School Counsellor - Gill Wilson
The school counsellor is Gill Wilson. She is in school every Thursday. You can contact her directly by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can drop in without an appointment during first break and at lunch time from 1.15-1.30pm.
What’s counselling about?
It’s a normal part of life to experience problems and difficulties at times and when something is worrying you it’s not always easy to talk to parents, friends or teachers. A counsellor is someone who isn’t involved in your life in the same way as other people. They are trained to listen to you very carefully, and won’t judge you or tell you what to do. Seeing a counsellor can help you to work things out for yourself and to look at things differently. It can help you to feel better about yourself.
What kind of things do people talk about in counselling?
People talk about lots of different things in counselling. Examples include: problems at home, difficulties with friends, exam and work worries, how you feel about yourself, relationships, drugs and alcohol, family break up, and bereavement. Counselling is a safe space to talk about whatever is worrying you.
When will I see the Counsellor?
You can also ask a member of staff to make a referral to the counsellor. This might be your Form Tutor, a Student Development Co-ordinator: Mr Robinson for KS3, Mrs Fitzhenry for KS4, or Mr S Smith Head of Sixth Form. You can also ask the Deputy Head Mrs Wainwright if you wish.
My tutor has suggested counselling. Do I have to come?
No one can make you attend counselling. It is your choice to decide whether to come or not. But if someone has suggested it, they probably have your best interests in mind. The best way to make an informed choice is to meet the counsellor for one or more sessions to find out for yourself if it is useful.
Who will know I am seeing the counsellor and is what I say kept private?
What you talk about is confidential between you and the counsellor. If you wish you can talk to other people about what you have discussed with the counsellor, but you don’t have to. Neither do you have to tell your parents that you are seeing the counsellor. The counsellor won’t tell anyone, including your parents and teachers, about what you say without your permission. There are two exceptions to this:
Will anything be written about me?
The counsellor will make some notes about what has been talked about in the session. These are kept safely in a locked filing cabinet. All information written and discussed is private and confidential unless there is an agreed or overriding need to share this information in your best interests. Again, every effort will be made to discuss this with you first.
The services of a professional counsellor are available in school. This confidential service offers additional support to students to enable them to make the most of the opportunities offered for academic and social development.
How long will counselling last?
Is it confidential?
What if I don’t want my child to receive counselling?
Can I support the counselling work?
What if I am anxious about my child seeing a counsellor?
Data Protection Procedures and Evaluation
The school counsellor’s work with young people will be supervised by an experienced senior practitioner. Supervision of the counsellor’s practice is confidential and ensures quality and standards are maintained.
The school counsellor belongs to a professional counselling body (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and holds counselling qualifications. The counsellor will adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy which can be found online at bacp: ethical framework and contains details of their complaints procedure.
If you wish to discuss this further or need more information, please contact the Headteacher.
Here are some comments made by students who have been to counselling, which helps us understand how young people benefit:
"Having counselling has helped me a lot. I have been able to discuss my problems instead of locking them away, which is what I used to do. It has been a very big help to me.”
”It helped me to understand my problems and to overcome them.”
“It really helped me to talk more to my family and people around me.”
"The counselling has helped me to feel confident in myself.”
"I don’t feel ashamed to admit that I need help because now I know that I am not the only one that needs help.”
Peer Advisors/Buddy System
Peer Advisor/Mentor schemes are used in many schools and can make a
valuable contribution to the overall ethos of the school as well as making
a significant difference to students’ learning experience. At Colyton
Grammar School the Peer Advisor scheme adds another strand to the pastoral
system by enabling young people to be supported by older peers who have
had direct experience of all the opportunities and challenges that being
at Colyton may bring.
“This is a friendly caring school, largely due to the open, friendly and supportive way students work together. We all know that from time to time, everyone needs to talk about a concern, but we sometimes lack the confidence and perhaps even the skills to ask for or offer that support. Through this project, we can provide another framework students can use to seek and give support”.
We have a team of trained Peer Advisors who are available to support students, whether they are making the transition from primary school, dealing with work and friendship issues, or have other concerns that might prevent them from engaging with their learning. They have received training in areas including communication skills, support skills, relationship building and confidentiality.
Students in Years 7 & 8 can access support in the following ways:
Keeping young people safe