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As a community, we are all mindful that it is important for us all to feel connected and supported by those we know and trust. Therefore, we have put a number of initiatives in place to support our pupils and their parents/carers during this difficult time.
Tutors will contact their tutees fortnightly for an individual ‘catch up’; more often for those who may need it. Tutors will also be able to offer their usual level of individualised support and encouragement to pupils.
Housemistresses and masters have set up ‘Virtual Houses’ . This allows for non-academic contact with peers and staff, as well as the familiar structure of House Meetings, break-time toast and coffee and inter House competitions.
You will be provided with regular updates and useful information and are welcome to email your child’s Housemaster or Housemistress for any further advice or guidance.
1-2-1 counselling session are available for pupils via our independent counsellor. Please email the Medical Centre firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to our own internal support network, we have collated resources from trusted sources that help support children and young people with their worries and anxiety.
All children (and adults) have questions about the effects of the virus but for children who have had someone important die or have a member of their family who is ill, this anxiety is likely to be heightened. In the links below are a number of resources that will help parents and carers reassure bereaved children.
Winston’s Wish provide information, advice and guidance on supporting bereaved children and young people during the coronavirus.
‘Coronvirus: Supporting bereaved children and young people’ https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus-supporting-bereaved-children-and-young-people/
‘Coronavirus: How to say goodbye when a funeral isn’t possible’ https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus-funerals-alternative-goodbyes/
Cruse offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. They have a range of bereavement advice.
The childhood bereavement network can help you find support locally to you if you live in the UK