The College employs three Student Development Officers to work with students on a wide range of things, from organising social events, supporting students’ charitable ventures, offering healthy living messages and supporting students with additional needs. One of these members of staff is an intern; this opportunity is offered every year to Year 13 students who are planning on taking Gap years and each year that student works with the College (paid employment) for a year, usually before progressing onto university. The services that the Student Development Officers deliver include:
Enrichment is an important part of College life, but for those students who do not want to join an established enrichment course, there is the option for them to set up their own societies. It’s a great way to meet other like-minded people and make new friends and the Student Development Officers help students to organise meetings and events. Societies set up in the past include the Anime Manga Society, Dumbledore’s Army, Chess Club, Debating Society, Book Club and many more.
As they do with the Student Societies, the Student Development Officers also work alongside the Faith Groups to help the students with meetings and charitable events they organise. These faith groups include a well-established Christian Union and Islamic Society. There are also facilities available for group prayers lunchtimes and on Fridays.
The Student Development Officers, Counsellors and Academic Coaches all supports students who are experiencing a wide range of difficulties including exam stress, anxiety, eating disorders and low mood. Advice and support regarding sexual health, smoking cessation, drugs and alcohol, accommodation, funding for higher education and health promotion within the College is also available. The service is confidential.
Talking: The Counselling Service
The College Counsellor offers confidential support on any issues including work or exam stress, relationships with friends or family, anxiety or depression, or anything, however small, you would like to talk about. A Counsellor will not tell you what to do, but listen with respect and help to make your own choices and decisions. The service is free and available to all students.
Student Health Ambassadors
Every year students with interests in health matters or who are looking to progress into careers in the caring professions such as nursing, childcare, etc, join the Student Health Ambassadors scheme. These students work with the Student Development Officers and with outside agencies to plan and deliver campaigns on healthy living to students. In the past these campaigns have included sexual health, smoking cessation, drug awareness and volunteering.