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Are you an ambitious and enthusiastic student in S5?  Do you have a strong desire to learn and have an interest in a career in business?

KPMG are looking for young people who want to find out about their future career options, as well as discovering more about themselves.

The KPMG Discovery programme will run in summer 2017 and give an excellent insight into the work they do at KPMG and the way they do it. During the programme you will get to meet and network with KPMG staff from across the business and will undertake a series of business challenges, skills workshops and research tasks designed to develop the key skills you need to thrive at KPMG.  On our 5-day and 3-day programmes, you will get the opportunity to work shadow to see the type of work our staff undertake on a day-to-day basis.

You will also get the opportunity to find out more about the range of school leaver programmes and if you complete the Discovery Programme you will be eligible to be fast tracked through the application stage for KPMG360º, their rotational apprenticeship programme*.

*Subject to meeting the required academic requirements.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted online. See the KPMG website to learn more about the programme and submit your application.

The application form gives you the opportunity to tell KPMG why you want to participate in their Discovery Programme.  It is a good idea to do some research beforehand to make sure you set yourself apart from other applicants.  You might want to hear about what some others have said about the programme here.

Also remember to think carefully about which KPMG office you would like to apply for.  It is often best to choose the one closest to where you live.  Remember to mention how you heard about this programme!

There are a very high volume of applications for the KPMG Discovery Programme and so we would strongly recommend applying early.

Standard entry requirements?**

On track to achieve a minimum of 104 UCAS points at the end of S6 studies. You will also need to have achieved at least a minimum of five National 5 passes at grade A-C, including Maths & English.

**The above requirements are a guideline, but KPMG are more than happy for you to get in touch with us if you have extenuating circumstances, alternative qualifications or require further clarification on eligibility. Please contact them on

Please see Miss Mortimer (Science) if you require more information.


Good luck to our Open ‘B’ netball team who are playing in the Bronze Final at Ravenscraig on Friday.  The match should start at 2.10pm if any family or friends wish to attend.  Please contact Mr Allan (Science) if you require any further information.


Congratulations to Rebekah Black (S2) whose acro trio finished first place at the Scottish National Championships.  She will now compete in the Acrobatic NDP British Finals in Stoke-on-Trent.  Well done and good luck for the next competition.


Our annual Young Musician of the Year competition took place on Thursday 16 March in the music department.   As always, the standard of performance was exceptionally high.  The judges commented how difficult a decision it was to choose a winner from such a strong group of performers.  The junior winner was Liana (S3), for the second consecutive year, with Ewan (S3) as runner up.  The senior winner was Christopher (S5) with Steven (S6) as the runner up.  Congratulations to all the pupils involved.


Williamwood High School, with the support of the Parent Council, is planning a Careers Conference for all S1 pupils.  The aim of the conference is to give pupils the opportunity to find out about a wide range of different careers and allow them to start thinking about the skills they might need to develop throughout their time at Williamwood.

We would love to have as many parents involved as possible to share their own career journey with small groups of pupils and describe the skills they need to be successful in their job.

If you think this is something you can kindly spare some time to help us with, please complete the response card and return to the school office as soon as possible or emailed to .

You can download a copy of the response card here.

If you are unable to attend this event, but would like to help support our pupils in other ways across the school you may be interested in signing up to the Parent Council  Flying Start Scheme.  Information about this scheme can be found on the school website by clicking the tab at the top of the page and you can register your interest on the response card.

Thank you for your time and support.

Miss N Mortimer

Principal Teacher of Development

Mr M Foley

Chair of Parent Council


Congratulations to Liana (S3), who won both the Baroque Piano Solos and the Debussy and Ravel Piano Solos classes on Friday at the Glasgow Music Festival.  She was then invited to compete in the Piano Solos Premier Class, which she also won.  Liana has now been invited to perform at the Last Night of the Festival and can compete for the Ailie Cullen Memorial Prize.  We wish her all the best on Saturday night.


Congratulations to all those who qualified and competed at the East Renfrewshire Cross Country Championships.  Williamwood finished first place in the S1 Boys, S1 Girls, S2 Boys, S3 Boys, S3 Girls and Senior Boys team events.  In the S2 Girls team event, Williamwood finished second place.  There were also a number of outstanding individual performances, which you can view by clicking here.  Nikolai Gajic (S5) put in a particularly strong performance, winning the Senior Boys race.

Eureka Solutions would like to invite senior pupils to attend their open evening on 9 March to learn more about their upcoming apprenticeship opportunities.

Eureka Solutions is a business management software provider and the event will be an opportunity to learn about their Software Development and Accountancy Business Administration apprenticeships, as well as giving students the chance to try some live programming activities.

 The event will be held at their East Kilbride office and full details can be found on their website


All this week during lunchtime we will be helping 16 and 17 year olds get #ReadyToVote by running a registration event in ICT 10.  If you are 16 or over you’ll need your date of birth and National Insurance number to register to vote.

If you do not know your national insurance number click here for help.  If you are not yet 16 you will not need your National Insurance number to register.  See Mr Moore for more details or come along to ICT 10 any lunchtime this week.


Congratulations to Elliot Ferguson (S2), Elena Job (S2), Cameron Kane (S1) and Saatviki Mohan (S1) who represented Williamwood High School in the UK Mathematics Team Challenge on Thursday 2 March.  Team members were selected to represent the school following a rigorous process, which saw them undertake a challenge assessment within school.  This gave pupils an insight into the standard of the competition that they would face in the West of Scotland final.  Elliot, Elena, Cameron and Saatviki worked extremely hard throughout the whole day, taking on board the advice of one another and applying their knowledge to a variety of concepts.  They placed an excellent 5th overall which is an outstanding achievement.  Well done.