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Meet our NEW School Counsellor, Jo Rutter

2018-01-03T12:25:14+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|
It is an exciting time for me, a challenge that I feel privileged to be given and a responsibility I will not take lightly. I am very impressed at the quality of pastoral care at BGS and so happy to join the team. I feel my appointment shows the importance BGS places on the emotional well-being of pupils and staff and that it recognises the link between happiness and academic success.

It is clear to me that BGS wants pupils to leave as well-rounded and resilient individuals. I hope to play my part in this by reducing the stigma which still surrounds mental health issues, and by conveying the message to parents, staff and pupils that ‘it’s good to talk!’

I have worked part-time as a Counsellor at Calderdale Women Centre, alongside my work for the Probation Service, as a Victim Liaison Officer supporting victims of serious crime. As a mum of two teenagers, I have valuable personal insight into how young people develop and grow as individuals. My role at BGS includes running the Sixth Form Mentor Scheme, and training them in the skills of listening and sign posting, conflict resolution and knowing when to share safeguarding concerns.

They will help pupils with friendship problems who may have had a fall out or disagreement and will learn how to bring the pupils together to have a ‘restorative chat’ to enable them to resolve their differences. Part of their role involves a pupil drop-in service at lunchtimes and pairing with younger pupils who need a role model/supporter in school.

I also support the Personal Development Programme and well-being initiatives in school. I am always willing to discuss any issues or problems with pupils, parents or staff, and to explore ways in which I may be of assistance.

Thank you all for welcoming me to BGS.

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for parents and young people

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“I am very impressed at the quality of pastoral care at BGS and feel my appointment shows the importance BGS places on the emotional well-being of pupils and staff and that it recognises the link between happiness and academic success.

It is clear to me that BGS wants pupils to leave as well-rounded and resilient individuals.”

 

Jo Rutter, School Counsellor

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