The Family Learning Team have a fully bespoke facility in the middle of the school where we are fully accessible to all learners who can approach us in confidence.


We aim to support our learners in their social, emotional and mental wellbeing, establishing an atmosphere in which situations and problems can be discussed in a confidential and supportive way. We provide the learners with self-help strategies, talking about their emotions and feelings along with building up their own mental resilience to be able to cope with and manage difficult situations.


We do not just work with our learners exclusively and part of our support toolkit is to signpost both youngsters and their families towards external agencies (statutory and non-statutory) who are highly skilled in specific areas and may offer a more clinical support. Please click the link to Useful Websites.


As a team we are available during the breaks in the school calendar and on these occasions often run an activity. These include:

  • Transition Week – For new Cohort 7 learners to familiarise themselves with the school and build new and transferable skills ahead of beginning the school year. This event is support by learners in other Cohorts who wish to offer their help and support for younger learners.
  • Dog Week – A therapeutic dog they enables learners to become engaged in all aspects of caring for an animal.
  • Activities Week – A wide range of fun and engaging activities to allow learners to work on further their skills in communication, collaboration and relationship building in a fun relaxed manner.

External non-statutory partners:

  • School Nurse: Attends school weekly for fully confidential consultations with learners who can self-refer.
  • Wilderness Foundation: Based between Braintree and Chelmsford the Wilderness Foundation was one of the seven charities supported by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their marriage in 2018. They support vulnerable young people and adults in personal growth, improved mental wellbeing, resilience, and employability. The school make referrals when it is felt appropriate, and in consultation with parents and carers.
  • Young Carers: Support our learners who have been identified as caring for ill / disabled parents and carers.

We run the following course, twice yearly, for parents and carers:

Ministry of Parenting Understanding our Teens – A course designed for parents and carers to help manage and understand the issues that their teenager may well face on a daily basis. How as parents can you create a better partnership to help reduce the stress during this turbulent time? Discussion and workshops in a group environment where you can support each other facing similar challenges.

The Family Learning Team can be contacted during term time and during the school holidays via [email protected] or telephone 01376 561231


The Family Learning Team is managed by Mrs Kerry Nichols who is the Designated Safeguarding Lead. She can be contacted on 01376 561231, Direct 01376 564719 or email [email protected]

A range of common issues that we are able to support include:

  • Anxiety, around exams, social situations etc
  • Behavioural and emotional challenges
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Self-harm
  • Internet and online safety
  • Mindfulness and mental resilience
  • Developing effective self-help strategies
  • Self-esteem and body confidence
  • Drawing & Talking
  • Emergent addictions, particularly on-line gaming

Young Carers

A Young Carer is a child under 18 who regularly helps to look after a family member or friend who is disabled, ill, has a mental health condition or addiction problem.

Children may engage in:

· Practical tasks (cooking, housework and shopping)

· Physical care (lifting or helping someone use the stairs)

· Personal care (dressing, washing, helping with toilet needs)

· Managing the family budget (collecting benefits and prescriptions)

· Managing medication

· Looking after younger siblings

· Helping someone communicate

The effects of being a young carer

You have responsibilities at home that prevent you from spending time with your friends, or inviting them around your house.

You feel sad, angry, guilty or embarrassed about the help you give to anyone at home.

You feel upset that friends don’t have the same responsibilities.

You avoid telling anyone outside the family about your home situation.

More information can also be found at 

For more information please contact  [email protected]

Mr D Briggs is the Lead for Young Carers


Day & Time
Cohort 7, 8 and 9

Thursday LS4, Week A

FLT Meeting Room

Cohort 10 and 11

Thursday LS4, Week B

FLT Meeting Room

Independent Study Club is in FS20 every Monday to Wednesday from 3.20-4.20


The Family Learning Team can be contacted during term time and during the school holidays.

Please contact the Family Learning Team on [email protected] or telephone 01376 561231 or 07739752238.

The Family Learning Team is managed by Mrs Kerrie Nichols who is the Designated Child Protection Lead and Designated Person for CIC.
She can be contacted on 01376 561231, Direct 01376 564779 or email