Delivering appropriate provision for pupils with additional learning needs is central to the national commitment to inclusion and is underpinned by legislation. West Lothian Council believes that all children and young people are entitled to learn together. This will help develop a culture of acceptance within which all children have a presumptive entitlement to mainstream education and services provided to facilitate this goal.

Focus on Inclusion is designed to help schools in partnership with parents/carers, pupils and partner agencies to evaluate effectiveness of provision in improving educational outcomes and opportunities for pupils with additional learning needs. See West Lothian Council’s policy for more details.

If you feel that your child needs additional support, information and advice is available from your school in the first instance. Mr D Urquhart is the Deputy Head Teacher responsible for student support and House Heads can assist you too.

Enquire is the Scottish Advice Service for Additional Support for Learning. Operated by Children in Scotland, Enquire offers independent, confidential advice and information on additional support for learning through:

  • a telephone helpline – 0845 123 2303
  • an email enquiry service – info@enquire.org.uk
  • an online enquiry service
  • two websites – www.enquire.org.uk (for parents/carers and practitioners) and www.enquire.org.uk/yp (for children and young people)
  • Enquire also provide a range of clear and easy-to-read guides and factsheets explaining everything from ‘additional support in the early years’ to ‘what planning should take place for moving on from school’

The Parents’ Guide to Additional Support for Learning is now available to download.

The school also has provisions for pupils with autism and further information on this resource can be obtained from Mrs Alison Lindsay, Head of Support for Learning.

We recognise that some of our students or their parents may have individual needs and we are happy to work with them to ensure that they have full access to our services. The following is an indication of some of things we can do to help:

Translations of documents

Information is available in Braille, tape, large print and community languages. Please contact the interprepation and translation service on 01506 775000.

Information for Customers with Special Requirements

Deaf Parents or Carers

Parents and carers can have help from a British Sign Language interpreter at meetings and events. Contact can be made on 01506 418125 (Voice or Text) or e-mail wlthejamesyoung-hs@westlothian.org.uk

Support Assistants

Some of our students require extra help in the classroom or with moving around the school. Support assistants are available to help pupils with identified needs. Further information on the help available can be obtained from the In School Support Department.

Appointment Times

We have a flexible approach to appointment times which can be offered outwith the normal school day. Office staff will be happy to assist you in arranging an appointment with school staff.

Parents’ Consultation Evenings

Alternative arrangements can be put in place to enable parents to attend.

One to One Meetings

We offer one to one meetings to discuss appropriate support strategies.

Transition Arrangements

We make contact with students with individual needs before they transfer from primary school to ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place.

Pupil Support Team

The Pupils Support Team based in the school is able to offer support to students who may be experiencing difficulties in their family life which can affect their performance at school, for example, bereavement. The pupil support team can be contacted by email, telephone or through this website.

Mr D Urquhart, Deputy Head Teacher (Student Support) would be happy to provide further advice and guidance on how we can support students and their families with individual needs.