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Student Managers

Our Student Managers – Ms Amy Cofield (Year 7), Mr Harry Strachan (Year 8 and 9) and Mrs Tracey Miles (Year 10 and 11) – do not teach and are available throughout the school day to support both students and parents with any issues that may affect their wellbeing, progress and overall enjoyment of school. Each Student Manager is linked to certain year groups and supports the Head of Key Stage and their tutor teams. Student Managers stay with the year group throughout their time at John Mason so they really get to know them and build up a good relationship with their students and parents.

Parents can contact a Student Manager regarding any concerns that they have as they regularly meet with Head of Key Stage to Discuss solutions. There are a vast number of support agencies available that can be contacted with and referrals made if the need arises. Student Managers also monitor attendance punctuality and behaviour. They co–ordinate the transition process for students leaving primary school and joining John Mason School and are always available to discuss any worries or concerns parents may have regarding this.

School Counsellor

The school counsellor Lyndsy Doyle, is a fully qualified UKCP registered child psychotherapist. She provides regular sessions in a safe space where students can talk through any issues or problems they may have. All discussions are confidential unless child protection issues are brought into force. Students may be signposted to the service, or they may self-refer via their Head of Year or Student Manager.

School Nurse

My name is Megan Murdoch and I am the NHS School Health Nurse for John Mason School.

Secondary schools within Oxfordshire have a named NHS School Health Nurse. The aim of the School Nurse is to offer evidence based, accessible, preventable health care for children and young people.

https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/school-health-nurses/

I work closely with other professionals and school staff to support students to be both physically and emotionally healthy, make informed healthy lifestyle choices, improve physical and emotional health, and to reach their full potential.

I work Monday – Friday 9-3 during term time and appointments can be made on a day that suits you best.

I hold regular “drop in” school nursing sessions on Wednesday Break times where no appointment is needed. You are welcome to pop by my office to see me at any other break or lunch time when I am in school. If I am in and available at these times, I am happy to see you. My availability is displayed on my office door.

To make an appointment you can contact me using the details below:

My contact telephone number is: 07775 112101 (text or call)

My email address is: megan.murdoch@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

If you need to contact the school nursing team during the school holidays, you can call the School Nursing Team on: 01865 904890

The School Nursing Service is not an emergency service. If you or a friend are in need of immediate nursing or medical help, please contact a member of staff on site who will locate a member of staff trained in first aid. If you are off site in the case of an emergency, please call 999.

If you are in need of emergency contraception outside of the school nurses working hours, please attend your GP practice, local sexual health clinic or local pharmacy as soon as you can. Visit www.oxme.info for further details. Emergency Contraception is most effective the sooner it is taken after unprotected sex but possible up to 120 hours afterwards.

Examples of what your School Health Nurse can offer include:

  • Someone to talk to confidentially about your health, including your physical health, emotional health sexual health and general wellbeing or any other health related topics you might like advice, information or support with
  • Immunisations
  • Advice and support about healthy choices (eg keeping safe, drugs, alcohol, quitting smoking, exercise, maintaining healthy growth/weight, dental health)
  • Contraceptive advice, including emergency contraception, contraceptive pill, injections and condoms; pregnancy testing; chlamydia screening and treatment
  • Provide teaching sessions and support teachers with delivery of PHSE
  • Provide information and signpost to specialist services which may be able to support you

If we cannot help, we will find someone who can.

Confidentiality

The School Nursing Service is confidential. This means you can discuss personal information with us and will not discuss it with anyone else without your permission, unless we feel that you or another may be at risk of harm. If information needs to be shared we will always try and discuss this with you first so that you know why, and what will happen.

Peer Mentors

Our Peer Support lead program is a scheme which aims to support, guide and motivate students within the lower years of John Mason School. It was put in place in June 2019, with eighteen Year 12 students signing up. Once signed up, the eighteen students went through an intense two day training program, learning techniques and skills within the counselling field ran by the late Nick Luxmoore. Students still undergo monthly twilight training to insure their training is up to date. The fundamental task of each of our Peer Support Leads, is to ‘support’ students throughout the school; with social mental and physical wellbeing. It is a self-referral system with students applying for a Support Leader. Peer Support Leads can be identified by the pink lanyards that they wear. 

Young Carers

Young carers are children who help look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled or has mental health problems, or is misusing drugs or alcohol.

Their day to day responsibilities often include:

  • Cooking;
  • Cleaning;
  • Shopping;
  • Providing nursing and personal care;
  • Giving emotional support.

With so many adult responsibilities, young carers often miss out on opportunities that other children have to play and learn.  We offer a weekly support drop in and club run by Learning Support and there is a homework club every Thursday DEAR time.  Please speak with your form tutor or Miss Laura Bosley in Learning Support if you would like to know more.