Pastoral Care and Counselling Services

Pastoral Support

Every student will be allocated a tutor group and your tutor will be your biggest support in the years you spend at SFX. Each tutor group belongs to a faculty headed by a member of staff who is there to offer further support and guidance. SFX is proud of its pastoral care and support and our dedicated team will be on call to help when it is needed. Heads of Faculty are supported by two Assistant Principals and the Associate Principal (student welfare and ethos).

Student Welfare*

We at SFX understand that your general wellbeing is central to your academic success. Whenever you need help or advice, there is someone to turn to. We offer a confidential, dedicated service to help manage your studies and deal with any issues, questions or concerns you might have, whether they are personal, financial or practical. Some of the issues we regularly help with include the following:

  • Looked-after-children and care-leaver advice and support
  • Semi/independent living
  • Homelessness
  • Finance and funding
  • Welfare benefits
  • Counselling
  • Health (physical and mental).

*The provision of this service is subject to the availability of the Student Welfare Officer. Named staff are available in the event of safeguarding issues.

College Counsellor*

The College Counsellor offers a professional, confidential service to all students to help them deal with difficult feelings. You can self-refer or ask your tutor to refer you. The counsellor will offer you an initial appointment to discuss the issues affecting you and to decide with you whether or not counselling can help you. Counselling is not compulsory, so you can stop at any time.

*The counsellor works on a part-time basis, and provision of counselling is subject to demand for the service not outstripping staff availability.