From beekeeping and broadcasting to game design and travel and tourism, Oban High School leads the way in curriculum choice by offering students a variety of nearly 100 different subjects, including more than 30 higher subjects.
In addition to traditional core subjects such as English, Maths and History, the school works closely with area businesses to identify gaps in the local job market and offers students a range of “skills for work” subjects to prepare them for their future career. These include automotive skills, personal finance, cosmetology, rural skills (animal care), aquaculture, and engineering. The school even has its own engineering workshop and hair and beauty salon so students can learn the ropes while qualifying.
Additionally, local employers have identified a gap in the hospitality sector and the school will launch its new Level 5 barista skills course in August, alongside core apprenticeships in hospitality and food production. food and beverages in 2023.
Students also have the opportunity to take basic apprenticeships in business management, engineering and construction, as well as the opportunity to study with the Open University as part of their young candidates program in the schools. This program is designed to bridge the gap between school and university, college or employment and encourages independent learning.
Students can also study a range of wider achievement awards from SCQF Level 3-7. These include Leadership, Scottish Studies and Mental Health Wellbeing, as well as many others. These awards recognize life and work skills that arise from a wide range of activities such as sports, mentoring, volunteer work or fundraising activities.
The Education Council’s policy officer, Councilor Yvonne McNeilly, said: ‘Oban Secondary School is once again being innovative when it comes to providing opportunities for young people , and Argyll and Bute as a whole is above the national average for the number of pupils going to positive destinations.
Oban High School works with a range of partners to promote business and help young people raise their ambitions, including providing them with life-saving skills.
We understand that every child and young person is different and it is extremely important that we do everything we can to ensure that they have the right experience, skills and qualifications to achieve their dreams. Oban High is a great example of a school that has excelled in meeting the needs of its young people and I look forward to seeing it go from strength to strength.
Oban Secondary School Executive Director Peter Bain said: “Our vision for everyone attending Oban Secondary School is to ensure that they obtain the best possible qualifications. We also seek to ensure that we nurture and develop everyone’s social, emotional and professional skills and talents.
“To achieve this, we rely on our talented and dedicated staff, but we also enlist the support of a multitude of local community partners, national agencies and education providers to ensure we continue to provide education. which seeks to support every child’s aspirations for life after school My thanks to all of them.