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31/03/20

Well done Meg - that’s fantastic!

31/03/20

Some more literature-related films that are on this week https://t.co/hmiM1Y0JJc

30/03/20

Thank you! 😀

30/03/20

Mr Fisher’s first virtual assembly is now online for all students to watch. Please check Show My Homework for the link. Here’s a photo of our Day School children watching it in the library this morning. https://t.co/tgozmErAZP

27/03/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

Well done Year 7! We made it through the first week! Massively proud of you all for working so hard on your Virtual School work. Sad we can’t all be together for a bit, but it’ll make us even stronger when we return. Have a great weekend. Stay safe. https://t.co/TeHcVdX0GY

26/03/20

We are delighted to share the first issue of our Virtual School Newsletter. This will be emailed to all parents by Mr Fisher later today. Please share it with your children. https://t.co/lJ4KWKNDG7 Thank you to everyone who contributed - please keep those contributions coming. https://t.co/FZZWpn6lOC

25/03/20

Lovely! Thank you! We’ll put this in next week’s newsletter.

23/03/20

Some literature-related films that are on this week https://t.co/3goVxgzKrF

23/03/20

We have seven key worker children attending school today, separated at a safe distance, and four members of staff on site. Thank you to all of our families for making sensible decisions today, helping us to minimise the number of our staff required to travel to school. https://t.co/KpitVrMNTD

23/03/20

Lovely! That looks like a great workspace. Is it ok if we add this to our collection of ‘Virtual School’ photos? We will share them on Facebook and Twitter once a week to show our wonderful students working hard - it might encourage and inspire others.

21/03/20

That’s really great to hear. 👍

21/03/20

Brilliant! That looks like an excellent workspace. Is it ok if we add this to our collection of ‘Virtual School’ photos? We will share them on Facebook and Twitter once a week to show our wonderful students working hard - it might encourage and inspire others.

20/03/20

Fingers crossed

20/03/20

We loved seeing Year 8 today. What a wonderful day of lessons. They all acted with such maturity. There are more photos on our Facebook page. We are immensely proud of all of our students and we will miss them very much. https://t.co/WOAAW1hvVF

20/03/20

Here is today's letter from Mr Fisher. Information about the virtual school is available here: https://t.co/LE9SLMtfew https://t.co/Vrm4kvBjT0

20/03/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

Feels really strange not to have you here today Year 7. Remember that all your work for today is on Show My Homework. I’m looking forward to seeing the work you do! Keep safe guys, see you soon! https://t.co/UW6bkJo9Xi

20/03/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

A sad day today. I’m already really looking forward to the day we get to welcome our amazing students back and this room can be filled with music again. Stay safe everyone. https://t.co/GWipHOAeLG

19/03/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

More great stuff from Year 7 today https://t.co/0oyjXD4REz

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Counselling

Our friendly and professional school nurse, counsellor and wellbeing officer support students who are suffering from emotional difficulties at our school. These may be caused by many things, adapting to changes, events in the family such as divorce or bereavement, problems in relationships with relatives or friends, and academic pressure such as exam stress, to name but a few.

We offer:

  • One-to-one emergency meetings with the wellbeing officer
  • Weekly one-to-one sessions – short or long term with the school nurse
  • Drop-in and emergency walk in sessions with the school nurse
  • Consultation for parents, guardians and school staff

What is counselling?
Counselling is having someone to talk to and feeling safe to speak your mind, knowing that you will be listened to without being judged, even if the feelings are difficult ones such as anger or hate. It is about having the time to find solutions to your own problems and explore your own feelings so that you can learn efficiently and live happily.

What happens at a one-to-one session?
One-to-one sessions with the school nurse or counsellor usually last about 30 minutes. The point is that students can talk about how they feel but they often do other things as well, such as drawing, writing, playing games. Sessions take place in the medical room on Tuesdays between 12-2PM. They are a great way to get quick support. Students don’t need an appointment – they can just turn up and when the school nurse is free she will invite them in for a chat. Students may like to do this from time to time or we may add them to our waiting list for longer term counselling if that is what they need. In this instance, parents will be contacted and asked for their permission for the counselling to commence.

How many sessions can one have?
Everyone is different. Some students may only need to come once or twice, some may benefit from a longer term plan. When you are referred to the service you will have a chat with the counsellor and they will make a recommendation.

Is counselling confidential?
What students discuss within the sessions is confidential. However, if the counsellor believes that there is any danger to a student or anyone else, they must pass it on to the school’s Safeguarding Lead. On occasion the counsellor may also discuss a case with their supervisor to make sure they are offering the best possible service but the supervisor will also keep this confidential.

Mental health is equally important as physical health and we work closely with school’s pastoral & teaching staff to ensure the right kind of support is put in place.