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Hazlehead Academy
Groats Road, AB15 8BE Aberdeen
Tel. 01224 310184

Welcome to Hazlehead Academy

Hazlehead Academy is a six year comprehensive school on the western edges of Aberdeen, adjacent to Hazlehead Park. It has a long history stretching back for over 100 years though it has only existed in its present form since 1969.

Our Values
  • Pupils are at the heart of everything we do.
  • We respect each other and celebrate our diversity.
  • We are all members of Hazlehead Academy Community and great things happen when we work together.
  • We take pride in delivering quality.
  • Honesty, integrity and openness are fundamental and vital to our Organization.
  • Creativity and innovation are central to our development.


Welcome to the Hazlehead Academy Pupil Pages

The pages in this section are designed to give you information you may need about what is happening at school. You will find everything you need here. If you don't - let us know!

Follow the links on the left to find the things that interest you.

Website Quiz

Brand new quiz for the 2007-8 session. Click on the link below to enter.     To the Web Quiz

Extra Curriculum

Hazlehead offers a wide range of extra-curriculum activities. Check out the Interhouse link on the toolbar on the left to find out more about the Interhouse activities you could become involved in. Sports facilities at Hazlehead Academy are good.  In addition to extensive playing fields with pitches for football, hockey and rugby we also have three tennis courts, a games hall, gymnasium, fitness area and the use of the adjacent public swimming pool.


Here are some of the extra curriculum activities at Hazlehead Academy. The list can change depending upon what staff are willing to offer. Ask your Guidance teacher for more details on these activities. A leaflet is available to all pupils detailing the activities on offer for 2004-5 and a copy of this leaflet can be downloaded to the left.

Extra curricular activities usually include the following: 

Activities Week

After school club




Channel Five Theatre Company

Chess Club


Cross Country Running

Debating Society

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Fitness Club



House Activities

Line dancing


Orchestra and band

Recorder Group

Rock Climbing


Scripture Union






Uniform information for Pupils

Hazlehead Academy is a uniform school and pupils are expected to wear appropriate items from the range of school uniform wear. In consultation with the school's Pupil Councils, a range of alternative items has been established from which pupils and their parents can choose.

Apart from the specific items of school wear available from the school office, pupils are expected to wear dark skirt or trousers and dark shoes. Trainers are not acceptable and pupils should bring a note from their parents if they have to wear these for medical or other reasons.

S1 to S4

The school uniform worn by S1 to S4.

Senior Students

Senior students in S5 and S6 wear a white shirt/blouse and the senior school tie along with the school blazer.

PE Kit

PE kit for pupils consists of a blue and green striped top and either blue or white shorts.

Colours and Awards

Senior pupils may be wearing a number of additions to their blazers.

Senior students in S6 will have a red band on their blazer.

Prefects have a gold band around the sleeve of their blazer.

House Captains have a pale blue band around the sleeve of their blazer.

Prefect Management Team which includes the Head Boy and Head Girl and their deputies have purple bands around the sleeve of their blazer.

Colours are awarded to pupils who excel in the fields of  sport, music, drama or other areas. Blue braid is found around the edges of their blazer.


Welcome to existing and prospective parents

The information in this section is designed to provide parents with the information they need. Please contact the school at the address below if you have not been able to find what you are looking for.

Follow the links on the left to find the things that interest you.

Additional Links

Aberdeen Grid for Learning

Parentzone Website

More information on 'Enquire', a guide to additional support for Learning can be found at or call 0845 123 23 03.

Curriculum Structure


Years 1 and 2

In Years 1 and 2, all pupils follow a common course which is based upon the nationally agreed 5-14 structure. Years 1 and 2 are arranged in three broad ability bands. An upper group, a middle group and a supported group. The resources of the Learning support department are focused on the last group. Allocation of pupils to bands is on based on consultation with, and advice from our primary colleagues and the level of attainment of pupils at primary. The number of subjects, and therefore the number of teachers, has been reduced from 16 to 11. English, Maths, Modern Languages, Art, Science, Social Subjects, P.E. and P.S.E. are the core subjects to be studied in S1 and S2. Of the remaining six subjects, RME, Music and I.T. are taught only in S1, while Technology, Drama and Home Economics are taught only in S2.


The middle and upper bands will have the same curriculum delivered at different paces but the supported group will not start a foreign language until S2. Instead they will have extra Maths, English and other input in S1.


