News and Updates

The latest information from Oldmachar Academy and Aberdeen City Council for our school community.

The summer menu is now in effect. The menu includes the prices for meals and snacks, etc.


  • The Pod in the Quad is open for snacks at breaktime.


  • Snacks are available from the canteen.
  • Meal Deals are now on offer as well - £2.45 for a main meal, pudding and a drink. There is a different Deal each day.

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Public Holiday, Monday 19th of September

New School Day


SQA: Your Exams 2022 - What to Expect

SQA Covid Guidance

DYW Opportunities - 24th of April, 2022

DYW Opportunities - 25th of March, 2022

Support for Ukraine

Please see our latest post for more information.

CV Support: Careers Drop-in Sessions

DYW Opportunities - 18th of March, 2022

DYW Opportunities - 11th of March, 2022

Oldmachar Breakfast Club
Oldmachar Breakfast Club is open every day from Monday, 7th of March from 8am to 8:30am. The club is free of charge and is held in Hut 2, open to S1-3. Come along to start your day with a healthy breakfast and some good company!

Temporary Accord Cards
We are running low on temporary Accord cards. If you are using a temporary card, can you please come to the office where a new card can be ordered or account can be transferred back onto your own card. Please check to see if you have any old temporary cards in your possession and return them to the school office.

Thank you.

DYW Opportunities - 25th of February, 2022

NESCol Campus - Covid-19 Measures from Next Week
The health, safety and wellbeing of all connected with the College remain the priority as the gradual easing of restrictions continues - therefore, school pupils must wear a face covering when attending the College and those that are exempt wear a sunflower lanyard or carry an exemption card.

Please see below for more information.

From Monday, 28th of February, the following changes to guidelines will be in place across all NESCol facilities:

  • Face coverings: Must be worn in all public areas of the College, including corridors, but can be removed in learning areas or to eat or drink. Those with an exemption are asked to wear a sunflower lanyard or carry an exemption card.
  • Distancing: Maintain appropriate distancing where possible. Although the 1m rule will not be in
    place, every individual should take personal responsibility to keep those around them safe.

It is also important to continue to follow existing guidance:

  • Avoid crowded spaces and don’t gather in groups - follow one-way systems where those are in place.
  • Clean your hands regularly - this remains an important measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and other illnesses.
  • Don’t attend if you have symptoms - if you feel unwell or have any illness that could spread to those around you, it’s important to stay at home. You should follow the latest Scottish Government guidance on testing and isolation.
  • Test regularly - even if you don’t have symptoms we ask all students, staff and visitors to our campus to carry out a lateral flow test before attending any of our sites.
  • Get vaccinated - vaccination remains the best form of defence against Covid-19. Ensure you are fully vaccinated, including boosters, to help protect yourself and all those around you.

Students in areas with industry-specific guidance, including hospitality and hair and beauty, will continue to adopt measures relating to those sectors.

Changes to Covid-19 Guidance - 28th of February, 2022

DYW Opportunities - 18th of February, 2022

Oldmachar will be closed from lunchtime today due to the continuing snow and difficult driving conditions.

Please see our Severe Weather Policy for more information.

Course Choice Information for 2022-23
Click here for the lastest information.

DYW Opportunities - 11th of February, 2022

Parental Update - 25th of January, 2022

DYW Opportunities - 21st of January, 2022

DYW Opportunities - 14th of January, 2022

Young Persons' Free Bus Travel Scheme
Young people who are aged between 5 and 21 years can apply now for a card to access the Young Persons’ (Under 22s) Free Bus Travel Scheme which goes live on the 31st of January. Parents must apply for young people aged 5 to 15, and young people aged 16 and over can apply themselves if they choose.

Pupils Travelling by Bus to ACC City Campus, School Links and Foundation Apprenticeship Courses
With the introduction of the Young Persons' Free Bus Travel Scheme, those pupils doing ACC City Campus courses, School Links and/or Foundation Apprenticeship courses at NESCol will no longer be issued a pass from school but will need to use this new card instead. We will stop issuing passes on behalf of the college on the 2nd of February. Pupils should apply now as the application process can take about 10 days.

