It is with great sadness that we need to report the death of one of our Year 12 students over the weekend. Samantha Brown was a fantastic young woman, and as a school we are devastated by this news. Students were informed this morning through year group assemblies of our loss, but not the nature or detail of the death.
Our thoughts and condolences go to her family and friends at this difficult time and we would appreciate your support in respecting their privacy.
The news has affected the entire school community, and today (Monday 14th May) we made it our priority to ensure our students have access to support.
We have had Psychology support available to students throughout the day and throughout the remainder of the week The Centre will remain open at breaks and lunchtimes for students to visit appropriately qualified counsellors. External support and advice has been signposted to students; this information is also available to everyone on the school website via the Safeguarding page.
Naturally, all staff will be understanding towards the effect and impact that this may have on the students. We have also advised the exam boards of this extenuating circumstance.
If you have any concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact us at the school via the usual channels or on the safeguarding contact number if out of hours.
Many thanks for your support at this difficult time.
Parents' Guide to Technology
Advice about smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and other internet-connected devices from the Safer Internet Centre can be found here.
What to do if your child sees something upsetting online
Along with the many positive things which young people may see or experience online, they may also encounter things which may worry or upset them. Visit this link for some advice and guidance.
The following link contains useful advice and support for helping to keep your child safe online:
Child exploitation - live streaming
We would like to draw your attention to a BBC news article regarding child exploitation via live Internet streaming.
We have been forwarded a link giving advice and guidance regarding firework safety. We thought it would be good to share with you at this time of year.
Cyberbullying - advice for parents and carers
It’s important to have regular conversations with your child about the online world, including issues like cyberbullying. This will help you to understand if they have ever experienced or witnessed online bullying for themselves, and give you an opportunity to support them and reassure them that you are always there to help.
Anxiety and Mental Health
You may find the two factsheets below useful. They provide information regarding anxiety and mental health.
Click on the thumbnail images to download the documents.
The school is always here to support you with any worries or issues you may have.
Below is a list of contacts and links to websites and advice forums which you may also find useful:
Child Line – 0800 1111
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline – 0808 800 5000
Drink Line – 0800 917 8282
Frank – National Drugs Helpline – 0300 123 6600
NHS Smoking Helpline – 0800 169 0169
Victim Supportline – 0845 3030900
Samaritans – 08457 909090
NHS Direct – Physical and Mental Health - 0845 4647
NHS Choices - Links to support lines for Mental Health
NHS Live Well - Advice on various topics, including Sexual Health
Respect Yourself - An app with positive messages to help support young people's mental health
Relate - Counselling and support for Relationships - Young People
Young Minds - Parent Helpline for worries about your child's Mental Health and wellbeing
0808 802 5544 (9.30-4pm on weekdays)
Mind - Advice for Mental Health including Self-Harming
0300 123 3393 or text 86463 (9am-6pm on weekdays)
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