ǧƵ

Section Navigation

Student Wellbeing

 

Wellbeing at ǧƵ 

At ǧƵ pupil and staff wellbeing is central to what we do. We understand that the move from childhood to adulthood can be challenging. We will seek to support all pupils in becoming confident, capable and caring individuals as they become adult members of our community. 

 

Our Pastoral System 

We have strong pastoral systems to support students throughout their time with us. Each child has a tutor and a pastoral team comprising of a Head of Year, Assistant Head of Year and an Assistant Principal linked to each year. You can find information about who your child’s tutor and pastoral team are in our year group pages found here. In most cases if you are concerned about your child’s wellbeing you should contact your child’s tutor. 

 

The Equality and Diversity Group

Equality and Diversity is a student-focused group which meets weekly. Students from a range of backgrounds meet to discuss current issues and to seek support where necessary. Students help create assemblies, create display boards, have input on the curriculum, and share their ideas about ways to ensure that ǧƵ is an inclusive, supportive, diverse environment.

 

Targeted and Specialised Support at School

We use a range of support services in school to support pupils, these include:  

  • Psychotherapeutic counselling  
  • Mentoring and coaching by members of staff  
  • Youth work from professional youth workers (WCCYM)  

If you have concerns about your child’s well-being that are non-urgent and need advice the school has an email address which is checked daily – this is: studentsupport@combertonvc.org Students can also email this address to seek non-urgent support and advice. 

 

WCCYM Chaplaincy Team

WCCYM (West Cambridge Christian Youth Ministries) provide a Chaplaincy Team to the college, to offer additional holistic support for staff and students.

The Chaplaincy team’s pastoral support for students includes one-to-one youth work support, targeted group work and detached youth work. There are also additional opportunities for spiritual development and reflection, encouraging respect and tolerance for all within a safe space. This happens through formal settings such as lessons and assemblies, and through informal conversations and groups.

The team also support staff through organised wellbeing activities, and pastoral support in a one-to-one setting.

Cherie Williamson heads up the WCCYM Chaplaincy Team at ǧƵ, alongside WCCYM workers Susie Thomson and Nick Slater, as well as a small team of volunteers.

 

The Den

The Den is a support area to access at lunchtimes. All pupils are welcome, whether that is for a chat, to talk through any worries, or if a pupil would just like a quiet place to eat their lunch. Miss Baker (Student Support and Wellbeing Officer) and Mrs Callaghan (Centre Communication Support Specialist) are the staff members on duty and The Den is situated just outside the English office.

 

Useful Services

Contact Details

Keep Your Head - Support for those who may be concerned about their own or others' mental health. 

CAMHS Live - support with feelings of Depression, Anxiety, Self-harming, Suicidal thoughts and Stress

Kooth - offers free confidential online counselling for students

SHOUT - to start a conversation, text the word 'SHOUT' to 85258. Offers free, confidential, anonymous text support service with trained Shout Volunteers

CASUS - provides information, support and specialist treatment around drug and alcohol use, to young people under 18 and their families.

HealthyYou - supporting those wanting to make changes to their lifestyle, such as stopping vaping and smoking

Think U Know - has useful guidance for parents/carers and young people on online safety. The school also runs e-safety events throughout the year to support young people.

ChatHealth - is a secure and confidential text messaging service for young people aged 11-19 who are struggling to cope with issues such as bullying, emotional health, relationship problems, alcohol and drugs.

Text 07480 635 443

Women's Aid - Support for those experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence

 

 

Papyrus - is a charity which aims to support those experiencing suicidal thoughts and friends and families affected by another person’s suicide.

The Kite Trust - is a local information on support for LGBTQ+ young people and their families

Racism & Mental Health, Youngminds - has a range of resources to support BAME students as well as other sections focused on mental health and wellbeing. 

Autism & Mental Health, Youngminds - support focused on neurodiversity

 

What do I do if My Child has a Mental Health Crisis?

If you feel that your child is unable to cope and is a risk to themselves or other people seek advice from 111 and dial 2 to get support from mental health teams. You could also book an emergency appointment with your GP during surgery opening hours. If you have an emergency dial 999 to get immediate support or go to A&E.