An introduction to our

Student Counselling Service

By Miss Holden

Miss Holden

From time to time life can feel like a challenge and you may need extra support. Our counselling team is here to listen and help. We want to support you to become the best version of yourself possible.

If you are worrying or over thinking and want some help, click here.

If you are having problems sleeping, click here.

At this time of year there are often lots of exams and assessments which can be stressful. Here is a guide that you can look at to help you feel calm and well prepared.

How can I contact a counsellor?

We are in the academy between 8.00am and 3.30pm, Monday - Friday. If you would like to speak to one of us, just ask your LPSO or form tutor.

Alternatively, you can email us on

We only work during term time (we like our holidays too!).

How can counselling help?

At times, everyone feels worried or has problems that might be hard to talk about. Talking to your family and friends can be really helpful, but sometimes you might feel like you need to talk to someone else – perhaps you are worried about upsetting someone or you are afraid they won’t understand. This is when you might think about speaking to a counsellor.

A counsellor is someone who will really listen to you and help you to make sense of the difficulties that are troubling you. A counsellor will not judge you or tell you what to do, counselling helps you find your own solutions to your problems.

What can I talk about?

You can talk about whatever is on your mind.

Some of the concerns that students want support with include things like feeling worried and anxious, sad and depressed, relationship difficulties with family and friends, difficulties managing emotions, losing someone close, identity, sexuality, bullying, self-harm and low self-esteem.

Where else can I get support?

There are lots of places you can get free, confidential help and support with your wellbeing.

These could be particularly useful during the holidays when we aren't around.

Free, anonymous, confidential website where young people can access online counselling support.

Offering support, information and advice about mental health and wellbeing.

Information on mental health, mental health apps and education.

A free app to support 10-18 year olds with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Free, confidential support for young people under 25 via mobile, online and social activities.

Where can I get urgent help?

Text YM to 85258

The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK.

Call 0800 11 11 (free)


A confidential service for anybody feeling low, anxious or depressed.

Call 111 any time

NHS 111 can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do.

Call 116 123


Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone.

Call 0800 068 4141 (free)



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