The aim of the school is to provide a wide range of courses to suit the age, abilities and aptitudes of all pupils.
All courses are open to both boys and girls.
The course options mentioned are only those currently available and, should the roll fall, the same range of subjects may not be available when a first year pupil reaches S3 or S5.
S1 & S2
All pupils in First and Second Years are taught in mixed ability classes, except in Mathematics and French, and follow a common course consisting of a very wide range of subjects.
ART HOME ECONOMICS PHYSICAL EDUCATION
ENGLISH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
FRENCH MATHEMATICS SCIENCE
MUSIC TECHNICAL SUBJECTS
Subject content and methodology are determined in line with the 5-14 report and in consultation with the associated primary schools.
In Mathematics a system of broad banding exists in 1st Year, based on Mathematical attainment in primary school. This continues into 2nd Year. In French broad banding is introduced in S2. More able pupils will be offender faster course in S2.
In S1, cooperative teaching takes place in English and Mathematics. The class teacher is assisted by another member of the same department or a Learning Support specialist to provide more effective help for pupils with learning difficulties.
When your child is in S2, the Guidance Staff will discuss the subjects which your child wishes to study in S3 and S4, and the most suitable levels at which to study them.
S3 & S4
Pupils in S3 and S4 will study 8 subjects at Standard Grade. There are three levels of courses within Standard Grade - Foundation, General and Credit levels. Foundation is the most basic. General is suited to those in the middle range of ability and Credit is the most advanced award.
STANDARD GRADE AWARD BAND SYLLABUS LEVEL
7 Course Completed
Most pupils will generally attempt Standard Grade at two levels in each subject at either Credit and General, or General and Foundation.
In addition, pupils will study Religious and Moral Education, Physical Education, and Personal and Social Education.
S5 & S6
Compulsory education ends at the end of 4th Year for some pupils, but the majority stay on at school for a 5th or 6th Year. Courses in S5/6 are currently offered at these levels:
Certificate Of Sixth Year Studies
Students will therefore be able to take a range of courses to suit their abilities and aspirations.
Advice on curricular matters is available at all times through the school guidance system, but special measures - talks to pupils, parent's meetings. Course handouts and options booklets - are provided at various times when important curriculum choices have to be made.
The implementation of Higher Still from August 1999 has had and will continue to have an impact on courses in S5 and S6. Parents and pupils will be kept informed of developments.