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The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be an exciting but challenging time.

To help students negotiate these ups and downs, the school has an on-site counsellor.

The counsellor is there to offer support with personal and emotional issues that may be affecting students’ work, relationships and general wellbeing. Many problems can be solved and decisions reached by talking with friends, family and teaching staff but sometimes it’s helpful to get independent support and to be able to talk things through confidentially with a professionally trained counsellor.


The Counsellor works with students in Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 while younger students in Years 7-9 can meet with Place2Be counsellors.

Students decide for themselves if they are interested in counselling and can arrange a session by speaking to the Counsellor directly or dropping a note into the counselling post box outside room B19. If a member of teaching staff or a parent thinks counselling would be helpful to a student, they may also contact the counsellor to suggest a meeting with that student. It is then up to the student to decide whether they wish to take up the offer.

Sometimes a single session is helpful and sometimes it’s good to come every week.
Confidentiality is very important and except in exceptional circumstances, the content of counselling sessions will not be discussed outside the counselling room unless the student gives their consent.

Counselling is about listening, without judging, to whatever is on someone’s mind. It can contribute to a clearer understanding of the situation, increased self-awareness and a way to think about things from a different perspective. It can also offer support and strategies for positive change.

What it may help with:

  • Anxieties about schoolwork including exams and presentations
  • Problems with communicating
  • General stress and anxiety
  • Sadness and depression
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Eating problems
  • Bereavements and parental separations
  • Loneliness, emptiness or feeling overwhelmed by emotions
  • Lack of self- confidence or low self-esteem
  • Managing transitions
  • Making difficult decisions
  • Traumatic experiences including rape, assault and abuse
  • Difficulties with alcohol or drugs
  • Issues around sex and sexuality
  • Self-injury
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anger management
  • Worries about appearance.


Deborah Holder MBACP, is a qualified Counsellor working in accordance with the ethical framework of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

She is on-site on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

If you are a student and would like to meet to discuss counselling or make an appointment, you can either:

  • Drop in to room B19 on the basement level, on the right hand side before you get to the P.E. Office and speak to Deborah directly.
  • Email on Deborah.holder@bridgeacademy.hackney.sch.uk 
  • Drop a note into the red box outside the counselling room and Deborah will get back to you

If you are a parent and would like to discuss counselling for your child, please use the email above.

Mr Chris Brown

Vice Principals:
Kelly Harris (KS3)
Paddy Cassidy (KS4)
Alison Underwood (Sixth Form)
Jennifer Evans

Finance &
Resources Director:

Ken Robb