Student Support Service
Our Student Support Team is here to ensure the physical and emotional welfare and well-being of our students.
Student Support is available for the students to access Monday to Friday, during school hours. We like to describe it as one of the ‘safe spaces’ in the school, which students come to for a range of reasons.
We can support the boys with issues inside and outside of school that may be affecting their grades and school work, but our area focuses more on them as a person and their emotional wellbeing. We work with students in small groups and through one to one sessions to address issues including bereavement, anger management, bad sleep habits, friendship problems, mediation with staff and other students, problems at home, young carers, substance misuse, self harm and more.
Students can get an appointment for themselves or someone they might be worried about by speaking to their form tutor, their Head of Year, a member of staff they feel comfortable with or by just ‘popping in’. Alternatively, as the first step can be challenging for them, they can email Mrs Yianni and she will get back to them in a discreet way and in a manner that they feel comfortable with.
For more information, please email Mrs Yianni at email@example.com
There are clear links between excellent student behaviour, student achievement and students’ holistic well-being and we want to ensure that we have the best possible behaviour and pastoral systems in place.
Students are placed in a house group when they join the school in year 7 and will remain in this house throughout their journey with us. This helps to create and build a sense of community with house competitions taking place and merits being awarded.
Each form has a form tutor who is the first point of contact for students and who sees them daily. The form tutor plays a key role in looking after the welfare of their students.
Each year group has a head of year who oversees the pastoral care for their year and monitors their progress.
To help enforce behaviour and support pastoral requirements, we have raised the role of the form tutor, restructured the School day and have a Student Well-Being Manager to work as part of the Inclusion Team and Student Support focused on the physical and emotional welfare and well-being of our students.
To give you an idea of support/wellbeing initiatives we have running in school:
Rethink Mental Illness – 3 workshops in small groups (year 9) around mental health – 1. General mental health 2. Mental health for young men 3.mental health for young black young people.
Boxing – small groups, 6-week boxing programme to improve confidence, communication and fitness.
Family Based Solutions – small group project all year groups for students identified as needing support to better engage with learning, improve confidence and resilience, poor attendance, to support emotional wellbeing.
Grief Encounters – specialist support around bereavement for young people.
Routes 2 Success – R2S – Raining aspiration and attainment for BME students – 4 week group project.
Diana Antibullying – year 7 and 8 students well placed to become trained school ambassadors
Proud – weekly support group for LGBTQ+ students – group or 121 sessions available.
Uniform project – support for low income families with uniform costs (limited funding available).
Kooth – group sessions around mental health and wellbeing. Online tool that students can independently access.
Wellbeing Practitioners – 6 weeks 121 support with low mood/anxiety (non complex cases only or those waiting for camhs).
Compass – 121 confidential support around substance misuse.
Diversity Role Models – LGBTQ+ whole lower school project with staff training attached.
Lighthouse – support for young people around sexual violence
LEAP – conflict resolution 8 week 121 sessions.
Power to Change – PTC
Mentoring in school – 121 support
BSS – 121 mentoring for all students on a managed move to support transition.
Know your onions / gardening club / mosaic project – weekly group of students working on a school garden.
Headroom – A mental health toolkit from the BBC – lots of Resources: Mindful Tips, Mood Mixes, Personal Stories, Motivation – www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/our-mental-health-toolkit
Click the link for: Healthy Eating & Free School Meals
Click here for information on: Special Educational Needs Department
tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/covid-19/thriving-resources-helping-families – resources put together by services within the NHS. There are a range of tabs you can choose that signpost to different tools. Each are designed with specific groups in mind including carers, younger children and young people
Thinkuknow is the online safety education programme from the National Crime Agency.
You’ll find lots of support and advice for young people at www.thinkuknow.co.uk.
Parents and carers: There’s plenty of advice for parents and carers on keeping your child safe online at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents.
Click here for links to charities and websites offering support for a range of issues including mental health, abuse and addictions
Heads of Year
|Year 7||Mr Kriben Reddy||Lower School|
|Year 8||Mr Christos Chrysanthou||Lower School|
|Year 9||Mr Paul Kearney||Upper School|
|Year 10||Ms Anna Dakin||Upper School|
|Year 11||Mr Adam Harcourt||Upper School|
|Year 12||Mr Salim Berkkun||Upper School|
|Year 13||Ms Yasemin Akaydin||Upper School|