Matilda Summer School

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals between the ages of 8 and 18 to star in our production of MATILDA JR. – one of the UK’s best-loved musicals.

Overseen by a professional production team, the 2-week Summer School will culminate in 6 fully-staged performances of MATILDA JR. on The Brunton stage.

Throughout an intensive rehearsal period, participants will also take part in drama games, workshops, improvisation, vocal technique classes, movement and much, much more. Not only will participants get to perform on The Brunton stage, they will also develop many invaluable life skills along the way.

Daily rehearsals will take place at The Brunton.

The cost for the 2-week Summer School is £175.00. Some assisted places are available.

To register your interest, or for more information, please email:


APPRENTICESHIPS: ScotRail is hiring people aged 16 and over for four-year engineering apprenticeship. At the end of the four-year apprenticeship, you will receive a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering (both mechanical and electrical).

They also offer 18 month Customer Service Apprenticeships. At the end of the apprenticeship, you would achieve a Customer Service SVQ.

Find out more and apply here

May Open Week at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)

Please see herebelow a list of SRUC Edinburgh virtual open day events coming up at the end of May for pupils interested in further and higher education.

The open day events are course specific and will provide information on course content, career options and entry requirements. We are also hosting an event that will cover student support, funding and accommodation information.

If a pupil would like to attend a virtual open day, please register at By registering, if they are unable to attend the live event then I can send them a recording afterwards.

Brightest Watts Summer Programme at Heriot-Watt University

Designed for those starting S5 in the summer the aim is to provide an insight into what going to university is like and to inspire pupils to think of university as an option for them when they leave school.

Due to the ongoing restrictions we are going online again and have an all new two-week programme of events from Monday 26th July to Friday 6th August. It is based on our residential programme so all the favourites are there, including subject tasters and student life sessions. In addition new sessions will help pupils get a better feel for what university is like and to get them thinking about possible careers. The atmosphere as always will be friendly and supportive and the focus is on meeting new people, including our amazing Brightest Watts student ambassadors, learning new skills and raising confidence levels.

We will provide materials and packs to support the programme. We can also provide laptop loans to anyone who does not have access to a laptop or computer. This would be preferable in most cases to the use of a phone or tablet to make sure they can get the most out of the programme.

In addition to the summer programme we will be running a series of masterclasses throughout the next two years to supplement their development and support them as they decide what to do when they leave school. We also hope to get them on campus when we can.

You can find out more, including how to apply, on our website – Places are limited and although we welcome all applications, we will prioritise pupils from widening participation backgrounds including priority postcodes (MD20), pupils with experience of care, young carers and those from schools with low progression rates to higher education. Applications should be submitted no later than Friday 30th April 2021.

If pupils, or parents and carers have any questions please let me know – just email


Virtual Open Events on April 7th

The Academy of Music and Sound Edinburgh have an upcoming virtual event on Wednesday 7th April at 4pm hosted via Zoom. Information provided during the session will include course content, funding, the application process, and career opportunities within the music industry. It will also provide the opportunity to meet both members of our teaching team and some of our current HNC students via performances and an informal Q&A session.

You can access the open event flyer here which contains an embedded link with more information about how to join in.

M&G 2021 Apprenticeship Programme Applications

We are pleased to announce that applications for the M&G 2021 Apprenticeship Programme are now open!

We have a selection of business and technology roles available across Stirling and Edinburgh.

We recognise that university isn’t for everyone. We need people who are eager to get started and want to do something interesting and exciting.

  • We are looking for enthusiastic, professional, hardworking individuals who are willing to learn and are determined to succeed.
  • Candidates must be 16 years or older with a minimum of 5 National 5 grades A – C including Maths and English (or relevant work experience).
  • Apprentices will follow 12-18 months Apprenticeship Frameworks (joining the business from September).
  • This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to start their professional business career in a thriving financial services industry with multiple benefits including a competitive salary.

Please be advised the closing dates for applications is Friday 16th April 2021. 

For any queries please contact us at apprenticeship@mandg.comW545605 M&GPLC

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S5 work experience: Applications open now for Science Insights Online (26-30 July)

The University of Edinburgh’s biology-themed work experience week Science Insights Online will take place again this July, and pupils in S5 can apply now at

The programme is for pupils currently in S5 and the 60 successful applicants will spend five days (Monday 26 to Friday 30 July) following a varied programme of online activities hosted by staff and students from across the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, gaining a real insight into research and work in many different areas of biological, biomedical and animal sciences.

Activities include: 

  • Virtual tours of scientific facilities
  • Presentations, workshops and discussions on topics including research ethics, the use of animals in research and careers in science
  • “Meet the researcher” sessions with University of Edinburgh PhD students and researchers
  • Skills session to help with future university applications

There are 60 places available for Science Insights Online and it is being promoted to all schools in Scotland. Any current S5 pupils interested in biological sciences (especially those planning to apply to Biology/ Biomedical Sciences/ Animal Science at university) are welcome to apply. To maximise participation we will also be running two webinar sessions during Science Insights week that will be open to all applicants.

To apply for a place, pupils need to complete our online application form, which they can find on the Science Insights website:  The closing date for applications is Monday 26 April and places will be assigned in early May.


Widening participation is at the heart of the University of Edinburgh’s agenda, so we work with the Widening Participation team to ensure places are assigned to pupils from a range of social, cultural and educational backgrounds. To achieve this we would appreciate your help in encouraging all pupils, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, under-represented and marginalised groups, to apply.

