UCAS – Accepting Offers – Update

There are still some people who have yet to accept an offer for moving on to university. There is a deadline in order to accept an offer before your offer no longer to you. There has been an update on offer dates that has been produced by UCAS.

Your reply date is unique to you – check Track to see your deadline.​

Due to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government asked universities to stop making unconditional offers or amending existing offers until 4 May (1 May in Wales). This is because they’re worried you’ll feel pressured to accept these offers over others you might be better suited to.

Advice to students who have received an unconditional offer is always to consider whether this is the right provider and course for you, before you make any decision. 

To support you, UCAS will be giving all students more time to make decisions on their offers:  

  • If you receive your last decision on or before 4 June 2020, your reply date is 18 June 2020 (except if you’re using Extra to find a place).
  • If you receive your last decision on or before 13 July 2020, your reply date is 20 July 2020 (including Extra choices).

If you’ve been given an extension, UCAS will have emailed your new decision deadline to you. View the latest coronavirus updates.

Scottish results day will be no later than 4 August

Inverness College Places Still Open

Just a quick reminder to you that the following courses are still open for applications within our the School/College offering at Inverness College UHI. Please note that completed applications including reference should be with us by 5pm on Thursday 14th May.

Re-opened courses:

  • SfW Hairdressing
  • NPA Professional Cookery
  • SfW Rural Skills
  • FA Civil Engineering
  • FA IT Hardware 
  • FA IT Software
  • FA Scientific Technologies
  • FA Business Skills
  • Higher ESOL
  • N5 ESOL

Please follow the link to complete an application form. Get in touch with your Guidance teacher if you need any advice.


Home schooling guidelines

We as a school fully recognise and understand the challenges that come with trying to home-school your children and are keen to support you in any way we can with this.  These guidelines are just that, guidance on how you might approach home-schooling with your own children; this is not a directive.  Families have to find a way of working which works best for you and your individual circumstances.  We want to encourage all young people to be engaging with as much learning as they can over the coming weeks, but we fully appreciate that there cannot be a set formula for this, and what works for one family may not work for another.  Hopefully the following guidance will offer you some good advice and reassurance.

Science Insights Online

Science Insights Online is an exciting work experience programme designed to give 5th year high school pupils a real insight into the work and life of research scientists.

Science Insights provides an opportunity for 40 high school pupils to spend a week of their summer holidays following a varied programme of online activities hosted by staff and students from four different University of Edinburgh campuses, gaining a real insight into research and work in many different areas of biological, biomedical and animal sciences.

The annual programme – launched in 2014 by the MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine and The Roslin Institute – now involves all six research institutes in the University of Edinburgh College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, providing access to its cutting-edge facilities and inspiring researchers.

Activities include:

Virtual tours of a range of scientific facilities
Presentations, workshops and discussions on topics including research ethics, the use of animals in research and careers in science
Opportunities for online group chats with current University of Edinburgh students and researchers
Skills session to help with future university applications


Bridging the gap in maths

Mr Mulgrew is the new Principal Teacher of Mathematics at Grantown Grammar School. He starts his role in very challenging circumstances, but begins by sharing this letter to parents and guardians of those pupils moving into S5/6 and wishing to take the SQA National 5 Mathematics course.

National Cyber Security Centre activities and courses

The government’s National Cyber Security Centre has launched 200 activities for pupils of all ages to try. Pupils can try out code breaking and ethical hacking with a view to understanding online security and perhaps lead to a career in cyber security.

The NCSC is running their summer schools again this year, but they are online. Several GGS pupils have attended them in the past and developed their cyber skills.

The NCSC is a sister organisation to MI5, SIS and GCHQ, so this is your chance to explore the world of spying….!

More info on Google Classroom.

S2 YPI – Your Community Fund

We are not to let all of your hard YPI work go to waste. We have applied for and been given the opportunity to win a cheque for £4000 to go to one local charity. The details of how to win this are set out in the information from the Wood Foundation below:

We are proud to launch the Your Community Fund to give all eligible students the opportunity to advocate on behalf of their communities in support of targeted local grant making.

Although school buildings are closed, school communities remain connected.

We need the time, talent and insight of #GENERATIONCHANGE to champion social issues and charities in their local communities during this time of acute hardship in order to direct charitable grants of £4000 where they are needed most.

Applications for this fund will be accepted from Wednesday 22nd April to Wednesday 3rd June, with awards announced on Wednesday 17th June.

Each submission must deliver on four components:
1. Provide insight on the impact of COVID-19 in their community.
2. Explore in greater detail a specific local social issue that has faced significant pressure due to the crisis.
3. Identify a local OSCR-registered charity doing valuable work to address this issue and how the grant could potentially support their activities during the current crisis.
4. Present the above with style, creativity and conviction.

If you wish your submission to be considered please submit it as an attachment to this post or email Mr Abenheimer.

There are 50 Grants of £4000 to be won for a local charity!!

Flexible Tuesday Afternoon

Tuesday afternoons are an opportunity for you try to do something that supports your community or mental health.

Below are some pictures of one of our pupils helping to support their family by helping with lambing. Pictures courtesy of Poppy Urquhart-Mitchell (S2).