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42 . Glasgow Business September/October 2013


GOLD STAR


Independent schools are helping prepare students for the world of work


W


hen it comes to education excellence, Scotland’s


independent schools are leading the way. Tis year, they recorded an overall pass rate of 93 per cent for pupils receiving a C or above at Higher, with 56 per cent of those passing with A grades. Tis compares to 77.5 per cent gaining a C or above at Higher for state schools over the same period. Te figures from the Scotish


Council for Independent Schools are similar to last year, when pupils at independent schools received their best grades since analysis of results began in 2007. However, it’s not just academic


achievement that independent schools excel at. Teir culture, which is focused on encouraging young people to be the best that they can, is also excellent preparation for the world of work. Today, while there are some


exemplary state schools in Glasgow and the west of Scotland, the independent sector promotes a different type of school environment, based on discipline, competition and aspiration, which aims to create well-rounded and confident students who are ready


for the world of work, if they do not wish to pursue further education. Educational atainment is


nurtured through smaller class sizes, where pupils can benefit from closer tutoring, and personal development is promoted by a wide range of extra-curricula activities. All schools have active career


services and good links with local businesses – oſten through parents and past alumni – and, in the fiſth year, young people will be encouraged to get work experience during the summer holidays. Aſter the sixth year, there are opportunities for ‘Te Year in Industry’ to gain valuable experience before going on to university.


One of the independent


schools that provides its students a wealth of extra-curricular activities to enable them to develop valuable business and life skills is Belmont House School in Newton Mearns. Principal Melvyn Shanks said:


“We recognise the importance of offering business activities to our students as it helps to heighten their business skills while also facilitating a robust CV suitable for further/higher education and onwards to the world of work.”


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