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Bee keeping, radio broadcasting and games design is all in a day’s work for Oban High School students – with coffee-making coming to the curriculum soon.
This August the school will be launching its new Level 5 Barista Skills course, alongside Foundation Apprenticeships in hospitality and food and drink production in 2023.
The school is leading the way when it comes to curriculum choices by offering pupils a variety of almost 100 different subjects, including more than 30 Highers. It even boasts its own engineering workshop and hair and beauty salon so pupils can learn the tricks of the trade while gaining qualifications.
The traditional core subjects like English, maths and history are on the curriculum but the school works in close partnership with businesses to identify gaps in the area’s employment market, offering pupils all kinds of skills to get them ready for the work place.
Foundation Apprenticeships in business management, engineering and construction are also an option as well as the chance to study with the Open University on its Young Applicants in Schools Scheme, bridging the gap between school and university, college or employment and encouraging independent learning.
Pupils can also gain awards for leadership in activities boosting mental health including sport, mentoring, voluntary work or fundraising.
Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: ‘Oban High School is being innovative once again when it comes to providing young people with opportunities. Argyll and Bute is above the national average when it comes to the number of pupils going onto positive destinations.
‘Oban high is a great example of a school which has excelled in meeting the needs of its young people and I look forward to seeing it go from strength to strength.’
Oban High Executive Head Teacher Peter Bain added: ‘Our vision for everyone attending Oban High School is to ensure they attain the best possible qualifications. We also seek to ensure that we nurture and develop everyone’s social, emotional and vocational skills and talents.
‘To achieve this, we rely on our talented and dedicated staff, but equally we call on the support of a wealth of community partners and national agencies and education providers to ensure we continue to provide a broad education that seeks to support every child’s aspirations for life after school. My thanks to them all.’
Caption: Oban High School mechanics at work as part of the varied curriculum.