Information and Advice for Students

Useful Links for Students

These links have been suggested “by students for students”. They will take you outside the TGS website.

Inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement or approval by TGS of the linked website, its operator or its content nor is TGS responsible for the content of any website or web page outside of our own. We will make reasonable efforts to ensure the content available on linked websites is not defamatory or offensive.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

Mental health awareness week starts every year on the second Monday in May - in 2018 from 14 - 20 May.

This year for Mental Health Awareness Week, The Mental Health Foundation is focusing on stress. Stress has become a marketing tool, often used to sell us things. They want to show that Stress is a serious condition that can also be a root factor in many other serious mental health problems.

New online counselling support service

Kooth provides free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.

It is available at the following times:

Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm

Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm


General Well-being

Youngminds offers information and advice on mental health and all aspects of emotional wellbeing,  plus online support.

Mental Health & Stress

Mind. org provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.  It includes practical advice on dealing with anxiety or stress. offers ten tips for dealing with stress.

Self-harm explains self-harm, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. It includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Healthy Eating from the British Nutrition Foundation has tips on staying healthy and avoiding fad diets. is a blog that contains lots of advice on maintaining a healthy and balanced diet.


  • Beatbullying has information for studentsrecognise the signs of bullying; be able to help and support children through the problems they are having and what the best ways are to broach the subject of bullying with them.


Stonewall has student guide for dealing with the everyday use of homophobic language.

Stonewall also has a list of local and national support websites for young LGBT+ people who may need support.

LGBTyouth is a website which has resources for issues like coming out and general information.

Sexual Health

NHS Sexual health has advice and how to access local services. 


Travel Safety


Slideaway gives children access to a bereavement support service, which acknowledges their grief and experience of loss following the death of a close relative or friend. Slide Away is not a counselling service, but offers young people the opportunity to manage their grief through a range of creative activities.


Classes are offered to students in Year 10 to help them develop mindfulness as a life skill.

Mindfulness is also available to students in other years as a six week programme one day a week from 2.00 to 2.40pm - contact your Student Manager if you want to join a Mindfulness group. 

Students use Mindfulnessto:

  • Feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled
  • Get on better with others
  • Help them concentrate and learn better
  • Help them cope with stress and anxiety
  • Perform better in music and sport

Click here to find out more about our Mindfulness Programme taught at TGS.

Click here to download a Quick Guide to Mindfulness.

Mindfulness Audio Tracks

These exercises are available online as downloadable audio tracks and vary in length from 3 minutes to 25 minutes.  Listening to the guided mindfulness exercises is the easiest way most people practise mindfulness as beginners. 

Click here to go to the AUDIO TRACKS






School Nurse

The School Nurse supports the School in promoting and protecting health and wellbeing. All school nurses are qualified nurses, with specialist training in public health.

Provision by the School Nurse includes school-based support for individual pupils, extra support for families needing more help where there is a health concern, self-referral, immunisations, health education and promotion and confidential advice for young people. She can provide advice, support and signposting on behaviour management, emotional health and wellbeing, puberty and growing up, healthy eating and lifestyle and sexual health.

The School Nurse Team also carries out immunisations for children and young people throughout their school life:

  • Year 8 - Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme.
  • Year 9 - Targeted Bacillus Calmette-Guerin BCG (Tuberculosis) vaccination programme.
  • Year 10 - The 3-in-1 Td/IPV booster vaccine that can help protect teenagers against tetanus, diphtheria and polio.

School Nurse Contact

07786524663 Phone or text Monday to Friday (term time only)

Trenchwood Medical Centre
264 Shipbourne Road
Kent TN10 3ET 

Download the School Nurse Information Leaflet

Link to the School Nurse Website



Confide is a platform which allows students to contact student managers and student leaders for guidance and advice. Confide also includes content aimed at raising the awareness of issues that are relevant to young people’s safety and well-being e.g. bullying, sexual exploitation, alcohol and drugs.

You can use the Confide button on any computer to raise a concern if you are worried about yourself or a friend.

Who you can contact:

Student Managers

  • Report any incidents which happen at school e.g. bullying, misuse of ICT/mobile phones.

  • Raise a concern about a sensitive well-being issue either for yourself or for a friend.

  • They will then decide what needs to happen next. This could include letting one or more of the following people know:

    • Learning Mentor/Subject Teacher

    • Curriculum Director

    • Designated Child Protection Co-ordinators (if the concern is a Child Protection issue)

Student Leaders

  • Ask for practical advice about school.  Remember they have gone through TGS and can give everyday advice based on their experience and knowledge.

    Please note any information or questions received by Student Leaders that are relating to a student’s safety or are of a sensitive well-being issue will be passed to a Student Manager.

     This system is only monitored during school hours and is disabled during the school holidays.