Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence

Scotland’s National Improvement Framework sets out activity the Scottish Government and partners will take to drive improvement for children and young people.

It sets out a clear vision for Scottish Education:

  • Excellence through raising attainment: ensuring that every child achieves the highest standards in literacy and numeracy, set out within Curriculum for Excellence levels, and the right range of skills, qualifications and achievements to allow them to succeed; and
  • Achieving equity: ensuring every child has the same opportunity to succeed, with a particular focus on closing the poverty-related attainment gap.

The curriculum is the totality of experience our learners receive. Within the Scottish curriculum all learners are entitled to:

  • a coherent curriculum which builds on their strengths, interests, achievement and prior learning
  • a broad general education through to S3
  • a senior phase which affords them the opportunity to gain qualifications and other achievements
  • develop skills for learning, life and work with a focus on literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing
  • personal support to gain as much as they can from their time at school
  • support into a positive, sustained destination beyond school

In S1-3 learners follow the Broad General Curriculum and in S4-6 the Senior Phase. Find out more about Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence here.


Our Curriculum Rationale

The rationale for the curriculum at Renfrew High School has been developed in consultation with staff, learners, parents and partners. It sets out what we want our young people to experience and achieve.

Our curriculum will:

  • provide learners with a wide variety of relevant, challenging and enjoyable learning opportunities and experiences
  • support learners to attain and achieve to their highest potential
  • develop our learners’ skills, talents and personalities to prepare them for learning, life and work beyond school as happy, confident and responsible people who enjoy success in a sustained positive destination


Broad General Education S1-3

In S1 and S2 learners experience a wide variety of subjects and learning opportunities which allow them to progress and develop. S3 is a transition year between the BGE and Senior Phase and learners can choose some areas to focus on to further build a solid foundation for the senior phase.

Senior Phase S4-6

In S4 learners study National Qualifications in English, Maths and a further five subjects of their choice. In S5 and S6 learners can choose five national qualifications each year as well as additional wider learning opportunities. There is also the opportunity to study at college for vocational qualifications including Foundation Apprenticeships.


Find out more about our subjects by visiting their pages: