Student Support

At Humphry Davy School we believe that young people often benefit from more support than can be offered inside of the classroom.  

Our Student Support Team is therefore available to offer this help for a range of issues.  Some of the work that the team does helps students with the following:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Exam pressure
  • Friendship-building
  • Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Positive behaviour
  • Attendance

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The Student Support Team is made up of the following dedicated staff:

  • Student Services Co ordinator
  • Student Services Administration
  • Lower School Student Support Worker
  • Lower School Student Support and Restorative Practitioner
  • Upper School Student Support Worker
  • Hub
  • Room 1
  • Head of Upper School/House Lead Longya
  • Head of Lower School/House Lead Medra
  • House Lead Aweni and Trauma Informed Schools Practitioner
  • House Lead Tevi
  • House Lead Keneneth
  • House Lead Sowena
  • School Counsellor

We also call on the expertise of outside agencies whenever we feel it would be beneficial for our young people and we have established and maintained positive links with many of these including; Kernow Young Carers, Music Therapy, School Nurse, Social Care, Children in Care Team and the Early Help Hub.

To receive this support, we welcome self-referrals from the students themselves, requests from families, from external agencies and from our own staff.  We do our best to act on these referrals quickly – and in many cases immediately – so that our students receive the very best support possible.

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Mentoring at HDS

The purpose of Mentoring at Humphry Davy is to:- 

• Invest in fostering good individual relationships with mentees and know them well.

• Help mentees overcome barriers to learning such as; difficulties with learning, behaviour, attendance, social or emotional issues, or any other issues that are affecting learning and progress.

• Encourage mentees to employ a ‘growth mindset’ mentality with resilience to overcome obstacles.

• Champion mentees and actively promote their individual achievements, skills and ambitions.

• Encourage mentees to develop strong communication skills and leadership/team work.

• Build a strong and supportive buddy system within the mentor group and activities that encourage cross age debate/competition/SMSC/British Values/awareness of the world and news events. 

• Ensure mentees are ready to learn by having the right tools and attitude for the school day (being on time, in the right uniform and with the right equipment).

• Insist (and check) that students catch up on work that has been missed by mentee absence.

Mentors regularly have individual conversations with mentees and liaise with parents to set targets to improve specific areas which are hindering progress.

Mentors also have a weekly, varied assembly programme which invites them to think about many topics spanning social, moral, cultural and spiritual (SMSC).

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