FAO all S5 Students


The 2018 Scottish Space School @ Strathclyde residential summer school will be held at the University of Strathclyde from 10-15 June 2018 and applications are now being invited via the online application system.

Now in its 15th year at the University, the Scottish Space School continues to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists and is aimed at S5 pupils in Scotland currently studying Maths and Science subjects at Higher level.

Applications must be made online and further information and the online application form is available at:

If you would like further information or have any questions regarding the programme, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at:

ECA Masterclass in Graphic Design: 15 December, 2-4pm

Edinburgh College of Art is hosting its Masterclass in Graphic Design on Friday 15 December from 2-4pm. Students will get a chance to explore graphic design, using illustration, photography and typography, so it should be a fun afternoon!

S5 and S6 students are welcome to come along and just need to sign up using the Eventbrite page, which can be accessed through the ECA website:

Nuffield Research Placements 2018 – East Lothian – Application System Open

The Online Application System for Nuffield Research Placements 2018 has now opened. This is slightly later than normal due to the online application system re-development.

The Nuffield Research Placement Scheme is aimed at the current 5th year pupils/students who will be sitting their Highers in 2018 and who are studying any Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) subjects at that level (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geography, Computing, Home Economics/Food Technology, Psychology, Music Technology, Product Design, Technological Studies etc.). We are also now placing students into Social Science placements where there is an aspect of analysis, statistical investigation and mathematics involved, so the placements are very wide ranging.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students. The placements help increase confidence and improve key skills including practical, communication, report-writing and presentation skills. They also provide students with excellent experiences & skills to include on CV’s and personal statements. By working with professional scientists and engineers in a real-life environment, students gain an invaluable insight into a wide variety of careers.

All applicants should have at least five National 5 or GCSE passes at Grade B /Grade 6 or above, including maths, a science subject, and English or another humanities subject.

Below is a summary of the application process:

• Students apply by completing an online application which can be accessed on the Nuffield Research Placement webpage at The application has various sections – personal details, education, personal statement, teacher reference, parent consent, bursary application (if appropriate).

• When registering, students insert an email address of the teacher who is to provide them with a reference. Once the student fully submits their application the system automatically initiates an email to that teacher to allow them to add reference.

• After the closing date (March 6th 2018) applications will be scored, matched to placement projects available/suitable (where possible) and the appropriate applications will be forwarded to various supervisors for their consideration.

• If a student and /or teacher has contact details of anyone in local industries/organisations who could offer a placement project, they can include the details on their application, we can then follow this up to check suitability.

• If successful matched and accepted to a project by the supervisor, the student is then offered the project.

• Placements normally take place at the end of June, July or early August. The student will normally be working Mon-Fri (9am-5pm) for 4, 5 or 6 weeks. Students should therefore be made aware that is quite a big commitment.

• All students will receive reasonable travel costs to and from their placement. Some students may also be eligible for an additional bursary of £100 per week of placement if they fulfil the criteria set out in the application.

• Successful students are required to submit a report at the end of their placement and are also invited to display their work in poster format at a celebration event in Edinburgh, taking place at the end of August / early September.

PLEASE note – there are a limited number of placements available and as such an application does NOT guarantee a Nuffield placement.

More information on the Nuffield Research Placements scheme can be found at

The Skills Scotland Trip Thursday 9th November.

Students are to meet in LZ3.

If leaving a class lesson 1 you do not need to leave the class any earlier than 9.15 am or 9.20 am if in the middle of a task.

The coach will return to school by lunchtime.

A copy of the list of those signed up is on the guidance door and on the google classrooms for S4-6 so students can check if they have forgotten whether they signed up.

Engineering the Future for Girls 18-22 June 2018

Engineering the Future for Girls @ the University of Strathclyde
18th-22nd June 2018

Please see below leaflet describing the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde’s 1 week Summer School for S3 girls (entering S4 in June).

Engineering the Future for Girls is being delivered in collaboration with BP and BAM Nuttall and is designed to engage girls in a wide range of engineering challenges that will inspire them to become the next generation of engineers. The summer school is fully-funded by BP and BAM Nuttall and student costs, including a contribution towards travel, will be covered. Strathclyde will accept applications from girls with any range of subject choices at National 5.

The summer school is non-residential and therefore pupils should be able to make their way each day to the University of Strathclyde campus in the heart of Glasgow City Centre. Teachers are not required to accompany pupils during the week.

Pupils should apply at using the online application form. The deadline for applications is 3 December 2017. A confirmation email is sent upon receipt of application. The selection panel will meet in January to review the applications received and all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 31 January 2018. An automated email is sent to teachers informing them of the application submitted and requesting a supporting statement. The supporting statement for each student should be submitted online using a designated link by 15 December 2017, for the application to be considered.

If you would like any further information on the Summer School then please email:

Paris 2018

There are still places available on the trip to Disnelyland Paris next year 23-28 June.
Please see Mr Mcneil or Mrs Fitzpatrick for information.

• 2 days at Eurodisney
• Visit to Paris
• Stop off in London on the way home to see a musical