 2.30pm.  The school is holding a Tombola at that event to raise funds for the School Fund – the money raised is for extras such as trips and clubs, and can only be used for things that the budget from the Council does not cover.  If you would like to donate something for this Tombola, please can you (or your child) drop them off in the school office.

Facebook – communication:

Following discussion at Parent Council the school is now using Facebook to further improve communication with home.

Please “like” our page to receive our news feed.

Closures information:

Information regarding winter weather closures is available at the link below:


We have made the following additions to our staff in the school:

Stewart Ferns joins us in PE.

Ryan Mackintosh has been appointed as Faculty Head for PE, Art and Music.

Marion Campbell has been appointed as teacher of English; Lily Scanlan has moved to Dingwall Academy.

Anne Lesh has been appointed as an Administrative Assistant in the school office.

Attendance reminder:

If a pupil has an appointment during school hours the school should be notified the day prior to the event. This can be done by telephoning the school office, e-mailing the school at [email protected], or in writing to their registration teacher. A permission slip will be given to the pupil at registration on the day of the event to allow them to leave the school. If returning to school on the same day, the pupil should report to the school office with the permission slip which will be signed by a member of the office staff before the pupil returns to their timetabled class.

Please remind your child that if they are late for school they should sign in at the school office when they arrive.  If they are a bus pupil and the bus is late they still need to sign in so that we can amend their record accordingly. If the bus either did not turn up, or was too late and your child has returned home please contact the school office to let us know. We can then note that they are absent due to a transport failure.

Any planned absence from school should be notified to the school in writing at least 48 hours prior to the absence date(s).

The school should be notified of any unplanned absences from school by 9.30am on the first day of the absence. This should be done by telephoning the schools pupil absence line on 01463 251065 prior to 8.30am, phoning the school office on 01463 234324, or emailing the school at [email protected].

Text messages will be sent to the main contact when a pupil is marked as absent at registration but we have not received any communication from home. If you receive such a message, please contact the school as soon as possible with a reason for the absence. This should be done either by phoning the school office on 01463 234324 or emailing the school at [email protected].

Should you have any specific concerns about your child’s attendance please contact their Guidance teacher.

The term ends on Friday 20th December.  We re-open on Monday 6th January 2020.

Thank you for your continuing support of the school.

Yours sincerely,

Gordon Stewart

Head Teacher

Showjumping – Emilia Allison S2

Out of 40 riders Emilia was the only one from the Highlands to get placed in the top 10 both days against show jumpers from all over Scotland! This was a very hard competition & her coach was just delighted with her & her pony’s performance.

Emilia’s School performance is below. Well done!!

Parent letter

Dear Parent / Carer

Just a wee update letter about one or two things.


The school is moving to Facebook to broadcast events / achievements.  We have just started this and we hope that in time it becomes a place to post things that up until now have not been going home.  The address for this is:

Bike shed:

We have had a number of thefts from the bike shed.   The janitors aim to always lock the shed during the school day.  However, there are times this becomes impossible as they can have other emergency duties.  I would encourage all pupils who use the bike shed to secure their bike with a chain.

Pupil Lockers:

Over the next few weeks we will be offering lockers to pupils.  The cost of the locker is £15 – £10 for the year with a £5 refundable deposit when the key is returned.  Any money raised will be used to repair broken lockers and thereafter go to the School Fund – this money can only be used to directly benefit Charleston pupils.

Anti-bullying events:

On Monday 11th November the school will be holding some Anti-bullying assemblies.  This will culminate on Friday 15th November in a “Wear Blue” dress down day against bullying.

INSET days:

Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd November the school will be closed for pupils.  These are INSET days.

I will be in touch later this term to update you on events in the school.  Please follow us on Facebook for more regular news.

Thank you for your continuing support of the school.

Yours faithfully,

Gordon Stewart

Head Teacher – Charleston Academy

Miss. Bain receives an Award

Susie Swift, Deputy Lord Lieutenant presented an Award to Miss. Bain. Miss. Bain has organised and led the annual battlefield trip to Belgium and France over a 10-year period.  The pupils took part in the Menin Gate Ceremony and on her return she arranged the Assemblies for the whole school – inviting in members of the Legion, current servicemen and women from the various services.  Last year she wrote and directed a play about WW1 that was performed for local Primaries.

Design Engineer Construct – Success

Last session 20 pupils signed up for the inaugural year of Design…Engineer…Construct (DEC),  a course that focuses on the built environment, architecture, sustainability and much more.  Having completed an extensive folio of work and an exam in May, 17 pupils successfully passed the course, all achieving a Merit or distinction.

This morning, Mr Richards (faculty Head Tech & H.E.) and Miss Macpherson (depute and S4 year head) had the pleasure of handing out certificates to the successful pupils.

1st row : Meg Leaver D, Molly Howieson D, Paul Staurt D, Michael Duncan M

2nd row: Bethany Mcllwraith M , Lauren Macleod D, Caroline Dunthorne M , Douglas Goodwill M

3rd: Drew Pimm D, Joseph Henderson M , Calum Fraser M, Oliver Kinghorn D

Back: Emily Netherton M , Adam Ritchie M , Rhys Evans M, Drai Senior-Macdonald M

Not present: Leon Duthie M

M = Merit, D = Distinction

A fantastic set of result all round.  Well Done!!

Mr J Richards

Faculty Head Technical & Home Economics

Parent Council AGM

Parent Council Annual General Meeting this Wednesday (30th October), 7pm, Staff Room, Charleston Academy.

Parents, Carers, adult siblings of Charleston Pupils: The Parent Council needs you!  Our aim is to support all Charleston Academy pupils and staff to make it the best school possible. Please join us.  All support welcomed.