Hello, my name is Mr Brent and I am the Mental Health Lead and Librarian here at Whickham school.

Here at Whickham school we are passionate about ensuring that everyone is supported to cope with anything that they may face within their day to day lives. With this in mind we aim to provide as many opportunities for students to be supported through various means.

I provide support to our students through guidance of what they can access and I raise awareness throughout the school through groups and assemblies.

The Library acts as a safe space within the school for all years and offers support through various events and workshops. Staff in the Library are friendly and always there to help and support any students.

Our pastoral staff are all Mental Health First Aiders meaning that they are aware of common Mental Health issues and know how to help and support any individual that requires this.

The school also has access to the rise team with two Emotional Mental Health practitioners who provide individual and group support to promote mentally healthy minds.

We also have a section on our website with various links and apps that can help towards wellbeing.

We have a dedicated team to help. Below is information about who they are and what they do.

 

Mrs Brown
I offer support on any concerns that students may have from friendship conflicts to safeguarding.  My role is to ensure students feel safe and happy in school. Students can email me at any time, see me at breaks or lunchtime or ask their head of year to refer them.

 

 

Mrs McPherson
I offer support with safeguarding.and child protection. My role is to ensure that all students feel happy and safe in school and out of it. I liaise with Heads of Years, teachers, support staff, parents, carers and all external agencies to ensure that students have all they need to be happy and safe.I also oversee all the Looked After Children (LACS) in school. Students can contact me directly/via e-mail or through Heads of Year.

 

 

Mrs Mackie
Experiencing a mental health problem in childhood is one of the biggest barriers to achieving well-being. Counselling in schools has been shown to be a highly effective support for young people who are experiencing emotional health difficulties. As the counsellor in Whickham School I offer the young person one to one sessions where they are able to talk about and explore whatever is troubling them. I use an eclectic mix of tools to help the young person get the maximum out of the session whether this be CBT, mindfulness or even the use of art therapy. I work in conjunction with the wellbeing team in Whickham.  I am a qualified counsellor having both a counselling degree and a master’s degree and 15 years of working within schools as a counsellor.  I am also a registered member of the BACP and work within their ethical guidelines.

 

Mrs Tillet-Hayes
My name is Mrs Tillett-Hayes and I am responsible for whole school attendance. We have high expectations at Whickham School with pupils aiming for at least 98%. There’s a proven link between regularly attending school and great exam results. I work with families and pupils to offer support and interventions to ensure that every pupil can maximise their chance of success.
I’m looking forward to celebrating excellent attendance with you with our exciting prizes and rewards.

We are passionate at Whickham to ensure that students are the best that they can be and we know that in order to achieve that it is vital that we provide the support needed. If you are ever unsure of what support can be offered, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

Mr Bolam
Hello, I’m Mr Bolam and I am the Behaviour Inclusion Support manager. My team supports pupils and families so that the children we help can achieve their potential. My teams works within the classrooms in Behaviour Inclusion Support and we also support pupils in their lessons. We work with pupils so they fully engage with the school ethos whilst enjoying and experiencing a full and rewarding school life.

 

Bullying

Bullying is a serious issue for all people in society but it can particularly affect young vulnerable people in schools.

If you know of someone who is being bullied, or perceives what is happening to them as bullying, you must inform a person who can do something about it, please contact their Head of Year. You should have confidence that it will be dealt with seriously and that the problem will be solved.

The following staff have special training in supporting young people who may be experiencing a range of difficulties or challenges and they are available each night after school.

  • Mrs MacPherson – Safeguarding Team
  • Louise Brown – Learning Mentor
  • Amanda Mackie – Counsellor

 

You can also use the School Worry Wall if you would like to report a concern or are worried about anything that may be happening to you.

 

Safeguarding Mentors

Our Safeguarding Mentors are students who are trained to help any student who is feeling worried or upset about feeling bullied, they offer a friendly face to students who seem down or alone and just need someone to talk to. Mentors meet regularly with Year 7 groups, deliver Citizenship Sessions, are the first students in the country to receive Hate Crime training and are also Domestic Violence Champions..

They are out and about  in the school yard before registration, at break and at lunchtime. In addition to Heads of Year, Tutors and Staff who are always there to help students with problems,  Safeguarding Mentors provide an optional first port of call and another avenue for students to report to, they are a key component of our whole school approach to nurture the mental health and emotional well being of students.

Our Safeguarding Mentors were proud to host Diana Award Anti-Bullying Training here at school where over 100 students from across the region met to creatively explore and understand the topic of bullying.  They had the opportunity to network with other passionate young people, exchange ideas, share good practice and shape / enhance their own Schools’ Anti-Bullying programmes.

For more information and resources visit the Diana Award Anti-Bullying Programme