Friday 29 May was the deadline for schools to send estimates to the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) as part of this year’s process for arriving at final grades, following the cancellation of this year’s exams.  SQA will now check and validate the information we have submitted. SQA will now moderate it, if necessary, to ensure consistency across schools and colleges and with results from previous years and will use the information from these estimates, in addition to prior learner attainment, where this is available. For example, if learners achieved National 5 or Higher courses, in a previous year.  SQA will also look at schools’ previous history of estimating and attainment in each subject and level. SQA may moderate these estimates, up or down, if that is required.  This process will produce the results for learners, which will be issued to candidates on 4 August.

Nicky Grant, Interim Head of Education, said, “We would like to thank all of our teaching staff who were involved in the crucial process of submitting estimates.  We very much appreciate their hard work and professionalism as they carried out a complex task that was operating for the first time ever.  Their overall professional judgement, based on the available evidence from all candidate activity across the year, is a key part of the process.  We are also very grateful to our Principal Teachers, Depute Head Teachers and Head Teachers for carrying out rigorous quality assurance of the estimates across all subjects and courses, to ensure that they accurately capture the attainment of our young people during this very unusual session. It is now over to SQA to apply their moderation procedures and we look forward to seeing our Highland-wide results in August.”

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) provides financial support to eligible 16 to 19 year olds who want to continue learning.

How to apply

The Scottish Government require a new application for EMA to be made each academic year. Applicants can apply for EMA online on the Council’s website at


Guidance about EMA is available on the Council’s website:

Age Criteria

To be eligible for EMA for the academic year 2019/20 applicants’ date of birth must be between 1 March 2001 and 28 February 2005.

Income Thresholds

Household income is assessed on gross taxable household income for the period April 2019 to March 2020. The household income thresholds for EMA for academic year 2020/21 are as follows:


£0-£24,421 One £30 per child per week
£0-£26,884 Two or more £30 per child per week


Apply without delay

  • To be eligible for a full year award the application must be received by the EMA Unit by 30 September 2020.
  • If the applicant’s date of birth falls between 1 March 2001 and 30 September 2004 they may be eligible for an EMA from the start of the academic year 2020/21, 11 August 2020.
  • If the applicant’s date of birth falls between 1 October 2004 and 28 February 2005 they may be eligible for an EMA from the start of the January term 2020/21, 6 January 2021.

Help to complete an EMA Application Form

If you require help to complete an EMA application form, please contact the Council’s Welfare Support Team on 0800 090 1004 or by emailing:



All pupils have been asked to fill in the survey titled: Home Schooling: Pupil check-in

This has been emailed to pupils and the link is also on each year group classroom.  If you are not able to access it please click on the link below.  It is short and will not take up too much of your time – thank you

Every weekday before 12pm pupils should register using the google form posted in their whole year group Google Classroom.

Google Classroom can be accessed on any device that has an internet connection but pupils should use their Chromebook where possible to avoid any log in issues.

If they haven’t already been added to their year group class pupils can add themselves using the relevant code below:

All S1       – hze5m5k

All S2       – yw2jkn4

All S3       – dvyrjhe

All S4       – wn6pxkv

All S5/6    – nv5ziwb



Welcome back to a very different term. I hope you are coping  with the lockdown and kept safe and well.

Despite the very challenging times we are living in at present, it is really important that we all work together to get you the best access to your learning and education, as possible.


Our plan is as follows;


  1. Pupils, including S6 for the first two weeks, will be expected to register online by 12.00 each day. Pupils can access their year group classroom on google classroom and use the posted form to register their attendance. Absentees will be contacted by Guidance staff and or Year Head. This is to ensure you are engaging with your learning and are safe and well. Arrangements for the return of leavers forms and chrome books will be forwarded to you by the end of the first week.


  1. S1, S2 and S3 pupils will continue to access  BGE materials to be provided by staff, online.


  1. S4 and S5 pupils will consolidate the skills required to  prepare them  for moving on to their next chosen  subjects. Appropriate material will be provided by staff which you are expected to complete and submit for feedback.


  1. By the end of the first week we will review the senior  pupils ’ course choices and resulting class lists. This will  determine when we move to a new timetable.


  1. Mrs Reid will continue to provide updates on SQA developments.


There is no doubt that this term will present us with challenges never before experienced but by working together and  communicating effectively ,  I’m confident we can make the  best of what is a very different educational setting.


All the very best to you all !


Robin Fyfe

Acting Rector

Dear Parents/Carers


Our new term, albeit a very different one, starts on Tuesday. I hope you had an enjoyable  and relaxing holiday with your family but more importantly I hope you’re safe and well. It goes without saying that the new term will be very different, presenting new challenges for our school community, but be assured that we will do all we can, with your help, to make sure your children receive the best possible access to their learning and education. Together we must ensure that our young people continue on their appropriate curricular pathway despite the inevitable disruption created by these difficult times.


Our immediate plan  is as follows;


  1. Pupils, including S6 for the first two weeks, will be expected to register online by 12.00 each day. Pupils can access their register class on google classroom and register their attendance. Absentees will be contacted by Guidance staff and or Year Heads.
  2. S1, S2 and S3 pupils will continue to access  BGE materials to be provided, online, by staff .
  3. S4 and S5 pupils will consolidate the skills and knowledge required to  prepare them  for moving on to study  their chosen  subjects for the next year. We hope to confirm our senior pupils’ course choices as soon as possible.
  4. By the end of the first week we will review the pupils ’course choices and resulting class lists. This will determine when we  move to a new timetable.
  5. We will continue to provide updates on SQA developments.


A great deal of uncertainty surrounds the current situation but we must work hard together , to get the best outcomes possible for our young people. Good communication is key in these unprecedented times and we will  continue to provide  updates regularly via social media and group texts. Please get in touch with myself of the appropriate year head with any concerns.


All the very best to you and your family,


Robin Fyfe

Acting Rector



Wednesday 25th March 2020 – Latest Update

SQA update
Just a reminder about yesterday’s SQA update which can be found on their website. The key points to note are as follows:
* No learner coursework to be submitted for Higher and Advanced Higher courses
* National 5 coursework should not be submitted from now on
* Coursework should still be considered as part of the process of estimating grades
* Further details about the certification process will be provided “as soon as possible”
If you have not already done so, we would suggest that you post this information on your website/social media.

We await further advice about the details. Meanwhile, it is likely that you are fielding calls from disappointed young people who would have hoped that their coursework would have had a positive influence on their grades. Please ask young people and families to bear in mind that this work is not wasted and the quality of this work should contribute to the decisions about estimates.

The university admissions service, UCAS, has announced that it is to give students more time to make decisions about their choice of university. The move has been prompted by the need to create a period of stability for both universities and students following the unprecedented events of the past week in response to the COVID19 pandemic.
UCAS has said that it expects the admissions cycle to run broadly similarly to previous years, with the flexibility for applicants to make choices throughout the rest of the year and a clearing process over the summer. The website of the Scottish Funding Council carries this information here.

Council responds to Government lockdown

In light of the UK and Scottish Government’s decision to begin a three-week lockdown in order to delay the spread of the Coronavirus, the Highland Council has taken the decision to cancel the provision of school meals today. The current format of provision would involve staff and children gathering at school premises and this would go against national advice and directives.

The Council’s Strategic Group will consider the announcement first thing this morning and the implications this will have for the delivery of essential services and the provision of welfare and humanitarian aid in a way that complies with the Government’s directive and protects life and our NHS services.

More information will be issued once this important step has been discussed with our Local and Regional Resilience Partners.

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