S1/2 Netball Tournament

A huge well done to all the S1 and S2 pupils who competed in a Netball Tournament at Inverness Royal Academy on Tuesday. We had two teams entered with another 5 schools competing. They all played brilliantly and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. A special mention to Leah Ferguson (S5) for umpiring and Mrs MacLennan for driving the bus.

Nuffield Research Placements 2019 (reminder)

A reminder that the online application system for Nuffield Research Placements 2019 is open.

The Nuffield Research Placement Scheme is aimed at the current 5th year pupils who will be sitting their Highers in 2019 and who are studying any Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) subjects at that level. 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. 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, the students gain an invaluable insight into a wide variety of careers. This is a wonderful opportunity for your students and we hope you will promote the scheme to them.

The Nuffield Foundation’s aim in providing placements is to widen access to science and research education and careers. We find that students who benefit the most from a Nuffield Research Placement are those who come from lower income families, or whose parents have not attended higher education. In light of this – and the fact we always receive more applications than we have placements – we have decided to focus exclusively on these students. This means our charitable funding is targeted where it will have the greatest benefit. It also means that we will have fewer unsuccessful applicants.

Before encouraging your students to apply, please read the following eligibility criteria carefully as these are different to previous years.

To be eligible to apply for a Nuffield Research Placement, students must:

  • Be over 16 years old
  • Be in full-time state-funded education in the UK
  • Have at least 5 National 5 / GCSEs (or equivalent) at Level B / 6 or above, including maths, a science subject and English (or another humanities subject)
  • Be studying one or more Scottish Higher, A-level (or equivalent) in science, technology, engineering, economics, geography, psychology, computing, statistics or maths
  • Be able to spend several weeks (4-6) of their summer holiday working on a research project

Students must also meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • Come from a family with a combined household income of below £30,000 a year
  • Be entitled to free schools meals, either now or at any time in the last six years.
  • Be the first in their immediate family to participate in higher education (not including any older siblings). This means neither of their parents/carers have participated in higher education, either in the UK or another country. If their siblings have attended higher education, but their parents/carers have not, they are eligible.
  • Be living, or have lived in, local authority care

Summary of the process:

  • Students apply by completing an online application which can be accessed on the Nuffield Research Placement webpage at https://www.nuffieldresearchplacements.org/ 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. The system automatically initiates an email to that teacher to allow them to add reference.
  • After the closing date (February 27th 2019) 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. Students who are eligible for bursary will receive an additional £100 per week of placement.
  • 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 http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/nuffield-research-placements

Exploring Careers in Health

Wednesday 27th February 2019

The aim of the “Exploring Careers in Health Event” on Wednesday 27th February is to raise awareness of potentially all types of Healthcare career options for 4th year school pupils.

The event will give pupils the opportunity to participate in interactive health related workshops and meet with health professional groups throughout the day.

Please click on the following link for brief summary of each Healthcare professional group who will be participating in the event. The information provided will assist in your choice of workshops.

careers in health booklet 2019 – final

SCHOLAR Online sessions

SCHOLAR’s upcoming Online Tutor Sessions are:

Day Date Time Subject Level
Monday 21/01/2019 6pm Modern Languages Advanced Higher
Tuesday 22/01/2019 6pm Chemistry Advanced Higher
Thursday24/01/2019 6pm Human Biology Higher
For more information on how to take part in upcoming sessions, please visit SCHOLAR’s Online Tutor Sessions.
Please note that worksheets will be available and should be attempted before some sessions.
You can see regular updates via Twitter @SCHOLARuk and Facebook SCHOLARprogramme.

Rock Challenge

Rock Challenge rehearsals will also begin on a Tuesday night from the 29th January. We are now getting closer to our competition date so attendance on Tuesday and Thursday sessions is really important. Looking forward to seeing you there, great work so far!

School / College programmes – Inverness College UHI

Inverness College Applications

The online application process for Inverness College is now active and pupils can submit applications.  Level 7 programmes will be included shortly.

The system is easy to use and the link is below. This will allow you to choose the Nairn Academy badge and then access the system from there. If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to contact the college or your Guidance Teacher.


The prospectus can be viewed on line by clicking the button on the “For Schools” landing page with paper copies arriving in school next week.

Timeline for Applications

14 January –       Online applications open

Mid-February – Taster sessions

11 March – Closing date for submission of online applications

11 March – 26 April – Interviews

3 May – Foundation apprenticeship decisions out to schools from IC UHI

10 May – All other course decisions out to schools from IC UHI


Careers & Learner Pathway Event

Thursday 7 February, 6.30-8.30pm 

The above event will be attended by all school departments along with a wide range of employers, training providers and providers of Further and Higher Education. Pupils in S2 to S6 and their parents are encouraged to attend in order that they can

• meet local and national employers
• seek industry advice on career paths and contacts
• discuss course choices
• meet with guidance and career advice staff
• learn more about our new qualifications and courses
• meet with further and higher education and training providers
• ask about entry requirements and processes
• talk to teaching staff