St Alban's Catholic High School

Student Support

St Alban’s School has a strong Pastoral team of teaching and support staff that are dedicated to providing the best possible pastoral support for our students.

They offer a support network throughout the school, allowing your child to share their concerns and worries. The roles involved in our team include:

Student Support (Key Stage 3, 4 & 5)
School Chaplain
Safeguarding Officer

Mental Health First Aiders

Special Educational Needs Coordinator
School Attendance Officer

The Safeguarding of our students is extremely important to us. Mr Horne is the Designated Safeguarding Lead. You are able to contact him directly through the school if you have any concerns.

We encourage parents to keep in regular contact with the school regarding any concerns. In the first instance, please contact your child’s form tutor who will involve the student support manager if necessary.

Anti-Bullying Approach

Details about our 'Bullying and the Restorative Approach' process can be found here

How to Claim Free School Meals

Details of how to claim free school meals and an online application form can be found here

Year 11s - GCSEs and Revision

For tips and advice on helping your child through exam season, you can find out more from here

Information Leaflets, Books and Toolkits

Child Internet Safety

Domestic Violence and Abuse Support

Gangs, Teenagers and Your Family

Helping Your Child with Anxiety

How to Manage Stress

Mental Health - Useful Local Resources

Positive Sleep Routines

When Your Parent has Cancer - Printable booklet for young people

Raising Teenagers: The Ultimate Guide (Book approx. £15)

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk (Book approx. £10)

Self-help Workbooks for Children and Teenagers by Kate Collins-Donnelly 

  • Banish Your Body Image Thief
  • Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief
  • Starving The Anger Gremlin
  • Starving The Anxiety Gremlin
  • Starving The Exam Stress Gremlin
  • Starving The Stress Gremilin
  • Starving The Depression Gremlin

External Support for Students and Parents


AMPARO Suffolk - Support for families affected by suicide - Information and Self-referral form

Cancer Research UK - Support for young people whose parent has cancer

GYROS Roma Support - drop-in sessions and appointments

Outreach Youth - supporting LGBTQ+ young people

Raising Happy, Resilient Children Monthly Webinars

Suffolk How Are you? - Healthy weight and lifestyle information


From 2nd September 2019, the way families and professionals access some parenting courses in Suffolk is changing. Referrals to the county parenting team should now be made through Suffolk’s online Portal (Make a Parenting Referral) The following courses are available:

Triple P (For a variety of age ranges) 

Solihull  Parenting Hubs

Strengthening Families

Incredible Years

Incredible Toddlers

Parents/Carers can self-refer or a professional can support their referral. Please use the above link or contact

Mrs Land (KS4) or Mrs Arthur (KS3) in school on 01473 726178 if you require further information or assistance.


Other upcoming parenting courses and information sessions are regularly updated below.


Youth Mental Health First Aid, Felixstowe - starts Mon 11 November 2019, 10.00am-1.30pm

Triple P Group for Parents and Children (ages 2-11), Ipswich - starts Mon 11 November 2019 9.15-11.15am

Triple P 'Positive Parenting' Workshop for parents of children with additional needs, Leiston - Thurs 28 November 2019, 9.30am - 12.00 noon


Suffolk's Needs Met (emotional health course), Felixstowe - Fri 6 December 2019, 9.30am - 1.00pm

January 2020

Triple P Teen - 8 week course, Kesgrave - starts Tues 14 January 2020, 5.30pm - 8.00pm

Understanding your child (Solihull Approach), Felixstowe - 10 week course starts Fri 24 January 2020, 12.45pm - 2.45pm

 February 2020

Triple P - Family Transitions, Ipswich - starts Weds 26 February 2020, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

March 2020

Promoting Children's Resilience workshop (for parents of children up to 11 years), Kesgrave - Sat 7 March 2020, 10.00am - 12 noon

Useful Websites and Further Reading

You may be interested in some of the websites listed below:

Department for Education
Department of Health
Suffolk County Council - Education & Learning