All-through schools in action

24th May 2013 at 01:00

I read with interest the views of the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association on so-called "all-through schools" ("Secondary staff urge caution over all-through schools").

I agree with Catherine Nicol's implied assertion that the creation of all-through schools should not be driven solely by financial considerations. However, I was mystified that she went on to criticise the concept on the basis that younger children would be more vulnerable to bullying and exposure to "teenage issues".

In Orkney, we have three 3-16 schools, known as junior high schools, and these also exist in other parts of the Highlands and Islands. Yes, they make economic sense. Yes, they may mean one or two fewer jobs. But I would invite Ms Nicol to visit some of these vibrant, inclusive, high-attaining schools and see how nurturing they are for younger children before she writes them all off.

Leslie Manson, executive director of education, leisure and housing, Orkney Islands Council.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today