Additional Support for Learning

Additional Support for Learning Department

 Teaching Staff
Alan Millar – Principal Teacher 
Julie Brown 
Jacqui Cunningham 
Ibby Oshinowo
Mandy Phillipson
Lee Clark 

Pupil Support Assistants
Julie Barbour
Susan Bedford
Alan Payne
Linda Templeton
Janis Doyle

Jamie Marsh
Eunice Ferguson
Sally Adam

We currently have vacancies for 3 Pupil Support Assistant posts – 27.5 hours, 18.75 hours and 14.5 hours per week.  Information on how to apply for these posts can be found on the Aberdeenshire Council website.

Pupil Support Worker
Mrs Shirley Smith

English as an Additional Language
Mrs Silvia Fiddes (currently on maternity leave)

Additional Support for Learning Department

The Additional Support for Learners Department at Kemnay Academy, together with our cluster primary schools, aims to meet the full range of needs that individual learners may have.

We support pupils in a secure, caring environment, providing a meaningful educational experience, striving to meet the needs of all learners in line with the Curriculum for Excellence.

We work in partnership with pupils, parents/carers, Senior Management, Guidance Staff, subject teachers and outside agencies to enable pupils to experience success in a positive, inclusive climate.

We operate an ‘open-door’ policy and parents/carers are welcome to contact the department at any time.

ASFL Staff provide support in various ways, these include (but are not limited to)

  • In-class support
  • Small class teaching
  • One-to-one work
  • Support for pupils who may have English as an additional language.
  • Alternative Curriculum opportunities (e.g. Princes Trust Achieve programme)
  • Supporting children with gaps in their learning (arising eg from long term sick, bereavement, travellers)
  • Break time and Lunch club
  • Support at times of transition (e.g. between Primary & Secondary)
  • Social and Emotional support
  • Behavioural support
  • Dyslexia and Dyscalculia screening
  • SQA Additional Arrangements & Digital Exam Papers
  • Contribution to staff development

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Alan Millar and Mandy Phillipson passed the Texthelp Certified Trainer Read&Write Gold assessment early  in 2016 and are now certified trainers.

Useful Websites

Autism (National Autistic Society)

(Helpline : 0845 070 4004)

NAS Aberdeen – email or tel : 01224 576821


Children and Adults with ADHD/ADD

Downs Syndrome



(Helpline : 01462 454985 or email

Cererbral Palsy


(Helpline : 0844 800 84 84 or email (technological products info)

(Tel : 1786 446650).  Meets every second Wednesday in the month, 7.30 pm AberdeenGrammar School.  A support group for adult dyslexics to exchange experiences and information in an informal relaxed friendly atmosphere.


Other useful websites

National Association of Able Pupils website

(A site for young people with Additional Support Needs

(Supporting bereaved children and their families

(free personal organiser programme)

(for speech, language and communication difficulties

(Information regarding bullying and what you can do)

(Scottish Association of Mental Health – information regarding recovery, impacts and mental health)

(Stonewall Scotland – information regarding lesbian, gay, transgender equality)

(LGBT Youth Scotland – supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people)

tel : 0800 028 2233

Free and confidential telephone helpline for anyone caring for a child in Scotland.

tel : 0800 83 85 87

Free and confidential phone line service for any individual experiencing low mood or depression or who is unusually worried and in need of someone to talk to.

tel 08457 90 90 90

email :

Samaritans provide confidential and non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day for people experiencing feeling of distress or despair.

CHILDLINE – Tel : 0800 1111

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