The Curriculum

cropped-cropped-cropped-2016-04-05-12.21.16-1.jpgThe school provides a wide curriculum of examinable and non-examinable subjects. The school’s flexible approach to learning allows pupils to develop at their own pace and can adapt to a pupil’s specific needs. In addition, the high staff-to-pupil ratio and small-group teaching also caters for the individual’s needs.

The timetable is carefully constructed to provide a curriculum that suits each individual as closely as possible and caters for learning needs. The teaching groups are carefully considered to create a calm learning environment in which the pupils can reap maximum benefit. Groups are formed through negotiation with all staff and, although a group usually comprises pupils working at similar levels, the ability to co-operate as a group is also important.

Staff work with pupils to try to build confidence, fill in gaps in learning, and to help them to re-engage with learning. In S1 to S3 pupils normally follow a broad, general curriculum, based around the principles of Curriculum for Excellence, covering most aspects of the 8 curricular areas:

Expressive Arts

Health and Wellbeing



Religious and moral studies


Social studies and technologies


Towards the end of S3 and from S4 onwards, pupils can begin to work towards National Qualifications, although pupils are only presented for National Qualifications and examinations if it is appropriate and at a suitable level.

The school will enter pupils for Nationals 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and Highers. Units are also offered in most subjects and at a variety of levels. These can be in addition to, or as an alternative to, external examinations.

Examinable subjects:

• English
• Mathematics, Life skills Mathematics and Personal Finance
• Environmental Science, Biology and Chemistry
• Information Computing and Technology
• Geography
• History and Modern Studies
• Sociology
• A Modern Language
• Food and Health Technology/Hospitality
• Art

Non-examinable subjects:

• Life Skills
• Cookery
• Citizenship
• Comparative Religions
• Current Affairs
• Personal and Social Education
• Sport
• Enterprise Group