The purpose of the Guidance system is to provide pastoral support for all pupils in Hazlehead Academy. On entry to S1, each pupil becomes part of one of the four Houses, each of which is led by a Principal Teacher of Guidance. As far as possible, siblings are placed in the same House.

The House System in Hazlehead Academy is designed to encourage greater participation by both pupils and staff in the extra-curricular life of the school. It provides the opportunity for pupils to represent their House in various activities, most of which are competitive and contribute to an overall House Championship. Each session, 5 House Captains are appointed to each House, and they organise competitors for the events. Each House has a twitter account, with pictures from Interhouse events. @CraigievarHouse @DunechtHouse @HouseMarischal


Craigievar House – Mrs V Simpson     Val S


Dunecht House – Ms L Finnie               


Greyfriars – Mrs Z Gray                     


Marischal – Mr C Gillespie              


The Guidance teachers are responsible for the day-to-day support of all pupils in their House throughout their time at Hazlehead Academy. Guidance teachers are generally the first point of contact for pupil and parents/ guardians, and have responsibility for monitoring and tracking pupil welfare and progress. They will also support pupils, should they have any social, emotional or personal problems, and promote positive behaviour.


Guidance Teachers also teach Personal and Social Education (PSE) to the classes in their house. The programme covers such topics as: puberty; anti-bullying; sexual health; smoking, alcohol and drugs awareness; domestic abuse and road safety. Pupils also receive information about course choice in PSE, and pupils have one-to-one support during the process of making choices, career planning and preparing for life beyond school.


Parents can contact Principal Teachers of Guidance through the school office, and it is most helpful if parents inform the appropriate Guidance Teacher about any changes in the home situation which might affect a pupil’s school life. This can be done by letter or by telephone. As Principal Teachers of Guidance have a teaching commitment, and are required to attend a number of meetings, they are not always immediately available, but will return any calls as soon as they can.

PSE Curriculum

All pupils, from S1-S6, have a PSE lesson each week with their Guidance Teacher. The content and structure is currently being updated and reviewed, though the main topics covered are listed below.


  • Settling In
  • Relationships, Respect, Anti-bullying & Resilience
  • Risky Business
  • Consequences / Lost Christmas
  • Physical & Emotional Change
  • Skills & Careers / Course Choice
  • Wellbeing


  • Enterprise
  • Mental Health
  • Self-Respect
  • Body Image
  • Substance Misuse
  • Positive Relationships
  • Positive Destinations


  • Study Skills
  • Skills & Qualities
  • Homelessness
  • Positive Destinations
  • Course Choice & Personal Statements
  • FIT / Diversity


  • Study Skills
  • SQA
  • Parenting
  • Lifeskills/CV/Personal Statement
  • Course choice
  • Consent, respect & sexual exploitation
  • SHARE – healthy decisions and keeping safe
  • Exam preparation


  • Senior Phase expectations
  • Independent Living
  • Safe Driving
  • Positive Destinations
  • Course Choice
  • Physical & Mental Wellbeing
  • Exam preparation


  • S6 opportunities and expectation (including RGU Access to courses and planning for positive destinations)
  • UCAS/College/employment
  • Respectful and healthy adult relationships
  • Blood & Organ Donation
  • Wellbeing
  • Exam preparation

Useful Links

Where To Look For Support While You Are On The CAMHS Waiting List

Post-16 Destinations

Careers – My World of Work





North East Scotland College

Gap Year – Project Trust

Year in Industry – CUKAS, the Conservatoires UK Admissions Service, is a specialist service for music, dance and drama courses at specific institutions including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. – Information on the UK Clinical Aptitude Test, which is used as part of the selection process for most Medical and Dental schools. – Information on the National Admissions Test for Law. Applicants to the University of Glasgow (and some others) must sit this test. – This contains the latest advice posted by UCAS on Facebook and Twitter. It also includes video guides and some useful advice (eg writing personal statements and choosing courses). – This site has lots of up-to-date advice on subjects, courses, colleges & universities. This is also advice on writing personal statements. – This site provides information on universities, courses, applying, preparing, to go and careers. – This is a university and college comparison site. – This contains higher education information and statistics. – This provides information about what graduates go on to do. – Skills Development Scotland website. – Information about careers and courses. –  Year in Industry student placements.

There are also various Gap Year websites eg www.

If you are leaving care, it may be worth checking to see if your chosen university offers any extra support eg Glasgow Caledonian University offers free accommodation in Halls of Residence.