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Contents                                               Page (s)
1. Perth & Kinross Forward                             3
2. Welcome to Fairview School                          4
3. School Information                                  5-6
4. Staff List                                          7
5. Vision, Values and Aims                             8
6. Admission to the School                             9
7. Organisation for the school day                     9
8. Pupil Dress Code                                    10
9. Insurance and personal property                     10
10 The Curriculum                                      11, 12, 13
11 Additional Support for Learning Act                 14
12 Assessment and Reporting                            14
13 Supporting Pupils                                   14,15,16
14 Home/School Communication                           16
15 School meals                                        17
16 Transport to and from school                        17
17 Woodlea residence                                   17
18 Partnerships                                        18
19 Arrangements for Emergency Closure                  19
20 Statistical Information                             20
21 School term and holiday dates 2009 – 2010 session   21
23 Part B – Perth & Kinross Council Information        22

Perth & Kinross Council Forward
In accordance with the Education (Scotland) act 1980 and the Education (School and Placing
Information) (Scotland Regulation 1982, Perth & Kinross Council Education and Children’s
Services provides the following three categories of information:-

1      School Information

The first half of this booklet contains information about the school. This is available from the
school for parents/carers at that school or for parents/carers who would like to consider the
school as a suitable placement for their child. In collaboration with parents/carers children and
young people are placed in Fairview School. This placement is reviewed on a regular basis to
ensure the best possible support for children and young people.

2      Basic Information

The second half of the booklet is intended primarily to give parents/carers brief details of the
Authority’s policy on a range of issues including meals, transport, school commencement

A complete copy of the basic information booklet is available form Education & Children’s
services, Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, PERTH, PH1 5GD (tel 01738 476200). This contains
the list of the Authority’s Schools.

3      Supplementary Information

This includes the specialised information which some parents may want for a variety of reasons
and which is available on request from Education & Children’s services. Such information
relating to a particular school is available at that school.

John Fyffe
Executive Director of Education & Children’s Services

Accuracy of Information
Whilst the information in this school handbook was accurate at the time of publication
(December 2008), further changes may have occurred since then.

Welcome to Fairview School
Fairview School is the Authority’s Additional Support needs School for children and young
people with severe and complex and enduring additional support needs. We cater for pupils
with severe social communication difficulties including those on the autistic spectrum. Children
and young people (aged 2-18) are placed in the school by the Authority in collaboration with

The school has been purpose built to provide excellent facilities for pupils and staff. It opened in
March 2008 and has already had a lot of visitors.

The purpose of this handbook is to give you a good introduction to the school. It outlines the
pupil profile used when deciding if this is the correct placement for a child/young person, the
aims of the school, and the curriculum provided. The school’s website will tell you more about
the school. If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school and
arrange a visit.

As a new school, we continue to work hard build our ethos and culture of mutual respect and
understanding within our own community and the wider school community which enables us to
provide appropriate and exciting learning experiences for the pupils who attend the school.

I look forward to welcoming you to the school.

Coral Bell
Head Teacher

School Information

Fairview School serves the whole of Perth & Kinross Council. It is an all through school for
children and pupils aged 2 – 18. There is a nursery class, primary department and secondary

Address                           Fairview School
                                  Oakbank Crescent
                                  PH1 1DF

Telephone Number                  01738 473050
FAX                               01738


Current Roll

Nursery Class              7
Primary Department         15
Secondary Department       35

Total roll                 57

Facilities and accommodation

Fairview School has excellent facilities. Underfloor heating throughout the school, rainwater
harvesting, sun pipes to provide additional natural light are some of the features of this modern
building. There is a nursery classroom with enclosed outdoor play area, a soft play room
sensory studio, four primary classrooms, art, music and lifeskills rooms, music therapy room,
large conservatory, seven secondary classrooms, medical room, Learning Resource Centre ,
therapy room, gym/hall and hot water pool. There is also a large staffroom with staff resource
area, meeting room, parents’ room, dining room and administration areas.

The school is set within large enclosed grounds which provide very good play/social time and
learning opportunities for pupils.


Currently there are 19 teachers, 25 Support for Learning Assistants, 1 Early Years Childhood
Practitioner and 1 Nursery Nurse. Not all staff work full time.
The senior management team is

Head Teacher                      Coral Bell

Depute Head Teachers              Lesley Wallace and Moira Marshall

In addition there are 2 clerical assistants, a catering team of 4 and 1 part time learning resource

There is 22.5 hours of school nursing support provided by NHS Tayside.

Pupils are also supported by Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and
Language Therapists.

Each class has a link member of the senior management team and this person should be the
first line of contact for parents/carers. However, any member of the senior management team is
available for parents/carers.

Visits for Prospective Parents
Parents/Carers are most welcome to visit the school at any time. Please contact the school to
make an appointment.

Staff List (2008 – 2009 session)
Senior Management Team                  Support for Learning Assistants
Mrs C Bell                              Sharon Bellman
Mrs L Wallace                           Yvonne Brolly
Mrs M Marshall                          Diane Bissett
                                        Roseanne Campbell
Nursery Class                           Ann Gilbert
Mrs H Miller                            Kathryn Linton
Mrs S Hood                              Sheila McAulay
                                        Lorna McDougall
Primary Department                      Susan McLeod
Mr S Farmer                             Sheila McNaughton
Mrs Y Hill                              Hazel Matheson
Mrs N Whyley                            Kate Melloy
                                        Madge Merson
Mrs B Cassidy (RCCT)                    Caroline Morton
                                        Carole Ness
Secondary Department                    Angela Porteous
Mrs L Adams                             Susan Proctor
Mr W Barrett                            Lesley Rennie
Mr N Hill                               Lynn Robb
Ms S Kerr                               Wendy Salter
Mrs W Mackay                            Hayley Seager
Mrs A Mitchell/Mrs K Smith              Anne Wallace
Mr C Shepherd                           Ann West
                                        Susan Winch
                                        Vacancy (1)
Specialist Subjects
Mrs Y Spearing     Art                  Early Childhood Practitioner
Ms D Halsey        Home Economics       Judith Moon
Mrs A Mitchell     Music
Mrs K Smith        Physical Education   Nursery Nurse
Mr S Goodacre      Music Therapy        Mary Robertson

Clerical Team                           School Janitor
Vacancy                                 Neil Cassie
Mrs L Fenton

Catering Team
Mrs A Tarbet
Ms S Reid
Mrs J Herd
Mrs W Collier

Learning Resource Centre
Mrs G Ballingall

School Nursing Service
Mrs G Morrison/ Mrs R Dale

Vision, Values and Aims
Within the national context of a Curriculum for Excellence we are committed to ensuring that the
children and pupils of the school become

       Successful Learners
       Confident Individuals
       Effective Contributors
       Responsible Citizens

The aims of the school enshrine the values of the importance of each individual in the school
and to enable all learners – pupils and staff – to achieve all they can.

