Counselling

As part of our pastoral support at KAA, we offer counselling, art therapy and learning mentor support to students and parents. Students are offered these services based on referrals by parents, academy staff or care workers, or by self-referral from students themselves. If you think your child would benefit from the services available via Place2Be or KAA Therapies please contact your child’s form tutor, or Mr Dumigan, Assistant Principal – Inclusion.

Place2Be

Counselling at KS3 is provided by Place2Be, the leading UK provider of school-based mental health support. Place2Be provides the academy with clinical staff and highly trained volunteers to help students to achieve their full potential and deal positively with the challenges they face. They provide both universal and targeted services for our students, including:

  • One-to-one counselling (short and long-term)
  • A drop-in/self-referral service (Place2Talk)
  • Brief counselling (short, solution-focused sessions)

To find out more about the counselling and other support provided please visit the Place2Be website.

KAA Therapies

Counselling at KS4 and KS5 is provided by our in-house therapy team. KAA therapies is an integrated team of Art Psychotherapists and Psychologists who offer 1-1 art therapy, group therapy and confidential drop in sessions to our older students.

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication to help people tackle their emotional and behavioural issues. Art therapy is provided in groups or individually, depending on students’ needs.

Parents can refer their child to the therapies team by emailing therapies@kaa.org.uk

Parent Counselling

An independent counselling service is available to parents, carers and close relatives of our students. We can provide a confidential space to speak with an adult counsellor about any difficulties you may be having in any aspect of your life. The parent counselling room is set aside from the rest of the school, allowing for full confidentiality and privacy at all times. Details of counselling sessions or attendance at parent counselling is never shared with the school without your consent. If you would like to find out more please email Susie Hack, Place2be Parent Counsellor at s.hack@kaa.org.uk or call 07866943537.

Mentoring

Our Learning Mentor team provide Social, Emotional and Pastoral (attendance and behaviour) support for targeted students within the Academy. Priority is given to Looked After Children (LAC), students with EHC plan objectives, students on the SEN register for Social, Emotional or Mental Health (SEMH) needs and students affected by Grenfell Tower fire.

Mentoring sessions are scheduled 1:1 sessions occurring once per week for each student on the mentoring register. Each session takes place in the 1st half of a lesson and lasts 25 minutes. Sessions are scheduled in advance so that no subject is missed more than twice per full term.

All mentoring sessions follow a structured 3-part plan much like the KAA 4-part lesson. The 3 parts of each session consist of:

  • Reviewing the Past – Mentor and student identify instances of success or previous difficulties since last session.
  • Working Together – Mentor plans an engaging activity which helps the student make progress towards their personal goals or objectives.
  • Looking Forward – Mentor and student identify potential obstacles and discuss strategies to overcome

In addition to mentoring sessions, Learning Mentors may recommend further interventions including Homework Support Club, Restorative conversations with students or staff, in-lesson support, social and emotional support via Place2Be or KAA Therapies, attendance support, anger management or social skills programme.