Arrival at Senior School is a significant moment and we make sure that all pupils, whether joining from other primary schools, our own Junior School, or entering further up the School, are supported in this key transition. Our induction aims to make this step exciting for our pupils, to help them to establish friendships, and to allow us to get to know our pupils and for them to get to know us as quickly as possible.
In First and Second Year, a diverse and stimulating timetable balances challenging academic progression with a variety of learning experiences. Pupils study many of their subjects in their form classes but are set in English and Mathematics. This enables them to progress at a pace that provides the appropriate level of challenge, and provides them with an opportunity to mix with the rest of their year group.
From Second Year, when pupils start to discuss with their personal targets and study options with teachers, through to their key certificate examinations, we provide expert guidance to ensure that they choose subjects and levels that match their abilities and aspirations.
At Watson's we are proud of the exceptionally broad range of certificate courses we offer. Available at various levels of certification within the national qualifications framework, our extensive provision includes subjects across the spectrum of arts, sciences and social sciences, with a notably wide selection of languages, including Mandarin Chinese.
Since August 2011, pupils entering Fifth Year have been able to choose between the well-established SQA qualifications and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
It is important that we prepare pupils for the increased independence they will require after school. A programme of study skills encourages independent thought and enquiry. Throughout their time at Watson's, pupils make confident use of our outstanding IT facilities and our Library.