Our aim is to assess and monitor the emotional and physical needs of pupils at RGS.
Advice and guidance is offered with the purpose of ensuring that all pupils are treated as individuals. Working alongside the pastoral team, we provide an environment where pupils feel safe, secure and able to discuss any concerns they have.
We actively work with outside agencies including the Coventry and Warwickshire Immunisation Team in accordance with government guidelines. By being involved in the delivery of the PSHCE programme, we seek to share knowledge and educate pupils as they grow and develop. We ensure all staff remain up to date in terms of mandatory training, for example, by teaching the anaphylaxis course on an annual basis.
RGS provides relaxation sessions under the guidance of Mr Richard Willis for pupils who wish to learn some strategies for coping with stress and anxiety.
We offer weekly group sessions as well as courses of tailored one-to-one sessions for pupils. These sessions provide our young people with skills that are not only invaluable during their time at school but will help them during their future studies and beyond. Relaxation sessions are organised in consultation with the wider pastoral team and a pupil’s parents in order to ensure that the support in place for a pupil is co-ordinated and matched to their needs.
Our school-based Counsellor is Mrs Diane Paterson.
Mrs Paterson is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a registered member of the voluntary register of counsellors. She has worked with us at RGS for the last three years and brings extensive prior experience of counselling young people.
Counselling provides an opportunity for students to explore, understand and overcome issues in their lives which may be causing them difficulty, distress or confusion. These issues may include relationship difficulties with either family or friends, managing strong emotions such as anger or sadness and overcoming distressing situations like bereavement and family illness.
There are times when many of us will value a safe space to work through what is affecting us. If you would like further details about the counselling service, please contact Dr Andrew (Head of Pastoral Care) or your child’s Head of Section or Head of Year.