We are committed to ensuring that our students understand the importance of positive social, emotional, mental health and well-being (SEMH). Students are able to access support in a variety of ways during their time at Southgate school. This could include support from their Form Tutor, Head of Year, Pastoral Support Officers and Learning Mentors. Students are taught during PSHE about how to keep themselves well, both physically and emotionally. We have a House system and students are encouraged to participate in activities to achieve milestones in order to promote positive well-being. At Southgate school we understand that student achievement and progress is closely linked to their emotional wellbeing and how they feel about themselves. We consider it crucial to support and develop the whole child and not only their academic being.
Support at Southgate school
Our ‘Be Well Zones’ are safe places for all our students, particularly the more vulnerable in our school community. Within school we are clear that ‘its ok to not be ok’ and students know that they can share their concerns without fear of judgement.
Our ‘Be Well Zones’ are located in the Student Support Centre (SSC where our Learning Mentors are based), W3 (Pastoral Support Office), W13 (Heads of Year office) and W22 (Pastoral Support Manager and Attendance Officer office). Students can access support before school, during break, lunch and after school.
Our Student Support Centre runs a variety of interventions including targeted group-work across all year groups. These include Nurture group; Attendance workshops; Self-esteem; Sleep; Anxiety and Exam Stress management. Our Learning Mentors are an integral part of the Pastoral Team and work very closely with Heads of Year to ensure that all students are fully supported.
We work very closely with the following agencies: -
CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (referral through GP)
SBSS – Secondary Behaviour Support Services
COMPASS – Drug and Alcohol Services
Safer Schools Officer – PC White
CSE – Child Sexual Exploitation Team
EWS – Education Welfare Service
The Designated Safeguarding Lead at Southgate School is Esen Hussein (Deputy Head). She is supported by an experienced team of Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads who enable the school to provide a comprehensive support system to students. Should you have any concerns or need any support please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Links to External Services that students and parents can access
Online service offering access to a trained team of counsellors – https://www.kooth.com/
Free, safe and completely anonymous online support for young people
Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm
Support for Under 25s on your phone – https://www.themix.org.uk/
“The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us via online, social or our free, confidential helpline.”
Phone number: 0808 808 4994