School rationale

Willowbank has a clear rationale based on the school’s shared motto, values and aims. We are a vibrant learning community where young people are at the centre of everything we do. The school has a clear rationale based on the school’s shared vision of working together to inspire skills for learning, life and work. We prepare young people for life beyond school, encouraging independence, communication, self-confidence, realistic attitudes to Further Education, work and leisure.

A broad and general education is provided for all young people from P1-S3 and there is range of flexible progression routes into the senior phase to meet the needs of all young people.

High priority is given to providing enjoyable and challenging learning in a range of relevant and motivating contexts which develop the skills for the 21st century where highly motivated young people are enthusiastic in their learning, proud of their achievements and encouraged to be actively involved in their learning.

All pupils are offered an extensive range of opportunities to learn across the four contexts of learning including curriculum areas and subjects, inter-disciplinary approaches, the local community and opportunities for personal achievement across all stages.

The promotion of Health and Wellbeing underpins much of the curriculum to provide a supportive and inclusive learning environment. 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.

A key strength of the school’s curriculum is the extensive range and high quality of contributions from an effective team and partners which provide inspirational learning experiences for young people. This collaborative approach, and partnership with parents, puts children and young people at the heart of everything we do.

We have developed a comprehensive and strategic approach to providing a progressive interdisciplinary learning framework across the school. Every young person in the Senior Phase of school achieves SQA certification. We offer a huge range of choice within our Senior Phase including choice around vocational studies: skills for life and work.

We aim to prepare all of our young people for life beyond school and we are extremely proud of the fact that over the past four years we have achieved 100% success in positive post school destinations and encourage our pupils to “be the best you can be” in all aspects of their lives.

Be the best you can be!

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