S5-S6

S5 is an important year in every pupil’s school career. It is a critical year for academic assessment as achievements in Higher exams will be significant for university entrance requirements and future career aspirations. S5 pupils choose five courses, usually including Higher English, from a range of options.
 
S6 is the culmination of thirteen years of school; it offers additional responsibilities and opportunities, and it acts as a bridge between school life and, for most pupils, the world of study at university. S6 is an invaluable year for developing personal and social skills as well as for adding to academic and intellectual achievements. Classes are smaller in size and through tutorial and seminar work, pupils can experience something of the university style of teaching and learning. S6 pupils can choose a combination of courses from a very wide range of Higher, Advanced Higher, National 5, GCSE, AS Level and enhancement courses.
 
As a community, we highly value the impact of outdoor and cultural experiences on the personal and social development of our pupils. S5 pupils participate in Projects, a week of out-of-school excursions and activities where pupils choose from a broad range of outdoor and cultural projects which are designed to challenge and broaden the horizons of our young people.

S5 Curriculum

S5 pupils choose five courses, usually including Higher English, from a range of options which include:

  • Accounting
  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Greek (AS level)
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Engineering Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphic Communication
  • History
  • Human Biology
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Studies
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Spanish
  • National 5s in Electronics, Psychology, Media, and Business Studies

S5 pupils participate in one period of PE and attend a Games afternoon per week. We are keen to ensure that every pupil is given the opportunity to take part in a physical activity which they enjoy so S5-6 pupils can choose from a wide range of choices including: yoga, rock climbing, rowing, hockey, rugby, dance, netball, golf, tennis, squash and basketball.

S5 Subject Booklet

S6 Curriculum

Advanced Higher Subjects include:

  • Accounting
  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Greek (A2 level)
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Engineering Science
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphic Communication
  • History
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics of Mechanics
  • Statistics
  • Modern Studies
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Spanish

In addition to the Higher courses available in S5, S6 pupils can study Highers in Physical Education, Psychology, Classical Studies, Italian, Photography, and Astronomy (GCSE).

Enhancement courses in Ceramics, Textiles, Mandarin, Cookery, Geology, Foundations of Private Law and Practical Craft Skills are available.

S6 pupils participate in one Games afternoon per week. We are keen to ensure that every pupil is given the opportunity to take part in a physical activity which they enjoy so S5-6 pupils can choose from a wide range of choices including: yoga, rock climbing, rowing, hockey, rugby, dance, netball, golf, tennis, squash and basketball.

S6 Curriculum Booklet

S6 Leadership Opportunities

The school community provides senior pupils with the opportunity for service as Prefects; as office bearers in clubs and societies; in sports teams or through the CCF. Pupils can also act as classroom assistants in a number of S1 and S2 classes, as well as taking part in a structured paired reading scheme in the Junior School. Those who have completed their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award in S5 will have the opportunity to work towards the Gold Award in S6.

Scholarships

Burnett Scholarships are available for pupils entering S5 and S6 from other schools.

S5 choose from 25 Highers

S6 choose from 32 Highers and 26 Advanced Highers