Pupils are able to move between bands as appropriate depending upon their progress. Changes are always carried out in full consultation with parents. 


English, Modern Foreign Language or Gaelic for pupils transferring from Gilcomstoun Gaelic Unit



Science, Technology and Society

Integrated Science

Integrated Social Subjects in S1

Geography, History and Modern Studies in S2

Home Economics, Information Technology, Technology

Expressive Arts & Physical Education

Art and Design, Drama, Music

Physical Education

Religious and Moral Education

Religious and Moral Education










The method used to deliver Gaelic at Hazlehead Academy has been arrived at following full consultation with parents. In S1 and S2 pupils will follow Gaelic in place of a modern foreign language and will have the option of picking this up at beginners level in S3.


Pupils also undertake a structured programme of Personal and Social Education led by the Principal Teachers of Guidance. To help with Course Choice, pupils and parents will be advised of the target grade which could be expected in each Standard Grade subject.


Years 3 and 4

In Third and Fourth Years most pupils will follow a combination of up to 8 Standard Grade /Higher Still courses. The courses are available to pupils of all abilities.


During Second Year pupils are given prognostications of expected Standard Grade and Higher Still results based on work in S1 and S2. Pupils and parents select a course for Years 3 and 4 which meets their needs. This selection is made after advice is given to pupils, both collectively and individually, and after parents have had the opportunity to attend a talk on the Choice of Course, consult with staff and get careers advice.


Within Standard Grade there are three different levels – Foundation, General and Credit. Awards are given on a single scale with grades from 1 (the top grade) to 7. Pupils who gain awards in the top grades (normally those who take Credit level) will be able to take Higher Grade in Fifth Year. Pupils who succeed at levels below Credit will generally be advised to follow courses at Intermediate 1 or 2 levels.


Courses from the ‘Higher Still’ range are also offered by departments where they are thought more appropriate. The levels of these can be compared with Standard Grade courses as follows:

Access 3

broadly equates with

Foundation level

Intermediate 1

broadly equates with

General level

Intermediate 2

broadly equates with

Credit level


A number of courses are compulsory to pupils in S3/4. Some are Standard Grade courses whilst others are core subjects and are not assessed.

Standard Grade





French or German

Core Subjects

Physical Education


Personal and Social Education




Pupils must also select at least one Standard Grade course from the list of Scientific Subjects and one form the list of Social and Environmental Studies Subjects.


In their remaining 2 course pupils must also include courses based on Technological and on Creative and Aesthetic Activities.


Scientific Subjects




Social & Environmental Subjects




Modern Studies

Business Management

Technological Activities


Art & Design

Business Management

Computer Studies

Craft & Design

Graphic Communication


Health & Food Technology

Children & Families


Technological Studies

Enterprise through Craft

Creative and Aesthetic Courses:

Art & Design

Craft & Design

Drama, Graphic Communication


Health & Food Technology

Children and Families


Physical Education


Students and parents will be advised of target grades which students should expect to achieve in their fifth and sixth year courses, based on performance levels in Standard Grade examinations.


Years 5 and 6

A considerable percentage of pupils in Hazlehead Academy remain in school for the valuable experience of Fifth and Sixth Year courses.


It is the policy of the school to present all students in Fifth and Sixth Years for as many subjects in public examinations as they are capable of attempting with success. To ensure this, students can be entered for Scottish Qualifications Authority Examinations at Higher and Intermediate 2 in most subjects. Some subjects are additionally offered at Intermediate 1 and Advanced Higher levels. In addition we are a presenting  centre for London University GCE Advanced Level Music.


The gradual process associated with Choice of Course will begin in January with pupils being made aware of what is available to them at this stage and the specific opportunities created by the various types of courses on offer. Between January and March a Choice of Course should be made by students, related to their individual needs with respect to the career or further education they intend to pursue.


Students in Fifth Year will be required to have a full curriculum with 5 subjects and timetabled library study, while students in Sixth Year may consider a more flexible range of study and opt for 4 subjects. They will, in addition, be expected to donate some time to helping either in the Academy or the community.



The current school prospectus can be obtained by contacting the school at the address at the foot of this page.

It can be also be downloaded as pdf files by clicking on the links below.

2007 Prospectus

(The file is approximately 3.5 Mb long)

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