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STUDENT SUPPORT

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If you have a worry or an issue, it’s always best to talk to an adult about it. On this page you will find information about who you can talk to at the academy, and some organisations you can talk to outside of school hours.
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WHO CAN I SPEAK TO?

You can speak to any member of staff you feel comfortable speaking to, but remember, there are some members of staff who have special responsibilities for your welfare:

  • Your Progress Leader or Head of Year and your Year Group’s Pastoral Support Officer 

  • Student Services and the Attendance Team

  • Staff from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities team or the English as an Additional Language team

  • Our Academy Counsellors

  • Our Family Partnership Team which includes our Child Protection Team  if you have serious concerns about something

RECOMMENDED ORGANISATIONS

You might find you need to speak to someone at evenings, weekends and during holidays. We recommend the organisations below to our students (click on the pink links)

  • Kooth - A free, anonymous, confidential website where young people can go for online counselling support.

  • Childline - A free 24 hour service by phone and online. Their website has some great information about a range of problems. 0800 1111.

  • Samaritans - Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts. 116 123.

  • Young Minds - A website with lots of information about mental health and the services that are available from the NHS.

  • Chat Health  - A confidential text messaging service that enables children and young people (aged 11-19) to contact their local public health nursing (school nursing) team. 07507330205.

  • Peer on Peer abuse policy in schools and colleges - You may have been aware of the news recently about the ‘Everyone’s invited’ website which has prompted action from the government and key agencies, including the police, to support and respond to allegations of sexual violence, including peer on peer abuse in school and college settings. 

 

Staying safe online

 

  • Think U Know - Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

  • UK Safer Internet Centre - The latest tips, advice and resources to help children and young people have a safe and positive time online.

  • NSPCCFrom setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, we can help you to understand the risks and keep safe.

RECENT CONCERNS - PEER ON PEER ABUSE

You may have been aware of the news recently about the ‘Everyone’s invited’ website which has prompted action from the government and key agencies, including the police, to support and respond to allegations of sexual violence, including peer on peer abuse in school settings. 

The NSPCC have set up a helpline. The dedicated number (0800 136 663) will provide both children and adults who are victims of sexual abuse in schools with the appropriate support and advice. This includes how to contact the police and report crimes if they wish.