School Counselling Service
Our School Counselling Service is an important part of the school’s pastoral system, helping anyone that is experiencing difficulties with an aspect of their life – personal or school related. This is a confidential service, although exceptions can apply to this with regard to Safe-guarding – please ask for clarification at the time of referral.
The counselling service is accessed via the Head of House.
What we Offer:
Debbi Armitage MBACP (Accred)
Telephone: 07596 917912
Why do we have a Tree House?
The Tree House is an exciting resource within the school. It is designed to help young people get the most out of their time at Holmfirth High School. In a calm, structured environment, pupils work in small groups, developing life skills that will enable them to be more successful in their classes and in school generally. Activities are provided to nurture skills such as making choices, taking responsibility, co-operation and teamwork.
How are pupils referred?
Pupils can be referred by staff or parents. A profile assessment is completed by a member of staff who knows them well. This assessment identifies which activities will be most beneficial to individuals so programmes are carefully targeted. Regular reassessment takes place to ensure that pupils return to their full timetables as soon as they are ready
What happens at The Tree House?
Children will spend up to four lessons per week in The Tree House (normally only two or three) and will: – Use their curiosity constructively, – Improve their self-esteem, – Develop confidence, through close and trusting relationships with adults and peers.
Worried about your child settling into High School?
One of the services we offer is The Treehouse which works on self esteem and building confident relationships.
We are happy to give you an insight and discuss any worries or questions you may have. We are happy to show you around, please call the Treehouse to make an appointment (01484 691460) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Student E Student E found school life difficult, and had experience family bereavement prior to arriving at High School; in particular he would lose his temper often and found it difficult to back down from confrontations. He was part of the Treehouse groups during year 7 and 8 and improved his skills in 19 of the areas measured by the Boxall profile. He has coped well with school life since he graduated from the Treehouse and has continued to develop independantly through year 9. This year he has had 52 comments recorded for positive behaviour; last year this figure was only 11. His head of year is clear that Treehouse played a key role in this student’s success. The student himself says of Treehouse that “I realise now how much I learned in Treehouse”
How to identify the kind of young people we work with in the Treehouse
Many fears and easily scared
Picked on or bullied by other children
Lacks confidence and enthusiasm
Restless and wanders around classroom
Makes a lot of noise
Often seems worried
Low self esteem
Often has temper tantrums
The Twilight club is held by Mrs Wigfield or Mr Clews and is open Mondays and Thursdays, 3.30-5.00 pm.
What’s on offer?
– Use of school computers to access the internet and school network.
– A glass of squash and a biscuit are provided.
External Support Websites
Mental Health Support
Other Useful Support Links
Information about the NHS School Nurses can be found on this link, along with health information. The NHS School Nurse Lisa Storey is available in Spectrum every Wednesday lunchtime.
The Nurture Group Network exists to promote the development of nurture groups and to ensure the continuing quality of their delivery through accredited training programmes, research on effective practice, relevant publications and information exchange
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