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 RBSLegalFirstStepProgramme.Edinburgh@rbs.co.uk

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 RBSLegalFirstStepProgramme.Edinburgh@rbs.co.uk

• 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 RBSLegalFirstStepProgramme.Edinburgh@rbs.co.uk

Ernst & Young, Accountants Smart Futures Programme for S5 Pupils

Smart Futures is a 10 month programme which is aimed at bright students who are considered to be from less advantaged backgrounds (either in receipt of free school meals or are first in family to go to university). The programme will involve a 3 week paid placement, including two weeks of skills sessions, business activities and working with charities held at our offices, and one week of work experience. This will be followed by 10 months of mentoring. It is designed to improve teamwork, networking and communication skills, boost confidence, provide valuable CV, application, and interview advice, and encourage students to achieve their full potential.

Ernst & Young, Accountants Smart Futures Programme for S5 Pupils

The programme has recently been featured in The Times, see the link below:


Please see the links below for more information on our website and our YouTube video which shows one of the Smart Futures London Alumni’s story.



The programme will run from 23 June 2014 to 11 July 2014.

Applications are now open online and close on 23 March 2014.  If anyone is interested come and speak to Mrs Oates in the Business Education Department.

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.

FAO Current S5 students – Nuffield Foundation

Nuffield Foundation


How to apply:

Nuffield Research Placements (previously Nuffield Science Bursaries) are administered regionally throughout the UK. If you have any questions about taking part, you should contact your local Nuffield Coordinator for further information about the scheme in your area.

Applications for 2014 will open in January and be made entirely online.

To apply, students will have to provide the following:

  • Personal information (contact details, special requirements etc)
  • Educational information (school, qualifications achieved and qualifications currently studying, preferred subject area for placement)
  • A personal statement outlining why they want to do a Nuffield Research      Placement
  • Details about any other outside interests
  • A Full Bursary application (if applicable)

As part of the application process, the student will nominate a teacher from their school to provide a reference in support of their application. The student’s parent or guardian will also have to sign a consent form, and provide some additional information if the student has applied for a Full Bursary.

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.

LEAPS for S5 Students

Our Applying2014 event for S5 students will take place at Edinburgh University on Monday 10 February, between 5pm and 8pm. A chance to understand what LEAPS can offer.  They will also speak to S5 students in school on 14th January.  The onus will be on students to book their own place at the event. Where possible we will be providing free return coach travel to the event from schools further away from Edinburgh – details will be available on our website soon. www.leapsonline.org/

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