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Increasing emphasis is given to careers advice and preparing for life after school as pupils progress through the Senior Years.


You can read more about that here. Ultimately, around 95% of our leavers move on to Higher Education across the UK and beyond, including the top Scottish universities and Oxford and Cambridge.

In 2017, every single one of our pupils who applied to university received an offer. That included all 15 of our medical applicants, who secured places at medical schools across the UK.

Typically over 40% of our leavers go on to study subjects relating to Law, Medicine and Medical Sciences, Business, and Engineering, while courses such as Dentistry, Architecture, the Sciences, Languages and the Arts have also proved popular in recent years. Wherever an individual’s talents and interests lie though, our aim is to help our pupils make the most of them. As a result, in the last few years pupils from the High School have also gone on to take up courses such as Computer Game Applications Development, Fashion and Textiles Design, Film and Media, and Marketing.

In terms of destinations, Scottish universities such as Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews and Aberdeen always prove popular choices, as do English universities like Durham, York, Newcastle and UCL. Over the years a number of our pupils have been successful in applications to Oxford and Cambridge, with two pupils taking up places in 2017, and to overseas institutions.   

A small number of pupils also go on a GAP year or enter employment.