We aim to

       Provide a bright, stimulating, warm, friendly and welcoming environment
       Work within an ethos which fosters shared values and mutual respect
       Ensure children, young people and adults are safe and protected
       Provide opportunities for high quality and enjoyable learning experiences
       Encourage open communication and partnerships amongst staff, pupils and parents
       Be an integral part of the wider community

In order to fulfil our aims we are committed to working in partnership with parents/carers, allied
health and other associated professionals, the wider school and local community. In addition,
we are involved in local and national developments which benefits the development and
wellbeing of the children and pupils in the school. Inherent in the school is the principle of equal
opportunities and we ensure pupils have access to the full range of educational experiences

We seek to involve all staff, parents/carers and pupils in the work and life of the school, decision
making processes and developments.

We work closely with officers of the Education & Children’s Services and other Council

The Service Manager for the School is Mrs W Wood who can be contacted at Pullar House.
Tel         01738 476367

House System

As part of recognising achievement and promoting positive behaviour, all pupils in the school
belong to a house. In order to make this relevant to the children and pupils, these are named

after colours – Racey Red, Brilliant Blue, Groovey Green and Yippy Yellow. Each child and
pupils can ‘earn’ points for their house in a variety of ways.

Admission to the School
Admissions to the school can take place at any time during the course of the school year. A
pupil profile has been developed for the school. In collaboration with parents/carers,
children/pupils are placed in the school through the Transition Panel procedures.

All children and young people will

       Have been identified as having severe, complex, multiple and enduring factors leading to
        a range of additional support needs.
       Have severe social communication difficulties including those on the autistic spectrum.
       Need a tailored curriculum not usually found in mainstream schools informed by a
        number of national curriculum frameworks from age 2-18
       Have their attainment achieved through an elaborated curriculum approach up to and
        including ASDAN and SQA Access 1
       Need planned input from multi-agency partners – health, social work and the voluntary
       Be placed in the school by the authority’s relevant transition panel

Education and Children’s Service
Pullar House
35 Kinnoull Street

Tel No: 01738 476200/476211

Parents and carers of prospective pupils are very welcome to visit the school by arrangement.
To make an appointment please ring the school office. A member of the Senior Management
Team will be pleased to welcome you and show you round.

Organisation of the School Day
The nursery class has two sessions each day:
Morning session – 9.00 – 11.30 am
Afternoon session – 12.30 – 3.30pm

The primary day is 9.00 – 3.00pm. Lunch is served at 12.00 noon

The secondary day is 9.00 – 3.30pm. The days is divided into 7 periods and lunch is served at

Pupil Dress Code

Consultation with parents/carers, pupils and staff indicated strong support for a pupil dress
code. As a result the following is suggested

Primary Department

Red sweatshirt – can be ordered through the school
White polo shirt
Navy/black trousers/tracksuit bottoms.

It is requested that tracksuit bottoms should be cotton.

Secondary Department

Navy sweatshirt – can be ordered through the school
White polo shirt
Navy/black trousers/tracksuit bottoms
Navy/Black skirt

It is requested that tracksuit bottoms should be cotton.

Details of clothing allowance can be obtained from the school or Education and Children’s
Services. See Section D

PE Kit – Dark coloured shorts/tracksuit bottoms and white T-shirt, trainers/indoor shoes. No
football strips are allowed. Account is taken of pupils’ individual needs when participating in n
physical activities.

Insurance and Personal Property

Perth and Kinross Council insures against its legal liability for (a) accidental personal injury or
(b) loss or damage to property of third parties. Parents/Carers are advised that no insurance
cover is maintained for circumstances in which the Council does not have legal liability.
Parents/Carers are advised to establish whether they are entitled to some compensation
through their own House or Contents Insurance.

The school cannot take responsibility for personal property.

     1. We would ask that all parts of the school dress code should be named.

   2. Valuable personal property such as electronic equipment should not be brought to
   3. During PE, personal valuables should not be left unattended in the changing rooms

The Curriculum

As outlined in the School Improvement Plan, we continue to develop the curriculum experiences
for children and pupils to ensure the best opportunities for learning for them. All of the work of
the school is informed by national and local guidance. The principles of a Curriculum for
Excellence underpin the curriculum experiences on offer in the school. All pupils will be given
the opportunity to participate in a broad, balanced and progressive curriculum.

In developing a curriculum for excellence children and pupils will have the opportunity to
participate in appropriate, relevant and exciting learning experiences. We work closely with our
therapist colleagues to provide relevant learning experiences for children and pupils

Multi-sensory approaches are a central part of the work of the school and children and pupils
are encouraged to be independent as possible in their learning and their personal and social

Children and pupils will develop their knowledge and skills in following curricular areas

language and communication and literacy
numeracy and mathematics
social studies
expressive arts
health and wellbeing
religious and moral education

In addition some children and pupils require support to develop their functional movement skills
and these are encompassed in their individualised learning plan.

Over the last few sessions we have been giving pupils the opportunity participate in range of
cross-curricular activities and these will be developed further over this session.

We are registered as a Rights Respecting School, will be working to achieve ECO awards and
Health Promoting School Status. All children and pupils will participate in these initiatives. All
children and pupils will undertake enterprise education activities.

Nursery Class

The curriculum of the nursery class is based within the Birth to Three and Three to Five
Curriculum guidelines. Over the course of the session pupils will participate in a number of
themes within which they will have the opportunity to enjoy and try new learning experiences
and develop their skills. Learning through play is very important and the indoor and outdoor
facilities of the school enable this.
Some children attend nursery sessions in mainstream nurseries as part of their experience or as
part of their transition to mainstream provision.

Primary Department

The curriculum of the primary department is set within the current 5-14 elaborated curriculum
guidelines. Over the course of a session all pupils will undertake a number of themes and will
develop their knowledge and skills through these themes. The themes bring together a number
of curricular experiences and enable pupils to gain confidence and success.

Some pupils link in with classes in Viewlands Primary School and schools in their local
community. This is organised on an individual basis and is an area of development for the

Community visits and outings play an important role in curriculum experiences.

Secondary Department

As pupils move from primary 7 into S1, their curriculum will continue to develop at an
appropriate level and pace and build on their achievements in the primary years. Those pupils
who join the school from a primary school other than Fairview will have had the opportunity to
visit and become familiar with the school as part of their transition arrangements.

As appropriate some pupils will also have the opportunity to participate in technical and science
in Perth Academy. We continue to develop our working relationship with Perth Academy and
other mainstream secondary schools in a number of ways. Pupils from mainstream secondary
schools access aspects of the curriculum experiences in the school.

S1 and S2

During these two years pupils continue to develop their knowledge and skills within the 5-14 or
5-14 Elaborated Curriculum guidelines. The themed context afternoons provide opportunities for
choice and working in areas of the curriculum pupils particularly enjoy. Over the course of this
session we are introducing some ASDAN course to enable pupils attainment to be more
formally recognised.

S3 and S4

Building on the work of S1 and S2, during these two years pupils will work on units and courses
that will be accredited either through SQA or ASDAN. Access 1 and Access 2 units and course
are combined with appropriate ASDAN choices. Pupils’ curriculum choices are expanded
through the themed context afternoons.

S5 and S6

Some pupils may leave at the end of S5 and move to the next stage of their development as
young adults. Over the course of S5 and S6, the curriculum moves to preparation for life after
school. Emphasis is placed on developing lifeskills, independence and confidence in the wider
community. Work experience opportunities are built into the curriculum in a range of ways.
Transition to the next placement is planned on an individual basis to enable the move from
school to be as smooth as possible.

Religious and Moral Education
The programme for Religious Education aims to help pupils learn about Christianity and other
major world regions and to recognise religion as a human experience. Pupils will also be
encouraged to learn about other religions and the social and cultural customs and practices that
go with them. Our aim is to enable children and pupils to experience and know about values
and different viewpoints and to develop an understanding of diversity and tolerance.
Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their child from attending Religious Education. Any
parent/carer wishing to do so should discuss this with the Head Teacher. Alternative
arrangements can be made.

Religious Observance
There is a weekly Get Together for the primary and secondary departments. This is led by the
Head Teacher or Depute Head Teacher. In addition the school Chaplain – the Minister of Scone
Old Parish Church – attends and contributes to the programme. Over the courses of the school
session, pupils will experience religious celebrations of different beliefs.

The Get Together time provides opportunities for pupils to share and celebrate as a school
community . Achievement is celebrated, school developments, events and initiatives are
discussed. All children attend the Get Together unless their parents request otherwise. Any
parent who wishes to exercise this right should discuss this with the Head Teacher.

ECO Schools

We have now registered with the ECO Schools programme as Fairview School. We will be
building on the practices already in place and applying for awards over the coming sessions.
Our aim is to make pupils more aware of taking responsibility for their environment in the school
and wider communities. Over the course of the session we will be publishing our ECO
development plan. If any parent or carer would like to become involved in this aspect of the
school’s work, please let us know.

Rights Respecting School

As part of the curriculum, pupils will be involved in learning about their rights and the rights of
others. The Rights Respecting School’s programme is part of UNICEF. Each year we participate
in the UNICEF Day of Change which enables us to highlight the needs of other children around
the world. This is a charity which the pupils very much enjoy supporting. Over the course of the
session we will be involved in raising money to support others. We are grateful for the support
given by parents/carers and friends of the school in this.

As part of the global citizenship development, we hope to develop an international link with a
school in another part of the world.

Health Promoting School

The health and wellbeing of children, pupils and staff is central to the work of the school. In

line with all other schools in Perth and Kinross we are working to achieve the standard in this
aspect of the school’s work. Physical activity, healthy eating and emotional wellbeing are built
into class and whole school routines.

Additional Support for Learning Act
We have implemented all aspects of this act in line with guidance from the Authority. All pupils
have an Individualised Educational Plan (IEP) and some pupils have a Co-ordinated Support
Plan (CSP). Panning for progress by setting targets enables parents/carers, school staff,
therapy staff and where appropriate pupils to work in collaboration to ensure pupil progress is
planned for, assessed, recorded and tracked. Annual reviews ensure that all relevant parties are
involved in the processes.

There are three IEP planning blocks across the session and parents/carers are encouraged to
participate in this process by being invited to discuss targets with teachers. IEPs are published
to parents/carers once completed.

Assessment and Reporting
Pupils’ progress is assessed in a range of different ways as an ongoing process. Progress is
tracked through IEP targets and through achievement in all curricular areas.

Teachers provide information to parents/carers through the evaluations of IEPs, the summary of
information form for reviews and an annual report on overall progress. Parents/carers have the
opportunity to discuss IEP targets, participate in review processes and have two formal
opportunities to meet with teachers each session.

We are happy to discuss pupils’ progress at any time with parents/carers.

Supporting Pupils
Our school aims show that all members of the school community are valued and that their
wellbeing is developed within an ethos and culture of mutual respect and understanding. We
actively seek the views of children and pupils in a range of ways. We encourage all pupils and
staff to achieve all they can.

All members of staff are involved in the personal social development of pupils but class teachers
have particular responsibility in knowing the pupils in their classes. They, in collaboration with
parents/carers and the pupils (where appropriate) set targets for pupils. The system is further
strengthened by a member of the senior management team having a specific link with assigned
classes in the school.

