Mrs Silvestri-Fox: Assistant Headteacher, Progress and Welfare
Mr Palfreyman: Head of Key Stage 3
Miss Harley: Assistant Head of Key Stage 3
Miss Hopkins: Head of Key Stage 4
Mrs Bolton: Assistant Head of Key Stage 4
Mrs Spiteri: Head of Key Stage 5
Mrs Curtis: Assistant Head of Sixth Form
Miss David: Educational Needs Co-ordinator (ENCO) and Head of Personal Development
Mrs Taylor: Assistant ENCO
Mrs Le Blancq: Lead Teaching Assistant and Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
Ms Pinto-Williams: School Counsellor
Miss Duncan: Teaching Assistant
Our School Counsellor works with students, staff and parents in order to provide support for our students.
Our counsellor is in school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is available to talk about any matters which might concern students whether related to school life, home life or friendships.
Students can make appointments with our counsellor by email, by talking to our receptionists or by asking a teacher to make an appointment on their behalf. We maintain flexibility in the way appointments are handled with our counsellor in order for students to feel comfortable when accessing the service whilst trying to continue our care for students at all times.
Students can speak in confidence to our counsellor and relevant information from the session would only be shared with the school or parents should the counsellor consider a student to be at risk of harm to self or others. This would be carried out in line with our Child Protection Policy. Occasionally it may be appropriate to refer the student to another agency and parents would be informed as appropriate.
Sometimes students may request that friends go to a counselling session with them as supporters. This can be useful both to the student seeking the counselling and the supporters. In such cases, our counsellor will follow the following procedure:
1. At all times and in all aspects of her clinical work, she will consider the ability of all students to be ‘Gillick competent’.
2. At the initial point of contact with student clients and their supporters, she will ask the reason for them attending and whether it involves hurting themselves in any way. Should there be any indication that self harming, risk taking behaviours or issues relating to abuse, then she will ask the student supporters to leave whilst encouraging the student client to stay.
3. Should the student client indicate that this is not the issue, she will follow her usual engagement dialogue which now includes re-iterating that should there be a mention during the conversation of self-harming, risk taking, suicidal thoughts or planning she will stop the conversation immediately and she will advise the student supporters to let her know if they are affected in any way by the material the student brings to the session.
5. During the session she will monitor both the student client and their supporters for signs of distress.
6. Should she become concerned for anyone in the room, she will stop the session and ask the student supporters to leave.
7. Once the session has ended she will contact the Assistant Head responsible or the appropriate Head of Year/Key Stage to check on the student supporter as soon as possible. In most cases, the parents of supporters would be contacted if appropriate.
For more information about the school counselling service, please contact our counsellor Ms Pinto-Adams. E mail:firstname.lastname@example.org