July 2019

Enterprise and Creativity Course Charges

In line with Aberdeenshire Council Education and Children’s Services policy, Alford Academy make a small charge to offset some of the costs of specialist materials used in the delivery of the following courses.

There will be a letter sent out to parents after the Summer holidays with details on how to pay the required charges.

For more information about the projects these costs go towards please see below for details.

If your child is eligible for free school meals, there is no charge for course materials.

For other families where hardship could result from payment of recovery charges, parents/carers are asked to contact Mrs M Milne, Headteacher by letter/email to outline their position.

Art and Design

This year Art students will be undertaking a number of practical projects including but not limited to the following:

S3- Pattern development on card through to lino and polyboard printing, acrylic and watercolour painting and tonal pencil drawings.

N4/5- Lino and polyboard printing, cut card pattern testing, printing on fabric- bag design, water and acrylic painting and pencil tone drawings.

Higher- Silk painting, lino printing on fabric, digital pattern development with digital fabric printing. Form modelling and construction of developed fabric head pieces. Watercolour, acrylic painting and tonal pencil drawings

Advanced Higher- Pick a medium of their choice which can include Oil Paints, clay, fabric, ink printing and acrylic painting.

All year groups will also undertake activities photographing and exploring composition and lighting.


S3 CDT– Pupils will make a mirror/ blackboard frame out of pine, plywood and acrylic mirror which covers a number of different woodworking joints. They are expected to finish this with glasspaper, varnish/ paint or wax.

They will also make a metal candle holder using a combination of mild steel bar and rod. These will be finished with emery paper and polish.

Design and Manufacture

N4/5– Pupils will get hands on experience with a number of “Smart” Materials such as Polymorph, Translucent Acrylic and Blue foam for producing a number of models. They will also be issued with a final practical project by the SQA which can be made from a combination of resistant materials such as wood, metal and plastic as well as the Smart materials they have practised with.

Higher- Pupils continue with exploring materials for modelling purposes. They have to create a prototype project that encompasses a number of materials and manufacturing techniques. Materials can include wood, metal, plastic and Smart materials.

Woodworking Skills

There are four projects in total for the N4/5 Woodworking class.

Practise Joints

2 Peg Coat Rack

Pendulum Clock

Kitchen Towel Holder

Final SQA Assessment project- Still to be released by the SQA.

These projects use a combination of Pine and selected hardwoods. Pupils are expected to finish these to a high standard with glasspaper, varnish and wax.

Online e-payments for school meals and HE, Art, Design & Technology course materials.

Aberdeenshire Council has introduced a new way of accessing the online payment system, called Myaccount, which many parents and carers have already been using to pay for school meals.

A video has also been created on how to setup Myaccount and can be viewed below.

If you have any concerns or issues with this new process please contact the helpline on 03456 08 12 02.

For all school payments please go to  and select “School Payments”

Recoveries Charges Session 2019/2020

S1 Art and Design £2.50
S1 Technical £6.00
S1 Home Economics £12.00
S2 Art and Design £2.50
S2 Technical £6.00
S2 Home Economics £15.00
S3 Hospitality – Terms 1,2 and 3 £30.00
S3 Art and Design £10.00
S3 Design and Manufacture £10.00
National 4, 5 and Higher Art £10.00
National 4, 5 Practical Woodworking £25.00
National 4,5 Design and Manufacture £20.00
Higher Design and Manufacture £15.00
Advanced Higher Art and Design £20.00

Contact Our School

Head Teacher: Moira Milne

Alford Academy
Alford Community Campus
Greystone Road
AB33 8TY

Telephone: 019755 20430

School Office opening hours are 8:15 am to 4pm Monday to Friday term time (you can leave a message on the answering machine or send an email outwith office hours).