Wellbeing Support in our Sixth Form

Our vision: At our school and Sixth Form, we believe that a young person who feels happy and looked after will achieve and be successful within their education. Due to this understanding we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for both students, families and staff. We are constantly evolving and adapting our support by listening to the needs of all our stakeholders for the betterment of the Ormiston community.

Throughout 2018-2019 we sought to find out students, staff and parental views on the wellbeing support we have at Rivers Sixth Form and Ormiston Rivers Academy. We then developed an action plan to address concerns and boost the support that already works well. It is important that we all work together so that every person is supported so they can thrive. 

If you are a Rivers Sixth Form student and in need of wellbeing support then please speak with anyone in the Rivers Sixth Form Team or ask for your legal guardian to get in touch with them. They are Mrs Wilkins, Miss Sametz, Mrs Head and Miss Marable.


We can also offer the following support:

  • One to one support through your mentor and Head of Sixth Form

  • Drop in access to the Student Support Team in DO6 at break and lunch

  • Drop in access to Mrs Head during non-timetabled lessons in the Sixth Form Office

  • Drop in to the School Nurse Tuesday lunch times in D06

  • School counsellor appointments via the Student Support Assistants Mrs Byford and Mrs Sexton

  • Open Door Policy to Mental Health First Aiders – Miss Goodfellow, Mrs Byford, Mrs Sexton and Miss Marable

  • One to one support through Sixth Form Wellbeing Warriors every break and lunch in the Wellbeing Space

  • Use of the Wellbeing Space and Garden at break and lunch

  • Ormiston Rivers Academy Wellbeing webpage with links to external sources of support.

  • Stress Reduction through Mindfulness Club Mondays after school in the Wellbeing Space

  • Wellbeing Learning Sessions through Sixth Form PSHE curriculum delivered by Miss Marable

  • Enrichment opportunities such as Duke of Edinburgh, Social Action Clubs, Sports, Chess and Journalism – see Ms Price for details

  • Opportunities to be part of the Sixth Form Leadership team


Suggested websites as sources of help:







We must make it clear that we are not healthcare professionals and if you feel that your wellbeing and mental health issues are significant in impacting your daily life then you must make an appointment to see your GP/doctor. They are there to help with mental and physical health.

If you are in crisis or think that a friend or family member is in crisis then you must call 999 for emergency situations.


If you feel you are a parent/carer of a Rivers Sixth Form student and feel that your child is in need of wellbeing support at the Sixth Form then please use make contact with the Heads of Sixth Form; Mrs Wilkins and Miss Sametz to arrange an appointment using the MyEd App. For day to day issues then please ask for the Sixth Form Admissions Officer Mrs Head who will be happy to help you.


We try to offer a range of support for all Ormiston students and you can see this from the list above, however we must clarify that we are not healthcare professionals and should you feel that your child may need mental or physical health support then an appointment must be made with their GP.

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