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Student Support Centre

Student Support Centre:

Team Leader for SEMH Manager and Mental health first aider: Mrs Barden-Marshall

Ofsted commented favourably on the work of the SSC:

“Leaders’ work to secure pupils’ safety is effective. Pupils are safe and feel safe.”

“Leaders develop strong partnerships with external agencies. They secure timely help for pupils. For example, leaders ran a pilot programme in conjunction with child and adolescent mental health practitioners. Pupils who have mental health needs are now assessed much more quickly than they used to be.”
Ofsted 2017


The Student Support Centre has two members staff; the Team Leader and a deputy, Miss Woodford.. All have completed counselling studies courses, as well as courses relating to raising resilience, self-harm, eating disorders, bereavement, anger management, protective behaviours and internet safety.

The Student Support Centre supports inclusion in many different ways. We work closely with the pastoral support teams and the school's Supported Learning Centre. Smaller classrooms make returning to school following a long absence easier and provide a less daunting environment for students who are feeling vulnerable for whatever reason.There is also a therapy room where supportive interventions take place  Liaising with parents, carers and other professionals ensures that all students receive support, which is appropriate for their individual needs. Our social area provides a safe haven at breaks and lunchtimes.

Support available

  • Ear4U2 - a peer mentoring scheme
  • Anger management
  • 1:1 advice and mentoring
  • Counselling by a professional counsellor
  • Raising self-esteem/increasing confidence
  • Raising resilience
  • Exam stress
  • Internet safety
  • Behaviour management
  • Group work with external agencies
  • Reactive management for behaviour and well being
  • Exam Stress groups and Step Ahead Raising resilience transition programme for Year 8s.