Where can I find support at BOA?
If you are feeling low, anxious, stressed, sad or alone please reach out to a trusted adult. Within BOA this can be any staff member that you feel most comfortable speaking to.
If you’re not sure who to go to try your tutor first.
Please be aware that your conversation might be passed on to the Pastoral Team or Safeguarding Team to offer further support.
Further support we can offer:
Regular 1:1 check-ins with a member of the Pastoral Team
Counselling with a BOA counsellor
Referrals to external counselling services
If you don’t want to speak to your tutor or would prefer to go to someone else you can also email the following people:
Derek Pitt | email@example.com (Designated Safeguarding Lead & Assistant Principal)
Holly Arnold | firstname.lastname@example.org (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Head of House & Teacher of Dance)
Chris Mitchell | email@example.com (Senior Mental Health Lead & Assistant Principal)
James Lees | firstname.lastname@example.org (Safeguarding Lead & Teacher of Acting)
James Underwood | email@example.com (Safeguarding Lead & Teacher of Broadcast)
Although staff at BOA always want to help, we may not always be available. If you need help outside of usual Academy hours or on the weekends, and you’re not sure who to turn to please try one of the following:
Eating disorders information
UK eating disorder charity
One-to-One Web Chat
Email for support
Call for support - 0808 801 0677
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Call - 0300 123 3393
If you need urgent help text DA to 85258
This service offers free 24/7 support if you are experiencing a crisis to help with urgent issues such as:
Suicidal thoughts, Abuse or assault, Self-harm, Bullying, Relationship breakdown.
Anyone can contact Samaritans, no matter how old you are.
Whatever you're going through, call us free any time, from any phone, on 116 123.
Confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.
To start a conversation, text the word 'SHOUT' to 85258
Substance and alcohol support (including support for those who live with adults for whom this may affect)
Phone line open 24/7 - 0800 1111
When you call 0800 1111 you’ll get through to a counsellor, they’re there to listen and support you with anything you’d like to talk about.
Or you can have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online.counsellor from 7:30am–3:30am
If you or someone else is in immediate danger you must call 999 or go/take them straight to A&E