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In-School Counselling Service

Here to listen, not to judge

June Anderson

Counselling is a conversation with someone who is trained to listen and help you with issues such as stress, anxiety, low mood, anger, bullying, relationship or family difficulties, self harm or anything that doesn’t feel right and is causing you to be upset or distressed.

This conversation is private, confidential and the counsellor is there to listen, not to judge. A counselling session usually lasts for one period of the school day, and is done on a one to one basis. Sessions are usually a weekly commitment and last until you and your counsellor decide that it is OK to stop. We have measures in place to protect your privacy and confidentiality and these will be explained to you the first time you meet your counsellor.

Your counsellor may be qualified to work creatively, if that is something you would prefer, rather than simply talking. Although face to face work would always be preferable, we have recently developed ways to work online, as well as on the school premises. This means that you can still have access to a counsellor if, for any reason, you are not able to be in school. We are hoping to develop some group based work too, in the coming year, and this may be something you would find helpful.

The Stromness Academy In-School Counsellors are June and Renate. They are registered therapists, qualified to work with children and young people and offer a free and confidential service to all pupils.

Different ways that you can get the help and support of an In-School Counsellor:

  • Ask your Guidance Teacher to make an appointment
  • Ask someone else to be in touch and make an appointment e.g. a parent or carer, another teacher, a friend.
  • Take one of our cards from school, fill in the back of it with your details, and put it in the secure box just outside the guidance base (the cards can be found there too).
  • Send a text message to 07960 745004 or email june.therapy@gmail.com

If you would like to know more about the service please get in touch by text, by calling or by email using the details given above.


School Health Team

**During COVID-19**

In line with guidance from Scottish Government to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and to protect and safeguard patients and staff we have made changes to the ways in which we currently deliver the school health service.

We are working together to change the way services are delivered by using more telephone appointments and Video Conferencing using ‘Near Me’. Support for sleep, mental health and well-being as well as general advice and information is continued to be provided.

How to contact School Health and arrange a telephone call or video conference: Email – ork-hb.schoolnurses@nhs.net

**For Business as Usual**

The School Health Team

Children and young people in schools have access to a School Nurse who offers a confidential service.  The School nursing team is made up of:

  • Specialist Community Public Health Nurses
  • Band 5 Registered Nurses
  • School Health Support Worker

What does the team do?

The School Nurse team provide support and advice on health issues for children from school entry age until 19 years old in all educational establishments.

The School Health team do this by:

  • Referring to other services as and when required
  • Offering Health Zone’s in secondary schools
  • Offering a range of workshops
  • Provide 1:1 support
  • Liaising with education and other services

Health Zones

We attend Stromness Academy every Monday for our drop in service. We can provide support around anxiety, sleep, healthy lifestyles, relationships and much more. If we are unable to provide you with appropriate support, we will be able to signpost you to someone who can. You can come and see us during break/lunch time during our drop-in, or you can fill out our referral card yourself and put it into our post box! You can also speak to any of your teachers and they can put in a referral for you.

S1 Chats

Using the national “Getting it right for every child” (GIREFC) Wellbeing Wheel, the School Health team will meet with S1 pupils and complete a health and wellbeing assessment which is optional.  Further information regarding the Wellbeing Wheel can be found at – www.gov.scot/policies/girfec/

Email: ork-hb.schoolnurses@nhs.net


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