Each member of the senior management team overviews the progress of children and pupils,
chairs reviews, assists pupils who need additional support in managing their behaviour, routines
and other issues, liaises with the school nurses and has specific remit for the transitions that
children and pupils will undertake.

Each member of the senior management team is a Child Protection Officer in the school as is
Mrs H Miller (Nursery Teacher)

Children and pupils are also supported by a number of agencies including social work, careers
service, specialist sensory teachers, English as an Additional Language personnel and
educational psychology service.

Promoting Positive Behaviour

The school has developed a positive behaviour policy which encourages pupils to take
responsibility for their behaviour within the context of agreed codes. These are informed by the
principles of mutual respect and understanding of the needs of self and others. They are given
the opportunity to appreciate that there are consequences for behaviour – both very good
behaviour and behaviour that falls short of what could reasonably be expected from them. Some
pupils may need extra support to manage their behaviour. In those instances where this is
necessary, an individual programme will be created in collaboration with parents/carers, the
pupil, staff and senior managers.

Pupils are given the opportunity to discuss behaviour in class, in Personal and Social
Development and in residence. Pupils’ views are sought through the Pupil Council and Eco
Pupils’ achievements are celebrated through displays of work, announcements and recognition
in Get Together, ‘Shooting Stars’, Certificates of Achievement and ‘the wall of fame’.

Child Protection

There are four Child Protection Officers in the school

Mrs C Bell, Mrs L Wallace, Mrs M Marshall, Mrs H Miller.

We have a Child Protection Policy in the school which outlines the roles and responsibilities of
staff and the procedures for the school. Child Protection involves a number of agencies that
work together with school staff to ensure the safety and welfare of children. These include
Social Work, Community Medical Officers and the Police.

In consultation with the school’s Parent Group we have developed a leaflet for parents/carers
that outlines the processes in the school.

We would always ensure that parents/carers are informed and participate in any action we
would undertake.

If a child or pupil is absent from school and parents/carers have not contacted the school,
school personnel will contact parents to ascertain the reason for the absence.

Health and Wellbeing

Administration of medication at school is outlined in the school’s policy. The school nurse
administers and manages medication in the school. Parents should notify the school if there
area any changes to medication and the appropriate forms can then be completed.

We are aware that children and pupils may become ill during the course of the school day. Their
condition will be assessed by the school nurse, discussed with a member of the senior
management team and parents/carers.

Managing infection control is a major part of the care and wellbeing of children and pupils. In
particular we ask the support of parents in ensuring that pupils with sickness and diarrhoea do
not come to school until 48 hours after the last incidence. This assist in maintaining the health
and wellbeing of all pupils and staff.

In collaboration with the Parent Group and the school nurse we have produced a leaflet for
parents on Infection Control procedures in the school.


We have anti-bullying guidelines in the school. All staff are vigilant to the needs of pupils and
behaviour in class and in the playground is monitored. Individual behaviour support
programmes are shared and known by staff.


If children or pupils are likely to be absent from school due to illness or medical appointments,
parents/carers should contact the school office and give details of the timescale of the absence.
If children/pupils are absent without notification, a member of the school staff will contact
parents/carers. Parents who wish their daughter or son to be excused from school for reasons
other than illness or medical appointments should write to the Head Teacher outlining the
reason for this absence.

Home/School Communication
Parents/carers are welcome to contact the school at any time. If you would like an appointment
to meet with school staff, please make one through a member of the senior management team.

If parents/carers have an concerns or wish to make a complaint they should contact a member
of the senior management team in the first instance. Perth and Kinross Council have a
complaints process and information on this can be obtained from the school, directly from
Education and Children’s Services or from the Perth and Kinross Council website.

Newsletters containing items of information, reports on events and topics of interest about
school activities are published each term. There is a specific newsletter for the nursery class.

Letters outlining events, important information and other items of interest are sent home ona
regular basis.

Other information about the school can be found on the school website.

The address is

School Meals
The school participates in the ‘Hungry for Success” initiative. School menus are sent home each
week and pupils are encouraged to choose their lunches. ‘Tasters’ are also available to pupils
along with bread, salad, juice, water and milk. The evening meal in residence is also prepared
by the catering team.
School lunches are cooked on site. Special diets and preparation are prepared for individual
pupils as required. The cost of school meals is £1.60 per day - £8.00 per week.
School staff supervise in the dining room each day and pupils are encouraged where
appropriate to collect their own lunch from the servery and to assist with tidying up tables and

Transport To and From School
Most pupils travel to school in transport organised by the local authority. Pupils are met by staff,
who assist those pupils who need support, into school.
At the end of the school day pupils are again escorted by staff to the waiting transport.

Woodlea Residence

Pupils in the secondary department are given the opportunity to develop further their personal
and social development skills by undertaking a placement in Woodlea Residence. The
residence building is located in Scone adjacent to Capers Cottage and the former Glebe
School. Woodlea residence is registered with the Care Commission as School Care
Accommodation and is subject to annual inspection

The purpose of the residence placement is to enable pupils to practice independent living skills.
These may include:-

    social and communication skills
    personal care
    health and safety awareness
    independent living skills
    behaviour management
    greater social awareness within the school and wider community

The programmes developed for pupils are extensions of their Individualised Educational
Programme. The aim is to enhance the educational and personal experience and achievement
of each pupil. It is very important that parents/carers are involved in the process of their child
accessing the residence experience. Procedures are in place to assist this process. Placements
are voluntary and almost all pupils take up their place.

The placements undertaken by pupils in S1 – S4 are preparation for the Independent Living
Skills programme in S5. In addition every secondary age pupil is offered a residence experience
of two nights stay in the summer term.

Perth & Kinross Council has plans to build a new residence facility. Work is underway on this
and more information will be available over the session.

Parent Group

Fairview School has carried forward the very good parent support from Cherrybank and Glebe
Schools. The new Parent Council was formed over the course of last session. All parents are
members of the Parent Forum of the school and each year there is an Annual General Meeting
held which all parents are entitled to attend.

