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.
New online counselling support service
Kooth provides free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. https://kooth.com/
It is available at the following times:
Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm
The School Nurse supports the school in promoting and protecting health and well-being. School nurses are qualified nurses, with specialist training in public health.
Provision by the School Nurse includes school-based support for individual pupils and extra support for families needing more help where there is a health concern or long term condition. The school nurse can provide health education/promotion and confidential support, advice and signposting for emotional health and wellbeing, puberty and growing up, healthy eating, lifestyle and sexual health.
All students have access to the School medical room for assessment and/or treatment of minor illness and injuries that occur during the school day. There are also a number of qualified first aiders available throughout the School to assist students.
Kent School Nurse Service
The Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust is currently responsible for providing routine school-age immunisations and they visit the School to provide the following:
· Year 8 - Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme.
· Year 9 or 10 – Tetanus/diphtheria/polio (Td/IPV) booster and the meningitis ACWY vaccine.
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust also provide a county wide School Nursing Service. If students or parents have a problem or concern they wish to discuss in confidence they can contact a member of this team, who are also available during school holidays.
Phone: 0300 123 4496
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.
Mind.org.uk 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.
nutrition.org from the British Nutrition Foundation has tips on staying healthy and avoiding fad diets.
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.
LGBT / SOGI
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.
NHS Sexual health has advice and how to access local services.
Kent Police offer useful advice for students when travelling to school.
Kent Road Safety offers links to safety campaigns for pedestrians.
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
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.
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:
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)
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.