There is a confidential counselling service at Emanuel which is open to any student, with the three counsellors working Monday to Friday between them.
Counselling sessions last 30-50 minutes and pupils are generally offered 12 weekly sessions, although this can vary depending on the individual’s needs at the time. Pupils are welcome to make an appointment to visit the counsellor to discuss any concerns they may have, without the fear of them being discussed elsewhere. However, if there is any concern for the safety of the child or another person, this information will immediately be passed to the school’s deputy head: pastoral and designated safeguarding lead.
In addition, each of the counsellors offers a drop-in service over the lunch break where any pupil is able to drop in individually, or with a friend/s, to discuss anything which may be on their mind at the time. Often this is a positive space to discuss friendship dynamics and challenges.
The medical room is staffed from 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Pupils can see one of the school nurses during the course of the day if they are unwell, or to take any medication that may be prescribed during school hours.
Further information about our medical service can be found on our first aid policy (please refer to our policies).
Members of the lower sixth are able to attend DISCOVER, a workshop-based programme designed by child psychologists from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, that supports pupils in the sixth form to manage anxiety and low mood difficulties, and build their capacity to handle life stresses.
The programme consists of one-to-one sessions and group workshops covering a range of topics such as sleep, procrastination and how to manage anxiety and stress.