Discover EY

The accountancy and audit company EY are running an event on the 13th of February; “Discover EY”. This is a half-day insight programme, where young people interested in a career in business or finance will learn more about EY, what they do and the employment programmes they offer. They’ll also have a chance to network and chat with EY people, including current apprentices, to learn about their journey, and take part in workshops which will develop key skills for a career within business, finance or technology. I would add that this is a programme young people can highlight that they’ve taken part in as part of UCAS forms and job applications.

See Mr. Foster to book a place.

Online Safety Advice – “Houseparty” app

There have been a number of reports across Aberdeen City Council that an app called “Houseparty” is being used by teenagers.  This app involves accepting friend requests from people who they do not know.  This then can lead to inappropriate contact from adults.

The following information is useful guidance for pupils and parents. This is available online at

Keep Safe Online: What pupils need to know.

We all need to keep safe online: on our computers, devices, game consoles and on our mobile phones.  This is a quick list of what you need to know to stay safe.

  1. Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
  2. Think carefully before posting pictures, videos or live streaming of yourself.  Once you’ve put content of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
  3. Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
  4. Never give out your passwords
  5. Don’t befriend people you don’t know
  6. Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online.  Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
  7. Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
  8. Think carefully about what you say before you share something online
  9. Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
  10. If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the service or app, turn off your device and talk to a trusted adult.  If anyone contacts you online in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell a trusted adult.

S3 into S4 Learner Pathways Evening

S3 into S4 Learner Pathways Evening

January 2018

On Thursday 11th January 2018 pupils and parents were warmly invited to our S3 into S4 Learner Pathways evening.

The key goal is for our pupils to enjoy learning in the Senior Phase and achieve a strong set of examination results.  Central to this is selecting the right courses in the first place.  With this in mind, the event was restructured from the traditional course choice evening to a much more interactive event.  Our S3 into S4 Learner Pathways evening allowed pupils and parents to talk with employers, teachers, further and higher education providers and ask any specific questions.

We also had two presentations on the evening one form Ernst Young and the other was a STEM activity called ‘People like me’ aimed at Girls run by STEM ambassadors.

The World Challenge group who are planning a trip to Sub-Saharan Africa provided teas/coffees/cakes in the dining hall with Music will provided by AGS pupils.

Artwork from pupils in the Junior Phase was also on display.

Overall the event was very successful with positive feedback from all involved.

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 and a member of the PTA will get back to you with more information.

Thank very much for all your support.