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Hinchingbrooke School

Student Services

Student Welfare and Counselling Services

Student Services are situated on the ground floor of the Nunnery Court building beside Well Green. We work as an integrated team to support the medical and emotional needs of students and their families.  We aim to promote the positive wellbeing and safety of our students.

Name Title email  Contact
Alison Setchfield Welfare Manager

01480 375700

ext 5784

Alie Winter Deputy Welfare Manager

01480 375700

ext 5111

Frances Barrett School Counsellor

01480 375700

ext 5815

Katie Goff Medical Room Manager

01480 375700

ext 5794

Medical Room

Students have access to the medical room from 8.30am to 3.30pm if they need access to medication or treatment for an injury or medical condition.  Students may access the room before school, at break or lunchtime.  During lessons they must gain permission from their Teacher or Tutor to visit via their planner unless there is an emergency. In an emergency students may access the medical room immediately or the Medical Room Manager may be called to them.  Students may spend short periods of time in the medical room receiving treatment or if they are declared not fit for school.  They may be asked to return home during the school day.  The Medical Room Manager will be responsible for calling the parent/carer to make these arrangements.

In the event of a student needing to attend hospital the parent/carer will be contacted and/or an ambulance called. If possible we would prefer the parent/carer to accompany the student to hospital but in an emergency a member of staff will attend until the parent/carer can get there.

Medication can be dispensed with permission from the parent/carer and is kept under supervision in the medical room.  Paracetamol can be supplied and dispensed with parent/carer permission.  

We have three defibrillators on site and staff are reminded of their locations and how to use them.  Students are also given advice on how to ensure they keep themselves as healthy as possible especially if they have medical conditions such as asthma and diabetes. For example new asthmatics are shown the optimum method of using their inhalers.

National vaccinations programmes are supported in school and consent forms are distributed and collected through the medical room. Nurses from the community carry out the vaccination programmes and they liaise closely with the school regarding arrangements for coming into school.

There are a number of First Aid trained staff who provide cover for lunch breaks and at times when the Nurse is called to an emergency on site.  For further details please see the ‘Supporting Students at School with Medical Conditions Policy’ also on the school website.

School Counsellor and Counselling Service

Frances Barrett works with individual students on an appointment basis to provide counselling support.  She also arranges for volunteer counsellors to work in school at various times throughout the week and does so via an appointment system.  The counselling service is confidential and works within the school's Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy to ensure the safety of the young person.

Liaison with Social Care and the Police

The safeguarding team attend external and internal meetings with outside agencies such as social care, police, mental health services and housing to discuss support plans for students and their families. As a school we can also initiate the writing of an Early Help Assessment (EHA) when support from the Locality Team is required eg family workers, Young Peoples Workers (YPWs). EHAs can also be used to engage support from outside the Locality Team such as health services eg Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Children in Care (CIC)

Children in Care (CIC) are also supported by a range of services both in and out of school. There are regular reviews and plans made for their education and wellbeing and coordinated by the School's Student Services Team.   Alison Setchfield provides a point of contact for students, carers and other professionals.

Young Carers (YC)

Carers Trust Cambridgeshire work with school staff to support students who may have a caring role at home.  As many as 1 in 12 students look after someone at home who is ill, disabled, has a mental health condition or addiction problem.

The Young Carers Group meet on a Tuesday once a fortnight after school.  

We have achieved the Bronze Award in the 'Young Carers in School' programme.

On Thursdays there is a drop-in 'Mindful Paws' programme.


If a student finds themselves in an emergency situation Student Services staff can respond immediately by providing support in the short and/or long term. Parents/carers can also seek advice and support by contacting them directly by phone or e-mail. We aim to try to respond the same day with a plan of action for the student and the family if appropriate.


There are seven members of the safeguarding team who deal with concerns raised by staff, students and parents/carers as they arise. For further details please see the ‘Safeguarding Policy’ also on the school website and the Safeguarding section of this website.