Our School

Senior School

Our engaging curriculum is coherent, relevant and inclusive
Our School

Senior School

Our engaging curriculum is coherent, relevant and inclusive

‘Whole of life’ preparation requires great experiences and a Scotch College Senior School education does just that.

We know we are preparing students for a disrupted world and that their success as individuals and global citizens will be based on their willingness to engage with the world beyond school. Our graduates not only develop the skills and values that will enable them to be world class scholars but also joie de vivre which will carry them through the next stages of their wonderful lives.

A love for independent learning is fostered through the time and guidance offered by our Mentors as part of the House system, and specialist support staff including careers counsellors, psychologists and curriculum leaders.

Throughout the Senior School journey there is a strong partnership between home and school, as together we enable students to realise their potential. Our focus on the whole person has unique, tried and tested approaches to adolescent growth and development.

The Senior School Journey

In Year 10, students commence their three-year journey towards their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) accreditation. The College’s Personal Learning Program which comprises “real world” work experience and community service, personal development, learning styles and study skills promotes student understanding of life beyond school.

The seeds of intrinsic motivation are nurtured as students gain independence and are given the trust and respect to take responsibility for their learning.

All students in the Senior School have the opportunity to participate in our Plus One acceleration program. Scotch students hungry for extension and opportunity in their studies will find this program meets their needs. This extension enables students to gain insight into the language and structure of SACE courses and also provides study flexibility in Years 11 and 12.

In Year 11 students have extensive subject choices as they start to make selections for their pathways either to University, TAFE or the workforce. Formal examinations are held at the end of each semester in preparation for Year 12.

The demands of Year 11 are well understood by staff and it is at this year level that our students hone their executive functioning skills in particular communication, planning and prioritisation, organisation, memory, self-monitoring and analytical and creative thinking.

Year 12 students take further responsibility for their learning with scheduled study periods. Many students opt to take an additional subject to keep their options broad.

Using a strength based approach, we encourage students to challenge themselves in their studies and to pursue their areas of interest and our Careers team work closely with the graduating class as they prepare for the next step. We are aware that one of our key responsibilities is to create a successful transition from schooling into the next phase of their life and beyond.

A love of learning is only possible if emphasis is given to the importance of the journey and students can see beyond the end result. Scotchies graduate not only proud of who they are but also knowing they have the keys to future success in their possession.


We believe that it is only when we are at our best, that we can help others to be theirs. Wellbeing is integral to our offering. It is an approach and an attitude that is embedded in the interactions in the classroom, the way students and staff greet each other in the yard and the opportunities for development provided throughout our co-curricular programs. Our vision is to develop connected and engaged learners with the knowledge, passion and commitment to enhance their own and others’ lives.

Service & Leadership Programs

Through a comprehensive program across the three years of Senior School all students gain and improve their skills enabling them to develop responsibility to self, their school and the wider community. Using an ethical framework based on the values of respect, integrity and compassion our golden thread in the Senior Years is to leave school knowing you can make a positive and sustainable impact in your community.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education is an integral component of the Scotch College curriculum, offering students the opportunity to enjoy Australia’s unique outdoor life, while nurturing respect for the environment and enhancing key life skills.

The program also has a strong focus on sustainability and respect for the environment and being familiar with te traditional land owners in the area.

Goose Island is a unique experience for all Year 10 students with each class spending 5 days on the island. The Goose Island Conservation Park lies to the north of Wardang Island in Spencer Gulf, 13km from Port Victoria.

An Extraordinary Education

Scotch College endeavours to teach, guide and encourage students to become vibrant scholars who are able to learn independently, respect the rights of others and who are willing to serve the community and be passionate about life. The education opportunities at Scotch help students to excel by giving them the tools to explore their inner strengths, strive for their goals and achieve their best. The College has an excellent reputation for academic results and, more importantly, developing students as fine young people ready for future challenges.

As your child’s schooling concludes they will leave knowing they are able to meaningfully contribute to society and inspire others with the goal of making our world a better place. Here your child will be known, nurtured and encouraged to not just settle for the ordinary… they will learn to be extraordinary!

Head of Senior School
Tony Ritson


08 8274 4216