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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

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Your personal mentor and Sixth Form Leadership Team are there to support your academic attainment and provide pastoral care.  You can get advice on careers through the Careers Advisor. Counselling is available for those who want confidential help with a range of difficulties and initial appointments can be made either through their Mentor or Sixth Form Leadership or directly with the STAR Centre.

We give extensive advice on applications to Higher Education, including Oxford and Cambridge, and offer open day visits to universities.  Help with applications and writing personal statements is given through the Mentor who will also be responsible for writing UCAS references.

The Learning Support Department can help if you have any special educational needs and/or disabilities.  Access arrangements will not follow automatically from GCSE examinations, so it is vital you talk to the Department.

 

MEntal health and wellbeing RESOURCES 

Books  

 

The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens

 

J. Shannon

Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief K. Collins-Donnelly
Blame My Brain N. Morgan
Mind Your Head J. Dawson
My Anxious Mind M. Tompkins and K. Martinez
Stress and Depression J. Bingham
Stuff That Sucks B. Sedley
The Teenage Guide to Stress N. Morgan

 

Websites  

 

ADDitude

 

The trusted resource for families and adults living with ADHD and related conditions and the professionals who work with them. With expert advice and caring support, it is the leading media network for parents and adults living with attention-deficit disorder, and for professionals working in the field. Well-vetted expert guidance and in-the-trenches understanding to help you navigate the very real challenges that arise from ADHD and related mental health conditions.

BBC Advice The straight facts on your issues - from sexual health and bullying to drink and drugs. Brought to you by Radio 1 & 1Xtra.
Duff the Psych My name is Dr. Robert Duff. I’m a psychologist from Southern California and my specialty is taking complex psychological issues and breaking them down into plain language. I am also the best-selling author of the Hardcore Self Help book series, which includes books “F**k Anxiety” and “F**K Depression”. Along the same lines, I host a weekly podcast in which I take mental health questions from the audience and interview interesting guests. Finally, I am also a Youtube entertainer, where I share psychology, mental health, and lifestyle videos.
Help Guide Covers topics that focus on common mental and emotional health. The articles help you understand the problem, learn to overcome emotional barriers, and start taking new steps on the road to feeling better.
Mind Information and advice on a huge range of mental health topics.
The Mix A free and confidential multi-channel service for under 25s. You choose how you access the support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. Whether it be through the articles and video content online or the phone, email, peer to peer and counselling services – the control is in your hands. You can even volunteer with the Mix too.
Student Minds The UK’s student mental health charity. The website offers a of of useful advice and free resources.
Stress and Anxiety Guide for Students This guidebook will help you recognize and understand feelings of stress and anxiety and learn how to manage them so that they don’t become overwhelming.
Time to Talk Reading A free confidential counselling service available to all young people in Reading aged 11 –19 and up to 25 years.
Young Minds The UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.