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Advice & Support

At St Andrews we believe that supporting students, their families and the teachers goes towards creating the community spirit and St Andrews family we are so proud of.    

This is an area for students and parents/carers to help seek some advice and support outside of that which we can offer in school.  It is always worth speaking to the relevant Head of Year or a trusted teacher if you are worried about anything and we can offer you support or point you in the right direction if a person or organisation may be better able to help.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of othersPhilippians 2:4 

Bullying

We pride ourselves here at St Andrews of dealing with bullying quickly and safely.  Boys normally feel that they can approach tutors and Heads of Year, however, any member of staff that you feel safe with can help.

If somebody physically hurts you, or verbally abuses you, that’s bullying.

Specific types of bullying include:

  • Homophobic bullying based on your sexual orientation

  • Racist bullying because of your skin colour

  • Religious bullying because of your beliefs or faith.

  • Sizeist bullying referring to your body size

  • Cyberbullying targeting you online, often anonymously

  • Bullying because you are different

Bullying can be a one-off or it can go on for a long time. And bullying can happen to anyone.

If you would like to find out more about how to seek help if you are being bullied then visit –

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/education-children-and-families/schools-and-colleges/school-attendance-and-behaviour/bullying/#further-support-and-advice

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/feelings-and-symptoms/bullying/  

https://www.nationalbullyinghelpline.co.uk/ or call 0845 22 55 787 Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Exam Stress

Exams are important and the pressure that some students put upon themselves, some parents/carers put upon students is massive. Through the St Andrew’s Together Programme (T20) we endeavour to make sure every student is prepared for their GCSE journey so that they can achieve the best they possibly can.

It is normal to feel a bit worried about exams, especially if you're under pressure from school or family. Exam stress can cause you to feel anxious or depressed, and this might affect your sleeping or eating habits.   

If you recognise any of these feelings, or are worried that exam pressure is taking over your life, you are not alone, and there are things you can do:

  • Let your trusted friends and family know if you are struggling so they can be there to support you, encourage you and offer a listening ear. You don't have to go through this alone. Keeping it all in will only make things worse in the long run, so don't be afraid to open up.  

  • Ask for help. Think about all the practical support you need, and be honest with yourself about it. You are allowed to ask for help. Talk through your concerns with your teacher/tutor who can let you know what support St Andrew’s can offer you. They will have spoken to lots of students before who are going through similar things, and they are likely to know about helpful resources or services available to you. 

  • Try finding a study group, or start your own. Working through problems with other students can be a nice way to keep your social life going and boost your morale. If you’d like to do this speak to your subject teacher who will support you.

  • Be kind to yourself. Think about all the things you have achieved so far. It can be helpful to write a list of all the things you like about yourself, and the things other people value about you too.

If people around you, like your parents or family, are putting pressure on you, it can help to tell them what you feel able to achieve and let them know that your expectations are different to theirs. You could also talk to a teacher you trust about the pressure you are feeling.

If you would like more information and support visit:

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/feelings-and-symptoms/exam-stress/

https://www.studentminds.org.uk/examstress.html

Mental Health

Parents, if you are worried about your son/young person in your care then please come in to school and speak to the relevant Head of Year where we can offer support and care.

There are also specialist groups that offer help.  One we have found useful in the past is Young Minds www.youngminds.org.uk  They also have a parent helpline which is free for mobile and landlines Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm: 0808 802 5544

Other information may be found through the NHS or https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/for-young-people/ or call 0300 123 3393