Senior Phase

All young people in Scotland have an entitlement to a senior phase of education which:

  • provides specialisation, depth and rigour
  • prepares them well for achieving qualifications to the highest level of which they are capable
  • continues to develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work
  • continues to provide a range of activities which develop the four capacities
  • supports them to achieve a positive and sustained destination.

The senior phase, which takes place from S4 to S6 in schools and includes ages 16 to 18 out of school, is the phase when the young person will build up a portfolio of qualifications. It is the stage of education at which the relationship between the curriculum and National Qualifications becomes of key significance.

Mirren Park School provides a range of opportunities to meet the needs of all learners, whether aspiring to achieve at SCQF level 1 or at SCQF level 7. We are an SQA and City & Guilds Approved Centre and can support young people in achieving National 5 and Higher awards across the curriculum. We offer a range of Vocational Subjects in our purpose-built centre in Paisley with focus on Construction Skills, Automotive and Bicycle Mechanics and DIY Skills. We work closely with partner organisations such as Young Enterprise Scotland for Landscaping and Rural Skills, St. Mirren Football Club for Sports and Recreation and Diane Mitchell School of Music / Brick Lane Studios for Music and Sound Production.

The curriculum in the senior phase comprises more than programmes which lead to qualifications. There is a continuing emphasis, for example, on health and wellbeing appropriate to this phase, including physical activity and opportunities for personal achievement, service to others and practical experience of the world of work. We work with a wide range of organisations in securing volunteering and work experience opportunities; such organisations include Young Enterprise Scotland, Developing the Young Workforce, Skills Development Scotland, West College Scotland, Engage Renfrewshire and Invest in Renfrewshire to name but a few.