At Archbishop Holgate’s School, we offer a wide range of extra support in school to students when needed. Below are different support options available:

Pastoral Team

The Pastoral Team are the first port of call to parental enquiries and are there to support the day to day life of students in their year group. They can support students with a wide range of difficulties by offering one-to-one time and small group wellbeing sessions. The Pastoral Team offer early intervention and preventative work around the school, including social times, to enable students to feel well supported when needed.  

School Wellbeing Worker

Every school and college in York has an assigned School Wellbeing Worker. A School Wellbeing Worker can provide advice, support and resources to students. The Wellbeing Worker offers confidential one to one or group support to students, to improve students emotional and mental health. This can be done independently or a staff member from the pastoral team can support you alongside your sessions. 

More information about the School Wellbeing Service can be found at:

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School Nurse

The School Nurse is here to support students’ health and wellbeing both physically and mentally; this includes long standing and new/temporary medical conditions, First Aid, and all aspects of mental health. If not able to offer practical advice/support on an issue, I can signpost to the relevant services/professionals. I am part of the pastoral team here at Archbishop Holgate’s School and work closely with other members of the team to support our students, and with consent, external health professionals where needed.

School Counsellor 

The School Counselling Service provides an opportunity for students to explore and understand their difficulties within a safe and confidential space. Sometimes we all have problems that are worrying. Think of a confusing jigsaw when all the pieces are difficult to match together. Talking about a problem in counselling is like sorting out all the pieces so we can begin to build a picture that makes more sense to us. 

Sometimes it’s difficult to talk to parents, friends or teachers about things that are making us anxious. A counsellor is someone who you can talk to in a different way, someone who will give you time and listen to you very carefully, who will not judge you or tell you what to do.

Counselling is about helping you to work things out for yourself, making decisions and choices and helping you to look at things differently. It can help you to feel better about yourself.

If you think some extra support might be helpful and would like to discuss support options further, please CLICK HERE to complete the form. Gaynor Stainsby will then meet with you and help you decide what support you would like referring to. 

You might prefer or need to access further support outside of school such as self-help websites, online counselling, MIND or CAMHS. Please CLICK HERE for further information.