The school welcomes pupils from all over the world into our friendly community which encourages multicultural diversity. Each year, pupils from abroad attend our Upper school for one term or longer. They are placed with approved families who are connected with the school. Through this process, which also fosters independence, they quickly become valued members of the school community. In order to fully benefit from the experience and to have sufficient time to prepare for any English-language exams being taken, pupils are strongly recommended to attend for a minimum of two terms.
Curriculum and English Language Exams
Visiting pupils follow their class’ curriculum as well as participating actively in English classes which are tailor-made for each group. Depending on the class and term, visiting pupils participate in class trips such as Surveying in the Scottish Highlands, farm stays, a trip to London, architectural visits, work experience placements, etc.
For pupils in Classes 10 there is the opportunity to formally validate their English language skills through the internationally recognised Cambridge exams. These range from A2 - C2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and may be from either the Cambridge Range or IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
In addition, visiting pupils are taken on cultural and historical visits in and around Edinburgh on Friday afternoons. Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a diverse, dynamic, beautiful and leafy city at the heart of Scottish culture. Its picturesque location and manageable size allow for easy exploration. Every street reveals a bit of history and there are many museums, galleries and quality shopping. Edinburgh has the special designation of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. www.visitscotland.com/Edinburgh