The Parent Group is keen to gain the views of parents/carers about the work of the school. The
Head Teacher is the professional adviser to the school

Parent Group Members                                   School Representatives

Mr J Ritchie (Chairperson)                             Mrs L Adams
Mrs M France                                           Mrs A Mitchell
Mrs A Menhinnick                                       Mrs C Morton
Mrs K Forsyth
Mrs K Smith
Mrs J Higgins
Mrs Good
Mrs Kettles
Mrs J Stewart

Campus links

We have developed close links with our neighbours in Perth Academy and Viewlands Primary
School. Senior pupils from Perth Academy are keen to be peer tutors in the school and pupils
from neighbouring secondary schools are welcome to participate in this programme. Pupils from
all three schools have been involved in a number and range of events and staff have met and
will be taking forward a number of initiatives which will be to the benefit of pupils. Some pupils
have the opportunity to join classes and groups in each school. The senior management teams

of all three schools meet on a regular basis and members of the Parent Councils have an
annual meeting.

Outreach/Inreach Service

As part of the overall support for pupils service in Perth & Kinross Council, the school is
committed to working in collaboration with colleagues to give the best support for pupils with
additional support needs. This can be done in a range of ways and whilst this service is it an
early stage of development good links have already been established with a number of schools.

Arrangements for Emergency Closures

If the school needs to close due to poor weather conditions or for any other reason,
arrangements will be made in collaboration with parents/carers and school transport to get
pupils home. It is very important that the school office has a phone number by which they can
be reached.

In the event of poor weather which may lead to school closure, information can be obtained
from the school and the other sources are

        Radio Tay (used in all instances)
        Frequency AM 1584          FM 96.4              -      Perth only
        Frequency AM 1161          FM 102.8             -      Everywhere else
        Radio Forth (only used for widespread weather conditions)
        Frequency AM 1548          FM 97.3
        Radio Heartland FM (only used for widespread weather conditions)
        Frequency       FM 97.5
        Radio Central (only used for widespread weather conditions)
        Frequency FM 103.1
        Radio Kingdom (only used for widespread weather conditions)
        Frequency FM 95.2, 96.1, 96.6, 105.4, 106.3
        Tay Connect (only used for widespread severe weather conditions)
        Parent/Carers should dial 08700 500 232 then Option 4.
        This is a telephone information service and will be updated every 20 minutes by the
         severe weather line team. Calls are charged at the local rate.
        Perth and Kinross Council Information Line
        (Available from 06:30hours for widespread severe weather, available from 08:45 hours
         for localised severe weather conditions, available from 07:00 hours for blanket closure)
        Parents/Carers should dial 0845 3011100. Calls are charged at the local rate.

Statistical Information

                       INFORMATION FOR PARENTS 2008
                             SPECIAL SCHOOLS

 School: Fairview School                                       Id No.: 340 - 5340047

                            School Roll At September 2008
         2006/2007                   2007/2008                     2008/2009
            ##                            ##                          57

                  Budgeted Running Costs For Financial Year 2008-2009
 Total School Running Costs at April 2008 (£)                         1,444,274
 Cost per Pupil (£)                                                   25,338.14

                 Attendance And Absence For School Year 2007/2008
 Total Number of Possible Attendances(Pupil Half Days)                  5,554
 Percentage Authorised Absences                                          3.9
 Percentage Unauthorised Absences                                        0.5

School terms and holidays 2009 – 10 session

                        Start date               End Date                   Number of days

                 Monday 17 August
                 2009 (Staff)               Friday 2 October
Autumn term                                                         35
                 Tuesday 18 August          2009
                 2009 (Pupils)

Autumn                                      Friday 16 October
                 Monday 5 October 2009                              10
holiday                                     2009

                                            Friday 18 December
Winter term      Monday 19 October 2009                        45

Christmas        Monday 21 December         Monday 4 January
holiday          2009                       2010

                                            Thursday 1 April
Spring term      Tuesday 5 January 2010                             63

                                            Friday 16 April
Spring holiday   Friday 2 April 2010                                11

Summer term      Monday 19 April 2010       Friday 2 July 2010      55

In-Service Days - All
                                  May Day                     Occasional Holidays - All Schools

In-Service Days - All
                             May Day                Occasional Holidays - All Schools

                           Monday 3 May 2009        (TBC)
        (TBC)

Part B

School Handbook
Academic Session 2009/2010

Fairview School

In accordance with the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 and the Education (School and Placing
Information) (Scotland) Regulations 1982, Perth & Kinross Council Education & Children‟s Services‟
schools produce handbooks covering the following three categories of information:

     1     School Information
     2     Local Authority information
     3     Statistical information

Whilst the information contained in this school handbook was accurate at the time of publication
(December 2008), further changes may have occurred since then.


A     Placing in Schools – Primary, Secondary and Special
B     Equal Opportunities
C     School Meals
D     School Clothing Grants
E     Education Maintenance Allowance
F     Music Tuition
G     Transport
H     Additional Support Needs
 I    Parental Involvement/Parent Councils
J     Insurance
K     Child Protection/Looked After Children
L     Access to Information – Parents and Pupils
M     Transferring Education Data about Pupils
N     Family Holidays
O     School Crossing Patrollers
P     Employment of Children
Q     Further Information

A      Placing in Schools - Primary, Secondary and Special
The policy of Perth & Kinross Council Education Authority is to assign to each school a defined zone
known as a catchment area. Pupils resident within a school‟s catchment area are entitled to a place within
that school.

In accordance with the provisions of the legislation mentioned at the start of this handbook, parents have
a right to make a request that their child be placed in a school of their choice other than the school which
normally serves the area in which they reside. Parents' wishes will be met where possible. If the number
of places in any particular school is limited, priority for admissions shall be determined on the following

Priority 1 –
Children normally resident within the catchment area of the specified school.

NB Within denominational schools places will be allocated first to children who have been baptised in the
Roman Catholic Church.

Priority 2 –
Children not normally resident within the catchment area of the specified school, but having a brother or
sister (or relative permanently living at the same address as part of an extended family)* in attendance at
that school.

Priority 3 –
Children not normally resident within the catchment area of the specified school and having no brothers
or sisters in attendance at that school.

*provided that the member of the extended family for whom the placing request has been made has lived
within that extended family for a period of at least two years.

