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Aim of Counselling
The school counselling service supports students in becoming more self-aware, confident and resilient. Counselling is a safe space to talk to a neutral and non-judgemental adult, with the option of using creative materials for self-expression.
The counselling service is suitable for students who are struggling with a whole range of concerns e.g. bereavement, bullying, anxiety, identity (sexuality, gender, race, SEND), discrimination, relationship difficulties, low confidence, low mood, family or community issues.
How to refer to the School Counselling Service
Students can self-refer using the online counselling referral form found on the Student Portal
Alternatively students can post a self-referral form into the counselling post box (located by the counselling rooms on the ground floor)
Parents/guardians can request counselling on their child's behalf by contacting their child’s form tutor
School staff can complete the online counselling referral form on behalf of students, with their permission.
The school counselling service has a waiting list. The wait time for accessing school counselling typically ranges from 1 to 6 weeks. School counsellors will aim to meet students for an initial assessment as soon as possible after a referral has been made to the service.
Details of Counselling Sessions
Six sessions are offered initially, with a review on the fourth session
Counselling sessions last 50 minutes
Sessions will take place weekly, during the school day, and will be held at the same time each week
In exceptional circumstances up to three online sessions will be offered to students.
If a student chooses to miss their session for two weeks in a row, their sessions will cease at that current time however they can always refer if they want to try engaging with the service again
A student can withdraw from the counselling service at any time