Wellbeing Support & Counselling

Hartford High School exceeds national expectations by using many professionals, processes and techniques to safeguard and provide pastoral care to their pupils in addition to education and learning.

Below are many ways Hartford High School supports students with their mental health and wellbeing.


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Form Tutor

All students have a Form tutor who they see daily after Lesson 5. The form tutor is their go to person for any problems, immediate issues or concerns in school regarding education, peers or other. All Young people are taught by their tutor age appropriate risks about how to keep themselves safe during PSHE programme (Personal Sexual Health Education). Topics such as stranger danger, road safety, healthy eating and internet safety are addressed alongside stress management, sexual health and sexual responsibility.

School Chaplin

Mrs Tracy Morgan, the School chaplain is responsible for supporting the spiritual, social, and emotional wellbeing of students regardless of faith or beliefs. Our school chaplin provides weekly bereavement support via a group session for students who are suffering a form of loss.

Social Skills and Emotional Resilience Tutor

Mrs Amanda Rose is an external tutor who offers tutor referral only sessions to students once a fortnight. Emotional Resilience is an essential skill that allows workforces to deal with pressuring situations at school by giving them the tools to reduce their school/social-related stress, depression or anxiety.

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) and well-being Tutor

Mrs Louise Lee, offers weekly meetings with students who are referred by tutors/pastoral managers which helps children learn to understand their emotions and respect the feelings of those around them. The sessions provide time and space for pupils to think about their personal circumstances and how they can manage them.

Attendance Lead

The school attendance lead follows the schools legal framework by establishing and developing a professional service to support the school and young people in raising attendance, investigating persistent absences and improving punctuality.They advise the school on strategies to promote the regular and punctual attendance of all students and assist with the implementation of well being strategies to support the student to access education. This lead can offer additional support by attending the home of students who struggle with attendance and encouraging them to attend school.

Pastoral Manager

  • Year 7: Miss Rachel Boulton
  • Year 8 & 9: Mrs Anne Lewis (Mon-Wed), Miss Hannah Godfrey (Thur-Fri)
  • Year 10 & 11: Miss Katy Bain

Each year group has their own pastoral manager. This person is available in the pastoral hub for the student to speak with if they have any concerns. They protect; prevent abuse and ensure the safety of the student. This person can also provide emergency first aid to students and arrange safe transport to emergency care should it be necessary. A Pastoral Manager promotes correct uniform, good behaviour and takes measures against bullying, harassment and discrimination following the school guidelines and policies. They also refer students to external agencies such as Polaris, Winsford Sexual Health hub, Queensbury, The fire service, RESPECT course, PCSO’s and local police. A pastoral manager will speak directly to families and ensure the wellbeing of the student is paramount encouraging the individual to attend education. Pastoral managers will communicate with home to check on the wellbeing of a student should the individual not be in school.

Head Of Year

  • Year 7: Miss Emma Daniels
  • Year 8: Mr Paul Marklove
  • Year 9: Miss Hemma Gittins
  • Year 10: Mr Paul Armstrong
  • Year 11: Mr Rob Mason

Each year group has a head of year who is responsible for the overall pastoral care and decisions of the students in the year group. This means that behaviour, safeguarding and attendance issues all come under their remit. Heads of year are able to set sanctions and positive rewards reflecting the students behaviour/achievements in school.

External Volunteer Counsellor

Mrs Sarah Howell is a third year student on a Foundation Degree in counselling children and young people through Staffordshire University. She is currently employed as the Family Support Worker/ Safeguarding officer and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Sarah has the capacity to see 2 students for a private 1-1 session on a Friday morning in school and delivers a group session for friendship & relationships on a Friday Afternoon for self-referred students in key stage 4.

School Counsellor/Psychotherapist

  • School Counsellor: Miss Hannah Godfrey hgodfrey@hartfordhigh.co.uk
  • Counselling Drop in: Tuesday Am before school & PM after school
  • 1-1: Self refer for allocated time slot (Waiting list)

Miss Godfrey (BA/MA/ADMP) is trained in Movement Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Counselling with Bereavement, addiction and trauma. Having worked on psychiatric wards, bereavement centres and domestic violence centres alongside educational settings, Miss Godfrey supports students for 1-1 sessions. Miss Godfrey has the capacity to see 15 students a week for private 1-1 counselling sessions. Students can refer by self-refer only (forms can be found in pastoral). Students complete self-assessment criterias during sessions which enables the counsellor to make a judgement about the support a student needs within school and whether counselling is suitable for them at that time.

Additionally to 1-1 sessions, Miss Godfrey provides a drop in service to all students without appointment every Tuesday before school and Tuesday after school (in Pastoral counselling room).

Deputy and Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • Deputy Safeguarding Officer: Stuart Cuthill scuthill@hartfordhigh.co.uk
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Lydia Naylor lnaylor@hartfordhigh.co.uk

The designated safeguarding lead is the person appointed to take lead responsibility for child protection issues in school. They refer cases of suspected abuse to Children’s Social Care, police, IART, DBS and support staff who have raised concerns about a child or have made a referral to Children’s Social Care. Should a young person alert a member of staff to a safeguarding risk, it is the responsibility of the deputy and designated safeguarding lead to ensure the safety of the student.

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