The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary
The Sanctuary is a student support and wellbeing centre staffed by Caroline Gray, Abigail Speight and Kirsty Nice. Caroline, Abigail and Kirsty work closely together as a team with each having their own individual roles, which are as follows:

Caroline Gray
Caroline manages the day to day running of the Sanctuary, looking after the medical needs of our students. The Sanctuary is a place for students who may fall ill during the day, have an accident or injury to be taken care of, or a place where students can access as part of a transitional process in getting back to a class environment after long term sick leave. She also works with students who need targeted wellbeing support through activities and work covering anxiety, stress, social skills and coping strategies. Caroline coordinates the work we do with outside counselling services. Caroline is also a first aider.

The Sanctuary also offers the following various outside Counselling Services during the school day to help and support our students. Below is an overview of these services:

The students, in addition, are allowed to visit the Sanctuary during  break times for a chat or if they need a bit of ‘time out’.

If you have any concerns about your child you can contact Caroline Gray by telephone on 01234 342521 or via email at caroline.gray@biddenham.beds.sch.uk 

Kirsty Nice
Kirsty is our apprentice who works closely with Caroline to look after the wellbeing of students with the overall aim of increasing student wellbeing and achievement. Kirsty works with targeted students providing a 1:1 support for them during difficult times either with school work or emotional difficulties such as anxiety and stress. Kirsty is also a first aider.

Kirsty’s email address is kirsty.nice@biddenham.beds.sch.uk

Abigail Speight
Abigail is the mental health and wellbeing lead, she works closely with Caroline, and the heads of years to identify students who may need support with their wellbeing. Abigail identifies the needs of students and refers them on for appropriate support. This could be ‘in house’ via wellbeing sessions run by staff in the Sanctuary during tutor time or at other appropriate times in the school day. She may also refer students onto outside agencies such as CAMHS, CHUMS, Bedford Open Door, Aquarius or the school nurse. These referrals may also lead onto the EHA process which will be completed with parents and carers and Abigail Speight.

We recognise that young people do suffer with a variety of wellbeing issues such as exam stress/anxiety, self-harm, depression and other emotional difficulties. We aim to meet the ever changing needs of our young people by adapting and increasing the support available to them.

If you do have any concerns regarding your child’s wellbeing or would like to complete an Early Help Assessment (EHA) please do not hesitate to contact Abigail Speight via email at abigail.speight@biddenham.beds.sch.uk

April 2020

Useful Information:
Kooth
Bedford Open Door
Sanctuary Information Booklet for Parents and Carers