Our Curriculum

Curriculum for Excellence

As a school, we fully embrace the ethos of Curriculum for Excellence, establishing four contexts in which learning takes place:

  • Ethos and life of the school as a community
  • Curriculum areas and subjects
  • Inter-disciplinary learning
  • Opportunities for personal achievement

In designing our curriculum, we focus on the traditional Scottish educational principles of breadth, depth, progression, coherence and relevance; however, we also do our very best to instil a sense of challenge and enjoyment, as well as allowing for personalisation and choice within the curriculum at different stages in secondary.

The structure of our curriculum reflects in the first three years the entitlement that young people have to experience a broad general education designed to help them understand the environment, the world and Scotland’s place in it. We build in personalisation and choice into S3 courses by offering course choices at the end of S2 within the eight curricular areas. We use the experiences and outcomes to ensure a broad education. This is followed by our Senior Phase, S4-S6, where students continue to focus on skills for learning, life and work while moving towards National Qualifications and the transition to life beyond school. Students in S5/6 also have the opportunity to do a variety of college courses, either timetabled throughout the week, or by day release to West Highland College. 

We operate a 33 period week with each year group having one period of personal support through tutor time on a Wednesday, together with Religious and Moral Education (S1-S4), PSE and PE (S1-S6).


Latest News

Pop-Up Cafe

20 Jun 2018

Tuesday 26th June, 5.30-7.00pm in PHS to raise funds for our partner school in Zambia - Hope & Faith.  There will be plenty of tea, coffee, cakes and more for sale so make sure to bring a friend!

Promoting Positive Behaviour (PPB)

14 Jun 2018


FAO All Parents,

We hope this finds you well. The examination season is over, and pupils are moving into new classes and starting new courses. At this stage in every year it is an opportunity to recognise that pupils at Portree High School work hard to achieve and meet their aspirations.

As a school, we continue to develop policies designed to support teaching and learning in our classrooms. As part of this we are reviewing our behaviour policy, and developing a Promoting Positive Behaviour (PPB) policy at Portree High School.

To do this, we are carrying out a survey to consult staff, pupils, and parents. It is essential that we have a range of contributions, as it gives us a wide picture of you and your child’s experience of the school. 

  • Please follow the link above to complete the survey. This survey will close on the 29th June 2018.
  • At the end of the survey there is an opportunity to self-select for a further discussion / working group to be arranged during the new term.

(We estimate that it will take 10-15 minutes to complete this survey. However, it will not save any selected options, so you should aim to complete this in one sitting without closing your browser window.)

Thank you for your time. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the school.

PPB Working Group

Portree High School