When it is necessary to refuse only some places within any one of the above three categories, priorities
will be determined by siblings and distance from the specified school, with priority being given to
children whose normal place of residence is closest to the specified school.

NB Within this context the denominational criteria in Priority 1 would still result in the single criterion of
distance being operated.

Placement may be recommended within a special school or provision when a child‟s education needs
cannot be met in their catchment school. This will be based upon the assessment of the child's education
needs by their parents, teacher, school medical officer and education psychologist.

Placing requests will normally be granted except where there are circumstances defined in the Act which
justify the Authority's refusal of such a request.
Parents who have made successful placing requests for their children at other schools of their choice have
to make their own transport arrangements and meet the costs thereof.

Any pupil who attends a primary school other than the one proposed by the Authority (ie as the result of a
placing request) and who is due to transfer to a secondary school will be offered a place at the secondary
school in whose catchment area he/she lives. Application forms and booklets may be obtained from

Headteachers or Education & Children‟s Services, Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, PERTH, PH1 5GD,
and they are also downloadable from the internet at the following link:

The Admission Policy is currently being reviewed and is under consultation. Any amendment to
the information outlined above will be notified to parents in due course.
B        Equal Opportunities
Perth & Kinross Council values the diversity of the communities in this Council area and works towards
providing services that are inclusive and accessible. Perth & Kinross recognises that social inclusion and
promoting equality of opportunity, and good relations between different groups can only be achieved by
incorporating equalities into the planning and implementation processes for all Council services. We have
a duty to promote and develop the practice of equality of opportunity for all members of our community
regardless of:

        Race
        Gender
        Marital/family status
        Disability
        Religion
        Sexual orientation
        Age
        Language
        Place of residence
        Socio-economic status

It is the responsibility of all staff to support a climate conducive to providing equal opportunities for all.

C        School Meals
The marketing of junk food to children can skew their idea of what constitutes a balanced meal – foods
high in fat, salt or sugar are increasingly dominating young people‟s diets. In school, they will be in an
environment that takes more responsibility for promoting healthier food and drink choices.

Secondary schools operate a cafeteria style service with a wider choice of food options being made
available. Implementation of the Scottish Nutrient Standards has seen a major overhaul of the traditional
secondary school menu and there is now an abundance of freshly prepared and tempting food options
which are lower in fat, salt and sugar. These include a daily choice of home made meals including
vegetarian option, complimentary salad, vegetables and bread with main meals, healthy meal deals,
nutritionally improved snack items, healthier drinks options incl. waters, smoothies and fruit juices plus a
great deli selection. The cost varies according to the individual choice from the menu.

Cashless Catering operates in all secondary school, where monetary value is held in a pupil account. This
account is accessed via the pupil‟s National Entitlement Card* (NEC). These cards provide secure access
to a pupil‟s account where value is retained on the system and not the card. Value can be added to a
pupil‟s account through coin or note – however, we do encourage cheque payments to any value (payable
to Perth and Kinross Council) as this negates the need for pupils to carry cash or to have to queue at
revaluation machines. Cheques are handed in to the Cook in Charge at the school.

All payments and expenditure can be fully tracked by the pupil on request. Balances can be accessed at
the revaluation machines at any time and itemised transactions are on display through customer readers at
all till points. Free school meals pupils have £1.70p added automatically each day, which can be added to
by the pupil if desired.

Most schools also offer a healthy break time service and a pre-order facility. New developments are
continually being assessed and introduced to enable the pupils to have access to a safe and welcoming
quick service environment.

* If you have not yet applied for your NEC or you lose it – don‟t worry. Your Cook in Charge will be
able to provide you with a temporary card. If you continue to lose your temporary card then second and
subsequent replacements may attract a small charge to cover costs. NEC‟s are replaced free of charge
(currently) through NEC helpline (0870 428 8243). Your school cook will need to re-register any
replacement NEC to your account before it will activate the system!

An example menu and current price list are accessible via Perth and Kinross Council‟s web pages,
following the schools links:

For further information please contact:

               Catering Support Team
               Support Services
               Education & Children‟s Services
               Perth & Kinross Council
               Pullar House
               35 Kinnoull Street
               PERTH PH1 5GD

Telephone: 01738 476341



The school meals service is delivered by our operational partners, Catering Division, Tayside Contracts,
telephone 01382 812721

Free Schools Meals
Access to free school meals is an important part of the school meals service in Scotland. It is important
that pupils entitled to free school meals get them without fear of stigmatisation. The automated payment
system supports this objective.

Who is Eligible for Free School Meals?
You can claim free school meals for your child(ren) if you are receiving:

•      Income Support (IS)
•      Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA)
•      Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit, depending on your              annual income.
If you are between 16 and 18 years old, and receive any of these benefits in your own right you can claim
free school meals for yourself.

You may also be eligible if you are an asylum seeker receiving support under Part VI of the Immigration
and Asylum Act 1999.

For more information on Child Tax Credit and Working Tax credit visit the Inland Revenue website:

Application forms may be obtained from Headteachers or Education & Children‟s Services, Pullar House,
35 Kinnoull Street, PERTH, PH1 5GD.
They are also downloadable from the internet at the following link:

D      School Clothing Grants
If you are in receipt of Income Support or Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance, Education & Children‟s
Services will consider one application per year for a grant towards the cost of purchasing essential
clothing to enable children, up to the age of 16, to attend school.

Application forms may be obtained from the school or Education & Children‟s Services, Perth & Kinross
Council, Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, PERTH, PH1 5GD. They are also downloadable from the
internet at the following link:
E      Education Maintenance Allowance
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is available to eligible young people remaining in full-time
education beyond the statutory school leaving age of 16. EMA is a weekly payment of £10, £20 or £30
paid directly to a young person from a family whose annual household income is £32,317 or less.
Payments will only be made to those young people who have satisfied the attendance requirements. Up
to two in-year bonuses will be paid subject to the young person showing satisfactory progress against
learning objectives set in a learning agreement.

