Borders College ‘Code Club’

Borders College is excited to announce a brand new ‘Code Club’, running from 3-6 April during the Easter break, for young people aged 12-14 years.
Full details on the course can be found on our website at

The Skills Scotland Trip Thursday 9th November.

Students are to meet in LZ3.

If leaving a class lesson 1 you do not need to leave the class any earlier than 9.15 am or 9.20 am if in the middle of a task.

The coach will return to school by lunchtime.

A copy of the list of those signed up is on the guidance door and on the google classrooms for S4-6 so students can check if they have forgotten whether they signed up.

Engineering the Future for Girls 18-22 June 2018

Engineering the Future for Girls @ the University of Strathclyde
18th-22nd June 2018

Please see below leaflet describing the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde’s 1 week Summer School for S3 girls (entering S4 in June).

Engineering the Future for Girls is being delivered in collaboration with BP and BAM Nuttall and is designed to engage girls in a wide range of engineering challenges that will inspire them to become the next generation of engineers. The summer school is fully-funded by BP and BAM Nuttall and student costs, including a contribution towards travel, will be covered. Strathclyde will accept applications from girls with any range of subject choices at National 5.

The summer school is non-residential and therefore pupils should be able to make their way each day to the University of Strathclyde campus in the heart of Glasgow City Centre. Teachers are not required to accompany pupils during the week.

Pupils should apply at using the online application form. The deadline for applications is 3 December 2017. A confirmation email is sent upon receipt of application. The selection panel will meet in January to review the applications received and all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 31 January 2018. An automated email is sent to teachers informing them of the application submitted and requesting a supporting statement. The supporting statement for each student should be submitted online using a designated link by 15 December 2017, for the application to be considered.

If you would like any further information on the Summer School then please email:

University of St Andrews – Gateway to Medicine

The School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews offers a Gateway to Medicine which is a one-year programme taught in the Faculty of Science but with contributions from staff in Medicine.

The purpose of the Gateway to Medicine programme is to promote the uptake of higher education, specifically among those groups that are traditionally under-represented at University. The Gateway programme provides the opportunity for students who have completed S5 and just missed out on the grades required for medicine to study at first year undergraduate level. The Gateway year is an alternative to S6. Pupils who pass the year at an appropriate level and meet the requirements for progression will transfer onto our traditional 6 year A100 Medicine degree programme.

The University of St Andrews is now accepting notes of interest for our Gateway to Medicine programme, for entry in September 2017.

It is designed for students who:

  • Meet some or all of our Widening Participation criteria (as outlined in the accompanying leaflet);
  • Have finished their S5 year and have sat the required SQA Highers
  • Are predicted to achieve AABB at higher in S5

I am sure we all hope that pupils achieve the grades they are expecting and we wish them well in their endeavours. However, if things don’t go according to plan those pupils who meet the criteria for the Gateway to Medicine will have a choice to apply to the University of St Andrews for this course instead of entering their S6 year at school. You should be aware that this application is out with UCAS.

Successful applicants to the Gateway to Medicine will take First Year modules in Biology, Chemistry, and one other subject of their choice. They are provided with tutoring, the opportunity to gain work experience and help in preparing for the UKCAT and admissions interviews. Entrants who pass the year at an appropriate level and meet the other requirements for progression will transfer into our BSc (Hons) Medicine degree course in 2018. Pupils are also supported should they choose to apply to other universities for other courses after the completion of their Gateway year.

Please see leaflet which gives more information about the programme, the application process, and entrance requirements.

Any pupil who is interested in finding out more about the Gateway to Medicine is asked to note their interest by filling in the attached form and emailing it to Pupils will then be contacted on the day the SQA results are released with further information on how to apply to the programme.

There is more information about this programme available online:

Scottish Youth Parliament Vote

The Scottish Youth Parliament elections are running from 3 March to 17 March. Voting for Scottish Youth Parliament is open for anyone aged 12-25 years and anyone with a Young Scot card. If you don’t have a Young Scot card please see your guidance teacher who can organise you with a number to allow you to vote.

This is your chance to make a change in your community, the people in charge are now listening to us.  It’s time to make our voices heard.

Preston Lodge HS has a candidate running – Morgan Lewis-Wilson 5Go2. If you would like to chat to him regarding any concerns/issues that you wish to raise pass a note to the office which will be passed on to him.

To vote

Please see link below for a short video on how to vote