The guidance counsellor endeavours to support all our students in their journey through secondary education. The role involves counselling, providing information, educational guidance, career guidance, individual appointments and providing for the personal, educational and social development of all our students. Students therefore may wish to see the guidance counsellor for educational guidance, career guidance or for personal counselling.
Educational guidance and career guidance are delivered as part of a structured whole school programme. Students participate in psychometric testing and have individual appointments to help them with subject choice.
Students may from time to time need care, support and guidance to help them cope with particular situations or difficulties they may be encountering. The guidance counsellor works in conjunction with the pastoral care team, year heads, class teachers as well as liaising with management to provide the range of supports which a student may need.
The guidance counsellor is a qualified and registered member of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors and adheres to the guidelines on best practice and the code of ethical conduct. The limits on confidentiality are to provide for the safety of the student if necessary.
Parents/Guardians are welcome to contact the guidance counsellor with any concerns or queries they may have. The guidance counsellor is available to meet with parents/guardians at all the parent/teacher meetings and various information evenings throughout the school year and maintains a list of registered practitioners and assists with referrals for students requiring additional support.