Other agencies

In order to fully support young people during their time in St Columba's, we work with a number of 'outside' agencies that can provide more specialised support. The work of some of these agencies is described briefly below -

Psychological Services are part of Inverclyde's Education Services. They provide support for the school in 5 main core areas. These are -

  • consultation
  • assessment
  • intervention
  • training
  • research

The school psychologist is Ms Andrea Montgomery. If you have any questions regarding the work of psychological services you can contact Ms Montgomery via the school.

More Choices, More Chances (MCMC) - the remit of this group is to identify and support young people that are in danger of not achieveing a positive destination on leaving school. Where a young person is identified in this category, MCMC intervene to ensure that the young person's progress i s carefully monitored. In some cases, where a full school curriculum is inappropriate, a Personal Learning Pathway can be put in place. The support provided by MCMC is agreed with the young person, their carer and the school. Our link with MCMC is Mrs Rhona Turner.

Community Learning and Development (CLD) - the school works closely with CLD, who provide support for  the school in a number of areas. These include -

  • support in developing literacy skills
  • delivering a Scottish Youth Award in Employability
  • providing young people with Young Scot cards 
  • input covering issues such as cyber-bulling, internet safety and anti-violence

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) - SDS was previously knows as Careers Scotland. Form S4 on they provide career information for all of our young people. This includes -

  • presentations to all S4, S5 and S6 classes about careers in general
  • an introduction for all young people to 'My World of Work website
  • more intensive advice / support to those that require it most
  • presentations to parents at Parents' Information Evenings

Health Service - the school works closely with the health service to support young people. Health professionals are involved in -

  •  providing advice to staff on individual cases
  • providing advice to pupils in individual circumstances
  • liaising with parents / carers in some cases
  • carry out medicals, immunisations, etc

Social work - we work closely with the Social Work department to provide support for pupils and their families. Where social work are involved with a young person or their family, the social worker is consulted on any decisions affecting the youing persons time in school.

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