Category Archives: Parent Information

Communication

Whilst we aim to make sure all our young people feel safe and supported in school we are aware that sometimes things can go wrong. We encourage students and parents to raise concerns as quickly as possible so that we can try to resolve any issues before they have the chance to impact on a young person’s progress.

Within school there is a KAB (Keith Against Bullying) postbox that bullying concerns can be posted in. Alternatively, these concerns can be texted to the KAB line, number available on posters throughout the school. If you or a friend are experiencing bullying or intimidation let us know as soon as possible. During our recent Inspection Visit students told the Inspectors that our anti-bullying programme was working in reducing bullying and that they were confident that any concerns were being dealt with appropriately.

For any other concerns we would hope that students feel able to approach their Teacher, Guidance Teacher, Year Head or any member of the Senior Leadership Team. If this is not possible then we would ask that parents contact the school to highlight the concern either by phone or email.

It is much better to speak to us than to vent on Social Media. If we are not aware of an issue we will not be able to help your child.

As a school we aim to Get it Right for Every Child and I would hope that those parents who have contacted the school would agree with that. We realise we are not always correct, teachers are human too remember, but as parents ourselves we also realise that you don’t always get the full story from your child. It is therefore preferable to get in touch early and establish a full picture.

Scholar Online Support materials

Scholar is an online resource produced by Herriot Watt University to support the following qualifications.

  • National 5 – English, ESOL, French, Gaelic, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Mathematics.
  • Higher: Accounting, Art and Design (Textile option only) Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Computing Science, Economics, English, ESOL, French, Gaelic, German, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and Spanish.
  • Advanced Higher: Accounting, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Computing Science, Economics, English, French, German, Mathematics, Physics, and Spanish.

For more information please click on the link.

To access the system please follow this link http://scholar.hw.ac.uk/

Named Person Service – Holiday Period

The Named Person Service must be made available to all children from birth to 18 years of age.  During the holiday period the Named Person Service will be covered by the Local Authority centrally.   The Duty Named Persons can be contacted through the general enquiries line on 01343 563374 or via the generic e-mail address educationandsocialcare@moray.gov.uk.  

As always if the Named Person is not available and there is a concern for a child, a call must be made to Duty Social Work on 01343 563900 (08457 565 656 out of office hours) and/or the Police on 101.

In the event of adverse weather…

In the event of the school having to close early buses will be called and pupils sent home.  In the event of buses not being able to run those with emergency addresses in Keith will be sent to these.

All pupils who live outside the town should supply the school with an emergency address in town or an address on the bus route if they live off the road.

In the event of weather being adverse in the morning the school emergency number will be updated at 7a.m. Moray Firth Radio will also be informed.

Details of school closures will also be posted on the Moray Council website www.moray.gov.uk School Closures page.

The School Snow Information Line Number is:

Tel. 0870 054 9999 (Pin Code: 031040)
(Calls to this number will be charged a 2p per minute service charge plus your call providers access charge.)

Press 1 – to hear severe weather information
Press 2 – to hear a non-urgent message
Press 3 – to hear general school information
Press 4 – to enter a different school PIN number
Press ~ – to end call

National Parent Forum for Scotland (NPFS) – Career Education “in a nutshell”

The National Parent Forum of Scotland has been working with Skills Development Scotland as part of the programme of work underway in Developing the Young Workforce. They are pleased to have produced some tailored information for parents, as part of their successful “in a nutshell” series, which covers the new Careers Education Standard launched at SLF 2015.

This new nutshell will supply parents with basic information about the initial role of this programme in schools and signpost them to where they can get some more information if they need it. This nutshell has been produced in hard copy with one for each child in primary, secondary and ASN schools and deliveries will start w/c 11-1-16. This will reach parents through “pupil post” but also, the link below will lead directly to the “nutshell”.

The link to the nutshell on the NPFS website is  http://www.npfs.org.uk/career-education-a-world-of-possibilities/