At The Bridge Academy we believe that every student should be cared for, both physically and mentally. With the current difficult climate we face, it is more important than ever to pay closer attention to our mental well-being and each other’s.
At The Bridge Academy, we offer a range of different interventions to support our young people’s well-being.
Please contact the academy if you are worried about your child and would like to speak to a member of the Safeguarding or Pastoral team on 0207 749 5240
What is Mental Health?
Our Pastoral Care System:
The Directors of Learning (DOL) and Deputy Directors of Learning (DDOL) are responsible for the academic success of all students as well as supporting any pastoral needs. If you would like to discuss your child please get in touch with your child’s DOL / DDOL via this link.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic education is a subject where pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life beyond The Bridge Academy.
Within the study of PSHE students cover three strands:
- Relationships and Sex Education
- Living in the wider World
- Health and well-being
In teaching PHSE at The Bridge Academy we aim:
1) To give children the information they need to make good, informed decisions about their own mental and physical health and wellbeing,
2) To recognise issues in themselves and others,
3) To seek support as early as possible when issues arise.
The Bridge Academy recognises that the transition from adolescence to adulthood can be exciting yet challenging, and the difficulties a young person may face can require additional support. To help students negotiate these ups downs, the school has on-site counsellors.
Counselling may help with the following:
- Anxieties about schoolwork including exams and presentations
- Problems with communicating
- General stress and anxiety
Sadness and depression
- 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
- Suicidal thoughts
- Anger management
- Worries about appearance
KS3 – PLACE2BE FOR KS3.
Place2Be is our counselling service for Years 7, 8 and 9.
Janet Pearce is the School Project Manager for Place2Be at Bridge Academy and works with Year 8 and 9. Janet is typically in school every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Anna Jurek is the Mental Health Practitioner for Place2Be at Bridge Academy and works with Year 7 and is in school on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
If you would like any more information or to talk about the Place2Be service at Bridge Academy, you can contact Janet or Anna by calling the school on
0207 749 5240, or via the Place2Be website.
KS4 / 5 – (yearS 10, 11, 12 and 13).
Deborah Holder and Charlotta Mason provide an on-site counselling service to students in KS4 and KS5 (Years 10, 11, 12 and 13).
They are both qualified and experienced counsellors working in accordance with the ethical framework of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
If you are a student or parent and would like to meet to discuss counselling or make an appointment, Deborah is your first point of contact.
Please email Deborah Holder.
The Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools (WAMHS).
This innovative service aims to improve mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people in schools, colleges, specialist and alternative provision education settings in City & Hackney. It also aims to promote cohesive and cooperative linked working between schools and mental health services, and to increase access and capacity to identify early and meet wellbeing and mental health needs of all pupils
The Bridge Academy WAMHS link is Dr Kathryn Stevenson, Principal Clinical Psychologist who usually works at Specialist CAMHS at Homerton Row.
If you would like support on WAMHS contact Ali Aiba our Mental Health Lead.
Below are additional resources for support.
Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use
The Anna Freud Centre is a world-leading mental health charity for children and families and has developed and delivered pioneering mental health care for over 60 years.
First Steps in Hackney helps children and young people experiencing many common problems with emotional wellbeing, relationships and behaviour. Their aim is to easily accessible support – the first steps – to tackle problems early before they can become more of a worry. Young people over 16, and the parents or carers of younger children, can come to us directly. Or you may be referred to us by a professional such as a GP, school or college staff or a health visitor on 020 7014 7135 between 9am and 5pm weekdays
Off Centre is a counselling, art therapy, advice and information service for young people aged 16-25 in City & Hackney. The services are designed to help young people take greater control over their lives. They offer a range of support, from 1-2-1 counselling and art therapy to advice and key-working. They also run an art therapy group and an LGBTQI+ youth group. Services are free and confidential. Provision of some face to face services have been affected by COVID on 020 8986 4016 or OffCentre@family-action.org.uk
CAMHS also offer a 24 hour Crisis Helpline – free, confidential, expert advice for anyone experiencing a crisis, including support and referrals to local services. 0800 073 0006. Lines are open all day, every day.
Services available with referral are:
Specialist CAMHS: 0203 222 5600 (9am- 5pm, Monday to Friday)