Calderglen Partnership

Calderglen High School, formed in 2008 from a merger of two previous schools, is working closely with its feeder primary schools and a neighbouring school which caters for children and young people with special needs.

In this short film Tony McDaid, the Head of the school at the time, describes in more detail why the school decided to get involved in Learning Away and the impact it has had on students, staff and the school as a whole.

The pattern of residential activity is timed to correspond with the schools’ combined whole school learning focus on health and wellbeing, drawing on opportunities stemming from high profile events including the International Children’s Games 2011 (Lanarkshire), the London Olympics 2012, and Commonwealth Games 2014 (Glasgow). The programme is designed to focus on the skills, abilities and talents of the students, offering them an extended opportunity to participate in activities that they have an interest in but may not have previously been able to study in depth.

The Calderglen partnership is developing:

  • vertical age subject specific residentials, closely tied to the curriculum
  • new student leadership opportunities
  • residentials to support primary to secondary transition (to S1)
  • study skills residentials to support students in S2.

In December 2012, Calderglen High became the first secondary school to be evaluated as excellent since Education Scotland inspection criteria were strengthened in line with Curriculum for Excellence.

“Learning and achievement are of particularly high quality […] The school’s strong emphasis on skills for the future has made young people very aware of their strengths. They experience rich learning through clubs, visits, excursions and residential courses where they learn teamwork, for example.”

Education Scotland, Calderglen High School – Inspection Report

Inspectors found that the school supports students to “engage willingly in challenging discussions and problem-solving tasks”, and “become independent thinkers”. The school attributes this to its range of project-based and creative curriculum activities, including its residential programme.

See the Calderglen partnership’s latest case studies and resources, below.