Mental Health Support
Pastoral care is crucially important, and we work in close partnership with students and parents to support our young people at every stage. A pastoral support team, including form tutors, heads of year, and pastoral and academic mentors, is in place to make sure all our students’ needs are met.
Our pastoral team is organised by Year group. Each Year group has two Heads of Year: one teacher and one non-teacher who is available to support students full-time.
Our whole pastoral team works hard to prevent bullying and keep our school a safe and respectful place. We work in close partnership with our parents and provide regular updates on student progress. Form tutors are happy to discuss student progress and wellbeing at any point throughout the year.
Our fortnightly newsletter keeps parents updated and throughout the year, there are regular opportunities for parents to be involved in college life, such as concerts and sports events.
Students also have access to the MAP mentoring service in school, who offer support and guidance on a number of issues, as well as providing a weekly lunchtime drop-in for those who would like support on an ad hoc basis.
When additional support is needed for students' mental health and wellbeing, we can refer and signpost to a number of external agencies.
- MAP - Get free, confidential support, information and advice.
- Kooth - Offering free, safe and anonymous mental health support.
- Young Minds - Whether you want to understand more about how you're feeling and find ways to feel better, or you want to support someone who's struggling, Young Minds can help.
- Norfolk LGBT+ Project - Offering support, information and advice to all age groups that is relevant to the health and wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Norfolk and Waveney.
- The Matthew Project - Providing support, information and advice to young people affected by substance misuse and mental health issues.
- Beat Eating Disorders - Whether you’ve been diagnosed with an eating disorder, think you might have one or are supporting someone who does — help is available.
- Nelson’s Journey - Supporting children and young people in Norfolk who’ve experienced the death of a significant person.
- The Benjamin Foundation - Offering support to young carers in Norfolk.
- Pandora Project and Leeway - Can help if you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse.
- Chat Health - A quick and easy way to speak to a qualified health professional. Just send a message, you don’t have to give your name. You’ll get confidential advice from trained health staff in your area.
- Just One Norfolk - Support and resources for young families.