How to Apply
The links below provide helpful information about applying. Please note that we are unable to assist with the application process.

  • Information about the scheme and the application process from the Aberdeen City Council website
  • Information about the scheme from the Transport Scotland website
  • Apply online at the GetYourNEC.Scot website
  • Parents applying on behalf of their children will need a MyGov.Scot account. If you don't have an account, you can find out more here.
  • As part of the application process, parents will need to provide proof of their identity online. If necessary, the application Yoti can help with this.


School Links and Foundation Apprenticeships - Updates
Pupils attending School Links courses and Foundation Apprenticeships at NESCol should be aware of the following.

  • NESCol is going ahead with a phased return to activity on campus, as planned, and limited face-to-face teaching will resume on Monday, 17th of January.
  • The Google Sheet (available in the S4 to S6 Year Google Classrooms) shows the status of all school links courses – the usual delivery method and the plan for the next two weeks (weeks commencing the 17th and 24th of January).
  • You will receive information, via Blackboard, confirming these arrangements.
  • The transition link course scheduled to start on Monday 17th of January will go ahead, on campus, as planned.
  • The Schools Liaison Team will let us know by noon tomorrow, where the course delivery mode has been changed temporarily for the next 2 weeks. These courses are highlighted in yellow on the Sheet.
  • Also, please be aware that all school links courses (on campus, remote, and in school) will be cancelled on Tuesday 1st of February to enable all College staff to take part in a Professional Development Day.


S4-S6 Pupils: NESCol School Links and Foundation Apprenticeships Classes

Monday 10th of January to Friday 14th of January - ALL School Links and Foundation Apprenticeship classes will be online next week at their usual class times.

It has been decided that NESCol will extend online learning to include the week commencing the 10th of January, 2022. This means that they would not be expecting school pupils back on campus before the 17th of January.

The Supported Learning classes will be postponed until Thursday, 20th and Friday, 21st of January, or until further notice.

Senior Phase Assessment Diet - Update, January 2022
Pupils should attend the Assessments in full school uniform.

DYW Opportunities - 7th of January, 2022

Christmas Holiday Support and Information

DYW Opportunities - 17th of December, 2021

School Links Classes - Information from NESCol
NESCol buildings will be closed from 5pm on Friday, 17th of December 2021 until 8:30am on Monday, 10th of January 2022, and School College links classes will not run during this time. Pupils will have access to materials, via Blackboard for self-study as no registers will be taken. Pupils should contact their lecturer directly with any coursework queries.

Staff will be available online and will be able to answer queries and questions via Blackboard.

  • Monday, 20th of December 2021
  • Thursday, 6th of January 2022
  • Friday, 7th of January 2022

They also recognise the rapidly evolving guidance in relation to Coronavirus and the concern that has been communicated by the Scottish Government this week.

They plan to resume blended learning on Monday, 10th of January 2022, with a return to the on-campus activity that has been safely and successfully delivered during the session to date. This will be reviewed by the Leadership Team on the 6th of January, in line with the latest Scottish Government guidance and any change will be communicated through the usual channels.

Supported Study for 2021-22

Christmas Lunch

Tickets for the Christmas Lunch are now available from the school canteen. Please see below for more information.

DYW Opportunities - 10th of December, 2021

DYW Opportunities - 10th of December, 2021

DYW Opportunities - 3rd of December, 2021

DYW Opportunities - 26th of November, 2021

DYW Opportunities - 19th of November, 2021

School Links Classes - 19th of November, 2021

A reminder that this Friday (19th of November), is an in-service day for Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, so ALL School Links classes will be cancelled on this date, including the Supported Learning classes at Aberdeen City Campus.

Parent & Carer's Webinar: Post School Options - 17th of November, 2021

Book your place here.

Scottish Careers Week - 15th to 19th of November, 2021

Scottish Careers Week Events

DYW Opportunities - 12th of November, 2021

DYW Opportunities - 5th of November, 2021

Higher and Advanced Higher Parents' Evening
Booking opens at 7pm tonight for parents and carers of S5 and S6 pupils who are studying for Higher and/or Advanced Higher qualifications. It closes at midnight on Sunday.

