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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Student Welfare

We are committed to follow our school's Mission to being a joyous, peaceful, forgiving and inclusive community.  We are devoted to ensuring that all students are cared for and supported when in need.

Our Student Welfare Department, is led by Dr Stevenson, Deputy Headteacher. 

We have special pages devoted to the following:

 

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How can talking to an adult help? 

Talking about your problems to someone you trust means they can help you see things differently. They can give you new ideas about how to cope, or help you change things in your life that worry you. Once you tell someone, they can be there for you in the future too.

Putting things into words helps. Sometimes it's just good to say what's on your mind. Talking to someone could make you feel like you don't have to deal with it on your own and make things feel more manageable.

What will happen if I tell someone? 

People like teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers and police officers will always listen and take you seriously. They have a duty to help you and keep you safe. And if you tell them what’s happening, they’ll want to help.

The person you tell might need to let someone else know what’s happening, but you can always ask about this. It’s also okay to tell them what you’d like to happen and keep asking questions about what’s going on.

Anti-Bullying Advice 

Bullying is saying or doing something, more than once, to deliberately hurt or upset someone else.  It can be physical, verbal or indirect (spreading rumours, excluding you, or posting information about you online).

How can I get help?
There are lots of different people at school that you can talk to including your Form Tutor, Head of Year or any member of staff you feel comfortable talking with.  If you are feeling upset and you would like help straight away, visit the Pastoral Office (next to Main Reception) or the Learning Support Centre (top floor of St John's).
We will listen to any concerns you have and then together decide the best way to resolve them.  We will discuss any actions with you first before doing anything to help.

Anti-Bullying Policy
To access our Anti-Bulling Policy, click on Policies.

Social Emotional Mental Health Support 

We all have times in our lives when we feel stressed or anxious.

As a school we are committed to supporting our young people’s social emotional and mental health, we are very aware of the impact the COVID 19 pandemic has had on many families and children. Therefore, we have appointed a full-time Social and emotional mental health lead, Ellie Johnstone to support students in Year 7 to 13. 

Referrals can be made via Heads of Year following consultation with parents/carers. Students also have the ability to self-refer using the white post box outside Rm43 in the St John's Building. 

Ellie Johnstone also offers a lunch-time drop-in session in Rm43 that is open to all pupils Monday to Friday 12.30 -1pm.  

If you would like any more information regarding this new in-school support, please contact Ellie Johnstone directly by telephone on 01603 611 431 (x1028) or email ejohnston@ndhs.org.uk

For general advice on supporting mental wellbeing, click on the images below.

Feeling down? Here are some great tips to build resilience and keep those positive vibes flowing.

Lacking that spring in your step?  Here's some advice to get you leaping with purpose again.

6 steps to boost your self esteem from Young Minds.

 

 

Pastoral Team including Heads of Year 

To find a member of staff's email address you add our domain name @ndhs.org.uk  i.e. aperson@ndhs.org.uk

Deputy Head Student Welfare
Alternate DSL (ADSL)

Shirley Stevenson
sstevenson@
Ex. 1025
St Julie's, Room J16
Pastoral & Attendance Support Manager
Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO)

Janice Murphy
jmurphy@
Ex.1080
Pastoral Office
Student and Pastoral Assistant
Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO)

Jo Bryant
jbryant@
Ex. 1022
Pastoral Office
Head of Year 7
John Hodds
jhodds@
Ex. 1089
Pastoral Office
Head of Year 8
Anne Tiburtius
atiburtius@
Ex. 1090
Pastoral Office
Head of Year 9
Peter Hedges
phedges@
Ex. 1005
Pastoral Office
Head of Year 10
Imogen  Orton
iorton@
Ex. 1021
Pastoral Office
Head of Year 11
Charli Jacobs
cjacobs@
Ex. 1023
Pastoral Office
 
  Lay Chaplain
Alex Savage
asavage@
Ex. 1036
Chaplaincy Office J18

Learning Support Team 

To find a member of staff's email address you add our domain name @ndhs.org.uk  i.e. aperson@ndhs.org.uk

