Allocation of Pupils to Classes
Mixed ability classes are formed in such a way as to ensure the best possible balance of gender, ability, modern language choice and primary background. In addition, we listen carefully to suggestions from primary staff and requests from parents. There is setting in Mathematics from the beginning of S1. English classes are set within 2 blocks from the beginning of S2.
In a broad and balanced provision of courses, a variety of approaches will be adopted to foster and develop skills and attitudes. The school makes every effort to ensure that pupils build on their previous experience without unnecessary repetition of previous work. To this end, specific links have been established by members of staff from various departments within the school liaising with colleagues from the associated primaries.
Curriculum for Excellence
Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is the curriculum followed in all Scottish establishments and is built on the values of wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity. All children and young people should develop skills for life, skills for learning and skills for work which will prepare them for a world that is changing very fast. The curriculum in our schools will continue to develop over coming years to ensure that all our children and young people become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.
The curriculum follows two phases – the broad general education (BGE) and the senior phase.
Broad General Education
One of the key entitlements of CfE is that all children should receive a rounded education, known as the broad general education (BGE), from early years to the end of S3, before moving to a senior phase in S4 to S6 which will include studying for qualifications. This BGE should provide young people with a wide range of knowledge, skills and experiences that they can draw on as their lives, careers and job opportunities continue to change.
The BGE phase of CfE is closely connected to the senior phase with the learning undertaken until the end of S3 providing a strong foundation for choosing and specialising in a range of subjects. In the senior phase, young people will have the opportunity to take qualifications and courses that suit their ability and interests.
The curricular areas which will be followed within the BGE are:
Literacy, numeracy and health and well-being – responsibility of all; and
English, mathematics, modern languages, sciences, social studies, expressive arts and religious and moral education/religious education in Roman Catholic schools