The ethos of our family of schools involves helping our students to develop into rounded individuals who can participate fully in society and enjoy a good quality of life. This includes supporting them with their behaviour, self-esteem, emotional well-being, mental health and social skills. Whilst all of our colleagues support our young people on this level, we also provide more intensive support for students that may need additional help to work through any difficult experiences such as bereavement, to become more aware of and better manage their feelings and behaviour, or to reflect on how they relate to others.
Therapy can take the form of individual or group therapy sessions for students or family therapy sessions, which is aimed at families who feel they need assistance to help family members understand each other better or to support their child’s needs. Sessions often make use of communication using the arts and play, as well as talking, as our young people often find it hard to talk about such issues.
Beckmead colleagues are trained in the following areas: music therapy, drama-therapy, psychotherapy, drawing and talking, sand tray and Lego therapy. We also offer occupational and speech and language therapy. Whilst we offer a broad range of in-house therapies, we also work with external agencies as necessary, such as a local mentoring provider to support some of our young people where there are concerns about them placing themselves at risk in the community, or a drugs worker provided by Croydon council who supports any young people who are using drugs and would like help to address this.
Personal Social & Health Education (PSHE) is an important part of our curriculum and aims to help our students to develop fully as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities. In addition to lessons led by Beckmead teaching staff, we link with external providers such as Growing Against Violence, who teach young people how to stay safe.
Our goal as a school is to equip young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly.
Head of Therapeutic, Pastoral & Family Support