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The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be an exciting but challenging time.

To help students negotiate these ups and downs, the school has an on-site counsellor.

The counsellor is there to offer support with personal and emotional issues that may be affecting students’ work, relationships and general wellbeing. Many problems can be solved and decisions reached by talking with friends, family and teaching staff but sometimes it’s helpful to get independent support and to be able to talk things through confidentially with a professionally trained counsellor.


The counsellor works with students in Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 while younger students in Years 7-9 can meet with Place2Be counsellors, see below.

Students decide for themselves if they are interested in counselling and can arrange a session by sending an email to the counsellor directly (see contact details below). If a member of teaching staff or a parent thinks counselling would be helpful to a student, they may also contact the counsellor to suggest a meeting with that student. It is then up to the student to decide whether they wish to take up the offer.

Sometimes a single session is helpful and sometimes it’s good to come every week.

Confidentiality is very important and except in exceptional circumstances, the content of counselling sessions will not be discussed outside the counselling room unless the student gives their consent.

Counselling is about listening, without judging, to whatever is on someone’s mind. It can contribute to a clearer understanding of the situation, increased self-awareness and a way to think about things from a different perspective. It can also offer support and strategies for positive change.

What it may help with:

  • Anxieties about schoolwork including exams and presentations
  • Problems with communicating
  • General stress and anxiety
  • Sadness and depression
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Eating problems
  • Bereavements and parental separations
  • Loneliness, emptiness or feeling overwhelmed by emotions
  • Lack of self-confidence or low self-esteem
  • Managing transitions
  • Making difficult decisions
  • Traumatic experiences including rape, assault and abuse
  • Difficulties with alcohol or drugs
  • Issues around sex and sexuality
  • Self-injury
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anger management
  • Worries about appearance


Kate Clark (Child and Adolescent Integrative Psychotherapist UKCP) and Charlotta Mason (Counsellor/Psychotherapist MBACP), are qualified counsellors working in accordance with the ethical framework of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

Room Location B.19

Kate is on-site on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
Charlotta is on-site on Thursdays and Fridays

If you are a student and would like to meet to discuss counselling or make an appointment, Kate is your first point of contact. 
Please email her on kate.clark@bridgeacademy.hackney.sch.uk 

If you are a parent and would like to discuss counselling for your child, please use the email above.


Place2Be  is our counselling service for Years 7, 8 and 9.  Janet Pearce is the School Project Manager for Place2Be at Bridge Academy. Janet is normally in school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.  Anna is the Mental Health Practitioner for Place2Be at Bridge Academy and is in school on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

If you would like any more information or to talk about the Place2Be service at Bridge, you can get in touch with or arrange to meet up in school with either Janet or Anna by calling the school on 0207 749 5240, or via the Place2Be website.






Mr Chris Brown

Vice Principals:
Kelly Harris (Personal Development and wellbeing)
Sarah Bennett (Pastoral and Behaviour)
Sophie Poole (Standards and Curriculum)

Finance &
Resources Director:

Ken Robb