Secondary 1 and 2
In S1 and S2 pupils study a broad range of subjects which includes English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Spanish, Geography, History, Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies, Personal and Social Development, Tutorial, ICT, Art, Music, Drama, PE/Sport, Enterprise, Outdoor Education, Personal Development Afternoon. This aims to give pupils a chance to learn more about a wide range of subjects, allowing them to make informed choices about which subjects they wish to continue with throughout the rest of senior school.
Starting at 8:30am, lessons are taught predominately in the Castle with specialist rooms for Music, the Sciences and Art located out with. No class has more than 16 students in it whilst some work on a one-to-one basis with tutors in examination year groups. At present, 17 subject options are offered with students selecting eight from:
- English & Maths (both compulsory)
- Chemistry, Physics & Biology (one science compulsory)
- Spanish & French (one language compulsory)
- Environmental Resource
- Classical Studies
- Business Studies
- Computer Science
Pupils will sit their SQA exams in May during S4 and then at Higher and Advanced Higher Levels in S5 and S6 respectively.
There is also time for various enrichment courses such as in Civilianship as well as Outdoor Education which can be incorporated into the timetable from S3 onwards. Senior pupils also contribute a proportion of their time and energy to volunteering in the local community.