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S4-6 Senior Phase

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

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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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