School Counselling Service

My name is Mrs Asbury, and I am the newly appointed School Counsellor and Well-being Coordinator at the school. I love the theatre, a good series on Netflix and walking my dog Lyra.

There can be many reasons why someone needs to access counselling. Life for young people today has become increasingly challenging. The impact of COVID has been significant in affecting confidence, self- esteem, and resilience. Exam pressures, the cost-of-living crisis, and navigating their face-to-face and online identity, can all contribute to placing greater expectations on them.

Counselling provides a confidential, safe space to explore whatever issue the young person is facing.

Some of the issues counselling can help with..

Exam stress
Family difficulties
Low mood
Feeling anxiety
Body image

How to get help

The counselling service is available to all students at Polesworth. Typically, students can receive a block of 6 weekly sessions, but this could be less or more.

Students who need support can either refer themselves for counselling or referrals can be made by members of the Safeguarding Team, our Student Support Managers or Heads of Year.

The counselling service is run face to face but students who do not want to have face to face sessions also have the option of accessing online support by emailing

Emails to this service can be anonymous and the school guarantees a response within one working day of receipt, although in most cases, replies are within just a few hours and often immediately.

More advice and support can be found on Young Minds website

The Polesworth School Counselling Service – Parent and Carer Information