Our commitment to our students’ health & wellbeing

We consider the health, safety and wellbeing of our students to be of the utmost
importance and strive to promote the welfare of our students, believing ‘Every Child
Matters’ and supporting them and enabling them to keep themselves and others

Student’s Mentors are the first port of call should you have a concern, you can also
contact the Principal. If you have any concerns of a safeguarding nature please
contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Elaine King, who is available to support
and offer help when students are experiencing issues both in and out of school
through providing a welcoming and supportive environment.

Mrs King liaises with a number of outside agencies who are further able to support
our students including PCAMHS, CAMHS, Health and Social Care and Early
Intervention Services.

Elaine King
01295 251451 Ext. 221

Confidentiality: All issues raised are treated with confidentiality, unless there is a
risk of significant harm in which case referrals are made to partner agencies for their

School Nurse
There is a school nurse drop in once a week.

Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer.

In a crisis? Anxious? Worried? Stressed? Get 24/7 help from their team of Crisis Volunteers.

Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

Shout is powered by a team of volunteers, who are at the heart of the service. We take people from crisis to calm every single day. Find out more: Shout website

Useful Links

(see also the Help Zone document below for additional useful links)

https://ocva.org.uk/ links to other sources of support in the community

https://www.oxfordshireallin.org/local-support-groups Oxfordshire All In support groups that have been set up around the county – these are being added to all of the time.

https://www.turn2us.org.uk/ A charity to support those in financial need

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/north-oxon-south-northants/contact-us/ Citizens’ Advice Bureau for Banbury/Bicester

http://www.bancburyshirecitizenproject.org.uk/ Banburyshire Advice Centre

https://www.familylives.org.uk/ Parenting support

https://www.reducingtherisk.org.uk/cms/ Domestic abuse helplines.

https://www.netmums.com/support/netmums-parenting-course-welcome Online Family Links course

https://www.home-startbanbury.org.uk/ Home-Start for Banbury, Bicester and Chipping Norton

https://theimaginationtree.com/ Play at home ideas. Early Years Toolkit from Early Years Team, information for practitioners and parents.

https://fisd.oxfordshire.gov.uk/kb5/oxfordshire/directory/home.page Family information directory

https://fisd.oxfordshire.gov.uk/kb5/oxfordshire/directory/practitioner_toolkit.page Practitioners’ Toolkit A-Z of information and links to support

Claims for Statutory Sick Pay and entitlements due to the Coronavirus: https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/


Oxfordshire sexual health service

There are no drop-in services at the Churchill, Banbury & Didcot clinics, and they are now operating on an appointment only basis.

The following peripheral clinics are closed until further notice: Abingdon, Bicester, Kidlington, Wantage

Please check the website for updates on other clinics: https://www.sexualhealthoxfordshire.nhs.uk/


Facebook Groups


Banbury Coronavirus Support Group

Stress and Emotional Health

Young Minds: How to support your child if they are feeling anxious about coronavirus Young Minds 360° Schools

Place2Be – Improving Children’s Mental Health: Coronavirus: updates from Place2Be https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-updates-from-place2be/
Understanding Children’s Anxiety Place2Be Newsletter March 20

Childline Calm Zone – activities and tools to help you feel better when you’re feeling anxious, scared or sad https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/

TSE  – COVID-19 Resources for Secondary Schools
Please see the TSE leaflets below on Stress and Emotional Health. 
This link will take you to the box breathing video which is referenced in several of the leaflets: https://youtu.be/NmUpUHnRF-Y 

TSE – Stress First Aid Kit – Pupil
TSE – Helpful and Unhelpful worries – Pupil
TSE – Emotional Health Toolkit – Pupil
TSE – Stress Bucket – Pupil
TSE – Stress – Pupil
TSE – Emotional Health Toolkit – Teacher
TSE – Stress First Aid Kit – Teacher

See the Help Zone for other useful websites for Health and wellbeing.

IMPS First Point: Supporting Children – where to go for advice from the Injury Minimization Programme for Schools. These pages give support and advice to young people if they are worried or frightened about something that is happening to them or a friend.

Secondary School Health Nurse Newsletter Term 3 2020

CAMHS In Reach information evening for parents and carers presentation 13 Nov 2019

Parenting Practitioners: What if …you want some help? Our small and friendly team has wide experience of working with parents when problems arise with children. Read more here.

Parenting Practitioners: Children’s Space is a service to support children whose parents are separating or who have already separated. Read more here.

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