We realise that not everyone has the same ability to access online content and we are looking into ways to support pupils who may have difficulties accessing Science Insights Online. There are questions about online access in the application form, and if pupils do not have a reliable way to get online, or have additional support needs, we are asking them to tell us. It will not count against them in their application and we will try to help all successful applicants to access the programme, as far as we can.

If you have any questions about Science Insights Online, please don’t hesitate to contact the project team at

Sutton Trust Summer School opportunity for S5 pupils

We would like to invite your S5 pupils to apply for the Sutton Trust Summer School at the University of St Andrews. An experience that has been proven to be of great benefit when applying to competitive universities.

This virtual event is free of charge and held each year in order to give pupils in S5 the chance to experience a week in the life of a university student. They will engage with two academic areas of interest, take part in social activities and receive advice on UCAS related topics.

Pupil and parent Q&A sessions:

I will be hosting two pupil and parent Q&A sessions for those who are interested in applying, where they can learn more about the virtual summer school and hear from students who attended last year. Pupils can sign up for these online:

Thursday 18 February 2021, 5pm to 6pm

Tuesday 23 February 2021, 6pm to 7pm


This year, the St Andrews Virtual Sutton Trust Summer School will take place on Monday 5 to Friday 9 July 2021. For information about the summer school, eligibility and how to apply please visit our website.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 3 March 2021. 

If you have any questions about the Sutton Trust Summer School, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at or by calling 07595200323 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

For S5 students – Scottish Space School – Virtual Programme

Scottish Space School – Virtual Programme

University of Strathclyde

14 – 18 June 2021

Following the success of our virtual Scottish Space School programme in June 2020, the University of Strathclyde are delighted to be offering the virtual programme again in 2021 for school pupils in S5.

We recognize the challenges school pupils have faced this year and it’s important to us that the current S5 cohort are given the same opportunity to engage with us as those who have attended the programme in previous years. We have therefore developed an online offering which will provide an opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading figures in space travel, including NASA Astronauts and engineers. We are also delighted that Wood Plc will be sponsoring the 2021 programme for the first time. There are 100 places available on the programme and we ask that you bring this to the attention of S5 pupils who have a talent for mathematics and physical sciences.

The programme will run throughout the week beginning 14 June 2021 with virtual sessions taking place as follows:

  • Monday 14 June 2021:

Morning Session: 09:15 – 12:30

Afternoon Session: 14:00 – 15:30


  • Tuesday 15 June 2021:

Morning Session: 09:15 – 12:30

Afternoon Session: 14:00 – 15:30


  • Wednesday 16 June 2021:

Morning session: 09:15 – 12:30

Evening session: 18:00 – 19:00*


  • Thursday 17 June 2021:

Morning session: 09:15 – 12:30

Afternoon session: 14:00 – 15:30


  • Friday 18 June 2021:

Afternoon session only: 14:00 – 16:00


*The evening session on Wednesday 16 June 2021 is our annual ‘Evening with NASA’ presentation which will be open to the public to also attend online. Further details will be published and advertised on our website in due course and we can also circulate the details to yourselves.

Throughout the week, participants will hear from staff at the university and Wood Plc who will provide an insight into studying and working in the field of engineering, as well as hearing from colleagues in the NASA Johnston Space Centre. Participants will also take part in a group project throughout the week which they will present to a selection panel made up of staff from the University, Wood Plc and NASA on the final afternoon with a prize for the winning team. Participants must be able to commit to attending all sessions as listed above.

Further information and the online application form are available on the Space School website:

The deadline for applications is Monday 8 March 2021. The selection panel will meet early in April and all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by Friday 9 April 2021. In the application form, pupils are asked to supply the name and contact details for a teacher who can provide a statement in support of their application. Teachers will receive an automated email which will include a designated link to the online application in order to submit their statement. We ask that teacher statements are submitted online by Monday 15 March 2021, in order for the application to be considered.

Unfortunately, given the current situation and uncertainty in terms of travel out with the UK, we will not be running the week-long ‘Learning Journey to NASA’ trip in 2021.

Whilst we recognize that the online offering will not replicate the on-campus event we have offered in previous years, we very much hope that you and your pupils will show the same enthusiasm for the online programme as you would have, had we been able to host on-campus.

If you would like any further information on the programme, please contact us by email at:





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Nuffield Research Placements 2021 application (and pre-application video link below).

Nuffield Research Placement Scheme is aimed at the current 5th year pupils sitting their Highers in 2021 and studying any Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) and Social Science/Humanities subjects at that level. This is an amazing opportunity for students to work alongside a knowledge expert on a research project  and build many transferable skills to use going forward. The deadline for applications in Scotland is 31st March 2021 – placements take place during the school summer vacation period.

If you think you are interested there is a prepared a pre-application video to view. The presentation is “unlisted” on YouTube and so anyone wishing to view it will need this link:  This will hopefully give pupils an insight into the scheme, the process, the benefits of participation, and the confidence to apply.

Interested S5 students can apply here:

There is an eligibility tool for students:

The scheme, managed by STEM Learning, aims to widen access, focusing on economic and social deprivation, as it has been found that students who come from lower income families, or whose parents have not attended higher education, benefit most from the scheme. In light of this, the scheme is now only open to these students (and priorities are placed on students eligible for the bursary). This means the charitable funding is targeted where it will have the greatest benefit.

As mentioned previously, this year we are going for a blended approach and we are hoping to have face-to-face projects where possible (2-3 weeks, possibly staggered over a longer period), or if needed virtual/online projects only, this will all depend on  government guidance and individual institutions/organisations policies. We will be implementing the research skills modules again and hope to roll these out to all successful applicants, even if they do not receive a project offer, and boost this with other skills opportunities, so most applicants will now benefit.