Pupil Support

St Pius X College benefits from an independent counselling service, provided by Familyworks.

A Counsellor comes in one day a week from 8.45 to 1.00pm. Pupils can make a self-referral using the Counsellor’s Familyworks’ email address; additionally, a concerned parent or member of staff is able to make a recommendation (Period 1 to 3). There is also a drop-in session Period 4.

Feeling low or worried?

Need to talk in confidence about issues like self-esteem, bullying, stress or anxiety, family difficulties or mental health?


Marietta Duffin is our school counsellor

Available every Thursday (Period 1 – 4 and lunchtime)

Counselling is a way of helping people through talking and listening. The young person is provided with the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about their problem so they can understand themselves and their situation better and therefore giving new ways of coping.

Counselling takes place on a one-to-one basis. The counsellor and client will normally sit with one another for a half an hour to discuss any issues the individual may have.

Counselling is voluntary and takes place with the agreement of the young person. This will be drawn up as an agreement between the young person and the counsellor.