Whatever the difficulty that you are experiencing, you are not alone and we are here to support you, through provision within school, or putting you in touch with external agencies. It is vitally important to us that every child at Burnley High School has someone they trust that they can talk to, which is the most important first step. We do all we can to ensure that the young people in our care do not suffer in silence and alone.

In Burnley High School, you have access to many members of staff, ranging from your form tutor to Senior Leadership. It is important that if you are struggling, worried and just not feeling yourself that you find a member of staff that you feel you can trust and confide in. All of the staff in our school family are here to help and support you so that you are able to grow and develop.

We have a lot of support available in school and we can refer you to these should you wish to access them.

School Therapy Dog:

We have a school therapy dog, Earl, who is a British Bulldog. He is used to support the emotional and mental wellbeing of our learners, during counselling sessions and often used for our learners who lack confidence when reading to read to. He is very patient and loves to listen, especially if he gets a treat!

BFC at Burnley High School:

Sessions are provided in partnership with Burnley Football Club in the Community. Hayley, our practitioner, has worked with us since January 2019 and hosts 1:1 or group sessions for all year groups. Hayley works with students on a half termly basis, working with students for half an hour each week. Hayley focusses on issues such friendship groups, online safety, mental wellbeing and exam stress as well as other topics.

All students can access sessions with Hayley, either by speaking to their Head of Year or going to Hayley directly. Hayley provides students with the tools they need in order to flourish in school and for life after Burnley High School.

CANW at Burnley High School:

Our in school counselling service is provided by Child Action North West. They have been working with us since October 2018. Sam, our practitioner, completes 6 week blocks of sessions with our students, depending on the nature of the sessions, they will last between 30-60mins and will be weekly. Students from all year groups can access Sam’s services, again through a Head of Year referral or by direct contact with Sam in school.

Sam carries out a whole host of work with students including talking therapy and CBT sessions.

Anna Freud at Burnley High School:

Burnley High School is a proud research partner of the national mental health charity Anna Freud. Since December 2019 we have assisted with a nationwide research project for schools based on the effects and benefits of meditation and mindfulness. We are pleased that our staff and students have contributed to this programme and could influence the national curriculum for PSHE in the next few years.

There is also plenty of help and support available outside of school. We would always signpost you to some of these websites and support agencies so that you are able to access support whenever you need it.

Apps and Websites:

Safe Spot APP
This is a good one for coping skills, relaxation and distraction techniques.

Relax
The App teaches relaxation techniques

Optimism
A mood-charting app that helps you develop strategies for managing depression, bipolar or other mental health conditions.

Smiling Mind
Meditation made easy. A simple tool that helps put a smile on your mind anytime, anywhere and every day. Has different applications for differ age groups

MindShift
App designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety

Well Mind
App for mental health and wellbeing

Kooth
online counselling and support service. www.kooth.com

Speepio
website that helps with sleeping issues. www.speepio.com

Young Minds
advice and resources to support with mental health in young people. www.youngminds.org.uk

Childline
help and advice on a wide range of issues. 0800 1111 or www.childline.org.uk

Samaritans
Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope. www.samaritans.org.uk

Rise Above
Rise Above aims to build emotional resilience in individuals aged 11 to 16 by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to make informed decisions, and help deal with the pressures of growing up. It tackles topics that young people are most concerned about, such as puberty, relationships, alcohol, self-harm, smoking, contraceptive choices, drugs, body confidence, peer pressure and mental health. www.riseabove.org.uk

Kidscape
Practical advice on bullying and staying safe. www.kidscape.org.uk

TheSite.org
TheSite.org is owned and run by YouthNet UK, a registered charity and is aimed at young adults. It covers a range of issues including drugs and alcohol, sexual health and relationships, health and wellbeing and money matters. www.thesite.org.uk

“I love BHS because it really does feel like a family. All staff and students know each other, are extremely supportive of one another and show amazing levels of respect throughout the school. There really isn’t another school like it!”

Miss Yates