The Pupil Residence
In addition to accommodating the students of the Music School, during the school week the Plockton High School Residence provides accommodation for those pupils of the High School who live too far away to travel on a daily basis. These are mainly pupils from Applecross, Arnisdale and other outlying districts.
The residence can accommodate up to 48 pupils – 24 girls and 24 boys in separate accommodation blocks. Pupils share recreational facilities and common rooms.
Pupils stay in the residence for 4 nights per week and travel home on a Friday, when school closes at 1:25 p.m. Students in the Music School will usually return to Plockton on Sunday afternoon or evening. The Residence is closed every weekend apart from the 13 Music Weekends, which are spread throughout the year. A calendar of open weekends and key events is issued during the Induction Week in June.
Several options are available for the closed weekends. Obviously, pupils can go home if they wish, but the feasibility of this depends on how far away home is. Long journeys on a weekend are very tiring, and it can be difficult to organise public transport to make a long journey after school finishes on the Friday, and to get back to Plockton for the Sunday.
It is quite common for our students to stay in the Plockton area on the closed weekends, often at the bunkhouse at Nessun Dorma, local B&Bs or hotels, or friends’ houses, and another common solution is for parents and other family to visit pupils here.
Students in the Residence will come into contact with several staff teams:
1) Residence manager: Mrs Shona McGuiness
2) Residence ‘Houseparents’: Christine, Jean, Gus, Lynne and Mike.
3) Cooks and kitchen assistants: Stevie and Mary.
4) Cleaning assistants: Joan and Jean.
We aim to make the residence as akin to home as possible and operate an open-door policy whereby parents and family are welcome at any time, and to work as a team to promote residence life as a caring and rewarding experience for everyone.