The curriculum at Inverness Royal Academy will provide the structure and support in learning which will develop the four capacities which are: Confident Individuals, Effective Contributors, Responsible Citizens and Successful Learners.


The curriculum areas are the organisers for setting out the experiences and outcomes.  In drawing up the experiences and outcomes, learning in each curriculum area has been reviewed and updated to emphasise the contributions it can make to developing the four capacities.

The curriculum areas are:

  • Expressive arts
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Religious and moral education
  • Sciences
  • Social studies
  • Technologies

Curriculum areas are not just for timetabling and we have the freedom to think imaginatively about how the experiences and outcomes might be organised and planned for in creative ways which encourage deep, sustained learning and which meet the needs of our children.  Subjects are an essential feature of our curriculum, providing an important and familiar structure for knowledge, enabling subject teachers to inspire, stretch and motivate pupils.


In S1/S2 all pupils follow a broad general education (BGE). Pupils continue into S3 with a broad general education which includes opportunities for personalisation and choice.  As S3 pupils move into the senior phase and onto national qualifications it will be necessary, to allow sufficient hours of study, to reduce the number of subjects studied from the 8 studied in S3.


At the end of S3, pupils will progress to a course leading onto a qualification at National 3, National 4 or National 5 level.

At the end of S4 pupils could choose from the following progression routes:

  • A pupil achieving National 3 may progress to National 4
  • A pupil achieving National 4 may progress to National 5
  • A pupil achieving National 5 may progress to Higher


  • Challenge and enjoyment
  • Breadth
  • Progression
  • Depth
  • Personalisation and choice
  • Coherence
  • Relevance

The Pupil Support Team and specialist subject staff will do their best to help you and your child to make the choices best suited to the abilities, interests and the future plans of your child.







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