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Curriculum for Excellence and Beyond

School Information
Broad General Education

This is for all pupils from S1 to S3. The aim is to provide depth and breadth across a wide range of subjects with an emphasis on developing skills useful for lifelong learning and the world of work. [more ...]

All About Subjects
National 4

These courses lead to National qualifications broadly equivalent to the old Standard Grade levels of 3 and 4. There are no external exams to sit, but pupils would be expected to pass an 'added value' unit or project. [more ...]

Pupil Work
National 5

National 5 qualifications are roughly equivalent to Standard Grade level 1 and 2. Pupils sit an external exam and have to pass unit assessments. [more ...]

school news

At Higher, pupils study the subjects to an advanced level. Pupils will be expected to have successfully passed at National 5 level. [more ...]


Download the appropriate form. Make sure you check out the subjects to discover what is involved in each course.

Options Information
Option Choices

The aim at Johnstone High School is to provide a breadth and depth to everyone's education.

At times throughout each child's career at school they have the opportunity to choose what subjects to study in their next stage.

S2 into S3 Option form
S2 into S3 Options

Download this form if you are in S2 to choose subjects you wish to study in S3

S3 into S4 option form
S3 into S4 Options

Complete this form if you are in S3 and choosing which subjects to study at National 4 or National 5.

If you wish to study the subject at a higher level, make sure to check the course entry requirements.

S4 into S5 option form
S4 into S5 Options

Choose this form if you are:

In S4 choosing which subjects to study in S5.

S4 into S5 and S5 into S6 option form
S5 into S6 Options

download this form if you are:

In S5 considering which subjects to take in S6.


The option forms are all in Public Domain Format (PDF) and will work on any computer with Adobe PDF Reader. This is a free program readily available from Adobe.

Click on the appropriate button to open the corresponding options form. They can be printed out and completed by Hand


Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland Permission form

Your childs future - who holds the key? Download this form is you want your chiled to participate in the Career Management Skills programme.


Extra Curricular Activities

It's not all about work, work, work, you know!

Extra Curricular activities

At Johnstone High School we place a high value on activities outside the curriculum or the school day.

We think it demonstrates a voluntary commitment by pupils in the wider world and a concern to become a well rounded individual. It's also opportunity to develop relationships and interests that extend to beyond their school years.


There are a wide range of activities available. These are just a few of them:

Athletics, basketball, chess, choirs,computing, cycling, drama, fitness, football, gold, netball, rowing, rugby, music bands etc

Additional Activities
Other Opportunities

Maybe a chosen activity is net available?

In which case get a few other like minded individual together and make some representations. We are sure that something can be arranged.

Broad General Education S1 - S3


Over S1 and S2 pupils study a broad range of subjects across the areas of: expressive arts, health and wellbeing, languages, mathematics, religious and moral education, sciences, social studies and technologies.

Towards the end of S2 pupils have an opportunity to reduce the number of subject they take and choose ones they want to study in greater depth.

Purpose & Aims

Enable young people to become more adaptable learners and more prepared for a changing world.

Help raise standards of attainment and achievement of everyone.

Equip pupils with a wide range of knowledge, skills and experiences that they can draw throughout their lives and careers.

Provide a smoother and continuous progression into other other subjects starting from a broad base and then narrowing as pupils choose their favoured subjects best suited to their needs.


Each course aims to provide a series of Experiences and Outcomes (E's & O's) set out in the Curriculum for Excellence.

Some E's and O's cut across different subjects allowing the development of cross curricular learning and innovative teaching.

Teachers will use a range of methods to assess pupils including observation, coursework and tests to see how they are progressing and what their next steps should be.


Towards the end of S3 pupils choose subjects to study in the Senior Phase (S4 onwards).

Guidance and Subject staff will provide advice and the level (National 4 or 5) best suited to each pupil. Older pupils (S5 and S6) also have the option to catch up subjects they may have missed earlier.

National 4

Specific details about what is involved for each course are provided in the appropriate section for each subject.


National 4's are the broad equivalent of General level Standard Grades.

The courses last a year and form part of the 'Senior Phase' of each child's education.

Each course is designed to build on the understanding and skills acquired during the S1 - S3 courses.

who does them
Who does them?

As a broad generalisation only S4 pupils sit National 4 courses.

