Child Protection & Student Well-Being
When a parent or member of staff recognises there is a problem with a student in their group e.g. attendance dropping, becoming withdrawn, changes in usual behaviour, or known emotional issues – depending on the issue these concerns need to be discussed with the appropriate member of staff immediately. Various interventions can then be put in place to support the student and/or family.
Mrs. K. Kirkham, Mrs. H. Peacock, Mr J. Preece, Mr S. Thornton and Miss J. Bowden are also Safeguarding officers.
CRUSE work in Blenheim one to one with students when needed. Jigsaw Southeast formerly Jigsaw 4U also offer grief support for students experiencing the death of a significant person. They often work in conjunction with Macmillan.
Pastoral Facilitators have a mentoring role and work on such areas as motivation, self-esteem, and organisation with individual students and small groups . The Blenheim Mentoring Programme is also used by a qualified Learning Mentor (Mr S Loizou) comes into Blenheim on Tuesdays and Fridays to work with students who are referred to him by Mr C Mundy and the pastoral team. A Learning Mentor is not a counsellor. Our Wellbeing Ambassadors in Year 9 offer support to students coming into Year 7. The mentoring outlined here is in addition to any mentoring offered by the SEND department.
The School Nurse sees students at our request or at the request of other agencies e.g. Children’s Services - this could be to discuss dietary issues or sexual health for example. Students can also speak with the school nurse in confidence at the weekly drop in sessions held in the office directly adjacent to Mr Mundy’s office.
If you are a student at Blenheim and feel you would like to discuss a concern with a member of staff but are too shy to do it face to face, you have a few options: 1. Email a member of staff that you trust. 2. Use the Whisper Button on your iPad. 3. Use the TellbyText service that the school have signed up to. Text [ 21155 ] and your message to 07781 474660 and it will be picked up by a member of the Pastoral Team who can then respond to you. Remember to give your name and form when contacting us so that we can respond quickly to your concerns.