The Higher and Advanced Higher Parents' Evening is on Wednesday, 10th of November, from 4:30pm until 7:05pm. Meetings are online rather than in-person.

Parents and carers have been sent an invitation with information on how to book, etc. This information Sway also has lots of useful tips and guides on attending the video meetings.

Any queries or issues getting logged in, please contact the Parents Booking Administrator -

DYW Opportunities - 29th of October, 2021

DYW Opportunities - 29th of October, 2021

School App for Parents

DYW Opportunities - 22nd of October, 2021

DYW Opportunities - 15th of October, 2021

Google Forms - to be completed by all parents
The deadline for the completion of all Google Forms on the attached letter is Monday, 25th of October 2021.

Shoebox Appeal 2021
The Creative Industries Class is organising this year's Shoebox Appeal, which aims to help disadvantaged families have what they need to keep healthy and well over the winter period and at Christmas.

You can drop off your items at your school door in the morning, or in the trolleys in the foyer at lunchtime.
Each House will have until the 28th of October to hand in their items for the boxes. Our aim is to fill 60 boxes.

Please see our post for more information.

NESCol School Links Academic Calendar

Parents' Evenings Using the Parents Booking System
We will be using the online Parents Booking System for parents and carers to book meetings at parents' evenings. Please see the attached Newsletter for more information.

Study Support from e-Sgiol
e-Sgiol are again offering study support in a wide range of subjects and at different levels - from National 4 through to Advanced Higher. To register for these free online tutorials, you need both your Student Candidate Number (SCN) and your Glow account details - to see the registration Form, you must be logged into your Glow account first, otherwise it will tell you that you don't have permission.

e-Sgiol Study Support
Glow Login
Microsoft Form - you must be signed in to Glow first to register using this Form.

If you have any problems at all registering/logging in, please get in touch with Mrs Anderson - details on the Whole School Classroom.

Non-Participation in PE

Parent Council AGM 2021
Our Parent Council AGM is on Wednesday, 22nd of September at 7pm. It is a virtual meeting using Google Meet and you can register to attend using this Form. You can find more information in the flyer below. We look forward to seeing you there.


Parent and Carer Newsletter 2 - August 2021


S6 Pupils - Yearbooks and Hoodies
If you would like a yearbook and/or hoodie this year, we are now taking payments.

  • Yearbook - £25
  • Hoodie with nickname - £25
  • Hoodie without nickname - £20

The deadline for both payments is the 17th of September. Please make your payments to the school office and if paying by cheque, make it out to Aberdeen City Council.


From Monday, 23rd of August, if your child is unable to participate in PE for any reason, please email with the reason. A paper note must also be given to the PE teacher at the beginning of the lesson.


ACC City Campus and NESCol - August 2021


Parent and Carer Newsletter - August 2021


Risk Assessment - Updated August 2021


Parent and Carer Newsletter - June 2021


P7>S1 Transition Website

Letter to Senior Phase Pupils

SQA Appeals Guide 2021

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Safer School App

Lift Off 2021! Senior Student Inductions

Lift Off! S5 and S6 Inductions

Parent Letter -Lift Off!

Parental Update - May 2021

End of Courses Letter - 05.05.21

ACC Education April Newsletter

Risk Assessment - Updated April 2021

School Update 26.03.21

ACC Letter to Young People 26.03.21

ACC Update 24.03.21

National Qualifications: What You Need to Know for 2021

Senior Phase Assessment Plan and Timeline - 23.03.21

Assessment 2020-21

Phase 2 of the Return to In-person Learning

Phase 2 of the Return to In-person Learning

Guidance for Preparing In-school and Remote Learning for S1-S6

Risk Assessment - Updated March 2021

ACC Update 04.03.21

School Update 17.02.21


Return to School Guidance


Risk Assessment Level 4 -
Partial Senior Phase Return

School Update 12.02.21



ACC Update 04.02.21



School Update 03.02.21



School Update 25.01.21



School Update 22.01.21



ACC Update 15.01.21



ACC Update 13.01.21



School Update 11.01.21



School Update 06.01.21



ACC Update 05.01.21

Parental Update - December, 2020

Parental Update - October, 2020