Senior Phase Courses

Information Evening & Course Choice Booklet Session 2017 / 2018

The Information Evening took place on Thursday 19th January.

This also provided a chance to discuss the senior phase and courses available with representatives from departments.

To see the presentation delivered Click Here


Senior Phase S5/6 Course Choice Guide 2017 / 2018 - Click Here


Dear S4/5 Pupil, Parent or Carer,

Choosing options for the Senior School is always both challenging and exciting. Pupils must consider so many demands on their time and their future plans in order to make the right choices.

Future S5
In S5 pupils must follow a full timetable and are not permitted to have any free columns. It is vital to ensure that you think about the level of pass you realistically hope to achieve in S4, to consider where you should place yourself in S5 classes. You should also consider whether you hope to apply to university or college from S5 or S6. If you have a clear goal in mind, ensure that you check what the entrance requirements are for the course you wish to study before you choose your subjects! Please visit the careers library or make an appointment with our careers officers Angie Reilly and Liz Donnelly.

Future S6
In S6 pupils may opt to have one column of 6 periods to engage in private study for their other courses. Choosing your subjects in S6 must be geared towards getting the best outcome possible for leaving at the end of the year, whether to a job, or a course at a Further or Higher Education Institution. It is vital that you are informed about what subjects and levels of qualification you require, before you make your choices. Please visit the careers library or make an appointment with our careers officer.

Pupils returning to S5 and S6 this year will sign a contract which will specify the level of attendance, behaviour and effort required of Senior Pupils. This contract will be sent home for signature by parents or carers also. It is vital that Senior pupils realise that there is a great deal to be gained from their two years, but there is also responsibility that goes with their position in the Senior School.

I realise that there will be questions and I hope that this booklet answers many of them. Please speak to Principal Teachers of Subjects, Pupil Support staff or any member of the Senior Management Team, if you would like any further details about anything contained in the booklet.

Yours sincerely
Mr Cowie
Depute Head Teacher