Kilgraston offers the Scottish curriculum that leads to Nationals, Highers and Advanced Highers. This provides breadth at National and Higher levels and depth at Advanced Higher.
The Scottish Examination system has a rich heritage. It is highly regarded by the best universities across the world. Witness the academic achievement and success of Kilgraston graduates at a range of top universities both in the UK and overseas.
Teaching is grounded on Curriculum for Excellence. However, departments would expect to teach beyond the outlined curriculum by U4 (S2/Y9).
The Upper Fourth is a very important stage in a pupil’s education. Pupils will be encouraged to work more independently and to be responsible for their decisions and actions. They will be challenged, not only in the classroom, but there will also be an expectation for them to become fully involved in the life of the school. Upper Fourth pupils study a broad general education. There is a full range of Science, Humanities and Arts courses. In addition, there is the opportunity to study French plus either Spanish or German. Their work will be assessed throughout the year and they will sit external GL assessments in Maths and English, CAT Tests and internal examinations during the summer term.
In the Fifth Forms (S3/S4) the majority of girls take eight or nine Nationals. Mathematics, English and RE are core subjects. Pupils then choose six options from a wide range of other subjects. National 4 courses are assessed as a pass or fail whilst National 5 courses are graded A – D. For a full list of subjects and detailed information please download our Fifth Form brochure.
Former Kilgraston pupil, Ruth Faherty, who is currently studying Engineering at Oxford University, recently spoke to a Education Today magazine about her subject choices at school.