Student support

Young carers Anti-bullying LBGTQ+

We provide a safe and happy learning environment where all members of the college community encourage the best in others, as well as themselves.  We provide help, support and opportunities that enable everyone to develop resilience and perseverance, allowing them to overcome barriers and setbacks in everyday life. 

We have focused on developing a restorative justice approach. Older students are trained as Restorative Justice Mentors and Cyber Ambassadors. We also have Diana Anti-Bullying trained students to help support younger students and their peers in resolving any issues they might have. 

Young Carers

A young carer is a young person aged 18 years old or under, who cares for a parent or sibling with a physical disability, mental health issue, learning difficulty or substance misuse.  

A young carer might have these responsibilities:

  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Looking after siblings
  • Shopping
  • Calming people down
  • Helping pay bills
  • Helping mum/dad/brother/sister to the hospital or doctors
  • Staying home instead of being out with friends
  • Giving medication

Impacts on a young carer:

  • Restricted childhood
  • Impact on grades and GCSE results
  • Restricted opportunities
  • Feeling anxious and worried lots of the time
  • Strain on friendships
  • Feeling guilty and a heavy burden of responsibility
  • Struggle to get homework completed

Drop in session – all young carers welcome – pop in and see us 

KIDS logoDrop in session are available to all Young Carers every Monday lunchtime (13:05hrs to 13:35hrs) in the Community Hub.  These sessions are run by Mrs Scott.  Young Carers can come along and spend time to chat, play board games, complete homework, eat their lunch and spend time with a friend.

There is also a message box in the foyer outside Student Reception.  This is for young carers to put any messages or comments they would like to pass to Mrs Scott.advice, support, guidance

You can contact us on 01329 843127 or email our Young Carers School Lead, Mrs Scott–, or our Wellbeing Manager, Stella Pratt -

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stop bullying - stand up speak out“There is no legal definition of bullying. But it is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.” - Bullying UK 

Online bullying advice

  • Screenshot any offensive or harassing messages
  • Check your privacy settings and don't accept followers you don't know.
  • Check your location settings and turn them off
  • If you are being bullied online, stop communication with the other person and screenshot it
  • Block the other person
  • Report the bullying or harassment to the provider
  • Confide in someone you can trust, so they can help you to get the bullying to stop

There is an anti-bullying drop in session run every week at Wednesday lunchtime run by Mr Williams, Miss Coumbe and Anti-Bullying Mentors.  

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LBGTQ+ support

Young people have a lot to think about growing up. Exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity should be a positive experience for all young people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people.  Staff who work with young people play a crucial role in helping young people make sense of these new experiences and creating an environment where young people feel able to be themselves completely.

What does each letter mean?LGBTQ+ safe school poster

  • L (Lesbian): A lesbian is a woman/woman-aligned person who is attracted to only people of the same/similar gender.
  • G (Gay): Gay is usually a term used to refer to men/men-aligned individuals who are only attracted to people of the same/similar gender. 
  • B (Bisexual): Bisexual indicates an attraction to all genders. 
  • T (Transgender): Transgender is a term that indicates that a person's gender identity is different from the gender associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. 
  • Q (Queer or Questioning): Though queer may be used by people as a specific identity, it is often considered an umbrella term for anyone who is non-cisgender or heterosexual.  Questioning refers to people who may be unsure of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
  • + (Plus): The 'plus' is used to signify all the gender identities and sexual orientations that are not specifically covered by the other five initials. An example is Two-Spirit, a pan-Indigenous American identity.

There is a drop in/support group at lunchtime on Thursday’s for LBGTQ+ students.

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UPDATED: 22 September 2023