way we are given choices about what we study is a much better use of our time, rather than wasting it studying something we have no interest in.
“Some of my friends are sitting their Highers in fourth year, rather than fifth year, because they have been given the time to focus on a subjects that they are good at and enjoy.”
Other areas, such as first aid, childcare, engineering, joinery, plumbing and construction can also be studied at Govan High.
Kieran Young, 13, has been studying Construction for a year.
He said: “Even if you aren’t the best at things such as reading and writing, courses like this let you see that you can do something with your life. I go to Glasgow Metropolitan College once a week and I really enjoy it.”
Although the programme may help some pupils figure out a career path before they leave school, Mr White explains that this is not its sole benefit.
He said: “Some pupils may learn how to weld and saw, but pupils will also learn skills such as hand-eye co-ordination from activities such as this, which will be of benefit to them whatever career they choose. It’s all about building up their skills, not simply choosing a career”
“The skills programme has become part and parcel of school life at Govan High School.”