We may be about to put in an offer on a house in Dunbar. Not sure how likely we are to get this (in fact, it’s very unlikely) but we’ll have a go and there’s an outside chance. The biggest problem though may turn out to be schools. With our eldest doing his Standard Grades in S3, what would happen if he were to transfer to Dunbar Grammar where SGs are sat in S4? Could he do a 2 year Higher course, which seems to be the main point of the S3 exams? It would be practically impossible for him to stay at Ross High, unless we invest in helicopter transfers as well as a house. How does a school cater for one student whose education is out of synch with his peers? Of course, he could always do resits which may be a real threat given the prelim results which, as far as I can make out, range from 2s to 7s, but this would be so demotivating. And I still hope that we can persuade him that he needs to do some proper revision before May.
We have just received information from the school about choosing subjects for S4/S5 which is very welcome. It clarifies for me (at least partially), for the first time, the structure for the next couple of years with a timetable for the next few months. Although welcome, I do think that some of this information could be presented to parents at a much earlier stage, perhaps at subject choice time in S1, and simply reiterated now with the detailed timetable.
And what about our younger son in S1? Would he be thoroughly bored by S2 or is there enough in the syllabus that hasn’t been crammed into S1 at Ross High? And if this is the case, what is he missing out at Ross High?
Just a few thoughts about bridges we will cross when the time comes, should we need to.