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Welcome to the Beattock and Moffat Academy Cluster

Head Teacher Welcome

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the Beattock and Moffat Academy Cluster as your Head Teacher.  I am delighted and privileged to be leading this vibrant and thriving school community.  Our young people, families and staff are all held in high regard and have a long tradition of achieving excellence.

It is my vision that all children and young people in our school cluster are supported and encouraged to achieve their full potential - enabling all to enjoy a positive and sustained destination at the end of their time with us.  We maintain our commitment to upholding the highest of standards, both in terms of our learning and teaching as well as in supporting the health and wellbeing and wider achievement opportunities of our young people.

I am really looking forward to working with you all in close partnership over the coming years.  Please be reassured that we are here for you and can be contacted via the main school office on 01683 222000 during normal school hours or by using our general email - where your enquiry will be directed to the relevant member of our team.

I hope that you find our website helpful and easy to navigate – please do let us know if you require any further information on any aspect of our school life.  As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch without delay should you have a query or concern about your child and their education.

Tara Woods

Head Teacher

School News

Parent Info Session 13/9/21

Lets Get Sporty in P2/3 

Let's Get Sporty are visiting Moffat Primary over the coming weeks. Here are some photos from their session with P2/3.

Moffat Academy Summer Newsletter 2021

Moffat Academy Summer Newsletter 2021

P7 Video

P7 created a fantastic video to commerate the end of their years in Primary - well done to all and we wish you all the best in S1.

Current Job Vacancy

Casual Driver

Casual Driver - click the link above to apply.

Moffat Academy

£9.73 per hour

Working as and when required to convey pupils to and from schools, colleges and other venues.

Applicants should have D1 Entitlement on their driving licence and have a minimum of 12 months experience of driving D1 vehicles.

A current PCV driving licence entitlement is a desirable requirement of the post.  As is a current Driver Certificate of Professional

Competence (Driver CPC) qualification.

This post is considered as Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.  From 28 February 2011, preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG scheme update check prior to formal offer of employment being made by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Applicants who have been resident outside the UK within the last 5 years, if offered a position, in addition to a Disclosure Scotland Check, will be required to provide a completed police record check from the police authority in the country or countries in which they were resident.                                                                           

For further information please contact: Mrs Tara Woods, Head Teacher, 01683 222 000,

Prom 2021

After postponing their prom in June, senior pupils held their night on Friday 20th August 2021.

Thank you to S5 pupils Izzy and Harvey for pre-prom photos taken at St Andrew's Church, Moffat.

P7 Graduation 2021

Our New MVPs (Mentors in Violence Prevention)

Senior Induction Fortnight

Moffat Town Hall Club Poster Competition

Congratulations to winners of the Moffat Town Hall Club Poster Competition!

1st Place Giuliana Capriglioni

2nd Place Jaydon Hodgeson

3rd Place Harry Grierson

The Big Bee Challenge P3

Look at our fantastic bee that we coloured together with Miss Todd!

Secondary Senior Sports Day

Moffat Academy were able to hold their sports day for senior pupils and we were delighted that the weather was kind to us.  The level of participate and effort was so encouraging which led to many closely contested events.  Special mention to Ethan Notman and Elliott Hepburn who broke school records for Discus and Shot Put.  Sports Champions results were very close and this year Erin Thompson and Callum McNay take the honours.  Congratulations to Queensberry who were able to break an unlucky run of five defeats in a row to win the house shield this year.  Well done to all of those involved. 


Success for Simone and the Moffat Town Hall Redevelopment Trust

A huge well done to Simone Tonnar today for securing £3000 for The Moffat Town Hall Redevelopment Trust through the YPI scheme. Simone created a fantastic presentation in only a short space of time and won the grant. Congratulations!


S4 Forest Walk

Well done to the S4 pupils who participated in the forest walk.  They conducted themselves in an excellent manner and rose to the challenge.  

Congratulations to Amy and Ruby who won the 'find the most unusual object that doesn't belong in a forest' competition, they found a label for a bag of shallots.                                          

Goodbye to our leavers June 2021, we wish you all the best in your new exciting ventures!

Pride Day

We raised a fantastic £200 today for the Youth Work/Youth Centre in Dumfries. Well done to all volunteers who arranged and assisted in a colourful event for Moffat Academy Secondary pupils in support of the LGBT community.

Secondary Sports Day 2021

Alternative secondary sports day proves a success.

Due to the current restrictions we could not hold our whole school sports day so instead opted to hold the event for each year group individually. This meant the crowd was smaller but performances shone brighter than the sun.

Throughout the last term pupils from all year groups have been honing their skills to qualify for this prestigious school event.

All athletes demonstrated an excellent positive attitude and did not let the weather spoil the day. The conditions under foot were not ideal so we made the decision to cancel the hurdles events due to safety reasons.

Our new format of sports day includes open events that pupils did not need to qualify and it was encouraging to see the high uptake for these optional events.

Many thanks to Mrs Gibbon’s fabulous photography group who took so many wonderful photos which will be made into a display in due course.