EMA is available to eligible 16, 17 and 18 year olds during session 2008/09 whose date of birth falls
between 01/03/89 and 28/02/93. Information and application forms may be obtained from:

EMA Team
Support Services
Education & Children‟s Services
Pullar House
35 Kinnoull Street

Tel 01738 476399

F      Music Tuition
The cost for music tuition is £212 per year, with an additional charge of £70 per year for pupils who are
involved in central group activities eg orchestra.

Free music tuition is available to all pupils doing SQA courses and for those whose parents are on Income
Support or Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance. Application forms are available from Headteachers or
Education & Children‟s Services, Perth & Kinross Council, Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, PERTH,
PH1 5GD. They are also downloadable from the internet at the following link:

G      Transport
Free school transport is only available to pupils attending their catchment school and living more than
two miles (primary) or three miles (secondary) from the school by the shortest available walking route.

Transport will be provided from a suitable point on the public highway. Please note that this can be up to
two miles (primary) or three miles (secondary) from the pupil‟s home.

Parents of pupils who are refused school transport have the right to appeal to the Review Sub-Committee
of Education & Children‟s Services, only on the grounds of safety or if transport is withdrawn.

Where appropriate, the Authority may provide free transport for pupils who attend a special school or
specialist unit.

Parents who have made successful placing requests for their children at other schools of their choice have
to make their own transport arrangements and meet the costs thereof.

Application forms may be obtained from Headteachers or Education & Children‟s Services, Pullar House,
35 Kinnoull Street, PERTH, PH1 5GD.

They are also downloadable at the following link:

H      Additional Support Needs
Within Perth & Kinross a range of provision exists for pupils with additional support needs. A policy of
supported mainstream inclusion is complemented by a range of specialist provisions. These are either
attached to, or are part of mainstream schools. In addition, there is one all through special school (3-18)
for children with profound and complex difficulties.

Where a child has been identified as having additional support needs which cannot be met within the
Authority, consideration may be given to placement in a special school (either within or outwith Perth &
Kinross) for which a successful placing request has been made.

Where a child has been identified as having additional support needs for which suitable provision cannot
be made in a day school, the Authority may provide residential special education at either a special
school, within or outwith Perth & Kinross, nominated by the Authority or a special school for which a
successful placing request has been made.

Parents moving into the area should contact:

Children‟s Services
Education & Children‟s Services
Pullar House
35 Kinnoull Street

Tel 01738 476390
I        Parental Involvement/Parent Councils
The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 became legislation in September 2006. This Act
proposed changes which were implemented in August 2007 to abolish School Boards and replace them
with Parent Councils.

All parents of pupils attending school are automatically members of the Parent Forum for that school, and
will be entitled to have a say in what happens at the school.

The Parental Involvement Act aims to do several things:

        It aims to help parents become more involved with their child‟s education and in schools.

        It places duties on Scottish Ministers and education authorities to promote parental involvement,
         and a duty on each education authority to produce a strategy for parental involvement.

        It introduces a new system of Parent Councils to replace School Boards, aiming to make it easier
         for parents to express their views.

All schools have been working with parents to determine if a Parent Council is to be established for the
school. The role of the Parent Council is to:

        Support the school in its work with parents.

        Represent the views of all parents

        Encourage links between the school, parents, pupils, pre-school groups and the wider community.

        Report back to the Parent Forum.

There are currently 81 schools in Perth & Kinross which have established a Parent Council. For further
information on the Parent Council for your child‟s school, please contact the Headteacher.
Advice, Information and Concerns
Parental communication is encouraged and valued. Your child‟s school is your first point of contact
should you require advice, information or to raise concerns. The school will deal with any concerns raised

confidentially, timeously and work with you towards a resolution. Your school will advise you how to
take your concerns forward should these remain unresolved.

J        Insurance
The Authority insures against its legal liability for (i) personal injury, provided negligence is proved
against the Council and (ii) loss or damage to property of third parties except where the following
exclusions apply:

•        Theft of personal belongings
•        A pupil‟s own negligent actions
•        The actions of a third party; ie another pupil
•        Expensive personal items, e.g. mobile phones, ipods.

Parents are advised that no insurance cover is maintained for circumstances in which the Council does not
have legal liability, and may wish to consider making their own insurance arrangements.
K    Child Protection/Looked After Children
Child Protection
National Guidance for all Child Protection Agencies (“Protecting Children”) requires schools to report if
they believe that a child may come to harm as a consequence of possible abuse.
Each school now has a Child Protection Officer appointed to be responsible for child protection matters
who is specially trained for the task.

As a school we have good contacts with School Medical Officers, School Nurses and Police, any or all of
whom may become involved if child protection concerns arise.

Beyond this, close working relationships exist with child care social work staff who are also part of
Education & Children‟s Services. Any discussion to bring in an outside agency will only be taken after
involving the School Child Protection Officer.

We will endeavour to ensure that you are informed and are enabled to participate as appropriate in any
action which we may initiate regarding your child should a child protection issue arise.

Should you wish to talk further about child protection and the safety of children please feel free to contact
your child/children‟s school.
Looked After Children
Each school has a designated teacher who deals with all matters relating to children who are „looked
after‟, eg accommodated in foster or residential care, or who are subject to a supervision order through the
Children‟s Hearing.

This designated teacher will be responsible for monitoring the progress of looked after children in the
school and will provide a source of advice if your child is looked after.

L   Access to Information – Parents and Pupils
The Pupil‟s Educational Records (Scotland) Regulations 2003 require the authority to give a parent
access to information relating to school pupils, past and present, held by them.

        The regulations cover information which originated from a teacher or other employee of the
         Education Authority, the pupil to whom the information relates or a parent of that pupil.
        The regulations only cover information relating to the school education of that pupil.

        The request must be in writing (or other permanent format for future reference purposes eg
         email/tape recording).

        The parent seeking access must provide the Authority with sufficient information to satisfy the
         Authority of his/her identity and to enable the Authority to locate the information requested.*

        The authority must comply with a request within 15 School days of receiving a validated request.
         (A validated request means that the information requested at *(see above) has been provided).

This is only a brief outline of the basic legal provisions. The regulations contain further detailed rules.
They also provide for certain exemptions from the right of access to information.

