The Student Support Department supports students throughout their time at Amery Hill with their emotional needs. We have a strong pastoral structure within school where relevant information is shared between members of staff as necessary to support each student. We will hold meetings with parents and students to encourage good links between home and school, so that we can work effectively together to ensure the best outcome for each student in our care.
When students join us in Year 7 they are children, and by the time they leave us in Year 11 they are young men and women. So during their time at secondary school they grow through a huge period of adjustment. They are undergoing hormonal changes and at the same time have to deal with the pressures of learning and exams.
In addition to this, events in their everyday lives, such as bereavement, break up of family due to divorce and separation, illness within the family can add to the pressures of growing up with some students needing additional support. We will work with each student individually to assess their needs and are able to help in a variety of ways. We have two counsellors and a listener who come into school on a weekly basis and two Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA) who are in school all the time. We have teaching assistants who specialise in pastoral work with students. In addition we often call on outside agencies for support, these include:
School Nursing Service for health and emotional issues
CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) for mental health issues
Youth First who support with anger and anxiety management and LBGT
'It’s a Rapp' who support victims of relationship abuse
Children’s Services who support troubled families and provide Child Protection
Early Help Hub who also support families having difficulties
Alton Buckle also provide family support
The Bridges Project who support victims of domestic abuse
Catch 22 who provide drugs counselling