Pitlochry High School

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Support For Pupils

Pupil Support Team

Miss Janice McDonald (Depute Pupil Support)

Mrs Gayle Rae (PT Pupil Support)

Mrs Kathryn McCubbin (Teacher Pupil Support)

Mrs Fiona McPherson (Pupil Support Assistant)

Miss McDonald, Depute Headteacher, leads the Support for Pupils Team and is directly responsible to the Head Teacher for the wellbeing of all pupils. The School’s policy is to support the education of all pupils and to promote the maximum degree of independence in learning, personal management and social activity of which the individual child is capable. In Pitlochry High School we acknowledge that any child may require support in order to overcome barriers to their learning, temporary or otherwise and that the underlying principle of support is a reflection of the Getting It Right for Every Child model. A wide range of factors can lead to this but broadly speaking they fall within four interlinked themes: 

  • learning environment;
  • family circumstances;
  • disability or health needs;
  • social and emotional factors.

 It is an essential aspect of school life that all teachers are prepared to give help and advice to pupils. Pupils are always encouraged to speak to any member of staff if they have a problem. All pupils are supported through our Tutor Group system (based on the Houses Atholl, Cluniemore and Faskally). This system is vertical and tutor groups are approximately 15 in size with a mix of S1-S4 pupils. Universal support for all children starts here.

 The Support for Pupils PT team (PT Mrs G Rae) takes main responsibility for an overview of the educational, personal and social development of the pupils. In order to do so the team liaises with parents, their school colleagues (including the Community Link Worker) and a range of partner agencies. Discussions take place weekly at the Support for Pupils meetings and at the 6 weekly multi agency Integrated Team Meeting. Every secondary school in Perth and Kinross is part of a locality based integrated team. This team is a multi-agency group with core members being school reps, Educational Psychologist, School Health Nurse, Health Visitor, Community Police and Community Learning and Development reps. The responsibility of the group is to identify, plan and access additional support for our pupils and their families when what is currently available in school has been exhausted. This is also where ‘Additional Support Needs’ cases are discussed.

Should you have any concerns regarding your child’s progress at school and worry that they are facing barriers to their learning please contact the school and ask to speak to the Principal Teacher of Support. Teachers of pupil support are also available at any parents’ evening and operate on a “drop-in” basis should you wish to speak to specialist staff regarding concerns.