Sixth Year

Looking back on their time at school, many of our former pupils say that the Sixth proved to be their most satisfying year. We are always seeking new ways in which to enhance the experience of our Sixth Year students.  In addition to the more traditional school courses, the Sixth Year have the opportunity to study Highers in Psychology, Politics and Philosophy and many continue their studies in these subjects at university.

As part of our programme of lectures, we try to offer thought provoking, intellectually challenging and interesting presentations to our Sixth Year students.  This is a great opportunity to broaden both their knowledge and understanding of the wider world and is also an opportunity for them to challenge or question their own opinions or beliefs.  Recent speakers have included Fergus Ewing MSP, David Welch, CEO Beatson, and Professor Michael Barrett, Glasgow University.

Sixth Year Centre

The final year is a time in their school career when young adults are given a measure of independence and responsibility for organising some of their own time is encouraged by the allocation of both private study periods and "social" periods: periods when they may elect to relax in the modern surroundings of the Sixth Year Centre.

The Sixth Year Centre is a modern facility which recognises both the uniqueness of our final year students and the special contribution which they make to life at The Academy. The two-floor complex contains a well-equipped leisure and recreation area for students to use in their free time as well as their own study and teaching rooms.

The Sixth Year is also a time for looking ahead to university and college and to the world of employment. An important feature of the Sixth Year Centre is a careers library, giving pupils access to all the materials they will need in choosing their university or college courses and in making their UCAS applications.

We believe that responsibility is its own reward, but Sixth Year students have special privileges in recognition of the fact that the school would not run so smoothly were it not for the important job they do supervising activities and entertaining visitors and guests.


S6 Courses

In addition to all the academic courses we offer there is a wide variety of classes in which participation is for personal enjoyment or interest.

Existing modules include:

  • Ceramics
  • Craft Workshops
  • Early Education and Child Care
  • Food Technology
  • Philosophy in the Media
  • Sign Language
  • Sports Leaders Award
  • Statistics
  • Textiles