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.
S3-S4 pupils study eight subjects at National 5.
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 2021 91% of National 5 grades were A or B.