Who can I talk to

ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT UNPLEASANT BEHAVIOUR FROM OTHER STUDENTS?

If you have witnessed or experienced unpleasant behaviours it is really important that you share this as soon as possible with staff or your parent/carer.  This will allow action to be taken to support you and deal with the issue of concern whatever this may be (e.g. persona or social media)

A number of ways you can think about sharing this.

•    Speak to and share concerns  with  parents
•    Report concerns to a teacher, class tutor or any member of staff that is available.
•    Report concerns directly to the Pastoral Team
•    Complete HSLC online ‘Reporting Concerns Form, on the school website in the Student section.

HAVE YOU GOT A PROBLEM AT HOME?

If you are worried about a situation at home, staff will always make time to listen, support and help you work through any problems, even during the school holidays.  The pastoral team and student support team can offer you a quiet space to talk about your problems and help you access extra help if necessary. You may also wish to look at the helplines section of this website for numbers you can contact for help and advice.

IS THERE SOMETHING HAPPENING OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL EITHER TO YOU OR A FRIEND?

If you are worried about a situation outside of school, either something that is happening to you or maybe a friend, again, staff will always make time to listen, support and help you work through these problems, even during the school holidays.  The student support team meet on a regular basis with other services that help young people like the prevention and education team, youth and family support and our police community support officers who can work with the team in school to ensure that you can share your concerns and seek advice.  If at all possible, we would always encourage you to share with someone at home too.

DO YOU NEED TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE ABOUT DRUGS OR ALCOHOL?

We know that young people have lots of questions about drugs and alcohol and it is important that you have access to as much information as possible to help you to make good choices to keep yourself safe.  As well as covering these areas through our life skills curriculum, the staff at HSLC can also signpost you to support through the school nurse or other agencies that can help if you are worried about yourself or perhaps, someone else.  You can access help through the pastoral team or student support team and we would always encourage you to speak to people at home if you feel able to.  Advice and links are available through our helplines section of this website.

ARE YOU WORRYING ABOUT YOUR WORKLOAD OR STRUGGLING WITH A SUBJECT OR SCHOOL PROJECT?

We understand that on your journey through school life, there may be times that you feel under extra pressure which may cause stress and anxiety, for example taking your options, completing assessments and exams and making decisions about next steps when you leave HSLC. As well as being able to access support through the pastoral team and our teaching staff, HSLC try to manage these difficult times with opportunities to speak openly with key staff who can help you navigate these periods. As well as the following, the student support team can signpost for interventions to support anxiety/stress through the school nurse and other services if this is thought to be helpful

• Transition Events
• Parents Evenings
• Options Events
• Careers Fair
• State of the Nation Day (Year 11 Learners)
• Request to meet your teacher/Progress Leader