6th February 2015

Sills Academy 1Construction Crafts Skills Academy
On Wednesday 28th January, we were delighted to welcome Councillor Logue, Convener of Learning and Leisure Services and Andrew Sutherland, Executive Director of Learning and Leisure Services to the school to open the new NLC Construction Crafts Skills Academy which is based in our school campus. The new construction academy will create fantastic opportunities for pupils to move directly into employment, college and training. It will be open to senior pupils from Bellshill Academy, Cardinal Newman High School and schools across North Lanarkshire.

The new academy brings together a range of partners including New College Lanarkshire, MEARS, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Qualifications Authority and North Lanarkshire Council. It was a pleasure to host the opening, which was attended by representatives of all of the partners and we are confident that this unique partnership approach will offer an excellent opportunity for Bellshill students and for young people across North Lanarkshire to develop skills and gain experiences which will support their progress from school into the world of work

HMI Conference
The Academy has been asked to host a high profile conference for school Inspectors on Thursday 12th February. Students and school staff led by our Partnership Officer, Yvonne Macbean, have been invited to deliver presentations on the extensive range of partnership opportunities we offer our young people. We are delighted to have been selected to host this event.
Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award
Students in S5 will have the opportunity to participate in a presentation delivered by the Mark Scott Foundation on Friday 13th February. This is the third year we have been invited to participate in this very prestigious award which is based on a community project.
Reach Group
The next event for the S4 REACH group will be on the 18th February at Brannock High School.

The S4 school session will give pupils the opportunity to explore and learn more about what it’s like to work in one of the four Reach professions – Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Law and Dentistry – the training involved and the academic and non-academic skills and requirements they will have to achieve to give them the best chance of gaining entry to study the subject at University.

XL Group
Our XL students will be participating in a shadow play workshop on Thursday 12th February.