At John Lyon, our commitment to pastoral care and support, especially our students’ mental health and wellbeing, is paramount.
We recognise that as students progress to A-Level, the pressure to work hard and achieve results can increase and that each student reacts differently to this.
Our full-time in-house counsellor, Mrs Laura Herman, is central to the provision of specialist pastoral care and support for our Sixth Form students, offering a Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE) programme to meet the needs of all.
A significant part of this provision is to arm our Sixth Form students with some insight and understanding to enable them to better take care of their own mental health and to give them guidance in identifying when they may be in need of additional health.
The PSCHE programme includes topics such as relationship breakdown, anxiety, stress, depression self-harm, suicidal thoughts, identity, times of transition and addiction, with strategies taught for keeping safe and well in the present, as well as at university and in the workplace.
The School also runs a successful peer mentoring programme in the Sixth Form, offering older boys the valuable opportunity to support younger members of the School community. School Counsellor Mrs Laura Herman trains pupils to be successful mentors with a focus on listening, communication skills, values, boundaries, confidentiality and keeping safe.