The modern comprehensive school has a much more complex structure than the schools attended by most parents. To assist pupils to gain the maximum benefit from their school experience we seek to support them in a variety of ways.
• To ensure that pupils are aware of the various curricular choices they have to make.
• To assist and advise pupils in selecting courses.
• To monitor their progress and advise if they experience difficulty.
• To know the strengths and weaknesses of each individual pupil.
• To make pupils aware of some aspects of adult life by contributing to a social and moral education programme.
• To help pupils address personal problems.
• To make pupils aware of the range of career opportunities available.
• To guide pupils towards sources of information about careers.
• To help pupils make a realistic assessment of their abilities and of suitable careers.
• To assist pupils, once a career has been chosen, to follow the most suitable path towards that goal.
• To support all pupils with their learning.
• To identify individual learning needs and devise strategies to overcome any short- or long-term barriers to learning.
Campbeltown Grammar School has a Pupil Support structure which is managed by four Principal Teachers under the direction of the Depute Head Teacher (Pupil Support). Each pupil, on joining the school, is placed in one of the four school houses under the charge of a Principal Teacher of Pupil Support, who remains responsible for them throughout their schooling. All members of the same family would normally be placed under the same PT Pupil Support so that the parent has one point of contact with the system. These teachers are the main link between home and school.
Pupil Support staff are:
Depute Head Teacher Pupil Support Mrs K Fletcher
Principal Teachers Pupil Support
|Support for Learning||Mrs M Walker|
|Bengullion||Mrs L Millar|
|Kilbrannan||Ms A Murray (S1-S3)|
|Miss C McLean (S4-S5)|
|Knockscalbert||Mr J Farren|
Pupils should not hesitate to ask for advice or discuss a problem with their support teacher. Parents also are encouraged to consult with them. Indeed, it is essential that they do not delay in consulting them if a problem or concern arises. Early and frank discussion often brings about speedy resolution of problems, while delay may compound difficulties.
During their first year in the school, pupils will have the support of senior pupils to advise and guide them, drawing on their own experience as new pupils. For the purpose of this “Peer Support” system, first year pupils are linked to sixth year pupils in groups of about six to eight. They have the opportunity to meet with the senior pupils regularly at Social Education periods, but they can also seek out the senior pupil at other times for informal advice or support. The senior pupils are given special training in the best ways of helping the younger pupils and will always be able to call on a member of the Pupil Support staff if a particularly serious or difficult issue is raised.