S4-6 – the Senior Phase
In S4-6 pupils study for national qualifications. In line with the school’s Curriculum Rationale, we prioritise personalisation and choice, alongside a focus on literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing. English and Maths are compulsory in S4; beyond this we give Senior Phase pupils free choice of the courses they wish to take, and build the timetable around their choices. A key principle is:
Right Subject – Right Level – Right Time
Pupils are able to choose the subjects that suit their skills, interests and aims, at the level which suits their ability or the entrance requirements of their planned next step, at any time throughout S4-6. The Orkney Offer means pupils can choose courses taught at other campuses within Orkney, primarily at Orkney College. As well as National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses, there are Skills for Work courses providing vocational pathways. Foundation Apprenticeships allow pupils to combine work experience with related academic study, modules from HNC and degree programmes with the University of the Highlands and Islands give a taste of study beyond school level, and a range of Wider Achievement Programmes provide leadership qualifications and personal development.
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