Pupil records and other educational records, held by an education authority are generally accessible under
the disclosure provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

        It is the person who is the subject of the record who is generally entitled to access (ie the pupil).

        A pupil of 12 or over is presumed to have the understanding required to allow him/her to seek

        This would not apply where the pupil has a learning disability which the education Authority
         considers affects the pupil‟s ability to understand and exercise this right, making the pupil
         incapable in this respect.

        Where a pupil is not capable of exercising this right him/herself, a parent is generally entitled to
         exercise this right on behalf of the pupil as the pupil‟s legal representative.

        Parents cannot seek access under the Data Protection Act in their own right, but only as legal
         representative for a pupil who is not able to do it for themselves.

        The request must be in writing.

        The person seeking access must provide the authority with sufficient information to satisfy the
         Authority of his/her identity and to enable the Authority to locate the information requested.*

        The Authority must comply with a request within 40 days of receiving a validated request. (A
         validated request means that the information requested at *(see above) has been provided.

This is only a brief outline of the basic legal provisions. The 1998 Act and regulations made under it
contain further detailed rules. They also provide for certain exemptions from the right of access.

M        Transferring Education Data about Pupils
Education authorities and the Scottish Government Education Department have collected data about
pupils on paper forms for many years. We now work together with schools to transfer data electronically
through the ScotXed programme. Thus the Scottish Government has two functions: acting as a „hub‟ for

supporting data exchange within the education system in Scotland, and the analysis of data for statistical
purposes within the Scottish Government itself.

What Pupil Data is Collected and Transferred?
Data on each pupil is collected by schools, local authorities and the Scottish Government. The data
collected and transferred covers areas such as date of birth, Scottish Candidate Number (SCN), postcode,
registration for free-school meals, whether a pupil is looked after by his/her local authority, additional
support needs including disability and English as an Additional Language (EAL), and attendance, absence
and exclusions from school. The SCN acts as the unique pupil identifier. Pupil names and addresses are
not passed to the Scottish Government.

Your postcode is the only part of your address that is transferred for statistical purposes, and postcodes
are grouped to identify „localities‟ rather than specific addresses. Dates of birth are passed on as „month
and year‟ only, again to ensure that individuals are never identified. Data is held securely and no
information on individual pupils can or would be published by the Scottish Government.

Providing national identity and ethnic background data is entirely voluntary. You can choose the „not
disclosed‟ option if you do not want to provide this data. However, it is hoped that the explanations
contained in this information and on the ScotXed website ( will help you understand the
importance of providing the data.

Why Do We Need Your Data?
In order to make the best decisions about how to improve our education service, the Scottish Government,
education authorities and other partners such as the SQA and Careers Scotland need accurate, up-to-date
data about our pupils. We are keen to help all our pupils do well in all aspects of school life and achieve
better exam results. Accurate and up-to-date data allows us to:

•      plan and deliver better policies for the benefit of all pupil

•      plan and deliver better policies for the benefit of specific groups of pupils

•      better understand some of the factors that influence pupil attainment and       achievement
•      share good practice

•      target resources better

Your Data Protection Rights
The collection, transfer, processing and sharing of ScotXed data is done in accordance with the Data
Protection Act (1998). We also comply with the National Statistics Code of Practice requirements and
other legislation related to safeguarding the confidentiality of data.

The Data Protection Act gives you the right to know how we will use your data. This message can give
only a brief description of how we use data. Fuller details of the uses of pupil data can be found on the
ScotXed website (

The Scottish Government works with a range of partners including HM Inspectorate of Education and the
Scottish Qualifications Authority. On occasion, we will make individual data available to partners and
also academic institutions to carry out research and statistical analysis. In addition, we will provide our
partners with information they need in order to fulfil their official responsibilities. Any sharing of data
will be done under the strict control of the Scottish Government, which will ensure that no individual
level data will be made public as a result of the data sharing, and that these data will not be used to take
any actions in respect of an individual. Decisions on the sharing of data will be taken in consultation with
colleagues within and outwith the Scottish Government.

If you have any concerns about the ScotXed data collections you can email the Senior Statistician, Peter
Whitehouse at or write to The ScotXed Support Office, SEED,
Area 1B, Victoria Quay, Leith, EH6 6QQ.

Alternative versions of this page are available, on request from the ScotXed Support Office, in other
languages, audio tape, Braille and large print.

Want More Information?
Further details about ScotXed are available on the ScotXed website, , which contains a section on „frequently asked questions.
N        Family Holidays
Family holidays will be marked in school as an unauthorised absence. This will be done even if you have
told the school you intend to take your child on holiday. No school work will be given, although some
schools may consider giving you information about what will be covered during the absence.

Extended visits overseas to relatives or extended absence in relation to children of travelling people will
be marked as an authorised absence. Extended is defined as a period of more than four weeks. If you
wish to discuss the matter further in relation to your child, please contact the school.
O        School Crossing Patrollers
It is very difficult to recruit School Crossing Patrollers. If the School Crossing Patroller terminates their
employment, or is absent for any reason, it may not be possible to provide cover.

If this happens, Head Teachers will inform parents.

Parents have a responsibility for ensuring that their children are able to travel to and from school safely
whether or not the Authority is able to provide safe routes or safe crossing facilities.
P        Employment of Children
The employment of children under the age of 16 is subject to compliance with Perth & Kinross Council
bye-laws, which outline permitted types of employment and permitted periods of working.

Education & Children‟s Services will grant and issue an employment permit for children under the age of
16 if:

        The employment is lawful;

        The child‟s health, welfare or education will not be affected; and

        The child is fit to undertake the work

Children under the age of 13 are not permitted to undertake any type of employment.

Further details and an information booklet called „The Employment of Children – Perth & Kinross
Council Bye-Laws‟ is available from:

Education & Children‟s Services
Perth & Kinross Council
Pullar House
35 Kinnoull Street

Tel: 01738 476217



Q      Further Information
In all cases relating to your child's education you should discuss the matter with the Headteacher. If
further information relating to your child's education is required, you should contact:

Education & Children‟s Services
Perth & Kinross Council
Pullar House
35 Kinnoull Street

Tel 01738 476200