Attention All Current S4 and S5 students

All current S4 and S5 need to hand in their course choice forms to their Guidance teacher by Friday this week (20th March).
Please ensure you hand the form in whether you are staying on to school next year or not and make sure you and your parent/guardian have signed the form

Senior Phase (S4-6) Exam Timetables

For any student who is sitting an exam in the next few weeks, exam timetables will be distributed by your register teacher on Wednesday 23 April.  Please check this carefully to ensure that all exams you are sitting are mentioned and that your address is your current one as this is where your SQA certificate will be sent.  Any problems please see Mrs Smith in the office as soon as possible.

Leavers forms

Any senior phase student (S4-6) who is leaving school after the exams must complete a leavers form – this includes all S6 students.

These forms can be obtained from the school office.  They should be completed at the end or towards the end of your exams and handed back into the office.


FAO S4 and S5 Students

All exam leave sheets should be returned to the school office by Friday 28 March.

All course choice sheets should be handed in by Monday 31 March.  If you are leaving school at the end of this academic year you are still required to complete one.

FAO S4 and S5 – Exam Leave sheet

Exam Leave sheets were issued to S4 and S5 today (Tuesday 18 March).  If you have not yet received one, please collect one from your register teacher or the school office as soon as possible.  These must be returned no later than 28 March.

Work experience opportunity for eligible S4/S5 students

Pathways have been working with the in-house legal team at RBS, who are offering a work experience opportunity for current S4/S5 students, with an interest in studying law/business (this may include accountancy and economics), and who meet the legal profession’s PRIME commitment. Please note that this is also open to students who are not signed up to Pathways to the Professions.

Students are eligible for a place on a PRIME work experience placement if they:

1.  attend a state (non-fee paying) secondary school, and

2. either would be of the first generation in their immediate family to attend university or are (or have been) eligible for free school meals.

Applications will also be accepted from those with other exceptional social, educational, financial or other personal obstacles (this may for example include students who are carers, or have been in care). Students can provide information in the additional information section on the application form.

Applications (see below) to be submitted by Fri 28 March 2014, by e-mail to

What does the programme involve?

The RBS Legal department will be hosting the week. They are supporting efforts to increase social mobility and to encourage young people to consider a career in law/business. They want to inspire students, opening their minds to the opportunities available. Whilst there will be some focus on law, including visits to a law firm and the courts, there will also be sessions covering the following: understanding financial institutions and the career opportunities available; life as a young lawyer; presenting skills; the importance of a growth mindset; confidence-building and sessions to help prepare students with the transition from school to university.

The programme is designed to give eligible students a real insight into working life, to support them to aspire to great things and achieve their full potential and to help them decide whether law or a career in business is something they really wish to pursue.

When/where is it?

Monday 16 June to Friday 20 June 2014 – travel costs will be reimbursed and lunch provided daily. Students will be required to make their own way to and home from the venue/s. It is in term time, so permission to attend would be required from the school as well as a parent/guardian.

Location – Edinburgh, including RBS Gogarburn office (by the airport) and town centre locations.

Applying/getting extra information

• Programme overview – see below for a full overview of the programme

• Permission from school – students will need to get permission from their school to apply, as if successful, they will be out of school during term time. The application form requires teacher approval for the applicant’s absence from school

• Permission from parents must also be given, as per the application form.

• Applications (form attached) to be submitted by Fri 28 March 2014, by e-mail to

• Confirmation of places will take place by Friday 6 April 2014 – to both student and teacher

• For more information – teachers, parent/guardians or students can email

Pathways to Professions – Friday 14 February

“Next Steps: S5 Choices for the Professions” – Friday 14th February 2013

For S4 Pupils Target Subjects: Architecture, Law, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine. This is a fantastic way for your pupils to get to grips with university entry requirements, which will help inform their future subject choices and also for them to find out a bit more about their professional area of interest. The day begins with a workshop looking into why Admissions staff look for certain qualifications for entry to these specific areas. Current University of Edinburgh students studying Law, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Architecture will then chat a bit about their own experiences. This provides the pupils with an excellent chance to ask any questions which they may have – and to get an honest answer from actual students studying the subject that they are interested in! Lunch will be provided courtesy of Pathways to the Professions.

**Only registered Pathways to the Professions pupils can apply for a place on this event, which has limited capacity.** All S4 pupils currently registered with Pathways have already received information by email about this event and will receive full details of the venue and how to get here once places are assigned. Any student not registered with Pathways yet should register asap and email me straight afterwards expressing an interest in the event.

To register for Pathways, pupils should fill in the short online registration form at:

Please bear in mind that this event is only suitable for current S4 pupils interested in pursuing a course in one of:




Veterinary Medicine




Oatridge College Open Day – Friday 21 February

There is an open afternoon at Oatridge College on Friday 21st February from 1.30 – 4.00 pm.

This will allow S4-5 students to visit the college without missing their classes at this vital time in the school year, assuming there is sufficient interest to run a mini-bus.

Any students interested in attending this event which is for those with an interest in counstyside management, horticulture, activity tourism, land based engineering, forgework, animal care, equine studies, agriculture or landscaping must give their names to their guidance teachers by the end of school on Friday of this week (24th January).

There will be a charge to cover the costs of using the mini-bus.

Revised Senior Phase Prelim Timetable 2014

The Senior Phase Prelim Timetable has been revised to. The only changes to the printed version are on Monday 27th Jan (English: Higher & National 5) – the timings of these exams has been modified. Please update your own version from here.

Senior Phase Prelims 2014 Version 2.0 revised from Version 1.1

Please note that a small number of pupils may have concurrent exams – please check to see if you are one of these pupils and if you are let your teachers know so that alternative arrangements can be made for you.

Senior Phase Coaching Session 2

The next coaching session is due to take place between Monday 6 January and  Monday 20 January.  Could students please make appointments to see their coach.  The focus of this meeting is ‘How can I maximise my success in the prelims?’

My Place Photography Competition

The My Place Photography Competition is a built environment photographic project run by the Scottish Civic Trust for primary and secondary school-aged children throughout Scotland.  It aims to provide young people with the opportunity to express their thoughts, experiences and perspectives on the heritage, buildings and archaeology around them.

All entries will be placed in an online gallery, displayed in a public exhibition and recognised with a certificate.

Two winners will be selected by a panel of judges and these will go on to represent Scotland in a worldwide exhibition and catalogue.

Competition deadline: 31 JANUARY 2014

If you would like to enter this competition or would like more information please see Mr Lanyon