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A Day in the Life


 What does school counselling involve?

The opportunity to talk about things that are of concern, in confidence, with our qualified school counsellor. Common themes are stress, relationships, change, loss and distressing, traumatic events.

What does the school counsellor do?

Counsellors are trained to listen without judging and to help people sort out their thoughts and feelings about whatever is concerning them. Our school counsellor specialises in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and so aims to enable clients to consider their thinking patterns, how these affect their emotions and behaviour and what strategies might help to effect change.

Why have a counsellor in school?

A school based service brings counselling to young people in a place that is familiar, safe and secure. If young people are able to receive emotional support from a qualified professional when they feel they need it, they will have greater opportunity to fulfil their potential. 

How long will counselling last?

Counselling may be for as little as a one-off drop-in or may be for a few sessions or longer term.

Where and when does it take place?

We have a private counselling room within the Curriculum Support building. Boys attending counselling sometimes prefer their friends not to know and so we have chosen a building where their privacy is protected as much as possible. Appointments are usually for half an hour but can be longer if appropriate. The school counsellor is available in the boys’ breaks and lunchtimes for appointments but if lessons need to be missed, appointment times are varied so that time is not repeatedly lost from any one subject.

I am concerned about my son. Can I contact the school counsellor?

Yes! You are very welcome to email or contact her via reception. You may also make an appointment to come in to talk about your son if you wish to.

Who is the school counsellor?

Meg Harper was educated at Oxford University and Warwick University and has wide experience of working with young people in a variety of educational and social settings. She trained as a counsellor later in life and has a particular interest in counselling for young people.

 Is it confidential?

Yes, it is, within certain legal constraints – providing the client is deemed competent to understand the counselling process and to take responsible decisions about his own well-being. All counsellors receive supervision to ensure the quality of their practice. This too is confidential.

 How do boys contact the school counsellor?

We aim to make it as easy as possible for boys to contact the counsellor.

They can: 

·         drop by to see her in her room

·         email her at or

·         ask their form tutor or another member of staff to refer them

·         ask you to get in touch on their behalf