Pupil Support – Guidance



COVID-19 Help & Resources


UPDATE: 02/04/2020

SAAS Applications NOW OPEN!
Please go to saas.gov.uk to apply online. This is for pupils who have applied for HNC/HND/degree courses to ensure funding/loans to be in place for starting their course in September 2020. You have until mid June to apply.  Please do not be late as you will then have to pay the money first and then look to get it reimbursed.  If you have any questions, please contact your Guidance Teacher.

UPDATE: 01/04/2020

FAO S4 and S5  – Course Choice

Please keep checking your Glow emails as Mr Wright is working on your subject choices.

UPDATE: 31/03/2020

CAMHS Resources
Excellent source of information and support – websites, apps, videos and downloads. For parents, pupils and professionals.
Click here – CAMHS Resources

Educational Psychology Service

UPDATE: 30/03/2020

The YoungMinds website have produced a guide on ‘How to support your child if they are feeling anxious about coronavirus’.  Please find the link here – YoungMinds.

UPDATE: 28/03/2020

Please find below some information from NESCOL.

We are still accepting and processing applications for all our full time and part time courses!  Pupils interested in our full time offer should access our website for further information and details on how to apply www.nescol.ac.uk.  If pupils and/or parents or guardians are seeking help and advice about full time study options, they can access information from staff in our Student Advice Centre  studentsadvice@nescol.ac.uk.

For pupils  who  have  already  applied  to  one  of  our  full  time  courses  and  have  not heard from us yet –please be assured that we are on it!   College staff are able to process applications remotely and applicants will get details on what happens next very soon.  Face to face interviews will not take place.  If an interview is essential, these will be completed online or by telephone.

For Full Time Exceptional Entry applicants, to avoid undue delay, applications are being processed without the customary consent forms being  submitted  at  this moment in time.  Relevant forms will be completed at a later date.  As  a  result  of  the  exam  diet  being  cancelled,  where  pupils  have  received  a conditional offer based on the achievement of Highers/National 5s or similar, we will be accepting any close equivalents.

UPDATE: 26/03/2020

Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

For those pupils in receipt of an EMA, please be assured that you will still continue to receive this for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school session.

UPDATE: 25/03/2020

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

If you’re under 18 in Grampian and want to improve your mental health, or are a parent and want to support your child or teen even better, this podcast could be for you!

Pl​​ease note that this podcast is NOT a substitute for face-to-face medical advice. If you feel that you need professional help, please call your GP or contact NHS 24.

You can listen to the podcasts at anchor.fm/camhs-g or click the image above.

UPDATE: 20/03/2020

To access support during our school closure, parents and pupils can contact the school through the Contact Us link on the school website.

If you have any Child Protection concerns, please contact your local Social Work Department.  Please find information regarding this at the following links:



Please also find links below where you can access information and support:

www.theinsandouts.co.uk Sexual health
https://www.sexwise.fpa.org.uk Relationship and sex education
https://www.lgbthealth.org.uk Promoting LGBT wellbeing in Scotland
https://www.stonewallscotland.org.uk LGBT information and advice
www.eric.org.uk Bowel and bladder charity
www.b-eat.co.uk Eating disorders
www.crew.scot Drugs information and advice
https://www.talktofrank.com Honest information about drugs
www.samaritans.org Someone to talk to –
call 116 123 for free
www.samh.org.uk Mental health support
www.mind.org.uk Mental health support
breathingspace.scot Open up when you’re feeling down
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/support Various support information for young people

Guidance Department Staff

The school has a house system which is made up of four houses: Bennachie, Caskieben, Don and Tuach.  Each house has an allocated Principal Teacher of Guidance (PTG) and is linked to  a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

PTG: Ms Deborah Donaldson deborah.donaldson@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
SLT: Mr Ian Wright

PTGs:  Mrs Fiona Allan – Tues – Thur
Miss Gayle Cameron – Mon and Fri
Mrs Kerry Robertson – Mon – Fri
SLT: Miss Katie Arthur

PTG: Ms Gill Murray-Smith
SLT: Mrs Lizbeth Paul

PTG: Mrs Jenny Hepburn
SLT: Mrs Allison Rankin

About our courses: 

Our courses are designed to inform, stimulate and nurture pupils to enable them to make informed life choices.

The Guidance Department has produced Personal and Social Education (PSE) programmes which match the experiences and outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence.

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