School Counselling Service

Our own confidential Counselling Service


Pupils work in small groups, developing life skills that will enable them to be more successful in their classes and in school generally


Twilight is an after school homework provision held in the library

The Zone

The Zone is an after school club for students

Special Educational Needs

Find out more about special education provision 

External Well-Being Support

Information and support from external sources

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:


Contact Us:

Debbi Armitage MBACP (Accred)

Email: d.armitage@holmfirthhigh.co.uk

Telephone: 07596 917912

The Treehouse

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 treehouseteam@holmfirthhigh.co.uk

Case Study:

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




Easily distracted






Low self esteem


Often has temper tantrums




Attention seeking




Twilight is an after school homework provision held in the library.

The Twilight club is held by Mrs Wigfield or Mr Clews and is open Mondays and Thursdays, 3.30-5.00 pm.

Our aim is to provide a quiet and calm time and space after school for pupils to do homework, coursework or revise for tests and exams with teacher support if required.

What’s on offer?

– After school teacher support

– Use of school computers to access the internet and school network.

– A glass of squash and a biscuit are provided.

The Zone

The Zone starts at 3.30pm until 5.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It is an after school club where pupils can do their homework, chat with their friends, play board games and have access to computers. Refreshments are available i.e toast, biscuits and juice.

External Support Websites

Please see a variety of links below to lots of helpful websites. Each website contains lots of useful information for both parents and students.

Mental Health Support

Child in Mind podcasts

Child in Mind is a series of podcasts aimed to help parents and carers understand and manage child and family mental health problems.

Head Space

National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Specifically tailored information for young people, parents, teachers and carers about mental health

Young Minds

UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people

Other Useful Support Links

Anti Bullying Alliance

A unique coalition of organisations and individuals, who work together to stop bullying

Beating Eating Disorders

UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders

CEOP - Child Exploitation & Online Protection

The online advice, help and reporting centre. Make a CEOP report here.

Change 4 Life

Would you or your family like to be healthier and happier?


Private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19


Information you need to keep your child safe online

Drink Aware

Here to help people make better choices about drinking

Kirklees Young People Friendly

Up to date information on Sexual Health Services available to all young people within Kirklees

Locala School Nurse Facebook page

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.


UK leading charity specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every childhood

The Nuture Group Network

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

Parent Info

Expert information to help children and young people stay safe online

Talk to Frank

Up to date information and advice related to drugs

Think U Know

Latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology

Winston's Wish

Leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, offering practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals

Useful mobile apps

Calm App

Calm is an app for mindfulness and meditation to bring more clarity, joy and peace to your daily life. Join the millions experiencing less anxiety and better sleep with our guided meditations, breathing programs and Sleep Stories. Recommended by top psychologists and mental health experts to help you de-stress.

Headspace APP

Guided Meditation and Mindfulness app. ​​​Meditation is made simple with guided meditations suitable for all levels from Headspace. Meditation can help improve your focus, exercise mindful awareness, relieve anxiety and reduce stress.