Amazing charity help students at high-flying school

An inspirational Bridgwater school has a regular drop-in centre, for anxious or struggling students, which is enjoying remarkable success.

Robert Blake Science College in Somerset has numerous counsellors, an outside mental health charity and even a school dog to help boost mental well-being.

Counsellors and support team from In Charley’s Memory drop in every Monday to provide a listening ear to any students who have any issues at home or in or outside of school.

ICM is a rapidly expanding charity, which helps the mental wellbeing of hundreds of 11 to 25 year olds in Bridgwater, Burnham, Highbridge, Weston and across Somerset, encouraging, training and giving ongoing counselling support for as long as needed.

It was set up after the death of Charley five years ago aged 18 after he suffered mental health issues.

The forward thinking school even have a school PAT dog, Poppy, to help with the students.

The school’s work on mental well-being is proving a real success with the school enjoying two years of record-breaking results and an increase in the government’s main measure of Progress 8 statistics.

Headteacher Deb Loveridge said: “We are eager for every single one of our students to be happy and to achieve their full potential.  I am so pleased that Mr Husher introduced us to In Charley’s Memory who have provided a fantastic addition to our service in promoting mental well-being.”