Every year, a group of S2 pupils join with a similar group from Beath High School in Fife for the annual week long residential trip to the University of Edinburgh.
For well over fifteen years our school has fostered strong links with the staff and students of the University of Edinburgh. We are active members of the Lothian Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS) initiative, which aims to encourage more of our students to aspire to entering Higher Education and have been offered a wonderful opportunity to extend our LEAPS programme to involve students in the junior school.
Every year we take a group of twenty-five Second Year students who are achieving at a high academic level to the University of Edinburgh for a five day residential experience, joining with a similar group from Beath High in Fife. Recently we have expanded to include day trips to other Universities in the city to allow pupils to see the variety of options available to them if they pursue Higher Education.
The week's activities seek to motivate young people to aim for a place at University by allowing them to participate in a stimulating programme that covers specially designed lectures in a wide variety of academic subjects, as well as a range of social and recreational activities.
Pupils who attend the trip are invited to participate following a rigorous selection process involving a review of their academic performance and nominations from teachers. The trip is heavily subsidised by the school, although a parental contribution to the cost is required, and has a fantastic record in encouraging pupils to achieve their potential. The school is very proud of the impact it has had in motivating youngsters.
For more information, contact Mr C Mitchell, Principal Teacher (Attainment and Achievement).