EY and Aberdeen Grammar School aim to inspire with partnership

Aberdeen Grammar School pupils with Hannah McArdle and Liam Cheyne of EY, and Matthew Foster and Alan Martin who are the lead teachers for DYW at the school


Inspiring and encouraging young people to consider a variety of pathways into careers in business is on the agenda within an Aberdeen school as big four professional services firm EY enter into a flagship partnership with Aberdeen Grammar School.

Young people at the school will gain insight into the ways they can join EY (via their apprenticeship programme or graduate programme), will have the opportunity apply for the company’s summer business academy and will get real life examples of the business world via a curricular link with the school’s business studies department.

As a collaborative relationship EY will benefit from the opportunities to increase young people’s awareness of EY and hope to recruit some of their future apprentices from the school.

Matthew Foster and Alan Martin, from Aberdeen Grammar School said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with EY along with DYW North East.  It is also great to see former pupils as apprentices who are contributing to the partnership in delivering presentations to our senior phase pupils, this enables our current pupils to think on different routes available.  Feedback from them already suggests that there has been a change in mind-set regarding their future pathways.

“It’s also been good to work with EY as they have attended our Learner Pathways events for pupils and parents.  We are looking forward to future and continued collaboration with our partners.”

Hannah McArdle, Recruitment Advisor at EY said: Aberdeen Grammar is a great school which wants to ensure their students know that there is a range of career options out there. The school is supportive of the Apprenticeship route at EY being a suitable alternative to University.  We have seen apprentices in previous years join our programme from this school and it is also in a good location for our business, where we welcome office visits from their students. We look forward to working in partnership with teachers, students and their parents at Aberdeen Grammar school.”

Young people at the school have already taken part in a number of activities as part of the partnership, whereby three apprentices from EY presented to S6 pupils at the school to outline an alternative pathway into accountancy from the university route and the business attending the S3 pathways event which was held earlier this week.

Race Night

Race Night

Happy New Year to you all from the PTA (Fundraising) Committee

Aberdeen Grammar School PTA (Fundraising) are having a Race Night on Saturday 24th March 2018 at the Ashvale at 7pm.  The tickets are £15 each (this includes your supper).  The funds raised will go towards the ongoing refurbishment of the Library, the social areas for pupils and other projects identified by the school staff that will benefit your child’s education and school experience.

If you cannot manage to make the night itself,  please support us by sponsoring a horse at this event (you name a horse and you are the owner) and if your horse wins that race you win a prize.  There are 8 Races with 8 Horses per Race, so 64 Horses to sponsor in total at £5 per horse.

There are also 8 Races to sponsor which are £25 each.  This would be good promotion for anyone who has their own business.  The Race is named after your business and your business name is printed on every Race Sheet issued at the event.  Everyone who sponsors a Race gets a prize.

Finally, we are holding a raffle on the night and are looking for raffle prizes. Any donations would be welcomed.

If you wish to purchase tickets for the Race Night or to sponsor a Race or Horse or donate a Raffle Prize could you please contact aberdeengrammarpta@outlook.com and a member of the PTA will get back to you with more information.

Thank very much for all your support.

Review of AGS Colours

After pupils consultation the Colours Committee have updated the Colours Criteria and application process.  See power point below explaining the updates. A more detailed Colours Criteria can be found in the Pupils Achievements section of the website.

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Careers in the Creative Industries Presentation

Aberdeen Grammar School welcomed Craig Ellis Head of First Year at Gray’s School of Art.  He came in to speak to a healthy number of pupils from S3 to S5 P1 about careers in the Creative industries and Why go to Art School. Craig then spoke specifically to N5, Higher and Advanced Higher Art & Design pupils P2 up in the Art Department.

This was a very good opportunity to hear about the growth in this industry (19.5% between 2011 – 2015) and that this industry generated £87.4 bn to the economy in 2015. He also explained that 1 in 11 jobs in the UK are in the Creative Economy that’s 9% of all jobs or 2.9 million people and accounts for 6% of all jobs in Scotland.   Craig also highlighted the various roles and occupations associated with the Creative Industries. He then spoke about Grays School of Art.



Carol Service at St Machar’s Cathedral

The annual Carol Service is taking place on Monday the 18th of December at St Machar’s Cathedral at 7.30pm. Programmes (this is your ticket for the event) are £3 for adults and £2 for concessions, these can be purchased on the night or from the school office. It promises to be a very festive evening with performances from the Concert Band, String Orchestra, Junior Choir, Senior  Choir, Show Choir and Brass Ensemble.

Senior Art, Design & Technology Exhibition

The Art, Design and Technology Faculty displayed a fantastic exhibition on Thursday 7th December, showcasing the incredibly successful senior entrants from the National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher awards 2017. All guests were treated to musical interludes, whilst the charity team were selling festive mince pieces in aid of the schools nominated charity this year; CLIC Sargent.