Learning Support Centre Manager &
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

David Butters
dbutters@
Ex. 1029
Room 50, LSC St John’s
Student and Family Support Worker
Samantha High
shigh@


 
Student and Family Support Worker
Gilly Martin
gmartin@
Student and Family Support Worker
Corinne Pointer
cpointer@
   
Time Out Supervisor
Claudia Martinez
cmartinez@
 

Safeguarding Issue 

Feeling like something's not right?
Are you feeling worried about

  • Something that has happened to you or someone else
  • Not knowing who to turn to
  • Coping with your mental health

Whatever's happening, you don't have to cope alone.  If you have any concern or worry, you can speak to any member of staff as we are a 'listening school'.  They will then pass on your concerns to the Safeguarding Team.  Or you can speak directly to any member of our Safeguarding Team.

For more information visit our safeguarding page.

Outside Agency Support and Advice 

Childline.org.uk
Get free, confidential support from a Childline counsellor about anything you want to. You can talk to Childline from 7:30am-3:30am every day, either online, by calling 0800 1111 or by sending a message from their website.

Kooth
Kooth is a digital mental health support service for young people aged 11 to 25 where they can access online support from a team of experienced counsellors. Access is free and there are a range of tools, such as activities and moderated chat forums that can be used to enhance young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Parentinfo.org
Support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations

School Nursing Team
The NHS School Nursing Service provide a confidential, non-judgemental service to young people who are seeking advice regarding their physical health or emotional wellbeing. They provide support and advice around healthy eating, exercise, sleep, emotional wellbeing, healthy relationships, stress and many other issues that impact upon health and wellbeing.

  • Young People should contact direct using our text messaging service; CHAT Health 07480635060
  • Professionals, parents and young people can contact via' Just One Number', 0300 300 0123 and speak to a Clinician for advice and support.

Visit your doctor or nurse
You can make an appointment with your doctor any time. You can usually see them by yourself. Even if you can’t see your doctor in person, you can usually talk over phone. Find out more about visiting your doctor.

Victim Support
Victim Support is an independent charity dedicated to supporting victims of crime and traumatic incidents including domestic violence and abuse in England and Wales.

Contact the police
If you’re feeling unsafe, you can always talk to the police.

  • In an emergency, you can call 999 to get help straight away.
  • To report an incident or crime you can contact the police online
  • You can also report online sexual abuse or exploitation to CEOP
  • To report online material promoting terrorism or extremism contact report terrorism

Online Safety Advice for Students 

Advice for Students
Thinkuknow has advice for young people on:

  • how to stay safe online
  • what to do if you or a friend experiences something that upsets you
  • where to go for advice or to report an incident

Choose the specific site for your age group:

Reporting an Incident
If you feel that you, or a young person you know is at risk, or is the subject of abuse, you should contact a member of our Safeguarding Team.  For their contact details and further advice, visit our Safeguarding page.

For advice on other agencies to report an incident to, or for ask for help click here.

Online Safety Advice for Parents/Carers 

46% of parents agree with the statement: “My child knows more about the internet than I do”, Ofcom. 

Here are some conversation starters to help your family discuss internet safety issues and establish some ground rules together:

  • What sites does your child like using and what do they enjoy doing online?
  • How does your child stay safe online?  What tips do they have for you?
  • What is it ok, or not ok to share online?
  • What privacy settings do they use and how do they report content that makes them feel uncomfortable?

If you feel that you, or a young person you know is at risk, or is the subject of abuse, you should contact a member of our Safeguarding Team.  For their contact details and further advice, visit our Safeguarding page.

For advice on other agencies to report an incident to, or for ask for help click here.

Thinkuknow

Thinkuknow is an excellent website for giving straight forward and up to date advice to help your children get the most out of the Internet whilst staying safe.  Popular topics with filters to narrow down specific age groups and issues include:

Online Safety Advice Videos
 

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