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.


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

S5 choose from 25 Highers

S6 choose from 32 Highers and 25 Advanced Highers

Tradition of Academic Success

  • In S5, the 2022 Higher pass rate is 97.3% and across the year group 72.7% are A passes.
  • In S6, the pass rate is 91.5% for Advanced Higher. 
  • Ten S6 pupils achieved four As Advanced Higher.
  • 96% average of S6 Leavers go on to Higher and Further Education.
  • 99% of pupils offered first choice university in 2022.