S3-S4

The S3-4 Curriculum is designed to provide pupils with experience of certain core subjects while also allowing choice from a range of subjects to satisfy their interests. In S3, pupils choose eight subjects and embark on a two-year curriculum where they work towards Scottish National Qualifications.

Each pupil is assigned to a House (Blackfriars, Collyhill, Sillerton or Straloch), Head of Guidance and Form Teacher for the duration of their Senior School years, and these members of staff have a vital role to play in the pastoral support of pupils. Throughout S3 and S4, pupils receive one period of Personal and Social Education (PSE) per week with their Guidance Teacher. The content of PSE focuses on health, relationships, study skills, careers, interpersonal skills, safety and citizenship. Also covered are more topical and sensitive issues such as relationships and the challenges of growing up in modern British society.

Guidance and Careers

Guidance and Careers staff support families in selecting subjects and highlight the links between subject choice and specific careers. Pupils are advised to choose a broad a range of subjects in order to keep their options as open as possible at this stage.

S3-S4 Curriculum

All S3-S4 pupils study English and Mathematics. In addition, they then choose a further three subjects, one each from the following groups:

  • A language other than English (Classical Greek, French, German, Latin, Mandarin or Spanish)
  • A science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
  • A social subject (Economics, Geography, History, Modern Studies, or Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies)

And three further subjects* from:

  • Accounting
  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Greek GCSE
  • Computing Science
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Engineering Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphic Communication
  • History
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Modern Studies
  • Music
  • Physics
  • RMPS
  • Spanish

*It is not possible to study all three Creative and Aesthetic subjects (Art and Design; Drama and Music); all three courses offered by the Business Studies Department (Accounting, Economics and Business Management) or all four Modern Languages (French, Mandarin, German and Spanish). This is to ensure that pupils’ options remain open for the future.

Additionally, in S3, pupils participate in two periods of PE and a Games afternoon per week. In S4, pupils participate in one period of PE and a Games afternoon per week. Pupils continue with one period of Personal and Social Education and one of core RMPS throughout S3 and S4 and in S4 receive one period of Information and Communications Technology.

S3-S4 Curriculum Booklet

Broad Curriculum

S3-S4 pupils study eight subjects at National 5.

Tradition of Academic Success

The school operates an open presentation policy and at the end of S4 pupils will sit the National 5 examinations. Our tradition of academic strength is underlined by year on year examination success. In 2018 185 pupils recorded strong outcomes with 66% at A grade and 85% at A or B grade.