Thank you to all staff and pupils who assisted with the organisation of this event. A special mention needs to be made to the undefeated staff relay team who won all three of their races against the pupils this year. We are hoping next year we can invite the parents again to participate in a staff v parents v pupils 4x100m relay race

New records for 2021 (starting from 2011, in the new school) were as follows:


Arthur Kershaw High Jump (1.59m)

Martim Martins Shot Put (12.15m)

Morgan Todd Long Jump (3.68m)


Individual year group sports champions are:

S1 Girls: Ivanna Davis - Grierson

S1 Boys: Scott McCrossan

S2 Girls: Hannah Lockhart and Lorna Minto

S3 Girls: Morgan Todd

S3 Boys: Martim Martins and Arthur Kershaw


The sports day total for Queensberry and Hartfell will be added to the senior results next Thursday to determine who wins the house shield this year.

Primary Sports Day 2021

The sun finally shone for us on Thursday morning and we managed to finish our Sports day. All the children had a great day and showed great determination and sportsmanship. Our Primary 7 sports champions were Briony Bullard and Fraser Porteous. Macadam were the house winners on the day. Well done everyone! 

S1 Loch Ken Trip

Here are our photos from our recent S1 trip to Loch Ken where a pupils enjoyed a variety of fun outdoor activities.

Scottish Region Virtual Sportshall Athletics Finals.

Due to Covid-19, there was no normal Sportshall Athletics Event this year which is always popular with schools and children. However, children from P6 and P7 were given the opportunity to complete the running, jumping and throwing events virtually with scores based on performance providing the team with an overall score.

After qualifying from the region two weeks ago, children gave it their all for one final time today for the Scottish Regional Finals with lots of effort, determination and support for each other on show. Well done team. 

Thank you Callum Graham from Annandale & Eskdale Active School & Community Sport for carrying out the event.



Primary 6 were delighted to receive their trophy from Mrs Woods - they won the regional heat and today represent #DumfriesandGalloway in the national #Euroquiz @SEET_scotland 

Primary Health Week and Sports Day

Moffat Primary pupils held their annual Health Week and Sports Day this week. It was an action packed week with children trying lots of new things. They tried Petanque, Yoga, Dance, Rugby, Tennis, Bowling, Football, Raft building and lots more. We had a visit from Childsmile and the Moffat Firefighters. Primary 4 made some fantastic whale badges from recycled cans. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those volunteers and coaches who gave up their time to deliver sessions for our youngsters. Also a big thank you to Tesco Lockerbie who donated some produce for our Smoothie making sessions.

Here are P2 enjoying our final treat for Health Week for all Primary on Friday!

Potted Sports Thursday

Photographers: Mya McCormick, Eilidh Cable, Harvey Graham, Izzy Coulby.

Health Week Wednesday

Photographers: Evie Bain, Rose Brown and Emma Votier.

Health Week Tuesday

Photographers: Sophie Hunt and Hannah Lockhart

Health Week Monday

Photographers: Hannah Little and Emma Votier.

Wee Pump Station

Moffat Academy have recently had a 'Wee Pump Station' installed for pupils to check the pressure and pump up their bicycle tyres. Moffat works closely with 'Sustrans' a charity committed to encouraging children to make safe, active journeys to and from school. We are very much looking forward to seeing our new station being used by pupils. Pictured here are our Junior Road Safety Officers who have been closely involved in i-bike activities that have taken place before and after the most recent lockdown.

Viking Models

P4 have been working hard creating fantastic models at home as part of their viking topic. Well done P4!




Spring Newsletter 2020/21

Click to view our latest school newsletter.

Spring Newsletter 2020/21

Bronze and Silver Readers

Congratulations to S1 and S2 pupils for achieving your Bronze and Silver Reading certificates.

BREATH Certificates

Moffat Academy is the first school to have successfully completed the Challenge since the pandemic lockdown, and Professor John Lockhart (UWS Lead on BREATH) arranged for the BREATH Certificate of Excellence to be awarded to the pupils of Primary 7 (now S1)at the school.  To mark the event, the class were pictured in their school grounds. The school has also now been awarded official partnerships status in the BREATH campaign (

Choose to Lead Logo Competition

It was a clean sweep for Moffat Academy who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize in the Choose to Lead logo competition run by Active Schools and Active Communities. Our pupils won Amazon vouchers for themselves and £175 for school equipment for Moffat Academy.

The Choose to Lead programme offers 12-25 year olds the opportunity to undertake active leadership within a school, club, facility or community setting. It teaches values, promotes involvement in sport and physical activity and offers the opportunity for various awards.

Congratulations to Arran Braid S3(1st). Poppy Harris S1(2nd) and Tessa Wilson S3(3rd).

Big Pedal 2021

Moffat Primary are took part in the Sustrans Big Pedal 2021 in April.  This is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking, wheeling and scooting challenge.  The aim of the Big Pedal is to encourage children to choose an active means of travelling to school.  It is hoped to help improve their physical and mental wellbeing as well reduce congestion and air pollution outside the school gate.   

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