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Folkestone Academy Place2Be


“Riley has made amazing progress since attending Place2Be in Year 7. Then his attitude and behaviour were really challenging. Now he is a lovely young man who can surprise you with acts of kindness.” – Head of Year 10

“Without Place2Be’s support in Years 7 & 8 I might have chosen a different path as I used to hang out with a group who often refused to go to school. Since then I have changed friendship groups and I am much happier and more positive” – Year 11 student reflecting on the impact of his Place2Be support

What difference does Place2Be make in schools?

Place2Be is a national charity working in over 282 UK schools to improve the confidence and emotional wellbeing of students aged 4-16. We help young people develop resilience by supporting them when they are experiencing challenging life issues and helping them to develop self-confidence and lifelong coping skills. When they are supported in this way, they are able to learn more easily and that means less worry for parents.

How we help students

All students in Years 7 to 13 can find help with friendship issues and other daily worries by choosing to visit Place2Talk. These short lunch and break time sessions are open to individuals and to groups. Place2Be also works with students one-to-one and in small groups, offering regular time-tabled support for those who will benefit most. The school SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and pastoral teams will often refer students for this service.

How we help teachers and school staff

Through its Place2Think service, Place2Be also supports teachers and school staff members to think through the emotional needs of students. School staff can consult our trained counsellors on specific issues and discuss solutions to creating better relationships with their students and promoting emotional health and wellbeing across the school.

How Place2Be works

The school has a dedicated Place2Be room where students can meet with a counsellor and talk about the challenges they are experiencing. As well as offering therapeutic support through talking and creative work, counsellors help young people to develop lifelong coping skills, increasing their self-confidence and enhancing their wellbeing and resilience. This helps them to engage productively in their own learning and develop positive relationships.

Times when we’re especially useful

There are times when young people feel particularly sad, confused, anxious or angry, due to family issues at home, or relationships with peers (both in person and online), and pressures at school. Some may become withdrawn; others may become demanding or challenging in their behaviour: that’s when having Place2Be in school is especially helpful.

Who is eligible for Place2Be?

Any student requiring emotional support for any reason.

Any questions?

You are welcome to talk to the Place2Be School Project Manager at Folkestone Academy, Jacqueline Morris, either face-to-face, via telephone or email. Ms Morris works on Monday, Tuesdays and Fridays and her email is: [email protected].

To find out more about Place2Be, please visit our website: