Mrs Leonie da Costa, Principal Teacher
Mr Mark Abenheimer, Principal Teacher
The Guidance teachers support all pupils within Grantown Grammar School with all aspects of their school work, further education, career options and their health and wellbeing. You are welcome to come and find them in the Guidance Department or catch them around the school if you want to talk about anything.
Below are some links to organisations that also help and support Pupil’s wellbeing.
SAMH is Scotland’s National Mental Health Charity and they have released some information and guidance on how to support parents and their child/ren through what might be an anxious time. Please click the link for further information.
Prevent Suicide is an app aimed at users in the Highland region of Scotland. This app provides helpful information for those affected in any way by suicide. It provides extensive contact details for services across the Highland area, as well as allowing users to create their own safety plan.
Session on Demand is where you can book your own counselling session with a trained counsellor that visits the school. This easy to complete form only goes to the Guidance team and they arrange a suitable time for you to meet either online or face to face.
Breathing Space – 0800 83 85 87
Childline – 0800 1111 (available 24 hours)
The Mix – 0808 808 4994 (16.00 – 23.00 daily)
Mikey’s line – 07779 303 303
Samaritans – 116 123
NHS 24 – 111
All free to call.
Search in the app store for teen well-being or mindfulness aplications, such as:
SAM: Self help for anxiety management
Prevent Suicide Highland
and if you like computer games you could try out http://www.superbetter.com
Exam Preparation and Support
If you have exams this year, the following links may be useful for your preparation and provide support.
What to do while you are on the CAMHS waiting list?
If you are waiting for support from CAMHS you may find the following link to be useful: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/where-to-look-for-support-while-youre-on-the-camhs-waiting-list/
Mental Health Booklets
Attached are some booklets that come from the Mental Health Foundation that pupils and parents may find useful:
Sexual Health and Relationship Education
Below is a link to the resources that Grantown Grammar uses to teach about Sexual Health
CHIP+ Parents Resource Pack – 2019
If you are a parent or carer of a young person who has an additional support need then CHIP+ have produced a parent’s resource pack which contains some vital information and contacts. This may aid you in supporting your child.
Useful website to help students find employment opportunities in the Highlands
Jobs in the Highlands
My World of Work is Scotland’s careers information and advice web service.
At school and right through to retirement, ‘My World of Work’ helps you with up-to-date information, advice and tools when you need it most:
- Subject choices – understand your strengths and make better choices about your subject choices and future career
- Leaving school – find a career that interests you and understand the skills you need to get the job you want
- Exam results – straight into a job or onto further learning? Whatever your grades find help in planning your next steps
- Preparing for a job – discover Scotland’s industries, search for jobs, build your CV and practice for interviews
- Modern Apprenticeships – why not earn as you learn? Find out what apprenticeships are available in Scotland and how they work
Get the help you need for the career you want.
My World of Work is delivered by Skills Development Scotland, the national skills body which supports the people and businesses of Scotland.
This is an online resource containing what’s out there for young people leaving school in the Highlands.
See the Noticeboard for:
« +16 Opportunities
« Volunteering and Work Experience for young people aged 16-30 throughout Highland
« Calendar of events
Inverness College has provided us with information about the BKSB (Basic and Key Skill Builder) assessment tool that is used as part of the application process to assess the levels of skill in English and Maths in students.
There is a link on the hi-hope website to a YouTube clip and a free trial of BKSB to help support less-confident pupils prepare for the College interview process. Click here for link.