Student support services
At Sheringham High School we aim to create a caring community and our students’ well-being is of paramount importance to us.
We all know that students cannot achieve their full potential academically if they are unhappy. Here at Sheringham High School, we pride ourselves on the support systems we have in place to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to seek advice about any concerns they might have. We listen to our students and take their worries seriously.
The Vertical Tutoring structure provides opportunities for mutual support amongst students and we are proud of the respect they have for one another and of the care they show towards each other. Form Tutors helped by two Student Managers work very closely together to create this atmosphere of mutual respect. The Student Managers, Mr Hunte for Sewell and Cavell, Houses and Mr Bonsra for Carter and Nelson Houses are available at all times to work with individual students.
Student Managers do not teach and are therefore available throughout the day to support students with any issues. They are highly experienced and are able to deal with the vast majority of concerns raised by students. They work very hard and are always prepared to go the extra mile to ensure that students are well supported. Mrs Ransome, the Learning Support Unit Manager works very closely with this team to offer advice and support to staff, students and parents.
In addition to Form Tutors and our Student Managers we are very fortunate to have a range of services available for our students. We understand that sometimes students wish to seek more objective or specialist advice to deal with specific problems.
Pete Skivington is a highly skilled youth worker who works for one of our local churches but finds the time to come into school and meet with young people who feel the need to have the opportunity to discuss particular concerns, ranging from bereavement to emotional issues such as anger management.
Tash Drury is the School’s careers and personal advisor. She offers guidance and support about future career plans ranging from option choices at the transition from Key Stage 3 to 4 as well as 'A” level choices and university applications. Tash supports students to consider career choices on an individual basis but is also available to meet with parents. Tash is a highly experienced member of our team and is available to work with students experiencing personal difficulties too. Sixth Form students receive careers guidance from Angela Martin.
Unfortunately, some young people need professional counselling because their personal circumstances are such that they need specialist support. We are very fortunate to have our own school counsellors; Fiona Maccallum and Arianne Hoppler are available to see students two mornings a week. They are both very experienced and highly skilled. Students are referred to our counsellors via Tash. If you would like more information about this service, please contact her directly.
As a school, we organise a series of activities on our SMSC days which target specific year groups about particular issues; for example, we hold an Anti – Bullying Day. We organise Careers events and days around sexual health and staying safe. On these days, we invite a variety of organisations who can give specialist advice to our students. Organisations such as the Matthew Project, the local Police and nurses and doctors from the surgeries in Sheringham and Holt all have an input.
The above information is a very brief summary of the wide range of support on offer for our students. However, it is really important for students and parents to share concerns with us in order for us to help and advise young people to solve any problems they may have.
I have every confidence in the team of staff I work with and know that they will individually and collectively do everything they can to offer guidance and support to the young people in our care. The vast majority of youngsters are very happy at our school and know they can seek advice in confidence and will be well supported.
Mrs Jayne Melhuish