All children have their ups and downs and some occasionally have to cope with crises that may arise. While many children cope well enough with difficulties, sometimes problems can mount up and seem too much. The school has a contract with “Family works Independent School Counselling Service” who provide a qualified counsellor one day per week for the school that can support a child going through a difficult time. This is a confidential service that aims to provide a quiet and reflective time for the child to consider what it is they most need from adults to enable their school life to continue as smoothly as possible. Common issues include family matters such as:
- divorce or separation,
- death or illness of a family member,
- difficulties in relationships with peers,
- challenging behaviour
Pupils can refer themselves to the counsellor by e-mail or by dropping a request into the counsellor’s letter box.
If a parent has a concern about their child, they can contact the school directly and speak to the relevant Head of Student Learning, or Mr White, the Vice Principal for Pastoral Care and Wellbeing.