(INCLUDING ASSESSMENT AND
In August 2010, the school
implemented its new ‘Curriculum for Excellence’
programme for S1 pupils.
All pupils entering S1 will start to experience
our new curriculum for excellence and ultimately benefit
from a range of new learning activities and
opportunities as well as new national qualification
courses and awards in their Senior Phase (Session
The purpose of Curriculum for
Excellence is to ensure that all children and young
people in Scotland
to develop the attributes, knowledge and skills they
will need to flourish in life.
It is hoped that the implementation of Curriculum
for Excellence will also lead to improved quality of
learning and teaching and increased levels of
achievement and attainment for all children and young
people in Scotland.
The Curriculum for Excellence
programme is underpinned by the four values inscribed on
the Scottish Parliamentary mace – wisdom, justice,
compassion and integrity.
These values closely align with our school values
of compassion and integrity.
These values closely align with our school values
of compassion, honesty, justice and respect and together
they will help young people in Carnoustie High to define
and develop their own position on matters of social
justice and personal and collective responsibility.
The new curriculum is designed to
be inclusive and will act as a stimulus for personal
It will also broaden pupils’ experience of the world and
by encouraging them to be well informed and responsible
The aims of the Curriculum for
Excellence are that every child and young person should
know they are valued and will be supported by teachers
(and parents) to become successful learners, effective
contributors, confident individuals and responsible
many ways the new Curriculum for Excellence encourages
pupils to let their ‘deeds
show proof’ of learning.
During S1-S3 (Junior Phase) at
Carnoustie High, pupils will receive a broad general
education which will engage them in a range of learning
experiences and outcomes across the following eight
Expressive Arts, Health and
Languages (English and Modern Foreign Languages),
Religious and Moral Education,
Social Studies and
Pupil’s learning experiences and
outcomes will regularly provide opportunities for them
to deepen, extend and reinforce their learning as they
progress through S1 into S2 and S3.
As from 2013, young people in S4
(Senior Phase) will have the opportunity to undertake a
number of new SQA courses and in 2014 obtain new
Further information on the school’s
new S1 Curriculum for Excellence programme will be
available at the Parents Evening in June.
However should any parent/carer wish information
before that they should contact the school and ask to
speak with the Head Teacher or any member of the
school’s Senior Leadership Team.
Detailed information on Curriculum for Excellence can
also be obtained from the following website;
There is little doubt that one of
the principal events to occur during a young person’s
schooling is the change from primary school to secondary
There is the change of school itself, there is tuition
by a number of teachers rather than a few, there are new
subjects to be undertaken and there is of course the
change in status from being senior pupils in primary
school to being junior pupils in secondary.
Please be assured that much effort is put in by
staff in our associated primaries and the High School to
making the transition as smooth and stress-free as
There is an inevitable initial
phase of adjustment and orientation for pupils, but the
vast majority ‘settle-in’ very quickly.
From the point of view of teachers, it is a time
for ‘getting to know pupils’, both in an academic sense
(their abilities and aptitudes) and in a pastoral care
sense (their background, health and other relevant
The organisational class patter for S1 pupils is a follows:
are placed in Form Classes linked to one of three
Houses, it is intended that children from the same
family will be in the same House.
However this may not always be possible, as
account is also taken of friendship groups.
It should be noted that Religious
Education is timetabled for all pupils in each year.
Any parents wishing to exercise their right not
to have their child/children participate in Religious
Education are asked to advise the Head Teacher.
All S1 pupils follow the same
common course, however this does not imply that all
pupils work at the same rate and/or use the same
learning methods or study subjects to the same depth.
Each child is encouraged to make progress
according to her/his ability and need.
Members of staff make every effort to provide
relevant learning opportunities to allow such progress
to be made.
The specialist teachers of
Additional Support Needs make a key contribution in
supporting children experiencing learning difficulties.
Support provision is offered across the
As part of Angus Council
initiative, S1 pupils undertake an online baseline
assessment shortly after they start school.
The information gained from this baseline
assessment is additional to, and complements, the
information already provided by our Associated Primary
Schools and is used to help monitor and track pupil
achievement and progress.
Current NQ courses will continue to
be offered to S4 pupils until session 2012/13.
Standard Grade courses are
available to pupils of all abilities.
There are 3 different levels of course within
Standard Grade – Foundation, General and Credit.
Foundation level is basic level, General level is
suitable for pupils in the middle range of ability and
Credit level is the most difficult level.
Pupils studying different levels in the same
subject may be taught together in the same class
and/will have to study topics.
A few subjects are available at only 2 levels in
stead of 3 viz.
Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Pupils normally sit two levels in their final
exam i.e. Foundation/General or General/Credit.
INTERMEDIATE 1 AND 2 (ALSO ACCESS 3)
Intermediate courses at levels 1
and 2, and in some cases Access 3, are being introduced
in some subject areas to replace outdated Standard Grade
with Standard Grade, Intermediate courses are
differentiated and contain an element of fixed internal
assessment (usually called NAB tests) as well as a final
S4 pupils receive a formal report in February, but the progress of
S4 pupils is closely monitored in an on-going way and
parents will receive regular monitoring and tracking
reports and will be contacted when/if areas of concern
Pupils in S4 are offered a balanced
and broad curriculum which provides continuity and
progression (intellectual challenge) and offers further
choice of progression in S5/6 or beyond the school, i.e.
in further/higher education or training/employment.
All S4 pupils also take non
certificated courses in Physical Education, Religious
and Personal Social Education.
Pupils in S4 currently study a maximum of eight National Qualification
Courses to include English, Mathematics, a Science,
a Modern Language and a Social Subject.
Much choice is available for the remaining three
courses, but it is hoped that each pupil will choose at
least one Technology and one Creative/Aesthetic subject.
SCHOOL – S5 AND S6
The nature of the senior school
curriculum is still heavily influenced by the need to
meet the required entry qualifications to a wide range
of post-school educational institutions:-
Higher Education:- Universities
such as Aberdeen,
Further Education Colleges:-
Over the last decade major changes
have taken place in the nature and range of senior
school curriculum provision.
The outline of the programme is as follows:-
Old Higher courses
replaced by New Higher courses
Modules replaced by Intermediate 1 or Intermediate 2 or
CSYS courses replaced by
Advanced Higher courses
School curriculum aims to:
improve the quality of
post-16 education for all students
promote higher standards
and breadth of achievement
unify and simplify the
post-16 framework of units, courses and group awards
S5 students will normally follow a curriculum which will allow them to
study up to 5 Higher NQ courses plus time for core
RE/PSE and PE.
S6 students currently have individual timetables with a certain degree
of flexibility and freedom, but they require to have an
80% timetable commitment to classes.
A comprehensive range of Advanced Higher courses
are available for students intending to proceed to
Advanced Higher courses provide ample opportunity
for students to take a greater degree of responsibility
for their own learning through Research Projects etc.
Some of our students attend
College (Arbroath) for special
courses e.g. Higher Psychology.
Further information about National
Qualifications may be obtained from the SQA