Every pupil in Senior School is entitled to be known well as an individual, as Junior School pupils are by their Class Teacher. In Senior School the Guidance Teacher who helps pupils settle in to the school and guides them through subject choice and any personal difficulties also acts as referee for Higher Education or work: this relationship runs through a pupil's life at Robert Gordon's College. It is complemented by House Teachers' and Form Teachers' knowledge of pupils' extra-curricular interests and aptitudes.
Guidance Teachers deliver the Personal and Social Education (PSE) programme one period a week to S1-S5 pupils, which deals with issues such as Health and Safety, relationships and the challenges of growing up in modern British society. Guidance staff also coordinate, comment on and discuss Reports with both pupils and parents.
The Guidance Department comprises ten members of staff. Eight of these have responsibility for a group of around 20 pupils in each year group. The other two members of the team provide specialist support for learning and in careers, and also organise events and conferences for pupils (especially in connection with careers advice and preparation for university applications).
The aims of the Guidance Department are to:
- support pupils practically and effectively throughout their time in the Senior School.
- provide advice and information in connection with curricular, vocational and career choices that have to be made.
- provide a comprehensive and useful programme of Personal and Social Education.
- assist pupils to have a satisfying, fulfilling and successful experience of the College.
Personal and Social Education is taught for one period a week to all S1-S6 pupils. The Guidance System seeks to address the academic, personal and social needs of all of its pupils by ensuring that at least one member of the staff should know each pupil well over a number of years, thus developing a relationship of trust and confidence.