Rushden Academy is committed to supporting student emotional health and well-being – this is at the centre of all that we do.

The government have set out in their green paper Transforming Young People’s Mental Health Provision (2017) that all schools and colleges should have a named designated lead for mental health by 2020. We feel ahead of the game as our designated lead for mental health, Jo Holmes, is also a qualified counsellor who can offer a wide range of in-house support to meet the ever-changing needs of our students.

At Rushden Academy, we take the well-being of our students seriously and acknowledge the important role we play by promoting and modelling good emotional well-being across the whole school.

We are keen to identify early signs of distress and offer appropriate support packages, often tailored to meet the needs of our individual students to enable them to feel as settled as possible and to reach their potential through often difficult times.

Well-being across the School

We offer a number of bespoke services within school to help build resilience and provide coping strategies for those who do struggle with their mental  health. We have an excellent reporting system and staff are vigilant when responding to concerns or worries raised by students, and sometimes parents about their children.

For those who do struggle with issues relating to anxiety or low mood, for example, we offer in house support such as counselling or group work. We also offer planned, structured time-out in our well-being provision, working towards supporting students to develop life-skills to be back in lessons and be fully engaged in school life.

Links with other services

We have strong links with local services and liaise with parents, carers and students when we feel a referral to a specialist service is needed. We work closely with key agencies such as Service Six, who offer free counselling as well as targeted group work or youth support packages and liaise regularly with specialist NHS providers such as CAMHS (Community Adolescent Mental Health Service) and Child and Adolescent Bereavement Services.

CAMHS Helpline - Advice and Support - 01604 656060

Service Six - Counselling and youth support (including targeted projects covering issues such as self-harming or child sexual exploitation (including online))

Young Minds - 0808 802 5544

Northamptonshire's Young Healthy Minds Gateway

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Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

01933 350391


KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Miss J Neville

Head of Year 8 - Mrs M Blackmore (interim)

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 9 - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 10 - Mrs A Gurnham

Head of Year 11 - Miss R Burrows

KS5 Head of Year

Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

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Rushden Academy

Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
Tel: 01933 350391
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