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2. What is the best age to come?


In theory you can come to the music school at the start of any academic year. We have, however, found that some entry points are better – or more popular – than others.

Because this is a residential project, and very often people are coming a long way from home, we tend to get more applications from the higher end, i.e. S5 and S6, because that’s when people feel they are ready to move. It is not impossible for students to come into S1, but unusual. Most students – unless they would be going to a Residence anyway – feel that they are not ready to leave home at this point. We have only ever had two people start in S1, and neither of them has finished their schooling here.

Entry to do S6 alone is common, and welcome, but so far every single person (and there have been many) who has done that has wished they had come a year earlier to allow them time to settle in to the lifestyle.

Our preferred entry points are S3 and S5. Entry into S3 is a clean break academically, as people would be choosing their subjects anyway, and many people feel ready to cope with the big move. S5 is also an academic break point, and it has the further advantage of giving you two years here instead of one.

Entry into S4 is not normally accepted as people are halfway through Standard Grade courses which may be handled differently at Plockton than at the youngster’s present school. A change of school at this stage would lead to considerable disruption of a pupil’s studies.

If you are currently at a school that has a different pattern of SQA examinations – eg if you are doing National Courses (Intermediate 1 / 2) in S3 and or S4 – please feel free to contact the Director to discuss your particular situation.

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