Pastoral Support Advisor (PSA) – we have a PSA who works 3 days a week providing support to both pupils and parents. Pupils are able to self-refer or staff at the school could suggest this as an option to a pupil if they feel that they would benefit from the service. Parents can contact the PSA for support or advice about their child via email or be telephoning the school. The PSA also contributes to some of the PSHE lessons and delivers Parent Workshops on a variety of subjects (these are listed in the monthly newsletters).
Counselling – Counselling is provided as part of the pastoral care within the school and represents an immediate, on-site response for those children who need the additional expertise. A counsellor comes into school 2 days a week. Pupils are able to self-refer or staff at the school could suggest this as an option to a pupil if they feel that they would benefit from the service. Please speak to Miss Khan (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to explore this option.
Winston’s Wish – we have a member of staff in school, who is a trained Winston’s Wish Counsellor (helping young people with bereavement). Referrals happen as mentioned above..
Talk in Confidence (TIC) – we have trained sixth form students in basic counselling skills and the run a drop-in service every lunchtime. They also offer 1:1 support for students. There is more information about this on our website.
Sixth Form Mentoring – we also offer a mentoring service where some of the TIC students are paired up with a younger pupil and they meet on a regular basis to offer a little extra support to that student.
Referral – Members of staff may suggest to a pupil that it may be useful for them to see one of these people. We also operate a self-referral system which is in keeping with supporting adolescent development towards independence. Whilst working in partnership with parents/carers can benefit the counselling relationship, the school policy of commitment to protect counselling confidentiality, sets out definite limits to parental involvement, decisively underpinned by both ethical and legal factors. (The Gillick-competent principle and BACP code of ethics). If you do not wish your child to have access to counselling, please notify Miss Khan in writing.
We also work with a range of other professionals who offer specialist advice depending on a student’s needs. This can be discussed with school so that support can be targeted appropriately.
Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) – All of our Year 7 pupils will be very familiar with SEAL from their primary school. We continue to focus on embedding these skills in every area of our pupils’ lives at school. Good social and emotional skills help pupils to, for example, make friendships, work in teams, solve problems, deal with conflict, manage strong feelings, to be calmer and optimistic, recover from setbacks, compete fairly, and respect others’ rights and value diversity.
The skills are in five groupings: self-awareness, managing feelings, empathy, motivation and social skills. Most weeks, our assemblies focus on SEAL themes such as: motivation, reflection, student voice, relationships and healthy lifestyles. Tutor group activities often link to these themes and pupils are encouraged to reflect on how their actions affect others within the school and wider community.