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.
From time to time, children and young people can become overwhelmed by the challenges that they face in life. The physical, emotional and social pressures of growing up can be hard for some to navigate and sadly, stressful life events also occur.
Counselling provides an opportunity for students to explore what is troubling them with a neutral person who is objective and non-judgemental. It enables young people to understand their situation a little better with the aim of developing coping strategies that improve their psychological strength, confidence and overall happiness.
Our school based counsellor is Mrs Rachel Harling. Mrs Harling is a Senior Accredited Counsellor and a specialist in child and adolescent mental health. She has worked extensively in this field in a variety of settings including NHS, private practice and education. Mrs Harling is in School Monday to Thursday every week and can be contacted by email. She is trained to offer, and experienced in providing, a variety of therapeutic interventions which have been proven to be very effective with issues such as:
- Anxiety and stress
- Lack of confidence / low self-esteem
- Low mood and depression
- Difficulties with anger
- Regulating emotions and tolerating distress
- Peer relations
- Family Issues
- Eating Disorders
- Coping with physical illness
If you would like to know more about the counselling service we offer, please contact Dr Andrew (Head of Pastoral Care) by email.
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.