Pupils choose towards the end of S3 which subjects they will study at S4.

Each pupil will be advised by their Guidance and Subject teachers as to the most appropriate level to study.


There is no formal end of year exam for National 4's.

Instead, successful completion of the course is based on continuous assessment. Pupils have to successfully pass unit assessments and they can gain extra credit by completing an added value unit. This provides an opportunity for pupils to demonstrate how much they understand by tackling an extended piece of work.


National 5

Further details about what's involved at National 5 level for each subject are provided on the appropriate subject page.


National 5's are the broad equivalent of Credit level Standard Grades offering a greater academic challenge and allowing pupils to study a subject to greater depth.

The courses last a year and form part of the 'Senior Phase' of each child's education.

Who does them?

Pupils will be advised by their Guidance and Subject teachers whether its appropriate to study the subject at this level.

Pupils may decide to choose take the subject at this level toward th end of S3. S5 or S6 pupils may also choose to take the subject at this level, either because they want to take the subject beyond National 4, or because they want to include it in their bag of qualifications having missed it out in S4.


There is a formal end of year exam for National 5's. Pupils also have to pass unit assessments which are assessed by teachers on behalf of the SQA.


More details about these courses are provided on the appropriate subject page


National 6' are a replacement for and equivalent to the Higher exams.

Usually the courses last 2 years but it may be possible to take a crash course in the pupil's final year./p>

Who does them?

Pupils will normally choose to study the subject at this level after the successful completion of National 5 course at the end of S4.

Higher courses take two years, but 'crash' courses may be possible. Guidance and Subject teachers will advise pupils on the best route to take when it comes to their choices at the end of S4.


There is a formal end of year exam for Higher's. They will also have to pass unit assessments assessed by teachers on behalf of the SQA.


Like medicine: we may not like it, but it's good for us!


Homework is an integral of of teaching and learning. It helps develop self reliance, self discipline and build self confidence in pupils.

Homework also strengthens the link between home and the school, giving an opportunity to parents and carers to get involved and participate in the learning process.

Homework can take many forms reflecting the age, stage and area of learning being studied. Additional details can be found in the schools homework policy. [more ...]

Why Homework

Homework gives pupils an opportunity to practice what they've learned at school. It helps pupils revise and gives parents an opportunity to see the standard of work expected from the children and monitor their progress.

Homework helps develop pupils independence, self-discipline and establish good study habits which will help as they approach their exams.

How Much homework
How much homework

Generally as pupils move through the school the amount of homework will increase. And at times of the examinations, pupils will be asked to set out their own personal study program.

Year Group Time
S1 1/2 to 1 hour per day
S2 1 to 11/4 hours (with French or German vocabulary daily)
S3 11/2 to 2 hours per day.
S4 2 to 21/2 hours per day
S5/6 Over 21/2 hours per day

Work Experience, Enterprise in Education

Developing enterprise and employability of pupils!

Determined to Succeed

Determined to Succeed lies at the centre of the 'Curriculum for Excellence'. It promotes a wide range of activities including cross-curricular work aimed at helping our pupils become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and successful contributors.

Discover more about our Work Experience (WORKIT) Programme

Work Experience
Areas of Success

The carefully chosen activities used to deliver success lie within the following areas:

  • Enterprising learning and teaching.
  • Entrepreneurial learning.
  • Work based vocational learning.
  • Careers education
A Determined Strategy

The school's strategy for delivering the 'Determined to Succeed' program rests upon:-

  • Supporting the development of skills for life and skills for work.
  • Engaging employers and encouraging them to offer work experience.
  • Broadening the reach of being 'Determined to Succeed'
  • Embedding enterprise within the curriculum so that all pupils have the opportunity to participate.
  • Building capacity and enhancing the schools profile.
Enterprising Activities

Pupils will participate in a wide range of activities, all organised to reflect the age and stage of the pupils. Activities could include:

  • Developing links and building partnerships with businesses, colleges and other schools; both at home and abroad.
  • Fundraising events chosen and organised by pupils.
  • Fairtrade activities
  • Participating in joint school community projects.

Pupils will also have the opportunity to enjoy a week's work experience and listen to the experiences of a wide range of external speakers.

Life After School


Colleges, Apprenticeships & World of Work