Secondary Curriculum

The Secondary curriculum begins in Remove (P7, Yr7) and continues through to Upper 6 (S6, y13). For detailed information please refer to the full curriculum handbooks, available here.

Remove (P7, Yr7)  and Lower 4 (S1, Yr8)Remove-Art-Pupil-1B.jpg

These years are based in the Lower School campus around Lansdowne House. All the subjects are taught by specialist teachers.

Students follow a broad general curriculum which takes account of breadth, balance and progression and fosters social and personal development.

Students develop skills in Language and Commmunication, Mathematics, Science, Social and Environmental Studies, Technology, Creative and Aesthetic Arts, Physical Education and Religious and Moral Education.

Upper 4 (S2, Yr9)

Students in Upper 4 are based in the Upper School campus. They continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum. In addition, there is the opportunity to study a second or even a third Modern Language. The work becomes increasingly challenging in preparation for study in Fifth Form.

In the second part of the year, students make choices for the subjects they will study in the Fifth Form.

Fifth Form (S3 and S4, Yr10-Yr11)

Remove-Art-Pupil-2.jpgThe Fifth Form offers the first real opportunity for students to make informed choices about the courses they want to study.  Some have a very clear picture of the route they wish to take but the majority do not, so at this stage the emphasis is on breadth and balance.  Students choose from an extensive range of courses leading to a variety of qualifications.  Through a range of different subject areas they develop skills that help them become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

All students study English (this may be ESOL), Mathematics, at least one Modern Foreign Language and at least one Science.  Students also follow courses which develop skills in the use of ICT, in Religion and Philosophy and in personal fitness.

The majority of students choose 8 subjects leading to external examinations and qualifications. A small number choose 7 subjects and have Learning Support. There is also the opportunity for students to study 9 or even 10 subjects through classes out with the timetable and making use of Independent Learning.

Students whose first language is not English follow a suitable curriculum devised with consultation with the Head of English for Students of Other Languages (ESOL).

Sixth Form (S5 - S6, Yr12 - Yr13)6th-Form-Leavers-1

At St George's, students have an exceptional range of courses to follow. Students may choose courses from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) or English examination boards Edexcel Foundation (EDEXCEL) and Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA), or a combination of both Scottish and English systems.

At the end of the Sixth form, students generally have either:

  • qualifications based on Intermediate 2 and/or Higher Level, possibly enhanced with some Advanced Higher or Advanced Levels,  or
  • qualifications based on Advanced Level enhanced by additional AS and/or Higher and/or Intermediate 2 Level Courses.

There are also a number of vocational courses which complement the more traditional areas of study. 

These courses have been designed to offer students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills which will help them prepare for the world of work.

Students choose up to 5 subjects. In addition they are able to pursue, for interest or qualification, courses from the Open Learning programme.

Students whose first language is not English follow a suitable curriculum devised after consultation with the Head of English for Students of Other Languages (ESOL).


Homework is regularly set for all year groups. Remove will spend approximately 50 minutes each evening. This increases to approximately 2 ½ hours each evening in the Sixth Form.

Support for Learning

Support for Learning is available to those with particular needs, individually or in small groups. We have a consultant educational psychologist who assesses to identify specific learning difficulties and advise us on our provision.

Personal and Social Education (PSE)

All students have one lesson of PSE per week with their Form Tutor. One of the aims of PSE is to ensure that students feel accepted, valued and secure in their School environment. This is achieved through looking at attitudes, prejudices, problems and coping strategies in both the context of school and the wider community.

Students are also encouraged to explore their own particular strengths and talents through regular self-assessments and to be aware of and value those of others.