Additional Pastoral Support

Verulam Safe Space

What is Counselling?

Counselling is the opportunity to talk about whatever is troubling you with someone who is impartial and not known to your family or friends. A counsellor will not tell you what to do but will encourage you to make your own choices.

Aims of Counselling

A Counsellor is a listening ear and aims to help you understand more about yourself and your problems. Counselling provides a safe place where you can discuss and explore various aspects of your life and feelings. Feelings such as anger, anxiety, grief and embarrassment can become very intense and talking can get things off your chest. A Counsellor can help you to find new coping and problem solving skills. By working together you can get help to find out why you fell and behave the way you do.


Counselling is confidential. You can choose if you want to talk about your sessions with family, friends or teachers. The sessions remain confidential unless you agree otherwise unless the Counsellor  believes there is the possibility of serious harm to yourself or others. This includes connection with acts of terrorism, treason and child protection issues. Counsellors are required by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) to have supervision regarding their work but the names and details of clients are not revealed.

Timing, Duration and Venue of Sessions

Counselling sessions last for 30 minutes. The sessions take place once a week on school premises. It is important that you attend each session if you agree to have counselling. Counselling can only be of benefit if you want to attend and commit to attend regularly.

The Verulam School Counsellor is Marie Cvetkovic (MBACP Accredited Counsellor – Young People & Adults) 


Mrs Harrison if you feel counselling would be helpful to you or you can also speak to Mrs Bailey or your HOY.

Verulam Young Carers SAFE SPACE

We Are Supporting Young Carers

A Young Carer is someone aged between 9 and 18 who cares for or lives in the home of someone at home who is ill, has a physical or mental disability or drug/alcohol problems.

We have run assemblies at Verulam to identify our own Young Carers and raise awareness. These young people are offered support via a lunch group run by Mrs McGrath where they can chat, play games, read or just relax.

If you think your child would benefit from this support please contact Mrs McGrath on 01727 766100

Verulam Behaviour/Anger Management

Some students consistently struggle with their behaviour in school.  Sometimes students who need support with behaviour are identified through our Behaviour for Learning System which monitors consequences received for poor behaviour and anger related issues.

Support is given by Mrs Bailey, Pastoral Support Worker or by Mrs Maher, Pastoral mentor. If you would like your son to benefit from this support please contact Mrs Harrison on 01727 754137.

For advice regarding gaining a place at Verulam School for your son via the Continuing Interest process, or for queries regarding appeals, please contact Ms K Bonass on 01727 754102 or [email protected]

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