Welcome to the Senior School where I have the privilege of witnessing the growth of our young people into broadly educated, confident and thoughtful individuals. Our students are our greatest asset and I’m grateful that I am able to be a part of their life’s journey. Our students further develop ownership of their work as they progress through the senior years and are empowered to explore the many opportunities available both in subject choices and co-curricular activities. Their progress is closely monitored by teaching staff and Learning Mentors throughout each student’s time at Scots. It enables staff to provide targeted guidance and adapt their delivery for specific outcomes. Academic progress is shared with parents through Continuous Reporting and our curriculum has been designed to stretch, challenge and nurture every individual.
When it’s time for our students to leave us at the end of their schooling, they do so as well-rounded young people who have the confidence to chase their dreams and contribute in a meaningful way to society. Our students are our greatest asset.
Janine Haymes • Head of Senior School
We ask all students to reflect on their learning: do they maintain effort and interest, despite failure, adversity and plateaus in progress? If they feel disappointment or a sense of failure, how can they positively bounce back and approach the next assessment with a renewed sense of purpose and perseverance. As parents and teachers, we can teach students that making mistakes or taking a long time to complete an assignment is a normal part of learning, not a sign of failure. That it is okay to feel confused when learning something new; actually, it is expected.
Sometimes, students may believe that they lack the ability to solve a problem or struggle with learning concepts, which impacts on their own self-efficacy and ability to finish a task. We know that learning and progression occurs when students feel both confident in their abilities and confident in seeking help when needed.
Academic progress is shared with parents each term through Continuous Reporting and parents are invited to discuss a student’s progress through our Parent Teacher Interviews. Our curriculum, which is unique and unrivalled in breadth, has been designed to stretch, challenge and nurture every student. In addition, pastoral and curriculum teams closely monitor the wellbeing and academic needs of each student on an on-going basis.
We know that learning and progression occurs when students feel both certain in their abilities and confident in seeking help when needed.