With the national assessments / exams now underway and many other great events and experiences happening across the School this week, see below for key points and follow our X / Twitter feed for news.

Parent Council – We had a Parent Council meeting last night which was as ever positive and supportive as we work together to improve outcomes and opportunities for our young people of Leith. The Parent Council have set up a raffle to raise funds for us, the prizes look fantastic and you can buy tickets via the flier attached.

Mobile phone use – Our policy is on our website here Mobile Phone & GDPR Policy – (leithacademy.uk) .We have clear expectations at Leith along with all schools around the use of mobile phones. Youngsters should not have their phone out during lessons unless they are asked to do so by their Teacher as part of the learning they are engaging in. The vast majority of our youngsters use their device maturely and appropriately. If this doesn’t happen we will take steps to support. Any discussion at home supporting this are of great support as ever.

City wide Maths success – Well done to our young Mathematicians who took part in a great event last week, our Maths team consisting of Maisie Thomson, Simran Rawat, Anne Marie Jiang, Ming Ting He and Ciao Tsai came 2nd in the competition! The team were fantastic and narrowly missed out on 1st place, but it’s only made them more determined to secure top place next year! Thanks to Ms Duggan for organising.

Special visitor – We were approached by a family to ask them if their Father could visit us at Leith, we get this quite regularly from across the globe with contact from USA and Australia recently. On this occasion we welcomed Alexander Laird, see details –

Alexander Fraser Laird will be turning 98 at the end of this month. Born in 2926 in Leith, he attended Leith Academy Primary April 1931 – June 38. He attended Leith Academy Secondary Aug 38 – June 43. Due to bombing he moved to Dornoch Academy Sept -Dec 39 and Granton on Spey Aug to Dec 40. Following his time at Leith Academy he served in the Indian Army until he was decommissioned after the war as a Lieutenant. He studied at University of Edinburgh and was a chartered accountant, notably as Finance Director at Glenrothes Development Corporation.

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Extra curricular sport – Our superb summer term offer is here. We have a great sign up for these sessions, please encourage your child to get involved! Link to website is here Health and Wellbeing Extra-Curricular Programme – (leithacademy.uk) .

Rite to work Graduation – Five of our excellent S4 students recently graduated from the Rite to Work programme – a work-related skills and qualities programme delivered by our amazing partners, Working Rite and Columba 1400.  Throughout the year, the pupils – Liam Marshall, Kiara Fleming, Aiden Moran, Hannah Jackson and Declan Scott – worked together to improve their employability skills, enhance their knowledge of the world of work (including areas like personal finance and health and safety), and develop their personal values plus their potential for great success both now and in the future.  They achieved SCQF accreditation along the way and will now either go on to work placements or continue at school in pursuit of further qualifications. It was a lovely event, held at Easter Road in the Players’ Lounge, with family and Tommy Sheppard MP in attendance to celebrate this fantastic set of achievements. Well done indeed to all of the students.

Spring Fling 2024! Our amazing annual spring music concert takes place on the 16th of May (7pm) in the Drama Theatre. Tickets for performers go on sale on the 1st of May and then open to the public on the 8th of May. Tickets £5 (or contact the music department if you require a funded ticket) are available to buy on Parent Pay. There are limited tickets so book up quickly to avoid disappointment.

Leith Academy School Show 2024! – See a message from our Head of Creative Gill Periera. We are in the midst of rehearsals for our next school production this year we are putting on the RSC’s Youth Production of The Wizard of Oz. The show takes place June 12th, 13th and 14th, with a matinee on the 14th as well. We would love parents, carers, friends and families to get involved in getting this production on the stage. If you are interested in getting involved in any of the following, please drop me an email: 

  • Front of House 
  • Photographing the show
  • Filming the show
  • Helping backstage
  • Costume Making
  • Props Making
  • Set Building 

We would love to hear from you. We have plenty of help from our wonderful staff and pupils so please don’t feel obligated. It is such a magical experience to be part of a production team we would love anyone interested in helping to join in, no experience necessary. 

If you don’t fancy helping that’s ok, hopefully you might fancy coming along to watch!

Hoping you have a nice weekend from all at Leith Academy.

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