Wellbeing Information for Parents

You may find the following links useful:

Guidance on emotional and mental wellbeing:


Self Injury:





Young Minds


Papyrus – young suicide prevention:


R U Safe (Banardos):


Advice on disordered eating:


SEED – Support and Empathy for people with Eating Disorders

Anxiety and Panic:


Drug and alcohol advice:


Talk to Frank

Childline LGBT support

Local advice:

Bucks Family Info



Information for Young Carers:

Young Carers

Helpful websites and contact numbers for students

The Young Person’s Guide to Keeping Children Safe

If you need further information, you may find the following links useful:


Childline 0800 1111

NSPCC 0808 800 5000



Free local counselling service Time to Talk

Youth Concern

Useful information for mental health issues MIND
CAMHS Young Minds
  Bucks CAMHS
R U Safe Barnardos
Advice on disordered eating BEAT
Drug and alcohol advice Addaction
  Talk to Frank
Gender identity and sexuality  Childline LGBT support
Local support/advice Bucks Family Info
‘You Matter’ guide offering advice on many of the themes above


Bucks You Matter Guide
Young Carers

Young Adult Carers 16-25 yrs   

Young Carers

Young Adult Carers


Student Ambassadors

The Student Ambassadors, are a group of Year 13s who have been trained by MIND to support students with any low level issues they may have.

student ambassador “We are here to give support,

For any issue big or small,

Even if it’s just a thought,

We are here for one and all.”



They are trained to offer guidance concerning a range of possible problems, be it school work, friendship difficulties or regarding a situation at home.

Students can come and see them in L4 (The Room of Requirement) at lunchtime or via arrangement with Mrs Westcott.

The Student Ambassadors work closely with the Subject Ambassadors and often arrange for a student to see a student if they are struggling with a particular subject.

Student Ambassadors also support lunchtime groups such as FACT (SEND) , Spectrum (LGBTQ+) and Young Carers.

For further information please see their notice board outside L3, near the library.

Here is the recent student support team assembly

Here is a list of support services recommended by our Student Ambassadors. 

Download (PDF, 357KB)




Year 7 Buddies

Yr 7 Buddies There are four Year 7 Buddies representing each House.

Students meet their Buddies on transition day. The Buddies take groups on a tour around the school, and answer any questions students may have about life at AHS.

From September the Buddies visit Year 7 forms once a week offering support and advice.

They also run a Buddy Club Week A Tuesday lunchtime.  For further information please speak to one of your Buddies.

“Year 7 buddies are a support and help system for Year 7s. Before Year 6s start at AHS, we meet them, get to know them and help them get ready for the years ahead of them. One of the ways we do this is by going into form groups and doing sessions to help the Year 7s with something they struggle with or need guidance in. For example, we recently did the topic of public speaking, which many of them said beforehand they needed help with. We know that as you come to a new school, making friends is one of the hardest things Year 7s have to do, as they are very rarely in the same form group as children from their primary school. We give a great deal of advice to making friends, and because it is such a big topic we split it down into sections that are easier to deal with, such as starting conversations, being confident about going and speaking to someone and many more. Additionally, we give individual advice to people who are slightly struggling even after a session, or with a more personal thing, such as an ill family member at home or a lack of personal confidence. We can reassure, chat and aid Year 7s who need someone to talk to, because we were Year 7s once too! However, it’s not always hard work. The sessions are fun and hands on and we play a few games throughout the year to break things up. 7A’s favourites seem to be Splat, Just A Minute and ‘Rock Paper Chicken’!”

                                   Ascott House Buddy.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead & Young Carer Coordinator


Lisa Mrs Westcott is the Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead and Young Carer Coordinator. She offers support and advice to students who may need someone to talk to and signposts students to organisations for further support, as necessary.

A student can see Mrs Westcott via their Head of Year or can self-refer by filling out a form which can be obtained outside L3 or downloaded from the link below.

Mrs Westcott coordinates appointments with the School Counsellor from Time to Talk (one day per week) and works closely with external agencies such as CAMHS, MIND and Young Carers.

Click the following links for the self referral form: