S1 and S2 pupils follow a common course of subjects, viz. Art, Drama, English, French, Social Subjects, Home Economics, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Religious and Moral Education, Science, Personal and Social Education, Technical Subjects and Information Technology.
It is a feature of this school’s curriculum that all the courses are open to pupils of both sexes. In common with other East Dunbartonshire Council schools it is our policy to promote equal opportunities between the sexes in the school.
An important part of our Guidance Programme is overcoming the reluctance of pupils to take subjects which in the past tended to be taken by single sex groups. In S1 and S2, classes are formed on the basis of a number of considerations including learning needs and friendship groups. Every effort is made to ensure that, for example, no pupil from primary school is “alone” (i.e. the sole representative) in secondary classes.
A system of profile assessment has been introduced for the purpose of assessing pupil’s progress and reporting it to parents. Instead of pupils being given a single mark or grade for a subject, their attainment and skills in a number of aspects of the subject are assessed and reported. In this way it is hoped that a clearer indication of each pupil’s strengths and development needs can be given. This assists in the decisions to be made concerning middle school course choices.
In addition to the curricular and assessment systems, the importance of preserving continuity from Primary 6 to S1 is recognised, with the secondary school taking account of the work done in the primary school, and with the primary school’s knowledge of individual pupil’s strengths and weaknesses carried forward to the secondary stage to establish a solid foundation.
All members of our primary-secondary cluster wholeheartedly agree that an effective primary-secondary transition is an essential and integral part of a child’s educational career. As a result the cluster has increased its efforts to ensure that regular exchanges of information regarding pupil’s prior attainment, support needs and pastoral issues take place throughout the transition period.
Consultation Arrangements on Course Choice - From Lower School to Middle School
After following the common course in the lower school, pupils select certain subjects to study in the middle school. It is essential that for each pupil, a course is chosen which will be appropriate in terms of abilities, aptitudes, likelihood of success and fulfilment of potential. We want each pupil to enjoy the course and, at its conclusion, feel it has been a positive and relevant experience.