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S1-3 BGE

S1-3 – the Broad General Education phase (BGE)

The BGE (Broad General Education) curriculum at Stromness Academy aims to give a foundation in a wide range of subjects. It meets the national requirements of Curriculum for Excellence[1] which requires that pupils follow a broad curriculum covering eight areas of study:

  • Expressive Arts
  • Languages (including English, Gaidhlig/Gaelic and Modern Languages)
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mathematics
  • Religious and Moral Education
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
  • Technologies

It also meets the entitlements to language learning set out in the “1+2 approach”.[2]

Our S1 and S2 curriculum focuses on breadth: pupils study a wide range of subjects, to give them a core set of skills and allow them to discover which areas they enjoy and do well in.
As pupils move into S3, they are able to begin to make choices to structure their time in school to suit their strengths and interests. The curriculum remains broad, but pupils can use choices to begin to specialise in some areas.

For more detail of the curriculum structure, please see Stromness Academy Curriculum Rationale

For details of subjects offered, please see the relevant course choice brochures here

[1] Curriculum for Excellence

[2] 1+2 Approach

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On Monday 21st June, pupils took part in their first Sports day since 2019, with great success! Pupils in every year group took part in athletics, rounders, football, hockey, fun events, netball, badminton, dodgeball and volleyball. It was great to see such healthy competition with pupils trying their best to win for their house and displaying excellent sporting conduct at the same time. In S2, R house ran out the winners with a particularly strong showing in the Athletics. In S3, M ran out the victors with particularly strong results in Badminton and Football. In S4, R won with strong results in Athletics and Fun Events. In S5/6, T took the victory after a slightly stronger showing in Athletics than other houses. Overall, R took home the Phil Mackay trophy with a winning total of 763 points, M were in 2nd place with 710 points and T in 3rd with 694 points. Well done to R!Finally, a special mention to Max Linklater who broke the S3 high jump record with a height of 1.56m.

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