The New School offers an individualised, dynamic curriculum which aims to help our pupils to become confident, thoughtful learners, responsible citizens and effective contributors to society and work.
The curriculum at The New School is based on the Scottish curriculum and is individualised to meet the needs of each of our young people. ASDAN units and courses are delivered for some students where they are considered to be more beneficial in terms of developing independence and lifeskills. Speech and Language therapy is integral to Education and Care and is offered to all students as part of their personal development.
In year one and two students have the opportunity to try a wide range of subjects. Curriculum for Excellence planning is used throughout.
In the senior phase students have the opportunity to follow courses in a wide range of subjects (currently, English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Computing, Home Economics, Horticulture, Drama, Art and Design, Music, Woodwork, PE, RME and PSHE.) Students work through Curriculum for Excellence levels, to Higher and in ASDAN units from Transition Challenge up to Gold and Employability award. In addition students have the opportunity to work on John Muir and Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Accreditation is gathered across the 24 hour curriculum. In addition, students can gain accreditation from LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).
There is a huge focus on breaking down barriers to learning. Within this academic framework, students follow individualised programmes designed to support their own needs and to develop their strengths. There are opportunities for developing skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work with a continuous focus on literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.