Young people in P6-S2 access a full curriculum, beginning with the Broad General Education and then moving through the Senior Phase, where they can complete units and courses at SQA National 2, 3, 4, 5 and Higher. We also offer wider achievement and ASDAN courses.
As well as attaining and achieving academically, our young people develop social competencies, emotional resilience, and skills which will help them make the transition to further education, training, and work and independence. Young people do this through a full range of taught subjects and wider achievement opportunities, such as film making, fishing and climbing; as well as sports, music, drama, outdoor learning, cooking, golf and the school football team.
Accredited work placement opportunities are arranged in the Senior Phase.
Classrooms and learning spaces are of a high standard, offering an environment that stimulates, motivates and facilitates good quality teaching and learning. Classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, and good-quality ICT resources are available throughout the school. Age-appropriate web access is in place.
The school is equipped with a fitness suite, sports hall; and a multimedia suite. Our young people produce several films each year.
Our education team work with our young people and others to arrange regular curricular trips to, for example, Bannockburn, Edinburgh, Stirling and Glasgow. These outings support many areas of the curriculum, such as History, Geography and Employability.
We aim for all our young people to enjoy at least one residential experience during their education. We have strong links with residential resources in the east of Scotland that provide, for example, Outward Bounds and Leadership development opportunities.
All our young people take part in initial and periodic Boxall Nurture Learning Profile, and literacy and numeracy assessments; and dyslexia traits screening.
These directly support collaborative working with each young person across the school.
Hillside fully supports the Developing Young Workforce (DYW) initiative. Our dedicated DYW teacher liaises with young people, their families and key staff, to work towards a goal for moving-on from Hillside into training, further education and employment. Our Skills Development Scotland adviser is in school fortnightly to provide up-to date information and timely support through one-to-one sessions with our young people. All young people access at least five days of work placement while at Hillside, which leads to an additional SQA qualification. Regular visits take place to local businesses.