Pupil Support Faculty


Welcome to the Pupil Support section of the school website.  The team offer all pupils support with health and wellbeing, reviewing their learning, planning next steps, and planning for choices and changes. Pupils belong to a House; Bell, Kelvin and Watt. Families are usually kept together in the same House.

Faculty Vision

Linlithgow Academy adopts the key aspects in Curriculum for Excellence where learners receive sustained coherent and integrated support throughout the journey to achievement and attainment.

With Getting it Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) embedded at the heart of our approach, Linlithgow Academy works closely with our partners to ensure that learners benefit from the universal support throughout their learning journey, and it is the responsibility of all staff at Linlithgow Academy, aided by the Pupil Support Faculty, to ensure that all pupils are happy, safe and achieving their potential in school.

Overall, our aim is -

  • To ensure an appropriate and effective learning experience for all children
  • To provide high quality and effective support for children experiencing social, emotional, behavioural and/or learning difficulties, using staged intervention approaches and the assessment of wellbeing (SHANNARI wheel)
  • To work closely with our partners to ensure that the provision of support for children experiencing significant difficulties is met
  • To work in partnership with parents/carers to ensure all children achieve their full potential at Linlithgow Academy

What is Pupil Support?

The Pupil Support Team are involved with every aspect of each pupils' progress by

  • Monitoring attendance and timekeeping.
  • Supporting the health and wellbeing of pupils.
  • Monitoring academic progress in all subject areas.
  • Interviewing, advising and supporting pupils throughout their school careers.
  • Meeting with Parents, Carers and Guardians to discuss progress.
  • Attending meetings with and reporting to specialist services on behalf of our pupils.
  • Providing careers advice and information for pupils. Liaising with staff from Skills Development Scotland to ensure that pupils receive the best opportunities for future career planning.
  • Advising on course choice options at key transition points.
  • Guiding our senior pupils through the process of applying to Universities and Colleges.
  • Providing references for UCAS, Colleges and prospective employers.
  • Delivering a planned PSHE programme to all pupils alongside curricular subject commitments.

House System

Our House System is as follows:

                                                                               Mrs A Rutherford- DHT Pupil Support


Bell House


Mrs A McLean

DHT Link


Mrs G Armstrong

PTC- Head of House


Mrs M Kerr

Pupil Support Teacher




Kelvin House


Mrs A Bulloch

DHT Link


Mrs D Mason

PTC- Head of House


Miss H Livingston

Pupil Support Teacher




Watt House


Mrs A Rutherford

DHT Link


Mr S Forrester

PTC-Head of House


Mrs M Armstrong &

Ms G Scott

Pupil Support Teachers





Additional Support for Learning


Miss S Dyer

PTC Inclusion


Mrs G Weir

ASL Link- Bell House


Mrs J Allison &

Mrs L Kennedy

ASL Link- Kelvin House


Mrs N Bethune

ASL Link- Watt House



Autism Resource


Mrs J Allison &

Mrs L Kennedy

PT (Acting)


Mrs N Bethune


AR Pupil Support Workers-

Ms H Chalmers

Mrs M Hoggan

Mrs J McDonald

Mrs S Wood





Mr S Brown

Pupil Support Manager


Pupil Support Workers-

Mrs E Hoggan

Mrs E McLauchlin

Mrs A Murray

Mrs S Robertson

Mrs L Stainsby

Mr R Wilson

Mrs E Harris

Mrs R McKenzie

Mrs M Galloway

Miss C McCallum

Miss C Edwards

Miss A Dobie

Mrs P Rayburn


Pupil Support Teacher

·         First point of contact - Curriculum

·         Monitoring & tracking - attainment, achievement, behaviour, progress

·        Social & Emotional Wellbeing

·        Overview of Attendance/Latecoming

·        Settling In

·        Links with other Agencies

·         Transition - course choice, careers

·         Personal & Social Education

Child Protection

"As children and young people, we have a right to be protected and be safe from harm from others" (Protecting Children and Young People: The Charter 2004). 

Every member of staff in our school has a duty of care to ensure all pupils are safe.  

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Articles 12 and 19, and the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 ensures children's welfare and rights are central, and makes it a duty for any adult having care and control of a child to act in a child's best interests.

All school staff are briefed on Child Protection protocol annually by Designated Child Protection Officers, based on Child Protection Guidelines which staff must follow if someone shares a concern or allegation with them or if they themselves have a concern over a young person's safety or welfare.

West Lothian Child Protection Committee Procedures Icon for pdf Child Protection Procedures [1.87MB]


Additional Support for Learning (ASL)


"Every child and young person is entitled to support to enable them to gain as much as possible from the opportunities which Curriculum for Excellence can provide." 

(Building the Curriculum 3)


In Linlithgow Academy, the ASL team provide an integrated and collaborative approach to meeting the needs of pupils through in-class support, individual and small group support and Study Skills classes. We liaise closely with all staff and external agencies involved with pupils and parents. 


ASL Staff may be involved in supporting pupils in the following ways:

·        ASL Referrals

·        Assessments/Assessment Support

·        In-class support

·        Primary Enhanced Transition

·        Literacy, Numeracy, EAL interventions

·        SQA Special Arrangements

·        IEPs

·        Faculty Link - Universal Support

·        Time out of class, agreed by GIRFEC Intervention Forum

·        Multi-agency support


Icon for powerpoint Supporting Mental Health [Erin - 2K2] [2.17MB]