Every Teacher in the school has a responsibility for the physical, social, emotional and educational development of pupils. In this respect, they have a role to play in the school’s Pupil Support system. They work closely with the specially appointed Pupil Support Teachers who hold promoted posts in this area.
The main aim of the Pupil Support system is to ensure that the progress and welfare of pupils are carefully monitored during their time in Our Lady’s High School. There are five Principal Teachers of Pupil Support, one for each house. Pupil Support Teachers have a continuing responsibility for pupils throughout their school career. One of the advantages of this is that staff come to know pupils well and are in a better position to advise them when it comes to stages in their school careers.
Pupil Support staff rely very much on close contact with, and the cooperation of, parents. Parents seeking advice about any aspect of their child’s behaviour or progress in the school are encouraged, therefore, to contact the Pupil Support Teacher concerned to arrange an appointment. This can be done by telephone. Parents are requested to give Pupil Support staff a few days notice in order to allow them time to collate any necessary information from other Teachers. Where appropriate, Pupil Support staff will ask parents to come into the school for a talk about some aspect of pupil progress or behaviour which is causing the school some concern. The cooperation of parents at such times is invaluable. Pupil Support staff are present at all parents’ consultation evenings.
In addition to maintaining links with parents as often as possible, Pupil Support staff are also responsible for liaison with outside agencies which can be of great assistance in their work. These include the School Psychological Service, School Youth Counselling, the Social Work Department, the Careers Service and the Local Attendance Council who deal with persistent non-attenders, and the Police.
Responsibilities of Pupil Support Staff
All the staff involved carry responsibility for pupils within a particular house. They are assisted by teachers of Personal Support. The allocation of houses are as follows:
|Responsibilities of Pupil Support Staff Teacher||House||Remit|
|Mr. G Maxwell||St. John Ogilvie||S4 Personal Support, Pupil Voice|
|Miss D Ruddy||St. Columba||S2 Personal Support, Work Experience, Personal Development|
|Ms. S Kerr||St. Margaret||S5 Personal Support, Careers, UCAS|
|Mrs. P Murray||St. Thenew||S1 Personal Support, Buddy Scheme, Tracking Wider Achievement|
|Ms. H Byrne||St. Mungo||S3 Personal Support, EMA|